Bertrán Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship

Holder: Julia Prats

The Bertrán Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship is dedicated to developing the entrepreneurial spirit and deepening knowledge of the entrepreneurial process, both in newly created companies and in the heart of existing companies.

Since its creation in 1987, the Chair has promoted a range of measures to support entrepreneurial projects. These resources, such as venture capital fund FINAVES and the Business Angels Network, also act as a testing ground for academic research into entrepreneurial initiatives.

Entrepreneurship classes are also offered in the MBA program, and competitions and business forums are organized. The activities of the Chair are channeled through the Entrepreneurship Department and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (EIC).

Research areas

  • Creating new companies (Entrepreneurship). Management processes of companies, from the definition of the business plan to the consolidation of the company, including obtaining seed capital or fundraising on the market. Innovative projects are prioritized, both in traditional and emerging sectors.
  • Creating new companies from already existing companies (Intrapreneurship). The distinct methods and strategies that an organization should adopt so as to facilitate and stimulate the creation and development of new businesses within the company itself. There is particular focus on business initiatives in family-run businesses.

Holder of the Chair

Julia Prats is a professor of Entrepreneurship. She holds a Doctor in Business Administration from Harvard University, an MBA from IESE and a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. Her principal area of interest is the entrepreneurial process, including the identification, assessment and implementation of opportunities in any context. She has published several books and articles in international magazines on these subjects.

Publications

Proceedings

CAIAZZA, R., NUENO, P. (2012). New challenges and integration models in cross-border M&A. Proceeding of the 11th Annual Conference of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management. Political change, cultural dynamics and competitiveness of firms. Universitá Parthenope di Napoli, Italy, 20 - 22 June 2012 (pp. 32 - 43).

Books

NUENO, P. (2014). Emails to a young entrepreneur. Keys for fast changing times. Barcelona: Ediciones Experiencia.
NUENO, P. (2014). Emails a un joven emprendedor. Claves para tiempo de cambio. Barcelona: Editorial Crítica.
NUENO, P. (2011). Cartas a un joven emprendedor. Barcelona: Editorial Crítica.
NUENO, P. (2005). Emprendiendo. Hacia el 2010. Una renovada perspectiva global del arte de crear empresas y sus artistas. Barcelona: Ediciones Deusto.
NUENO, P., PALLÀS C. (1998). Compitiendo en el siglo XXI. cómo innovar con éxito. Barcelona: Gestión 2000.

Cases

PRATS M. J., J., BRIA, V. E. (2021). Telefónica: 95 Years of Innovation. IESE, E-217-E.
LEHR, J., AMIGÓ, P., PRATS, M. J. (2017). Verizon Reimagines Corporate Real Estate. IESE, E-191-E.
AMIGÓ I NAVARRO, P., PRATS, M. J. (2016). El Ganso levanta el vuelo (B). IESE, E-181.
AMIGÓ I NAVARRO, P., PRATS, M. J. (2016). El Ganso Takes Flight (B). IESE, E-181-E.
NUENO, P., AKUA AFFUL-KWAW, P. (2013). Vodafone Ghana. IESE, E-153.

Journal Articles (refereed)

PRATS, M. J., SOSNA, M., VELAMURI, R. (2012). Managing in Different Growth Contexts. California Management Review, 54 (4), 118 - 142. doi:10.1525/cmr.2012.54.4.118.
GROYSBERG, B., NANDA, A., PRATS, M. J. (2009). Does Individual Performance Affect Entrepreneurial Mobility?. Empirical Evidence from the Financial Analysis. Journal of Financial Transformation, 25, 95 - 106.

Working Papers

AGULLES, R., PRATS, M. J. (2012). Change, growth and learning (DI-955-E).
AGULLES, R., PRATS, M. J. (2011). Learning in practice: What organizational and management literature can contribute to professional and occupational development (DI-938-E).
PRATS, M. J., AGULLES, R. (2008). Algo más que intuición para los negocios. Competencias que todo emprendedor debería desarrollar (DI-765).
GROYSBERG, B., NANDA, A., PRATS, M. J. (2007). Does Individual Performance Affect Entrepreneurial Mobility?. Empirical Evidence from the Financial Analysis Market (WP-1081-E).
PRATS, M. J., NANDA, A. (2004). What can we learn from history? The entrepreneurial boom and bust in the investment management industry (1927-1931) (WP-1085-E).

Articles in other publications

PRATS, J., SIOTA, J. (2019). How corporations can better work with startups.. Harvard Business Review.
PRATS, M. J., SIOTA, J., SACCOMANO, C., CANONICI, T., CONTIJOCH, X. (2018). Corporate Venturing: Challenges and best practices of large firms innovating with start-ups. The European Business Review.
PRATS, M. J., SOSNA, M., SYSKO-ROMANCZUK, S. (2014). Hoja de ruta para emprendedores pioneros. Cómo crecer en la adversidad. IESE Insight (22), pp. 15 - 22.
PRATS, M. J., SOSNA, M., SYSKO-ROMANCZUK, S. (2014). Learning From the Entrepreneurial Icebreakers. Growth Through Adversity. IESE Insight (22), pp. 15 - 22.
PRATS, M. J. (2014). The 3 W's Growth Dilemmas: What, When & Where? The European Business Review.

Books

PRATS, M. J., SOSNA, M., SYSKO-ROMANCZUK, S. (2014). Entrepreneurial Icebreakers. Insights and Case Studies from Internationally Successful Central and Eastern European Entrepreneurs. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

PRATS, J., KISLENKO, S. (2015). Empowering growth from within. Cultivating conditions for intrapreneruship to thrive in shaping entrepreneurial mindsets. In Canals, Jordi (Eds.), Shaping entrepreneurial mindsets: innovation and entrepreneurship in leadership development (pp. 59-80). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
PRATS, M. J., AGULLES, R. (2011). Managing Managers as Professionals: Leadership Development and Talent Transfer in a Global World. In Jordi Canals (Ed.), The Future of Leadership Development: Corporate Needs and the Role of Business Schools (pp. 266 - 291). Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.
PRATS, M. J. (2010). Iniciativa emprendedora y la lógica del don. En Domènec Melé y J.M. Castellá (Ed.), El desarrollo humano integral. Comentarios interdisciplinares a la Encíclica "Caritas in veritate" de Benedicto XVI (pp. 243 - 257). Barcelona: Iter.
PRATS, M. J. (2008). Entrepreneurship: Los superhéroes no existen. En Francisco J. Garrido (Ed.), Lo que se aprende en los mejores MBA (pp. 95 - 122). Barcelona: Gestión 2000.
LIECHTENSTEIN, H., AMIT, R., PRATS, M. J., MILLAY, T. (2008). Single family offices: The art of effective wealth management. In Josep Tàpies, John L. Ward (Eds.), Family values and value creation. The fostering of enduring values within family-owned businesses (pp. 166 - 193). Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.

Studies

SIOTA, J., PRATS, J. (2020). Open innovation. Improving your capability, deal flow, cost and speed with a corporate venturing ecosystem.. IESE, Barcelona, Spain.
SIOTA, J., PRATS, M. J. (2020). Corporate venturing Latam. colaboración de gigantes corporativos con start-ups en Latinoamérica.
SIOTA, J., ALUNNI, A., RIVEROS-CHACÓN, P., WILSON, M. (2020). Corporate Venturing: Insights for European Leaders in Government, University and Industry. Publications Office of the European Union.
SIOTA, J., PRATS, M. J. (2020). Corporate Venturing Latam: Corporate Giants' Collaboration with Start-Ups in Latin America. IESE Business School and Wayra.
PRATS, M. J., SIOTA, J., MARTINEZ-MONCHE, I., MARTÍNEZ, Y. (2019). Open Innovation: Corporate-venturing success cases tackling the most common challenges.

Cases

PRATS M. J., J., BRIA, V. E. (2021). Telefónica: 95 Years of Innovation. IESE, E-217-E.
LEHR, J., AMIGÓ, P., PRATS, M. J. (2017). Verizon Reimagines Corporate Real Estate. IESE, E-191-E.
AMIGÓ I NAVARRO, P., PRATS, M. J. (2017). Opportunity Network (A): A Non-Disruptive Start-up Revolutionizes Business Networking. IESE, E-185-E.
AMIGÓ I NAVARRO, P., PRATS, M. J. (2017). Opportunity Network (B): Growth Challenges. IESE, E-186-E.
ELVIRA, M., PRATS, M. J. (2016). Atam: un nuevo modelo de previsión social sostenible (C). IESE, DPO-389.

Technical Notes

WAKELING, N., MITCHELL, J., PRATS, M. J. (2009). Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and Letters of Intent (LoI) in an Entrepreneurial Context. IESE, EN-13-E.
SABRIÀ, F., PRATS, M. J. (1996). Curvas «input-output». IESE, PN-384.
SABRIÀ, F., PRATS, M. J. (1996). Input-output Curves. IESE, PN-384-E.