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José Lejarraga


José Lejarraga



Professor Lejarraga received his Ph.D. in Business Economics and Quantitative Methods from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. His research interests lie in the intersection between behavioral decision making, experiential learning and entrepreneurship. During his Ph.D. training he has been a visiting scholar to the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan.  After his Ph.D. he continued his research at Universitat Pompeu Fabra as a postdoctoral fellow, and in 2011 he joined IE University as an assistant professor of Entrepreneurship. His work has been published in scientific outlets such as Memory and Cognition, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Small Business Economics, Small Business Management, Proceedings of the Academy of Management, or R&D Management among others. He has also presented his research in international conferences such as the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, the Strategic Management Society’s Meeting, EGOS Conference, and the Subjective Probability, Utility and Decision Making Meeting.

Academic Background

• Ph.D. in Business Economics and Quantitative Methods, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

• MSc in Business Economics and Quantitative Methods, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

• MA in Applied Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

• BA in Economics, Washington College, Maryland, USA

Academic Experience

• Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, IE University, Madrid, Spain

• Post-doctoral fellow and lecturer, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

• Visiting researcher, University of Michigan (Ross School of Business), Michigan, USA

• Ph.D student and teaching assistant, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

Corporate Experience

• Sales analyst for Latin America, Dixon Group, Chestertown (MD) USA, 2002-2003

• Tennis professor, Nike Tennis Camps, Amherst (MA), USA , 1999-2002

Latest Publications

• Tietz, M. A., Lejarraga, J., Pindard-Lejarraga, M. (2019). “Getting Your Hopes Up but Not Seeing Them Through? Experiences as Determinants of Income Expectations and Persistence during the Venturing Process”. Journal of Small Business Management

• Lejarraga, J., Lejarraga, T. (2020). “Confidence and the Description–Experience Distinction”. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol. 161 (Nov): 201-2012

• Lejarraga, J., Pindard-Lejarraga, M. (2020). “Bounded rationality: Cognitive limitations or adaptation to the environment? The implications of ecological rationality for management learning”. Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 19 (3)