Diasio is also a researcher of open innovation and has worked with IBM and their Innovation Jam Platform. In 2016, he published an article, “Not All that Jazz!” in the European Management Journal, that uses jambands like the Grateful Dead as a metaphor for organizing new models of innovation. In 2017, he presented “A Long Strange Trip: How Music Influenced Open and Collaborative Innovation” at the 13 Minutes Innovation Conference in France.
Diasio views his work at the intersection of management and design, and advocates for experiential-based learning in his courses, such as Innovation in Dali and Management Design Thinking. He also developed the Finger Puppet Management Framework, which students use to create video content that they post to the course’s YouTube channel. Students have created reality TV shows, animated shorts, live-action films and have even hand-made their own puppets to role play, demonstrate management concepts and educate the world about management. Over 40,000 people around the world have learned from these videos.
“We have really talented students here at USFSP,” said Diasio. “The world needs to know how talented they are. That’s been one of my goals through these projects and learning frameworks. I’ve taught at some of the top business schools in the world, [but students here] will go above and beyond and create things that far exceed the expectations.”