ICREA Academia

Paloma Fernández Pérez

ICREA Academia 2008 & 2013

Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Humanities

Paloma Fernández Pérez (Barcelona, 1964). She finished her degree in Geography and History at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1987. She obtained in the 1990s three grants –“la Caixa/Indiana University”, “Fulbright/MEC”, and “Mellon Dissertation Write-Up Year Fellowship- which helped her become an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History at the University of California at Berkeley in the United States. She worked as a Teaching Assistant and as a Graduate Student Instructor in Berkeley, before becoming an Assistant professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona in 1993/1994. After three public competitive examinations held in a period of six years, between 1994-2001, she became Associate Professor at the Department of Economic History and Economic Institutions at the Faculty of Economics and Business at Universitat de Barcelona, where she is now teaching international business history, family businesses, and the relationship of families with innovation and globalization.

Research interests

International business history, family businesses and the relationship of families with innovation and globalization in developed and emerging economies in past and present times. Founder of the Network of Interdisciplinary Research of Family Firms, which includes more than one hundred scholars from all over the world (http://www.ub.edu/histeco/p4/eng/). Coeditor of the British research journal Business History. Founder and Coeditor in Chief of the review essays Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business, an open access free journal (http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/JESB). Currently principal researcher in a public project of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness on Spanish Multinationals, and in a project funded by one of the First Scholarships for Research in the Social Sciences of Foundation BBVA about Spanish Multinationals in the US and Germany.


Business History, Economic History, Family Firms, Multinationals