Boyd Cohen
Entrepreneurship Strategy and Management Sustainability and Technological Innovation
Professor at the Department of Strategy and Leadership
Accelerating a regenerative economy through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Since obtaining his Ph.D. in strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado in 2001, Boyd Cohen focused on accelerating the path to a low-carbon sustainable economy for the past two decades. This included publishing three books (Post-Capitalist Entrepreneurship: Startups for the 99%, The Emergence of the Urban Entrepreneur, and Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change), multiple peer-reviewed articles, and starting a handful of ventures in the smart cities and sustainability arena. Boyd’s writings and thought leadership have been published in Fast Company, CoinDesk, and numerous smart cities publications. At the same time, the Smart Cities Wheel has been leveraged by governments around the globe to benchmark, rank, and strategize their path to a net zero future. His previous academic posts have been at IE (Spain), University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University (Canada), INCAE (Costa Rica), Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile), and EADA Business School (Spain), where he was Dean of Research. Boyd holds an International Fellow from Hult International Business School in the Future’s Impact Lab. He is finishing his fourth book (Abundance Capitalism), and is on the Board of Iomob, a Web2 and Web3 software startup he cofounded in smart mobility.

    • Ph.D Strategy and Entrepreneurship
      University of Colorado (USA)

    • M.A. International Human Resources and International Exchange
      University of South Carolina (USA) and Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)

    • B.S. Organizational Behavior
      Miami University (USA)

  • IESE Schneider Electric Best Paper Award for Impact on Practice
  • Cohen, B., Charnley, F., Kietzmann, J., Esposito, M. (2025). Generative innovation opportunities in circular cities, California Management Review (special issue).
  • Cohen, B., & Kietzmann, J. (under review). Open innovation for grand challenges requires systems thinking
  • Cohen, B. Rethinking sustainability: Nature’s hierarchy of needs. 
  • Lecuna, A., Cohen, B. & Mandakovic, V. (2020). Want more high-growth entrepreneurs? Then control corruption with less ineffective bureaucracy. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 45(4): 525-546.
  • Muñoz, P., Gacciotti, G., & Cohen, B. (2018). The double-edged sword of purpose-driven behavior in sustainable venturing, Journal of Business Venturing, 33(2), 149-178.
  • Muñoz, P. & Cohen, B. (2018). A compass for navigating sharing economy business models, California Management Review, 61(1): 114-147.
  • Muñoz, P. & Cohen, B. (2018). Sustainable entrepreneurship research: Taking stock and looking ahead, Business Strategy & the Environment, 27(3): 300-322.
  • Cohen, B. (2017). The rise of alternative currencies in post-capitalism. Journal of Management Studies, 54(5), 739-746.
  • Muñoz, P. & Cohen, B. (2017). Mapping out the sharing economy: A configurational approach to sharing business modeling, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 125, 21-37.
  • Cohen, B., Almirall, E., & Chesbrough, H. (editors), (2016). The City as a lab: Open innovation meets the collaborative economy, California Management Review, 59(1), 5-13.
  • Muñoz, P. & Cohen, B. (2016). The making of the urban entrepreneur, California Management Review, 71-91.
  • Cohen, B. & Muñoz, P. (2016). Sharing cities and sustainable consumption and production: Towards an integrated framework, Journal of Cleaner Production, 134, 87-97. 
  • Cohen, B. & Muñoz, P. (2015) Towards a theory of purpose-driven entrepreneurship, Organization & Environment, 28(3), 264-285.
  • Cohen, B. & Amoros, E. (2014) Municipal demand-side policy tools and the strategic management of technology life cycles, Technovation, 34(12), 797-806.
  • Cohen, B. & Kietzmann, J. (2014) Ride on! Mobility business models for the sharing economy, Organization & Environment, 27(3), 279-296. IESE Schneider Electric Best Paper Award for Impact on Practice
  • Cohen, B. & Winn, M. (2007). Market imperfections, opportunity and sustainable entrepreneurship, Journal of Business Venturing, 22(1), 29-49.
  • Cohen, B. (2006). Sustainable valley entrepreneurial ecosystems, Business Strategy and the Environment, 15(1), 1-14.
  • Cohen, B. & Dean, T. (2005). Information asymmetry and investor valuation of IPOs: top management team legitimacy as a capital market signal, Strategic Management Journal, 26(7), 683-690.