Julio O. De Castro is the Jose Mario Alvarez de Novales Chair Professor of entrepreneurship and head of the PhD program at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Prior to that, he was the Lewis family distinguished professor of Global Management and professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Management at Instituto de Empresa and associate professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Professor de Castro teaches in the area of entrepreneurship.
His 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.
His research examines entrepreneurial and cross-cultural aspects of entrepreneurship. It examines the characteristics of the process of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial failure and exits, the nature of entrepreneurship among women and Hispanics, entrepreneurship at the BOP, Informality, Product piracy, and the nature of the entrepreneurial process in micro-enterprises.
Prof De Castro – whose work has appeared in publications such as his work the the Academy of Management Journal and Review, the Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Sciences, the Journal of Business Venturing, and the Journal of Management Studies, among others – believes understanding the nature of entrepreneurship in those environments is going to be key to future societal development. “Entrepreneurial growth in the future will come from those areas outside the traditional developed country context “, he says.
• Production Manager, Productos La Estrella, Dominican Republic, 1983 – 1984
• Consulting and specialised seminars for numerous global firms
• Director of PhD program, IE Business School, 2014 – Present
• Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, IE University, 2021 – Present
• Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, IE University, 2003 – 2021
• Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship, IE University, 2011 – 2014
• Member of the Executive Board entrepreneurship division. Academy of Management 2022 – 2025
• Associate Editor Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 2022 – 2025
• Chair, Strategy Department, IE Business School, 2006 – 2008
• Associate Dean of Research, IE Business School, 2003 – 2008
• Member of the Board of Governors, Academy of Management, 2003 – 2006
• Member of the Board of governors and treasurer, Iberoamerican Academy of Management
• Associate Professor of Strategy and Organisation Management, University of Colorado at Boulder (USA), 1997 – 2001
• Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organisation Management, University of Colorado at Boulder (USA), 1989 – 1997
• Visiting Professor University of Shanghai, 2013
• Visiting Professor, IE Business School, 2001
• Visiting Professor, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 1999
• Visiting Professor, Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Dominican Republic), 1993 – 1995
• PhD in Business Administration, (1990) University of South Carolina (USA)
• Degree in Industrial Engineering, Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Dominican Republic)
• Gerwe, O., Silva, R., de Castro, J. O. (2020). “Entry of Providers onto a Sharing Economy Platform: Macro-level Factors and Social Interaction”. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
• Siraz, S., Claes,B, de Castro, J. O. , Vaara, E. “Theorizing the Grey Area between Legitimacy and Illegitimacy”. Journal of Management Studies
• Musaji, S., Schulze, W. S., de Castro, J. O. (2020). “How Long Does It Take to “Get to” the Learning Curve?” Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 63 (1)