Felipe Symmes
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Social Responsibility and Sustainability Corporate Sustainability
Professor at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation
"The only creative space that has been granted to us is the one that we do not know"

His work focuses on sustainable futures, entrepreneurship, informal markets, creativity, imagination, and innovation. Dr. Symmes is a Research Professor at EGADE Business School and VIVA Idea Schmidheiny Chair in Sustainable Futures at EGADE Business School. He co-authors the book “Scaling Strategies for Social Entrepreneurs: A Market Approach,” recently published worldwide by Palgrave McMillan, and “Do More with Less: The 6 Principles of Frugal Innovation” by Editorial Planeta. Part of his research has been published in prestigious journals such as Management Research and Journal of Iberoamerican Academy of Management. In addition, he is a literature writer, publishing his first book in 2016 called “Writings of a Lost Man,” for which he was selected by Penguin Random House in Spain among the most promising young writers.

    • Ph.D Organizational Studies and Theory of Culture
      University of St. Gallen
    • Master Études du développement
      Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne
    • Ingeniero Comercial
      Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with a one-year exchange in MBA and Social Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Impact Scholar Community Mentorship Mentee, 2023-2024 Cohort
  1. Prabhu, F.; Granados, C.; Symmes, F.; Radjou, N.(2024) Haz más con menos: Los 6 principios de innovación frugal, Editorial Planeta.
  2. Bravo, C.; Bustamante, C.; Egana, P.; Symmes, F.; Sexton, J. (2024) The formalization of microenterprises in middle-income countries: Informal institutions as a mechanism to address institutional incongruence. Management Research: Journal of Iberoamerican Academy of Management.
  3. Jäger, U.; Symmes, F.; Bucher, S.; Rüegger, S. (2024) When connecting ventures to international markets falls short: Examining the root mechanisms of perceived inefficacy in market-driven poverty alleviation efforts. Management Research: Journal of Iberoamerican Academy of Management.
  4. Symmes, F. (2021) Una aproximación contextualizada a la inversión de impacto: El caso de IES, VIVA Idea.
  5. Symmes, F.; Ortiz, M. (2021) Reporte de emprendedores sociales que negocian impacto por recursos, VIVA IDEA
  6. Jäger, U.; Symmes, F.; Cardoza, G. (2020) Scaling strategies for social entrepreneurs: A market approach, Palgrave MacMillan.
  7. Jäger, U.; Symmes, F.; Gutiérrez, R. (2020) The Latin American context: The challenge of managing advocacy and impact inclusion, in the Routledge Companion to Nonprofit Management, edited by Helmut K. Anheier, Stefan Toepler.
  8. Symmes, F; Jäger, U.; Rodríguez, A. (2016) Moving Latin American Social Entrepreneurs to Scale, Stanford Social Innovation Review.