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Julio Orlando de Castro’s infectious enthusiasm and wry sense of humour makes it easy to become interested in what he has to say about strategy and entrepreneurship. And as someone who comes from the Dominican Republic and who has consulted for companies both in the US and elsewhere, he has plenty of stories to tell when it comes one of his main areas of study - the way cultural variances have an impact on entrepreneurship in different parts of the world.
Prof de Castro is fascinated by how the American entrepreneurship spirit is migrating across the Atlantic to Europe, which has traditionally lagged behind the US on this front. Another of his areas of focus is the nature of entrepreneurship among women and Hispanics. “I look at questions of context and conditions and what implications they have for public policy,” he says. “What’s interesting is that the way people interpret cues in the environment may play a role in their decision to become an entrepreneur. So, what you have to do to foster entrepreneurship in the US may be very different from what you do in the UK or in Spain.”
The process of privatisation is another area of interest for Prof de Castro, particularly in former communist states and less developed countries. He is also keenly following the nature of technology transfer and its effects on new venture creation - especially with respect to piracy.
Prof de Castro - whose work has appeared in publications such as his work the Academy of Management, Journal of International Business Research, the Journal of Business Venturing, and the Journal of Management Studies - believes that companies need to recognise conditions where it can play a positive role in creating a market and building a brand. “What’s interesting is you’re starting to see some evidence of companies taking a more strategic approach to this,” he says.