Mª Julia
Prats

Head of Entrepreneurship Department

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Bertrán Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship

• Doctor of Business Administration, Harvard University
• Master in Business Administration, IESE, University of Navarra
• Degree in Industrial Engineering, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya

Mª Julia Prats is Professor and head of department of Entrepreneurship, and holder of the Bertrán Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship at IESE.

Prof. Prats’s primary area of interest is the entrepreneurial process, which includes the identification, evaluation and implementation of opportunities in any context. Central to this work is developing strategies and systems that help established firms achieve profitable growth. Her second work stream focuses on understanding the key factors in building and managing professional service firms. Over the years she has had the opportunity to develop both areas of interest through teaching, research projects and consulting work.

Prof. Prats was nominated Kauffman Emerging Scholar for her dissertation work and has published in international journals and congress proceedings, both for practitioners as well as the academic community. She has also authored teaching materials and contributions to several books on entrepreneurship and strategy related topics.

She holds a DBA in business administration from Harvard University, an MBA from IESE Business School, and a degree in industrial engineering from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. She has taught at Wharton Business School, IPADE (México), INALDE (Colombia), and AESE (Portugal).

Publications

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, 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.
PRATS, M. J., SOSNA, M. (2010). Cómo gestionar el lado oscuro del crecimiento. Actitudes que importan. IESE Insight (6), pp. 29 - 36.

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, 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.
PRATS, M. J., NANDA, A. (2005). Sustaining superior performance through a bubble: Inter-firm differences in the e-consulting industry. In Karel O. Cool, James E. Henderson, Rene Abate. (Eds.), Restructuring strategy: New networks and industry challenges (pp. 113 - 138). Chichester, UK: Blackwell.

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

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.
ELVIRA, M., PRATS, M. J. (2016). Atam: A New Model of Sustainable Social Welfare (C). IESE, DPO-389-E.

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.