José Ernesto Amorós Espinosa Honored as 2024 AACSB Influential Leader


The Associate Dean of Faculty at EGADE Business School, José Ernesto Amorós Espinosa, is one of 22 business school faculty honored by AACSB International (AACSB)—the world's largest business education alliance—as the 2024 Class of Influential Leaders.

The annual initiative recognizes notable alums and faculty from AACSB-accredited business schools whose work inspires positive change in the business world and society.

This year's class features faculty who are making an impact through their research, and Amorós Espinosa received the distinction from AACSB for its work impacting Entrepreneurship.

In addition to his role as EGADE's Associate Dean of Faculty, Amorós is the leader of Tec's Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Impact research group.

As an entrepreneurship and new business development expert, he has written over 50 papers, published in major international journals, and co-authored over 30 monographs on entrepreneurial dynamics.

Through his work with the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project, Amorós has participated in evaluating pro-entrepreneurship public policies in different countries. He has also helped the Ibero-American scholar community enhance the relevance of applied management research.

"This recognition granted to Amorós is a testament to his commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and the development of new businesses. His research has contributed significantly to the understanding and practice of entrepreneurship, as well as to the development of entrepreneurship education, not only in Mexico but also in Latin America and the world," said Horacio Arredondo, dean of EGADE Business School.

Lily Bi, president and CEO of AACSB, highlighted: "Amorós' work shows the potential of research in business schools to address today's critical challenges, generating knowledge that promotes real change in the world."

Now in its ninth year, AACSB's Influential Leaders member spotlight program highlights the value that business schools bring to business and society—whether through the alums who have used their business education to improve the industries and communities they serve or the faculty leading positive impact through their research.

All faculty from this year's class are from one of AACSB's more than 1,000 accredited business schools worldwide. They exemplify the vital role of business school faculty in developing new knowledge that provides timely and relevant solutions for business and societal challenges.


Amorós is committed to creating a positive impact by promoting entrepreneurship and innovation for local development.

In addition to his research, he has been cooperating as an advisor for the Association of Entrepreneurs of Mexico (ASEM) to develop relevant policy-oriented initiatives that help improve entrepreneurship ecosystems and monitor best practices in new business dynamics.

His work with the GEM project has also influenced the design of public policies for entrepreneurship. GEM is a diagnostic tool for public policymakers to promote a favorable environment for new businesses, allowing them to provide solutions to the most challenging social problems.

Amoros has participated in the evaluation of pro-entrepreneurship public policies in several countries and offered project recommendations to improve their business environment. This work aims to help small and medium enterprises significantly impact their communities' development.

For example, Amorós co-authored a report titled "Challenges and Opportunities for the Incorporation of Companies in Mexico: An Analysis of Commercial Companies," which was prepared by Tecnológico de Monterrey with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and in collaboration with ASEM.

Specifically, the study focused on simplified stock companies and offered recommendations for simplification in incorporating other commercial companies.

Amorós also participated with other researchers in the "Opportunity Amid Disruption" study by GEM. In it, he emphasizes the critical need to transform business according to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals to protect the planet and ensure the well-being of present and future generations.

Among other recognitions, Amorós has been awarded the 2023 Rómulo Garza Research and Innovation Award in the Scientific Articles category.

More information about Amorós' research impact and publication can be found here.

The complete list of AACSB's 22 Influential Leaders 2024 can be found here.



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