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Héctor Rocha

My mission is to foster the sustainable integral development of leaders, their organizations and communities. I focus on the purpose of people, firms and society, and on key processes to pursuit them: entrepreneurship, strategy, cooperation and clusters.

Phone:+54 (230) 448-1083

Email: hrocha@iae.edu.ar

  • Professor of Business Policy

Hector O. Rocha is Professor of Business Policy and Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Center for Sustainable Integral Development at IAE Business School. He is PhD in Business Studies (London Business School), Master in Governance and Culture of Organizations (Navarre University), and Executive MBA (IAE Business School).

Since 1990, he has focussed on identifying and realizing the positive impact entrepreneurs, managers, and policymakers have on the integral development of their organizations and communities where they implement their strategies.

Transforming managerial realities to achieve sustainable integral development is the essence of his professional call. His research on the impact of clusters on entrepreneurship and regional development won a merit prize from the European Union, the 2014 Emerald-Cladea Award for the contribution of knowledge to social good, and the 2015 Emerald Literari Network Award. His four books on Corporate Social Responsibility and Integral Development, Inclusive Sustainable Integral Development,  Entrepreneurship and the Impact of Clusters on the Development of Regions and Cities systematize his experiences and knowledge. His academic papers have been published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Business Ethics, and California Management Review, among others (see research gate and google scholar for a list of selected papers).

He shares this knowledge and experiences with internationally renowned colleagues, with whom he intensely works in collaboration (see below: A Collaborative Intellectual Journey); their works are frequently cited in journals and books. He has given seminars, conferences and symposia in the United States, four Latin American and ten European countries, including academic institutions such as:

  1. IESE Business School,
  2. Warwick Business School,
  3. ISM (Lithuania), Hanover University,
  4. London Business School,
  5. Standford Business School
  6. Universidad de San Diego.


He also presented his works in international institutions such as United Nations (UNCTAD plenary session 2004, AOM - UN Global Compact Forum on business and development, 2006), IADB (SME development, 1998), OECD (2012), the Strategic Management Society (1998 – present), and the Academy of Management Conference (2002 – present).

This colaborative reseach activities is transformative. To this aim, he co-create spaces for collaboration between  académics and leaders from companies, governments, and NGO to discover and find solutions to grand challenges. Some examples are: 

  1. IAE-London Business School - Strategic sectors for integral sustainable development through co-creation
  2. IAE – IESE Business School – Cities and ecosystems for economic develpoment and social cohesion  
  3. Academy of Management Symposium on Business with Purpose and the Purpose of Business Schools in a Post-Pandemic World Symposium Pre-recorded video with Jay Coen Gilbert (B Corporations / Imperative 21)
  4. Webinars on the rol of media, technology, and entertainment in inclusive development:
    1. Una puerta a un futuro digno: Potrero Digital
      Live case  https://riu.austral.edu.ar/handle/123456789/938
    2. Niños y Medios en Cuarentena: Una alianza posible
    3. Niños seguros en línea: una deuda urgente


Finally, he works in collaboration with companies' managers, governments and NGOs at both the national and international levels. His experience in Grupo Techint, the government of the Province of Buenos Aires and Price Waterhouse's international consulting division before joining IAE acted as a starting point. His consulting activities with general managers, entrepreneurs and public officials on management and sustainable integral development, the capitalist system in a post-pandemic world, the purpose of companies, development of cities and regions, and private-public cooperation for development are his primary sources of learning and contribution.

His work with NGOs like Red Argentina de Bancos de Alimentos (Argentine Food Banks Network; founding member of the Global Food Banks Network) and Aldeas Infantiles SOS (member of Kinderdorf International SOS) is also another source of contribution and enrichment.  

Hector is married to Maria Inés, with whom he dedicates family time to learning from, educating and enjoying their children Esteban, Efraín, Ignacio, José, Tobías, Miguel, María Lourdes, María Sofía, María Pilar and María Teresa. 

A Collaborative Intellectual Journey based on explicit assumptions about the purpose of people, organizations and society

The first article was written with the late Sumantra Ghoshal and focused on the personal level of analysis (Beyond Self_Interest_2006). Then, together with Janine Nahapiet and Lynda Gratton, they used the same assumptions at the organizational level to explain human relationships based on cooperation (When Cooperation is the Norm). The next step was to move towards the inter-organizational level, where they developed, together with Raymond Miles, a paper making explicit the main assumptions to foster cooperation between organizations (Collaborative_Entrepreneurship_for_a_More_Humanistic_Management). Finally, Hector has contributed an article on Sustainable Integral Development, in which he revisits the main development paradigms (Dominant_Development_Paradigms). He has also written an article to the memory of Sumantra Ghoshal as a Force for Good (Management Theory and Practice as a Force for Good).

These three-level assumptions are used in his work on entrepreneurship, clusters or ecosystems, and regional development developed in his years at London Business School together with the most relevant researchers on these topics such as David Audretsch (Indiana U.), Julian Birkinshaw (London Business School), Pascual Berrone (IESE Business School), Phil Phan (John Hopkins U.), and Rolf Sternberg (Hannover U.).

Hector and his colleagues are currently writing on the intrinsic alignment between personal values, organizational purpose and the common good (People_Firms_and_Society) and how Business schools embracing a more Athenian model of education based on liberal arts could contribute better citizens and better businesses for society (Business Schools at Crossroads_Sparta&Athens). Finally, together with international researchers that initiated new theories such as Roy Suddaby (University of Victoria) and Michael Pirson (Fordham U.), is interviewing pioneers of some emergent phenomena such as B Corporations,  Collaborative Entrepreneurship, Economy of the Common Good, Conscious Capitalism and Blue Print for Better Business that are challenging the main assumptions on the purpose of business and the key process to achieve it.  In particular, they are working at the capitalist and business education levels, and their preliminary work has been already published (Business with Purpose and the Purpose of Business Schools: Re-Imaging Capitalism) and fostered in an Academy of Management Symposium.

LINKS

  1. Linkedin
  2. Center for Sustainable Integral Development
  3. International Seminar IAE – London Business School: How to Co-Create Value in Turbulent Environments  
  4. Foro y programa internacional IAE-IESE Cities in Motion – Distritos Competitivos y Ciudades Integradas
  5. IAE
  6. Research
  7. Live Cases
  8. Webinars y videos