Intrapreneurship: Stimulating an entrepreneurial culture


Intrapreneurship: Stimulating an entrepreneurial culture

17 de diciembre de 2017

Barcelona, - IESE - Aula Magna North Campus (Arnús i Garí, 5)

Talent is what fuels organizations. In a world of exponential technological development, social changes and new business models, it is no longer enough to just improve every year— it is increasingly more important to pay attention to changes and how they open up new opportunities. As a result, developing the entrepreneurial talent at the heart of the company has become an essential competitive asset. Achieving this is a complex problem, however, with no formula to solve it easily and quickly, and the structures, processes and culture of an established organization often pose a barrier.

This session provides an account of an experience that has significantly helped to create this culture, as well as the domino effect that it has produced: presence in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, greater engagement of employees, agreements with start-ups and even impact on the bottom line. Some of the protagonists of the WeStart project, led by First in Chiesi Farmaceutici, will report on how they successfully tackled this challenge. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion in which the representatives of several companies will debate on what is to come after the creation of an entrepreneurial culture.

Prof. Antonio Dávila, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Accounting and Control, and holder of the Seat Chair of Innovation
Ugo di Francesco, CEO, Grupo Chiesi
Carlos Grau, CEO, Mobile World Capital


  • Antonio Dávila is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Accounting and Control, and holder of the Seat Chair of Innovation and the Alcatel-Lucent Chair of Management of Technology. From 1999 to 2006, he was part of the faculty at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he still teaches periodically.

    Prof. Dávila earned his Ph.D. from Harvard Business School and his MBA from IESE. His teaching and research interests focus on management systems in entrepreneurial firms, new product development and innovation management, and performance measurement.

    In 2005, he was awarded IESE's Research Excellence Award. He was also granted the Ramón y Cajal Scholarship awarded by the Spanish government (2004). Other prizes and awards he has received include the Carlos Cubillo Valverde Accounting Research Paper Award (2003), the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association Best Dissertation Runner-Up Award (1999) and the McKinsey Best Paper Award from the Strategic Management Society (1998). 

    Prof. Dávila is co-author of Making Innovation Work: How to Manage It, Measure It, and Profit from It (2006) and Performance Measurement and Management Control Systems to Implement Strategy (2000). He has also edited a third book, The Creative Enterprise (2007). He has contributed several book chapters and published various research articles in academic journals including The Accounting Review, Accounting Organizations and Society, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Research Policy, and Harvard Business Review.

    Prof. Dávila is a prolific author of cases. He has developed teaching cases with companies such as Checkpoint, Logitech, Siebel Systems, CitiBank and Prof. Dávila has been invited to give presentations on accounting and control systems at, among others, the AAA Management Accounting Section Meeting, the Management Accounting Conference, the Strategic Management Society Meeting, and the European Accounting Meeting.

    He is a member of the editorial boards of Accounting, Organizations and Society, The Journal of Management Accounting Research and Advances in Management Accounting

    Professor of Entrepreneurship and Accounting and Control
    Holder of the Seat Chair of Innovation and the Alcatel-Lucent Chair of Management of Technology.

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