Xavier Ferrás Hernández
Visiting Professor, Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences in ESADE


  • Doctor en Organización y Administración de Empresas. Universidad de Barcelona (UB)
  • MBA. Esade Business School
  • Ingenierio de Telecomunicaciones. Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Areas of interest

  • Link between Corporate Strategy and Innovation
  • Innovation Management
  • Technology Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Public Policies


Xavier Ferràs has a PhD in Economics and Business from UB and MBA from ESADE and Telecommunications Engineer from UPC.
He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Business and Communication at the University of Vic.
Until 2012, he was Director of the ACC10 Centre for Business Innovation (Catalan Agency for Competitiveness), and was responsible for technology transfer policies, R&D and development of clusters in Catalonia. He has previously served as CIDEM Director of Business Development, Head of Innovation, Co-ordinator of the Technological Innovation Plan for Catalonia (2001-2004), and member of the committee drafting the Research and Innovation Plan (2005-2008).
Among other executive positions related to technology and innovation, he has been a member of the boards of trustees and executive boards of BAIE (aerospace cluster), Biocat (biotechnology cluster), CTM technological centres (advanced materials), Barcelona Media (audio-visual), CTAE (Aerospace), LEITAT (manufacturing), the Microsoft Productivity Centre in Manresa, the Catalan Foundation for Research, the i-CERCA Foundation (Research Centre of the Catalan Government), Invertec (Venture Capital Company), and Creafutur.
He previously worked in the automobile industry and as Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering.
Author of 'Innovación 6.0: el Fin de la Estrategia' (Plataforma, 2010). Co-author of 'Pasión por Innovar' (Granica, 2006), 'Tanto Creces, Tanto Vales' (Granica, 2005), and '50 Lecciones de Management' (Granica, 2007).
Speaker at over 100 national and international conferences on strategy, innovation and technology management.
He collaborates with the Department of Operations Management and Innovation at ESADE since 2002.

Selected publications

Ferrás Hernández, J. (2010). Innovación 6.0: el fin de la estrategia. Barcelona: Plataforma.

Ferrás Hernández, J. (2009, June). Innovation and strategic change in the Catalan, fast-changing, electronics industry. In 16th International Annual EurOMA Conference (EurOMA 2009). Symposium conducted at the meeting of European Operations Management Association (EurOMA), Gothenburg.

Ferrás Hernández, J. (2008). Por un concepto ampliado de la innovación: producto, proceso, marketing y organización. Paradigmes: Economia Productiva i Coneixement, (0), pp. 24-38.

Ponti Roca , F. & Ferrás Hernández, J. (2006). Pasión por innovar: de la idea al resultado . Barcelona: Granica.

De Llanos Serra, E., Ferrás Hernández, J., González , M. P., Guix , X., Kopetz, J., Ponti Roca , F. & et al. (2005). Tanto creces, tanto vales: propuestas sobre crecimiento personal. Barcelona: Granica.

Hugas Sabater, J., Heras Forcada, M., Puig, I., Iglesias Xifra, V., Roig Navarro, C., Segarra Costa, E. & et al. (2003). Ferrás Hernández, J. (Coord.), Guies de gestió de la innovació: Producció i logística. Barcelona: Centre d'Innovació i Desenvolupament Empresarial (CIDEM); ESADE Business School.