Filipe Santos is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. He is the Director for the Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Academic Director of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. His research lies at the intersection of strategy, organization theory, and entrepreneurship. His current focus is the field of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. He is particularly interested in understanding the processes through which entrepreneurs construct new firms and markets. He is also interested in the growth and scaling up processes of new ventures in order to maximize economic and social impact. A related focus of research is on business model innovation. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Technology Policy and Management, as well as several book chapters. Professor Santos teaches courses on entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship in the INSEAD MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programmes. He regularly speaks on topics of entrepreneurship and innovation from both a commercial and a social perspective. He also mentors entrepreneurs and advises venture investors.
A native of Portugal, Professor Santos holds a PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, with a focus on entrepreneurship. He also holds an MSc. Degree in Industrial Strategy and Management from Lisbon Technical University, and an Economics degree from Lisbon New University. He was the recipient of the Lieberman Fellowship at Stanford University, an award recognizing outstanding scholarship and institutional contributions. He also received in 1996 the award for best MSc. student. His doctoral thesis "Constructing Markets and Shaping Boundaries: Entrepreneurial Action in Nascent Markets" was finalist for the Heizer 2004 Entrepreneurship Award. He received an Honourable Mention for Best Paper at the 2006 Strategic Management Society Conference and the 2008 IDEA award for Research Promise from the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division. He also won the 2008 award for Best Teacher in Elective Courses at the INSEAD GEMBA program. He was the finalist for the same award in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and received the Deans’ commendation for excellence in MBA teaching in 2010. He also received the EFMD 2012 award for best case in the Africa category with the Nuru Energy case series.