David Urbano

David Urbano
Autonomous University of Barcelona | UAB · Department of Business (School of Economics and Business) & Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Research (CREIS)

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Introduction
My research focuses on the role of the institutional environment on ​entrepreneurial activity, using the ​institutional approach as a ​theoretical framework and combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Specifically, the research streams are​ (a) institutions and entrepreneurship; (b) institutions and diversity in entrepreneurship; (c) institutions, entrepreneurship and socio-economic performance (further information available​ at WWW.DAVIDURBANO.EU)
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January 2008 - present
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
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Publications (262)
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Purpose Motivated by a lack of evidence regarding the effect of migration on entrepreneurship in a highly informal country, such as Colombia, this paper has a twofold purpose. First, it explores how Venezuelan immigration affects entrepreneurial activity in Colombian regions. Second, it intends to shed light on this relationship, by distinguishing...
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Purpose To date, insufficient research has been conducted on gender differences in entrepreneurial activity among entrepreneurs in developing countries. This study aims to analyse the influences of formal and informal institutional factors on entrepreneurial activity among men and women in the context of Saudi Arabia. Design/methodology/approach T...
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Entrepreneurship has been linked to economic development at the regional and national levels, yet the microeconomic nuances of entrepreneurial diversity and the challenges that different entrepreneurs face in producing social benefits remain unexplored. Numerous studies have recognised that a gender gap exists not only in entrepreneurship but also...
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Plain English Summary This review analyzes the articles published in the corporate entrepreneurship field and presents the future research agenda. Research agrees that corporate entrepreneurship has a positive impact on firms’ profits and growth. This has generated an increase in the number of research articles published in this area. However, prev...
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This study reviews systematically the existing literature on female entrepreneurial activity in emerging economies. The paper reviews articles included in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). Based on the main findings, the literature considers three levels of analysis: micro-individual, meso-organizational, and macro-environmental. The result...
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Evidence suggests that economies with technology transfer initiatives provide a better supply of high-quality jobs and tend to be characterized by entrepreneurs with higher innovation contributions. This book explores the effectiveness of technology transfer policies and legislation on entrepreneurial innovation across continents. It analyses the t...
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Organizations are facing an interesting phenomenon in the composition of their workforce: the concurrence of multiple age generations that demand suitable strategies regarding work design, job satisfaction, and incentives. Ongoing entrepreneurship and strategic management debates require a better understanding of the relationship between workplace...
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This study explores the influence of green entrepreneurial activity on sustainable development, using institutional economics as a theoretical framework. Also, the role of entrepreneurship policy is analysed in the context of Saudi Arabia. Using information from the General Authority for Statistics from 13 Saudi Arabian cities, the main findings sh...
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This paper explores the extent to which informal institutions influence leadership behavior in Mexico, distinguishing between urban and rural areas. Using the institutional approach and through logistic regression models with data obtained from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), the main results of the study show that trans...
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Purpose-Little is known about how subsidies enhance both collaborative and opportunistic behaviours within subsidized industry-university partnerships, and how partners' behaviours influence the intellectual capital dynamics within subsidized industry-university. Based on these theoretical foundations, this study expects to understand intellectual...
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In this exploratory study, we analyzed the influence of governmental supportive policies on green entrepreneurial activity in Saudi Arabia, using institutional economics as a theoretical framework. Based on data from reports of the General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection and the General Authority for Statistics, both fixed an...
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The research on institutions’ role in entrepreneurship acknowledges that formal and informal institutions matter. However, previous research has stressed less the co-existence and interaction between individual- and country-level factors that shape entrepreneurial potential, population of skillful individuals with no entrepreneurial intentions, acr...
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The World Wide Web has transformed primary university IT functions, but the digital economy is redefining the rules of the game in higher education. The aging phenomenon claims long-life training for developing digital competencies required in current workplaces. Nowadays, COVID-19 pandemic also represented an unprecedented challenge for education...
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During the past two centuries, universities have evolved from being “accumulators” of knowledge, largely separated from society, to “knowledge hubs,” which are deeply embedded in systems of innovation and take on the role of instigating economic and social development. Despite economic, social, and institutional disparities, university authorities,...
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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have received a lot of attention over the last few years. Although the technological/pedagogical aspects of MOOCs have been well articulated in the literature, empirical evidence substantiating MOOCs' role in university outcomes is scarce. This study aims to fill this gap by exploring the relationships among (a)...
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Drawing on institutional economics, this article investigates how different contexts condition the prevalence of export-oriented entrepreneurship, which affects economic growth. We place emphasis on the differences between developed and developing countries through interaction effects that allow us to test for differential validity. Using simultane...
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Although there is abundant literature on entrepreneurial intentions and entrepreneurial behavior, there is still a lacuna on those factors enabling the pass from intention to action. Motivated by this gap, this study assesses the extent to which the determinants of entrepreneurial intention also have an effect on subsequent entrepreneurial behavior...
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Despite the fact that the determinants and the consequences of R&D activities have been extensively studied in previous research, further efforts to integrate disparate streams of literature might bring new insights into innovation decision-making by firms. In particular, this article studies the simultaneous effects that a set of factors (at both...
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The discussion on which institutions determine entrepreneurial activity – and the role of institutions in the aggregated output for developing countries – is as yet unresolved. The extant literature about entrepreneurship recognizes new ventures as potential mechanisms for long-term development. Yet, there is a consensus on the lack of evidence, pa...
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Ibero-American researchers show an increasing number of studies on entrepreneurship and innovation research. This article analyzes the journals and universities that published research on the discipline developed by Ibero-American authors between 1986 and 2015. The work uses the Web of Science database and provides several bibliometric indicators....
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Latin-American countries are characterised by societal problems like violence, crime, corruption, the informality that influence any entrepreneurial activity developed by individuals/organisations. Social innovations literature confront “wicked problems” with strong interdependencies among different systems/actors. Yet, little is known about how fi...
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In recent decades, there has been growing interest in intrapreneurial capabilities. The intrapreneurship and strategic management literatures have insights for entrepreneurs about how to apply entrepreneurial and strategic techniques and concepts in creating competitive advantage. More specifically, the dynamic capabilities framework has emerged as...
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Purpose The objective of this article is to examine the extent to which the antecedents of entrepreneurial employee activity differ by gender across countries. Design/methodology/approach Generalised linear multilevel logistic regression is applied to data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) with a sample of 60 countries for the period...
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This article draws upon institutional theory to investigate whether and to what extent informal institutions (masculinity, power distance, individualism, and indulgence) affect the relationship between formal institutions (the public expenditure on childcare and the length of parental leave) and the likelihood that women will become entrepreneurs....
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Ongoing research agendas regarding the intersection between entrepreneurship and innovation in academia still demand analysis about the antecedents/consequences of enterprise-university collaborations. On the one hand, little is known about how enterprise-university collaborations manage their resources/capabilities to develop entrepreneurial innov...
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Recent decades have brought cultural changes toward the increase of environmentally-friendly initiatives such as green entrepreneurship. Some countries are failing to develop environmental initiatives, whereas others are transitioning and advancing toward this new trend. In particular, Saudi Arabia has initiated efforts toward becoming an ecologica...
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Purpose This paper provides insights about how graduates' career patterns (i.e. academic entrepreneur, self-employed, or paid employed) are influenced by entrepreneurial university ecosystems (i.e. incubators and entrepreneurship education programs). Design/methodology/approach By adopting Douglas and Shepherd's utility-maximising function, the in...
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Accepted Manuscript at: https://sebastian-aparicio.com/research.html Building upon institutional economics, we examine how social progress orientation (SPO) affects inclusive growth through innovative and opportunity entrepreneurship. Hypotheses about civic activism, voluntary spirit, and the inclusion of minorities as proxies of SPO that affect e...
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This chapter examines the influence of informal institutions on the probability of becoming an entrepreneurial leader. In this regard, institutional economics is used to frame the hypotheses that relate to environmental factors and entrepreneurial leadership. These hypotheses are tested through logistic regression analysis, using a sample of 67,268...
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Few scholars can be considered beacons who guide interested (and often disoriented) researchers. David Audretsch is one such scholar, who has shed light on entrepreneurship in a broad sense as well as on the economics of entrepreneurship and small business as a distinct field. Given his noteworthy and abundant contributions, a synthesis is required...
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The transformation of ideas into new technologies depends not only on how knowledge diffuses but also on which context/time this transformation is developed. In the assumption that internal and environmental conditions directly affects the decision of exploiting technological opportunities, this paper explores how some strategic dynamic capabilitie...
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The purpose of this article and the special issue is to improve our understanding of the theoretical, managerial, and policy implications of the effectiveness of technology transfer policies on entrepreneurial innovation. We accomplish this objective by examining the relationship between entrepreneurship, innovation and public policies in the 186 p...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyse how collaborative/opportunistic behaviours within subsidised university-industry partnerships are influencing the design/implementation of strategic knowledge management practices in emerging economies. Design/methodology/approach The proposed conceptual model was analysed with a retrospective multip...
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Dentro de la CAPV, las diputaciones forales no sólo son intermediarios entre el nivel autonómico y local, sino que también son responsables de diseñar sus propias políticas y programas para que luego las ejecuten los entes locales dentro de sus respectivos territorios históricos. En consecuencia, requieren información relevante sobre la actividad e...
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The study of the impact of institutions on entrepreneurship has been a topic of great interest in recent years. Nevertheless, less attention has been paid to the relation that can exist between the spatial context and the entrepreneurial activities. Specifically, institutions and the space of entrepreneurial activities in a country have rarely been...
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La edición 2018-2019 del proyecto GEM se ha desarrollado en 49 países de Asia, Europa, Norte América y Latinoamérica, Medio Oriente y África, que en conjunto representan el 66,6% de la población mundial y el 85,0% del PIB mundial según datos del Banco Mundial.6 De esta manera, se consolida una trayectoria de veinte años de seguimiento de la activid...
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Stimulating entrepreneurship inside universities and the consequent development of entrepreneurial universities against the backdrop of global reduction of governmental financial support is one of the current of academics, university authorities and policy makers from all around the world. These issues are more critical to post-Soviet economies whe...
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The International Business Review (IBR) is a leading international academic journal in the field of International Business (IB). Such leadership is reflected in the large number of publications that grow year after year and particularly in the large number of citations received from other journals of high academic prestige. The aim of this study is...
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This paper analyzes an emergent stream of research shedding light on the institutional factors shaping entrepreneurial activity and its effect on economic growth. This integrative analysis spanning a broad spectrum of diverse literature enables a distinction between two different research lines in the field of entrepreneurship. The findings of this...
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Since the publication of Burton R. Clark’s book (1998), the research about the phenomena of “entrepreneurial universities” and their core activities–teaching, research, technology transfer and entrepreneurship–has increased significantly. Traditionally, studies tend to take a narrow view about the role of universities in entrepreneurship and innova...
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This study evaluates the influence of institutions on the probability to become a woman and man entrepreneur during the recent European economic crisis. We approach institutional factors affecting entrepreneurial decisions through a post-materialist value, educational level and unemployment rate. Using data from the World Values Survey (WVS) and Wo...
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El desarrollo del sistema español de innovación depende, además de la capacidad de producción científica, de la transferencia de conocimiento entre ciencia y empresa. Pese a los avances recientes, el vínculo universidad-empresa es todavía poco eficiente y persisten serias barreras a la colaboración en ambos sentidos. Este documento propone diez rec...
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Using institutional economics as a theoretical framework, this book analyzes institutional environment conducive to entrepreneurial activity in order to enhance economic performance across countries. In particular, the main contributions of this book to the entrepreneurship literature are the following: • Identify past and current research about...
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Focused on those consequences of entrepreneurial activity, this chapter estimates the effect of entrepreneurship on economic growth. To this purpose, our modeling relies on a traditional Cobb–Douglas production function, which allows the examination of possible factors such as entrepreneurship that may be also important to foster economic growth. A...
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Through synthesizing disparate strands of literature over the period 1992–2016, this chapter identifies past and current research about the institutional context shaping entrepreneurial activity and its effect on economic growth. This conjoint analysis reveals two important research lines in entrepreneurship research, which have been devoted to exp...
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Extensive research has been conducted to understand the antecedents and consequences on entrepreneurship, in which institutions were found important factors explaining differences across countries. Similarly, a vast number of scholars have been focused on comprehending those economic consequences of entrepreneurial activity, who highlighted its imp...
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After diving into the literature on institutions, entrepreneurship and economic performance, and empirically testing the sequential connection among these factors, this chapter gathers the main findings and discusses implications for entrepreneurship and public policy. Throughout the literature analysis, we find that informal institutions have been...
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The main purpose of this chapter is to examine how country’s institutional context influences the way in which entrepreneurial activity affects social progress. Following the theoretical approach of institutional economics, we test our hypotheses using pooled data of 62 countries (2012 and 2014) and simultaneous equation model estimation. The findi...
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In this chapter, by using the institutional approach, we examine how social progress orientation through entrepreneurship driven by opportunity affects economic development. Using a pooled data of 81 observations and 56 countries and the three-stage least squares method (3SLS), we provide empirical evidence that social progress orientation measured...
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The purpose of this chapter is to examine the influence of social progress orientation on entrepreneurial activity in an international analysis. Through a cross-sectional model with information from the Global Entrepreneurial activity Monitor, the Indices of Social Development, the World Values Survey, the Hofstede Centre and the United Nations Dev...
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Enterprises’ resources and capabilities determine their ability to achieve competitive advantage. In this regard, the key innovation challenges that enterprises face are liabilities associated with their age and size, and the entry barriers imposed on them. In this line, a growing number of enterprises are starting to implement innovation practices...
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Esta investigación tiene como objetivo realizar una caracterización de las pequeñas y medianas empresas (pymes) colombianas y de sus fundadores. Se realiza una investigación descriptiva con 384 empresas ubicadas en los departamentos de Cundinamarca y Valle del Cauca. Los resultados indican que en su mayoría las empresas superan los 48 meses de edad...
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Most research on entrepreneurial activities and institutions focuses on identifying certain relationships between formal and informal institutions and entrepreneurship across economies. In this study, we advance entrepreneurship research by examining how social capital as a characteristic of the institutional environment affects the relationship be...
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Limitations of the research on the various leadership and strategic issues facing universities seeking to become more entrepreneurial has led this special issue to focus on the management, development, and implementation of this vision. We have solicited original research on the strategic challenges that these universities currently encounter. Rese...
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Dentro de la CAPV, las diputaciones forales no sólo son intermediarios entre el nivel autonómico y local, sino que también son responsables de diseñar sus propias políticas y programas para que luego las ejecuten los entes locales dentro de sus respectivos territorios históricos. En consecuencia, requieren información relevante sobre la actividad e...
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In today’s increasingly turbulent environment, recognition of the institutional differences between countries is needed for the development of leaders. Although the current debate has evolved to more complex levels, knowledge about personal leadership and sociocul- tural context is still underdeveloped. This chapter attempts to empirically examine...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to compare the influence of entrepreneurs’ human and relational capital on the rapid internationalization of their firms from two economically different contexts. Design/methodology/approach This study was developed using data that were collected from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor of Spain and Chile. A...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of cultural leadership factors (charismatic/value-based, team oriented, participative, humane, autonomous and self-protective) on the rates of opportunity and necessity entrepreneurship. Design/methodology/approach The study integrates insights from institutional and cultural leadership...
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Despite the increasing scientific literature on innovation and entrepreneurship in the academic setting, literature is still fragmented and broadly conceptualized, requiring more systematic and holistic studies. Furthermore, few studies have been identified from the perspective of systemism, in which both individual agency and structure are involve...
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Drawing on the concept of entrepreneurship capital, which links collective entrepreneurial action with growth, this paper aims to explore the effect that entrepreneurship has had on the economic growth of Antioquia (Colombia). We estimate a growth model using unbalanced panel data with fixed effects for the period 2001-2012. In this study, entrepre...
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El Estudio Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, GEM CAPV 2017-2018, realiza un diagnóstico de la actividad emprendedora de la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco. Para ello, este informe analiza la actividad emprendedora de dicha región comparándola con la de otros países y regiones estatales. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, GEM CAPV 2017-2018 azterlan...
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Extant empirical entrepreneurship studies recognize that the main challenge of emerging economies is transforming into entrepreneurial societies. Following this perspective, the involvement of several actors (government, universities, entrepreneurs, investors, etc.) is required in this evolutionary process. In this regard, emerging economies’ gover...
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This chapter seeks to explore the institutional effects on the probability of becoming an entrepreneur, for both women and men, among a low-income level population, in the context of Latin American countries. By using institutional economics, it is hypothesized that personal autonomy, membership of an art or music organization, membership of a reli...
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Resumen Los cambios estructurales son procesos relevantes de transformación social y productiva de-rivados de acontecimientos (políticos/sociales/económicos) y/o necesidades urgentes a las que hacen frente las regiones. Para alcanzarlos se requiere el compromiso de la universidad-empresa-gobierno y del emprendimiento e innovación como piezas fundam...
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An increasing body of literature has begun to emerge on innovation and entrepreneurship in the academic setting. However, literature is still fragmented, requiring more systematic studies, considering both economic and social aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship within universities. This chapter contributes to this subject by discussing the s...
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Individual and organizational entrepreneurial activity varies across regions/countries. Universities have increasingly become knowledge-intensive environments that support entrepreneurship. Extant studies demonstrate the need to explore graduate start-ups using different levels of analysis an across economies. This paper explores individual and uni...