Filipe Santos is Full Professor and Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at CATÓLICA-LISBON and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty. He is also Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD.
Professor Santos holds a Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, with a focus on entrepreneurship. He also holds a Masters in Industrial Strategy and Management from Lisbon Technical University, and an Economics degree from Lisbon New University. He was a full-time faculty member of INSEAD since September 2003 and left in January 2015 to found and lead Portugal Social Innovation, a new government initiative that aims to catalyze a social investment market in Portugal to consolidate the social entrepreneurship and innovation eco-system. He left Portugal Social Innovation in November 2016 to re-start the academic career at Católica Lisbon. At INSEAD, Professor Santos led ICE - INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship from 2009 to 2013 and was the founding Academic Director of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative from 2007 to 2015.
Professor Santos’ research received several international awards and has been cited more than 4800 times (Google Scholar). It has been published in top journals such as Academy of Management Journal (2), Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics and California Management Review, as well as several books and book chapters. His work lies at the intersection of strategy, organization theory and entrepreneurship and focus on the emerging field of social entrepreneurship. 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. Professor Santos is co-author of the Portuguese and English book “The Social Entrepreneur´s Guide to Changing the World”, with the 2nd edition published in 2016.
As an educator, Filipe won the INSEAD GEMBA 2008 award for Outstanding Teacher in non-core Courses. He was a finalist for this same award for the GEMBA 2009 and 2010 Classes and received the Dean’s commendation for Excellence in MBA teaching in 2010. Filipe currently teaches social entrepreneurship, building impact ventures and impact investing courses. He speaks regularly on topics of entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and innovation. He also mentors entrepreneurs and advises venture investors.
A native of Portugal, Professor Santos 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.