“Well begun is half done" - HORATIO



I am a Full Professor of Entrepreneurship, Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Internationalization, and PhD Program Director (International Doctorate in Entrepreneurship and Management, iDEM) at the School of Economics and Business, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). I received a PhD (European Doctoral Programme in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, UAB / Växjö University - Sweden), a MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology (UAB) and a BA in Economics (UAB). I also regularly visit Haas School of Business (University of California BerkeIey). My research focuses on the analysis of factors affecting entrepreneurship in different contexts, using the institutional approach as a theoretical framework, and combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies. I have published several studies in international academic journals (including Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Technology Transfer, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, etc.) and I participate in Spanish and international research projects (GEM, PSED, GUESSS). Currently, I run the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation  and teach entrepreneurship courses at undergraduate (Department of Business -School of Economics and Business-), master (Master in Applied Research in Economics and Business -MAREB-) and doctoral level (International Doctorate in Entrepreneurship and Management, iDEM) at the UAB and at other international universities. Also, I work as a consultant in entrepreneurship, innovation and SMEs in many projects of the Catalan and Spanish government, European Union, OCDE and the private sector. I am co-founder and director of Centre for University Entrepreneurship -CIEU- (UAB Emprèn).

KEYWORDS: Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial activity, small business, SMEs, entrepreneurship ecosystems, international entrepreneurship, institutional economics (Emprenedoria, activitat emprenedora, creació d'empreses, PIMEs, ecosistemes emprenedors, emprenedoria internacional, teoria econòmica institutional; Emprendimiento, actividad emprendedora, creación de empresas, PYMEs, ecosistemas emprendedores, emprendimiento internacional, teoría económica institutional).

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  • DISCOTech (Conference social event) (78th Meeting of the Academy of Management. Chicago -USA-, 2018)
  • "Matching institutions, female entrepreneurship, and social mobility in developing countries" (Conference paper) (78th Meeting of the Academy of Management Chicago -USA-, 2018).
  • Retos de la investigación en el emprendimiento (Workshop). 53º Congreso CLADEA (San José, Costa Rica -October 2018)
  • Emprendimiento: de la Teoría a la Práctica (Plenaria). Encuentro Internacional de Investigación en Emprendimiento y Empresa Familiar (EIIEEF) (Querétaro, Mexico -October 2018)
  • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco. Informe Ejecutivo 2017-2018 (Deusto) (In Spanish)
  • Special issue of Technovation
  • Special issue of Tecnological Forecasting and Social Change


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