Alex Makarevich
Assistant Professor, Department of People Management and Organisation in ESADE
Contracted Doctoral Professor URL


  • PhD in Economic Sociology. Stanford University
  • MSc in Sociology. London School of Economics
  • MPhil in Sociology. Oxford University

Areas of interest

  • Global strategy and organization
  • Organizational theory and behavior
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Venture capital industry
  • Inter- and intra-organisational networks


Alex Makarevich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of People Management and Organisation. He holds a Ph.D. in Economic Sociology from Stanford University, a M.Phil. from Oxford University, and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

Alex studies how firms' embeddedness in inter-organizational relationships shapes their strategy, behavior, and performance. He examines how different aspects of network embeddedness affect outcomes of individual firms as well their alliances in several empirical contexts (the U.S. venture capital industry, Japanese banking, and the global automotive industry). Alex's current research explores the role of inter-organizational ties in new market entry and factors facilitating the success of alliances among competitors.

Alex also studies corporate entrepreneurship at multinational companies. That research covered a number of topics, ranging from the use of knowledge networks in support of corporate ventures to organizational environment within the parent company.

Selected publications

Makarevich, A. (2018). Performance feedback as a cooperation "switch": A behavioral perspective on the success of venture capital syndicates among competitors. Strategic Management Journal, 39 (12), pp. 3247-3272. DOI: 10.1002/smj.2722.

Makarevich, A., Kim, Y. C., Makarevich, A. & Kim, Y. (2018). Following in partners' footsteps: An uncertainty-reduction perspective on firms' choice of new markets. Journal of Management Studies, 24, pp. 209. DOI: 10.1111/joms.12346.

Makarevich, A. (2018). Ties of survival: Specialization, inter-firm ties, and firm failure in the US venture capital industry. Journal of Business Research, (86), pp. 153-165.

Makarevich, A. (2017). Right partner for the right venture: Successful collaboration with new and old partners in new and existing markets. Organizational Dynamics, 46 (3), pp. 148-156. DOI: 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2017.04.009.

Makarevich, A. (2017). Organizing for success in internal corporate venturing: An inductive case study of a multinational consumer goods company. Creativity and Innovation Management, 2 (26), pp. 189-201. DOI: 10.1111/caim.12213.

Makarevich, A. (2016). Extra and intra alliance behavioral moderators of success in alliances with competitors. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2016:1 (12558), pp. 1-30.

Makarevich, A., Acosta Flamma, C. & Dolan, S. (2016). The missing puzzle piece? How action learning can help solve the dual challenge of talent development and talent sourcing. The European Business Review, (1), pp. 1-12.

Dolan, S., Makarevich, A. & Kawamura , K. M. (2015). Are you -and your company- prepared for the future of work in tomorrowland? Assessing your level of preparedness in 10 key domains. The European Business Review, (July-August 2015), pp. 4-12.

Makarevich, A. (2015, August). Diversification, inter-firm ties, and firm failure in the U.S. VC industry. In 2015 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Academy of Management (AOM), Vancouver.

Makarevich, A. (2013). Organizational roles and network centrality in the U.S. venture capital industry. In Das, T.K. (Ed.), Managing knowledge in strategic alliances (pp. 75-109). Scottdale: Information Age Publishing (IAP).