ICREA Academia
David Urbano

David Urbano

ICREA Academia 2018

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona · Social & Behavioural Sciences

David Urbano

David Urbano is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). He earned a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (UAB / Växjö University - Sweden). He is Associate Editor of Small Business Economics Journal (SBEJ) and a member of the Board of Directors in the European Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB). He currently participates in several international research projects (e.g., Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, GEM; Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, PSED; and Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students‘ Survey, GUESSS) and he also regularly visits Haas School of Business (University of California, Berkeley). His research on institutions and entrepreneurship has been published in multiple leading academic journals, including Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, Research Policy, and Small Business Economics Journal.

Research interests

David Urbano’s research focuses on the analysis of factors affecting entrepreneurship in different contexts, using the institutional approach, and combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Particularly, he is interested in analyzing: (a) the influence of institutions (legal and cultural) on entrepreneurship; (b) the diversity in entrepreneurship (entrepreneurial universities, social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, etc.) in light of the institutional perspective; and (c) the link between entrepreneurship and socio-economic performance through institutional lenses. To complement the institutional approach, other theoretical perspectives are considered in order to explain entrepreneurship variations across countries at different levels of analysis (human capital, dynamic capabilities, and entrepreneurship ecosystems). Also, his research provides useful insights for the design of entrepreneurship policies to foster economic performance and social prosperity.


Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial activity, small business, diversity in entrepreneurship, institutions, institutional economics.