Professor David Urbano


Universities & Institutions

  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Areas of Interest

  • Institutional environment
  • Entrepreneurship

David Urbano is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and ICREA-Academia Research Fellow.

He received a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (UAB / Växjö University – Sweden), a MA in Applied Research in Social and Cultural Anthropology (UAB) and a BA in Economics and Business (UAB). He also regularly visits Haas School of Business (University of California Berkeley).

His 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.

He has published several studies in leading 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 he participates in Spanish and international research projects (GEM, PSED, GUESSS).

He is Associate Editor of Small Business Economics Journal (SBEJ) and member of the Board of Directors in the European Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ESCB). He is Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship at the School of Economics and Business (UAB) and he teaches entrepreneurship courses at the UAB (Minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, Master in Applied Research in Economics and Business -MAREB- and International Doctorate in Entrepreneurship and Management, iDEM), and at other international universities.

Also, he works as a consultant in entrepreneurship, innovation and SMEs in many projects of the Catalan and the Spanish governments, European Union, OCDE, and the private sector. He is co-founder and director of Centre for University Entrepreneurship -CIEU- (UAB Emprèn).

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See a selection of work by this Author

Are There Really Differences Between Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries?: An Institutional Approach (Chapter 17)

Details Year: 2019 Published in: Handbook of Research on Smart Territories and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems for Social Innovation and Sustainable Growth Cited as: Hidalgo, L. F., Rialp, J., & Urbano, D. (2020). Are There Really Differences Between Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries?: An Institutional Approach. In Palma-Ruiz, J. M., Saiz-Álvarez, J., & Herrero-Crespo, Á. [...]