Research Group
Entrepreneurship and Innovation

At the end of the decade of seventies, Tecnológico de Monterrey considered that its graduates should have an entrepreneurial attitude and not only have as a goal to occupy positions in established companies. For this, it was necessary to give the students a special training that not only introduced them to the path of entrepreneurship, but also gave them the necessary tools to travel on that path. This is how the Programa Empresario (business-owners program) began in 1978, through a small group of professors and entrepreneurs who guided a group of students in the process of creating a company. This program was later transformed into the Programa Emprendedor (Entrepreneurship Program). Thanks to this program, various support projects have been triggered that continue to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of the Tec de Monterrey community, generating one of the most dynamic and complete university entrepreneurship ecosystems in Latin America and even the world.

Since its inception, entrepreneurship has become part of the Institution's DNA. Tec was founded by entrepreneurs. Many young students who, upon graduation, became successful entrepreneurs (41% of graduates have started at least one company) that they have generated 2.8 million jobs and innovated in a large number of areas according to the “Economic Impact Study of Tec de Monterrey Graduates in the World” (QS, 2018).

Our goal like research group, is to enhance and disseminate research in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation as fundamental tools to strengthen the economic and social development putting focus in these specific research lines:

  1. Entrepreneurship ecosystems: its aim is the systematic study of the economic and social implications of creating new firms and the relevant actors and conditions to enhance the entrepreneurship activities. Within this topic, the context and characteristics of entrepreneurship will be analyzed at its three levels: individual, regional and national.
  2. Social entrepreneurship: Its objective is the study of processes around business that are created for greater social and environmentally goals and not just the pursuit of profits. This includes the notion of conscious entrepreneurship and the relationship of entrepreneurial activities that have social impact.
  3. Entrepreneurship education: Its objective is to analyze the processes of teaching entrepreneurship from a management perspective. Consequently, it seeks to have a better understanding of the impact of entrepreneurship courses in higher education, the mechanisms that generate entrepreneurship and career development, and the study of entrepreneurial motivations and cultural contexts.
  4. Corporate entrepreneurship: Its objective is to analyze who innovation processes within established organizations generate new business opportunities and the subsequent corporate venture creation. This topic includes the study of entrepreneurship culture inside the organization, strategy for innovation and mechanisms to implement entrepreneurship programs or projects including corporate venture capital.


Name Campus Rank in National
Researchers System
Alfonso Ávila Robinson scholar email EGADE Monterrey 1
Cristian Granados Sánchez scholar email Santa Fe C
Cynthia Lorena Franco Rodríguez scholar email Guadalajara  
Dante Benito Castro Solano email Querétaro C
David Salvador Xotlanihua González scholar email Monterrey  
Delia Lizette Huezo Ponce email Guadalajara 1
Edgar Muñiz Ávila scholar email Guadalajara  
Elvia Guadalupe Castro Félix email Overseas Delegations  
Elvira Elena Naranjo Priego scholar email Monterrey  
Felipe Ignacio Symmes Avendaño scholar email EGADE Monterrey  
Félix Florencio Cárdenas del Castillo email EGADE Monterrey  
Fernando Andrés Moya Dávila scholar email EGADE Monterrey C
Francisco Javier de la Fuente scholar email Monterrey  
Geraldina Silveyra León scholar email Guadalajara C
Humberto Armando Charles Leija scholar email Monterrey C
Jairo Abraham Ruiz Nava email Monterrey C
Ján Rehák scholar email Querétaro  
José Ernesto Amorós Espinosa scholar email EGADE Santa Fe 1
José Manuel Maraboto Quepons email EGADE Monterrey  
Juan José Cabrera Lazarini email Overseas Delegations  
Linda Elizabeth Ruiz Castro scholar email Monterrey C
Lizbeth Alicia Gonzalez Tamayo email Toluca  
Lizbeth Martínez Ramírez scholar email Santa Fe 1
Lucía Alejandra Rodríguez Aceves scholar email Guadalajara 1
Marcia Nelly Villasana Campos scholar email Monterrey  
María de los Dolores González Saucedo email Monterrey  
Martha Corrales Estrada scholar email EGADE Monterrey 1
Miguel Angel Rodríguez Montes email Monterrey  
Patricia Esther Alonso Galicia scholar email Querétaro  
Rafael Antonio Tristán Zamores email San Luis Potosí  
Rafael Eduardo Alcaraz Rodríguez scholar email Monterrey  
Sascha Fürst email EGADE Guadalajara 1
Sergio Ortiz Valdés scholar email Overseas Delegations  

Scientific Publications

  • Rios-Ballesteros, N. & Fuerst, S. (2021). Exploring the enablers and microfoundations of international knowledge transfer. Journal of Knowledge Management. ISSN: 1367-3270 https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-04-2021-0344
  • Fuerst, S. (2021). The network dynamics during internationalization of a family firm: The case of a new venture from Colombia. In T. Leppäaho & S. Jack (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Family Firm Internationalization, (pp. 395-430). London: Palgrave Macmillan. Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-66736-8; eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-66737-5; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-66737-5; https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66737-5_13
  • Villegas-Mateos, A., Barron, E., Ruiz, L.E. (2021). The role of cultural and social norms to create entrepreneurship educational programmes. Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, 11135-149 https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-724620210000011009
  • Amorós, J.E., Cristi, O., Naudé, W. (2021). Entrepreneurship and subjective well-being: Does the motivation to start-up a firm matter?. Journal of Business Research, 127389-398 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.11.044
  • Silveyra, G., Herrero, Á., Pérez, A. (2021). Model of Teachable Entrepreneurship Competencies (M-TEC): Scale development. International Journal of Management Education, 19(1) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijme.2020.100392
  • Ávila-Robinson, A., Mejia, C., Sengoku, S. (2021). Are bibliometric measures consistent with scientists’ perceptions? The case of interdisciplinarity in research. Scientometrics, 126(9) 7477-7502 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-021-04048-0
  • Charles-Leija, H., Peña, J.A., Rodríguez, R.S. (2021). Job satisfaction of entrepreneurs in Mexico, challenges and benefits. Contaduria y Administracion, 66(3) https://doi.org/10.22201/fca.24488410e.2021.2524
  • Amorós, J.E., Ramírez, L.M., Rodríguez-Aceves, L. and 1 more (...) (2021). REVISITING POVERTY and ENTREPRENEURSHIP in DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 26(2) https://doi.org/10.1142/S1084946721500084
  • Huezo-Ponce, L., Fernández-Pérez, V., Rodríguez-Ariza, L. (2021). Emotional competencies and entrepreneurship: modeling universities. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 17(3) 1497-1519 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11365-020-00683-w
  • Guerrero, M., Amorós, J.E., Urbano, D. (2021). Do employees’ generational cohorts influence corporate venturing? A multilevel analysis. Small Business Economics, 57(1) 47-74 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-019-00304-z
  • Ballesteros-Valdés, R., Charles-Leija, H. (2021).A comparative study of wellbeing in students: Tecmilenio case. Wellbeing and Resilience Education: COVID-19 and Its Impact on Education,33-50 https://doi.org/-
  • Silveyra, G., Rodríguez-Aceves, L., Charles-Leija, H. and 1 more (...) (2021). Human flourishing: an enabler of entrepreneurial intention in Latin American students. European Business Review, https://doi.org/10.1108/EBR-11-2020-0283
  • Barron, E., Ruiz, L.E. (2021). Evaluating the effect of entrepreneurial programs elements on students: A scale development. BAR - Brazilian Administration Review, 18(2) https://doi.org/10.1590/1807-7692bar2021190057
  • Baier-Fuentes, H., Guerrero, M., Amorós, J.E. (2021). Does triple helix collaboration matter for the early internationalisation of technology-based firms in emerging Economies?. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 163 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120439
  • Leal, A.R., Perez-Castillo, D., Amorós, J.E. and 1 more (...) (2020). Municipal green purchasing in Mexico: Policy adoption and implementation success. Sustainability (Switzerland), 12(20) 1-26 https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208339
  • Rajagopal, A., Davila, F.A.M. (2020). Marketing strategies for start-up enterprises: Conceptual framework to analyse business performance through cross-sectional metrics. International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 21(2) 238-258 https://doi.org/10.1504/IJBIR.2020.104821
  • Rajagopal, A., Moya Davila, F.A. (2020). Organisational performance and growth in start-up enterprises: Analysis of leadership patterns and functional perceptions. International Journal of Business Excellence, 22(4) 516-541 https://doi.org/10.1504/IJBEX.2020.111490
  • Pittino, D., Chirico, F., Baù, M. and 3 more (...) (2020). Starting a family business as a career option: The role of the family household in Mexico. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 11(2) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfbs.2020.100338
  • Aguinis, H., Villamor, I., Lazzarini, S.G. and 3 more (...) (2020). Conducting Management Research in Latin America: Why and What’s in It for You?. Journal of Management, 46(5) 615-636 https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206320901581
  • Amorós, J.E. (2020). Guest editorial. Management Research, 18(4) 337-343 https://doi.org/10.1108/MRJIAM-10-2020-974
  • Cancino, C.A., Merigó, J.M., Urbano, D. and 1 more (...) (2020). Evolution of the entrepreneurship and innovation research in Ibero-America between 1986 and 2015. Journal of Small Business Management, https://doi.org/10.1080/00472778.2020.1776578
  • Saiz-Alvarez, J.M., Rodríguez-Aceves, L.A., Silveyra León, G. (2020). Does parental gender influence the entrepreneurial intention in heirs?. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, https://doi.org/10.1080/08276331.2020.1769261
  • Muñoz, P., Kibler, E., Mandakovic, V. and 1 more (...) (2020). Local entrepreneurial ecosystems as configural narratives: A new way of seeing and evaluating antecedents and outcomes. Research Policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2020.104065
  • Barron, E., Amorós, J.E. (2020). Bridging the valley of death: Lessons from an entrepreneurial program. International Journal of Entrepreneurship, 24(1) https://doi.org/-
  • Bustamante, C., Poblete, C., Amorós, J.E. (2020). Entrepreneurial intentions in the context of a natural disaster. International Journal of Emerging Markets. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOEM-10-2019-0846
  • Wagstaff, M.F., Amorós, J.E. (2020). Editorial. Management Research,18(2) 121-123 https://doi.org/10.1108/MRJIAM-06-2020-973
  • Villasana, M., Lozano, C. (2020). An exploratory study of corporate entrepreneurship in Latin America. Proceedings of the European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE,2020-686-693 https://doi.org/10.34190/EIE.20.158
  • Amorós, J.E. (2020).Editorial. Management Research,18(1) 1-3 https://doi.org/10.1108/MRJIAM-04-2020-957
  • Corrales-Estrada, M. (2020). Design thinkers’ profiles and design thinking solutions. Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administracion, 33(1) 9-24 https://doi.org/10.1108/ARLA-01-2018-0028
  • von Bloh, J., Mandakovic, V., Apablaza, M. and 2 more (...) (2020). Transnational entrepreneurs: opportunity or necessity driven? Empirical evidence from two dynamic economies from Latin America and Europe. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 46(10) 2008-2026 https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1559996
  • Contreras, F., Juarez, F., Cuero Acosta, Y.A. and 9 more (...) (2020). Critical factors for innovative work behaviour in Latin American firms: Test of an exploratory model. Cogent Business and Management, 7(1) https://doi.org/10.1080/23311975.2020.1812926
  • Rivera, A.E., Rodríguez-Aceves, L., Mojarro-Duran, B.I. (2020). Enabling knowledge sharing through psychological safety in inter-organisational arrangements. Journal of Knowledge Management, 25(5) 1170-1193 https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-04-2020-0241
  • Escandon-Barbosa, D., Rialp-Criado, J., Fuerst, S. and 2 more (...) (2019). Born global: the influence of international orientation on export performance. Heliyon, 5(11) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e02688
  • Moya-Dávila, F.A., Rajagopal, A. (2019). Managing microfinance institutions: Analyzing how relationships influence entrepreneurial behavior. Innovation, Technology, and Market Ecosystems: Managing Industrial Growth in Emerging Markets, 85-107 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23010-4_5
  • Saiz-Álvarez, J.M., Rodríguez-Aceves, L. (2019). Which factors determine the gender gap in the entrepreneurial action? Evidence from Mexico. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 11(3) 207-230 https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEV.2019.101356
  • Barron, E., Amoros, J.E. (2019). When science meets the market: A multidisciplinary approach of entrepreneurship education. 2019 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2019, 347-352 https://doi.org/10.1109/ISECon.2019.8882028
  • Rodríguez Gutiérrez, P.I., Pastor Pérez, M.P., Alonso Galicia, P.E. (2019). University entrepreneurship: how to trigger entrepreneurial intent of undergraduate students. Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, 10(4) 927-950 https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTPM-04-2018-0037
  • Charles-Leija, H., Aboites, G., Llamas, I. (2019). Violence in the Household and Happiness in Mexico. Australian Economic Review, 52(2) 200-211 https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12298
  • Matusik, S.F., Heeley, M.B., Amorós, J.E. (2019). Home court advantage? Knowledge-based FDI and spillovers in emerging economies. Global Strategy Journal, 9(3) 405-422 https://doi.org/10.1002/gsj.1324
  • Baier-Fuentes, H., Merigó, J.M., Amorós, J.E. and 1 more (...) (2019). International entrepreneurship: a bibliometric overview. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 15(2) 385-429 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11365-017-0487-y
  • Villegas Mateos, A.O., Amorós, J.E. (2019). Regional entrepreneurial ecosystems in Mexico: a comparative analysis. Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies,11(4) 576-597 https://doi.org/10.1108/JEEE-02-2019-0024
  • Zanella, G., Castro Solano, D.B., Hallam, C.R.A. and 1 more (...) (2019). The role of the organization in the entrepreneur–opportunity nexus. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 25(7) 1537-1562 https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-03-2018-0169
  • Granados, C., Pareja-Eastaway, M. (2019). How do collaborative practices contribute to innovation in large organisations? The case of hackathons. Innovation: Organization and Management, 21(4) 487-505 https://doi.org/10.1080/14479338.2019.1585190
  • Rodríguez-Aceves, L., Saiz-Alvarez, J.M., Muñiz-Avila, E. (2019). Why latent entrepreneurs delay their launch to the market in Mexico?. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 38(3) 339-358 https://doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2019.103434
  • Ávila-Robinson, A., Islam, N., Sengoku, S. (2019). Co-evolutionary and systemic study on the evolution of emerging stem cell-based therapies. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 138324-339 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2018.10.012
  • Muñiz-Avila, E., Silveyra-Leon, G., Segarra-Perez, L.A. (2019). Startup PATH: The development of the entrepreneur and his/her journey in creating a startup. Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A New Mindset for Emerging Markets, 31-63 https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78973-701-120191006
  • Amorós, J.E., Ciravegna, L., Mandakovic, V. and 1 more (...) (2019). Necessity or Opportunity? The Effects of State Fragility and Economic Development on Entrepreneurial Efforts. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 43(4) 725-750 https://doi.org/10.1177/1042258717736857
  • Giraldo-Diaz, J.M., Fuerst, S. (2019).Shipstra: The lean start-up of a digital freight-forwarding marketplace. Global Business and Organizational Excellence, 38(5) 6-17 https://doi.org/10.1002/joe.21946
  • Amorós, J.E., Poblete, C., Mandakovic, V. (2019). R&D transfer, policy and innovative ambitious entrepreneurship: evidence from Latin American countries. Journal of Technology Transfer, 44(5) 1396-1415 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10961-019-09728-x
  • Castro, E., López, I., Zavala, G. (2019). Work-in-progress: Social networks analysis in the transition of an educational model among groups of stem teachers. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.