Project Professor


Current Position

Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona

Research Activities and Interests

Paloma Fernández Pérez, Ph.D. in History, University of California at Berkeley 1994. Professor of International Business History and Family Businesses in Emerging Economies, Department of Economic History and Institutions, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona, Spain. Research interests has focused on family businesses, innovation, internationalization cross-cultural management, entrepreneurial networks and diasporas. She is currently principal researcher of a competitive public research project and participant in a European Union Horizon 2020 RISE project involving 16 centers of three continents. Her current research focuses in the emergence of a manageurial revolution in new large hospitals of the world in the first half of the 20th century (forthcoming book in Emerald Publishers). Awarded twice the ICREA Academia distinction to excellence in research (2008-2018), and awarded the best book in economic history by the Spanish Association of Economic History in 2018 for a collective book on family businesses in Latin America and Spain. Trustee of the Business History Conference. Associate Editor of the journal Business History. Co-editor and founder of the Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business. Council board member of Enterprise&Society. Founder and coordinator of the Network of Interdisciplinary Research in Family Firms. She has coedited a book with A. Lluch Familias empresarias y grandes empresas familiares en América Latina y España (Bilbao, FBBVA 2015, awarded best book by Argentinian Institute of Family Firms in 2016) and Evolution of Family Businesses (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar 2016, awarded best book by Spanish Association of Economic History). Coedited with C. Lubinski and J. Fear Family Multinationals (NY, Routledge, 2013), and with A. Colli The Endurance of Family Businesses (NY, Cambridge University Press, 2013). Recent articles: “Learning from Giants. Early exposure to advanced markets in the growth and internationalisation of Spanish health care corporations in the twentieth century”, Business History (2017); and “Imprinting and early exposure to developed international markets: The case of the New Multinationals”, Business Research Quarterly (2018), with N. Puig, E. García-Canal and M. Guillén. She has recently guest edited with P.-Y. Donzé an special issue on the Health Care Industries for Business History.


PhD in History (1994), University of California at Berkeley, USA

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