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Carmelo Paviera


Carmelo Paviera is Assistant Professor in Strategic Management at the IAE Business School, Universidad Austral. Prior to joining the IAE Business School he received his PhD in Management from the University of Edinburgh Business School. He has been recipient of the Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarship. He is Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK. His research explores how institutional entrepreneurs embedded in the informal economy respond to economic inequality. The empirical setting of his grounded theory study has been La Salada, South America's largest black market. The context is characterised by entrepreneurs who sell counterfeit and pirated products openly with intermittent enforcement. His PhD dissertation was organized as three empirical studies and collectively, these three essays reveal novel knowledge about the organisational mechanisms behind informal economic activities, constituting a theoretical bridge between the fields of institutional theory, economic governance, and organizational emergence and inequality.

His research interests lie in processes of institutional and social change. Particularly, he is interested in organizations operating in fragile institutional environments and how they provide alternative forms of institutional infrastructure. His research agenda includes the study of grand challenges from an organizational perspective; social issues in management, such as informality, poverty and entrepreneurship, and how hybrid organizations contribute to minimize those issues through social inclusion; processes of emergence and legitimization of social movements type of organizations. Theoretically, he draws on institutional theory and social movements and organization theory.

Carmelo has presented his research at leading conferences in management and organizational studies such, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Academy of Management (AoM), World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR), British Academy of Management (BAM), and the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), among others.

Prior to his PhD Carmelo completed his MSc in International Business. During and after his studies, he has worked during several years as industry and research analyst in the Asset Management industry in Switzerland and Monaco.