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Pablo MARTIN de HOLAN, Ph.D.

Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Pablo MARTIN de HOLAN is the Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs at MBSC and also serves as the Professor of Management at the college. Previously, he was the Dean of MBAs (EMLYON France), and he also managed the Global Entrepreneurship Program with Purdue and ZJU (China), and the DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) with Lingnan –Sun Yat Sen University, (China), among others. Prior to that, he acted as the Vice—President of International Executive Education for EMLYON.

From 2006 to 2012, he was the Chairman of the Entrepreneurial Management Department of the IE Business School, in charge of all Entrepreneurship professors and programs. During his tenure at IE Business School, the Entrepreneurial Management Department was selected among the world´s 10 best by the Financial Times and the school multiplied its revenues by four times.

He regularly visits INCAE, and is also a visiting professor at MIT in Saragossa, Spain, at Purdue University, and at FT / IE Corporate Learning Alliance. Before joining IE, he was the Bombardier Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Alberta, Canada, visiting professor at HHL (School of Business) in Leipzig, Germany, and visiting scholar at UTDT in Buenos Aires, Argentina, among others. From 1993 to 1998 he taught at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he won two consecutive years the Royal Bank of Canada Teaching Innovation Award.

His doctoral thesis was supervised by Henry Mintzberg, and his research explores the different dimensions of knowledge creation in organizations, and the relation between them and sustainable competitive advantage, both in established organizations and in startups. His publications explore the problems that emerge when organizations try to implement their strategic decisions and change processes, and the solutions that can be implemented. Before his Ph.D., Pablo earned two Masters from the Sorbonne University, in Paris. Simultaneously to his academic career, he has worked as a consultant to several international organizations such as the World Bank (IFC), NGOs (CARE, Intermón-Oxfam), transnational corporations (Daimler Chrysler, Unilever, Alstom, BT, Telefónica, Santander, BASF, Roche, FT…), State Owned Firms (Panama Canal Comission), and several privately owned companies in Canada, France, Spain, and Latin America. Since the beginning of his career, Pablo has taught in over 30 countries in three different languages and has won IE teaching excellence awards every year since 2009.

He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry. His research has been published by many practitioner and academic journals (Financial Times, Sloan Management Review MIT, Management Science, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Journal of Management Inquiry, Industrial and Corporate Change, among others) and has been reviewed by journals such as the Financial Times (UK), The Economist (UK). His paper called “Managing Organizational Forgetting” won the “Bechkard Memorial Prize” by the MIT Sloan Management Review.

In addition, he has published seven book chapters, over 25 academic articles, and contributes constantly with professional journals such as the Financial Times (UK), The Globe and Mail (Canada), National Post (Canada), El Financiero (Costa Rica), La Nación (Costa Rica), Pauta (Panamá), Hablemos Claro (Honduras), InfoBAE (Argentina) many among others.