Esteve Almirall
Lecturer, Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences in ESADE
Contracted Doctoral Professor

Coordinator, Center for Innovation in Cities

Education

  • Ph. D. in Management Sciences. FUNDACION ESADE
  • MsRes in Artificial Intelligence. UPC-UB-URV
  • Master of Research in Management Sciences. FUNDACION ESADE
  • Master Internacional de Gestió Empresarial. La Salle Bonanova - Manhattan College
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems. University of Phoenix

Areas of interest

  • Open Innovation - Innovation - Innovation Policy User Driven Innovation - Living Labs Innovation Management - Innovation & Strategy Artificial Intelligence - Recommender Systems - Profiling Innovation Markets - Complex Systems - Strategic Management of Information Technologies - Business Models

Biography

Esteve Almirall holds a PhD in Management Sciences (ESADE), a MRes in Management Scienes, a MCIS, DEA and MRes in Artificial Intelligence (UPC). Most of his career has been devoted to Information Technologies, especially in consulting, banking and finances where he worked for more than 20 years in executive and board level positions in IS, Organization and Marketing. As an entrepreneur he actively participated and founded several start-ups in the field. Moreover, Esteve has an MBA, a PDD from IESE a Diploma in Marketing from UC Berkeley and a GCPCL Diploma from Harvard B.S. .

Esteve is passionate about the intersection between technology and innovation and how IT is changing the way we innovate from the individual inventor to ecosystems, from owing and buying innovations to benefiting from innovations created by others by aligning incentives and motivations. Therefore he is very active in fields such as Smart Cities, Innovation Ecosystems, Innovation in the Public Sector or User Innovation (particularly Living Labs). He has coordinated several large EU competitive projects and participated in more than ten of them as main researcher. He is often busy collaborating and organizing workshops, Open Data Challenges and conferences in these areas.

Esteve is a well-known speaker in fields such as Open Innovation in the Public Sector, Smart Cities or Living Labs in Europe, the US and Asia. He also serves as a World Bank consultant and Council member of the ENoLL (European Network of Living Labs), a member of the OIPSG (Open Innovation Policy and Strategy Group) of the European Commission and serves as an expert for several organizations, cities and the European Commission.

Esteve has more than 30 publications in journals and conference proceedings, including top level journals and well-known magazines such as HBR (Harvard Business Review) and advised several PhD and Master thesis.


Selected publications

Zobel, A., Almirall , E., Majchrzak, A., Bogers, M., Dahlander, L., Frederiksen, L. & et al. (2017). The open innovation research landscape: Established perspectives and emerging themes across different levels of analysis. Industry and Innovation, 24 (1), pp. 8-40. DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2016.1240068.

Almirall , E., Wareham, J., Ratti, C., Conesa, P., Bria, F., Gaviria, A. & et al. (2016). Smart Cities at the crossroads: New tensions in city transformations. California Management Review, 59 (1), pp. 141-152. DOI: 10.1177/0008125616683949.

Almirall , E., Cohen, B. & Chesbrough, H. (2016). The city as a Lab: Open innovation meets the collaborative economy . California Management Review, 59 (1), pp. 5-13. DOI: 10.1177/0008125616683951.

Lee, M., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2016). Open Data & Civic Apps: 1st Generation Failures, 2nd Generation Improvements. Communications of the ACM, 59 (1), pp. 82-89. DOI: 10.1145/2756542.

Bakici, T., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2015). Innovation platforms: Intentions for participation. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2015 (1), pp. 14255-14255. DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2015.14255abstract.

Bakici, T., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2015, August). Innovation platforms: Intentions for participation. In 2015 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Academy of Management (AOM), Vancouver.

Almirall , E. (2015, August). Opening governance with a public intent: studying opening gevernance at multiple scales. In 2015 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Academy of Management (AOM), Vancouver.

Almirall , E. (2015, August). Researching open innovation: theoretical and empirical approaches at different levels of analysis. In 2015 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Academy of Management (AOM), Vancouver.

Almirall , E. & Brunswicker, S. (2015, July). Transparency design and generative governance of innovation in digital ecosystems. In 3rd Annual Research Symposium on Complexity and IT, Montpellier.

Bakici, T. & Almirall , E. (2014, December). The underlying mechanisms of online open innovation intermediaries. In 1st Annual World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC 2014). Symposium conducted at the meeting of Garwood Center of Corporate Innovation, Santa Clara.

Lee, M., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2014). Open data & civic apps: 1st generation failures - 2nd generation improvements. ESADE working paper (256). Barcelona: ESADE

Almirall , E. (2014, June). Living labbing: The Southern approach. In International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM). Symposium conducted at the meeting of International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), Dublin.

Almirall , E. (2014, June). An ecological approach to diversity in open participatory strategies. In R&D Management. Symposium conducted at the meeting of International Journal of Technology Management (IJITM), R&D Management, Technovation, Stuttgart.

Almirall , E., Lee, M. & Majchrzak, A. (2014). Open innovation requires integrated competition-community ecosystems: Lessons learned from civic open innovation. Business Horizons, 57 (3), pp. 391-400. DOI: 10.1016/j.bushor.2013.12.009.

Domingo , A., Bellalta , B., Palacín , M., Oliver , M. & Almirall , E. (2013). Public open sensor data: Revolutionizing smart cities. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 32 (4), pp. 50-56.

Bakici, T. (2013). Open innovation intermediaries: marketplaces for innovation (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Barcelona: Universitat Ramon Llull (URL). ESADE.

Bakici, T., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2013). A Smart City initiative: The case of Barcelona. Journal of the Knowledge Economy , 4 (2), pp. 135-148. DOI: 10.1007/s13132-012-0084-9.

Bakici, T., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2013). The role of public open innovation intermediaries in local government and the public sector. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 25 (3), pp. 311-327.

Almirall , E., Lee, M. & Wareham, J. (2012). Mapping living labs in the landscape of innovation methodologies. Technology Innovation Management Review, (September 2012), pp. 12-18.

Bakici, T., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2012). The underlying mechanisms of online open innovation intermediaries. ESADE working paper (237). Barcelona: ESADE.

Lee, M., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2011, October). Mechanisms of innovation in smart cities. In eChallenges e-2011, Florence.

Bakici, T., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2011, June). Motives for participation in online open innovation platforms. In DRUID 2011, Copenhagen.

Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2011). Living Labs: Arbiters of mid- and ground-level innovation. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 23 (1), pp. 87-102.

Wareham, J. & Almirall , E. (2010). Innovation: A question of fit - the living labs approach. Service innovation yearbook 2010-2011 (pp. 24-37). Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

Wareham, J. & Almirall , E. (2010). The need to innovate: Open innovation in smart cities. Service innovation yearbook 2010-2011 (pp. 108-111). Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

Bakici, T., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2010). The underlying mechanisms of open innovation intermediaries. Service innovation yearbook 2010-2011 (pp. 56-65). Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

Bakici, T., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2010, June). The underlying mechanisms of open innovation intermediaries. In The R&D Management Conference 2010. Symposium conducted at the meeting of R&D Management, Manchester.

Almirall , E. & Casadesus Masanell , R. (2010). Open vs. closed innovation: A model of discovery and divergence. Academy of Management Review, 35 (1), pp. 27-47.

Almirall , E. (2009). Understanding innovation as a collaborative, co-evolutionary process (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Barcelona: Universitat Ramon Llull (URL). ESADE.

Wareham, J. & Almirall , E. (2009, April). Innovation: A question of Fit. The Living Labs approach. In ESADE-HEC Symposium on Transversal Topics, Barcelona.

Almirall , E. (2008). El papel de las TIC en los procesos de Open Innovation. Novática, (195), pp. 12-18.

Almirall , E. (2008). The IT role in innovation. UPGRADE: The European Journal for the Informatics Professional, IX (5), pp. 10-16.

Almirall , E. (2008). El papel de la informática en la innovación. Novática, (195), pp. 12-18.

Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2008). Living Labs and open innovation: Roles and applicability. eJov: The Electronic Journal for Virtual Organizations and Networks, 10 (3), pp. 21-46.

Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2008). The role of living labs in open innovation. In Schumacher, J. (Ed.), European living labs: A new approach for human centric regional innovation (pp. 147-158). Berlin: Wissenschaftliche Verlag Berlin.