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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


  • Professor of Business Policy

Hector O. Rocha is Professor of Business Policy and Entrepreneurship 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).

For the last 25 years, he has been devoted to identifying and realizing the positive impact entrepreneurs and managers have on the integral development of their organizations and the community where their strategies are implemented.

Transforming managerial realities to achieve sustainable integral development is the essence to 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 three books on Corporate Social Responsibility and 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 Journal of Management Studies and Journal of Business Ethics, among others; (see research gate, google scholar for a list of selected papers and books).

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 London Business School, Stanford Business School and University of San Diego visits to Buenos Aires, IESE Business School, Warwick Business School, ISM (Lithuania), and Hanover University. He has also presented his works on clusters, entrepreneurship and regional development at international institutions such as the United Nations (UNCTAD plenary session, 2004; AOM - UN Global Compact Forum on business and development, 2006), the IADB (SME development, 1998), the OECD (2012), the Strategic Management Society (1998 – present) and the Academy of Management (2002 – present).

Finally, he has worked in collaboration with companies' managers, governments and NGOs at both the national and international level.  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, triple bottom line, mission of companies (Jay Cohen interview), cities, regions, and private-public cooperation for development are his main 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). All these three-level assumptions were used in my work on entrepreneurship, clusters (geographically concentrated public-private collaboration) and regional development I developed in my years at London Business School and my work with Rolf Sternberg.

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 Michael Pirson, he 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. Again, these assumptions are illuminating my current work on entrepreneurship, clusters, urban poverty, economic performance and social cohesion we are undertaking with David Audretsch, Martin Kunc, Horacio Rousseau, Pascual Berrone, Gerald McDermott and Philip Phan.