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Filipe Santos

Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD

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Filipe Santos is Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD and is based in the Abu Dhabi campus. He is the Academic Director of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative since 2007. His research lies at the intersection of strategy, organization theory, and entrepreneurship. His focus is the emerging 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. Related research interests are on business model innovation, impact investing, corporate social entrepreneurship, and family business. His research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, as well as several books and book chapters. Professor Santos teaches courses on entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship in the INSEAD MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programmes and co-directs the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ISEP) since 2007. He also developed the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp that has been adopted by partners worldwide. 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. 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.

Research Areas

Creation and Growth of New Ventures; Social Entrepreneurship; Business Model Innovation; Processes of Market and Firm Emergence.


New Venture Creation and Growth; Social Entrepreneurship; Strategy in High-Technology Sectors; Market Space Creation.


Information Technology; Leisure, Entertainment & Hotels; Telecommunication Services

Related Executive Education programme

Professor Filipe Santos is directing the following programme: INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme

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