Esteve Almirall
Associate Professor, Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences at ESADE
Contracted Doctoral Professor URL

Coordinator, Center for Innovation in Cities

Education

  • Ph. D. in Management Sciences. FUNDACION ESADE
  • Master of Research in Management Sciences. FUNDACION ESADE
  • DEA in Artificial Intelligence. UPC-UB-URV
  • Master Internacional de Gestió Empresarial. La Salle Bonanova - Manhattan College
  • Enginyer Tècnic en Informàtica de Sistemes. UOC
  • 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
  • Esteve Almirall serves as Associated Professor at Esade and Dtr. of the Center for Innovation in Cities. He lectured in several universities, among them UC Berkeley, UPF, UPC and EPFL. He has a mix background both in AI and Management Science, particularly Innovation. However, Esteve spent a previous life in the business IT sector with a career in consulting and banking where for many years Esteve was the youngest CTO of the Spanish banking industry, being the 1st in online transactions and the 2nd in online banking. In academics he has been involved in many programs, his last work was the creation of the Esade's Master in Business Analytics (ranked #5 in the world https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/business-masters-rankings/business-analytics/2019 ) Esteve is passionate about the intersection between Digital Technologies and Innovation, particularly Smart Cities where he participated in multiple projects, Congresses. He was one of the founders of the European Networks of Living Labs with +400 Living Labs around the world and coordinated several high impact European Projects such as Open Cities or Commons for Europe. Esteve also worked for the World Bank and the European Commission as an expert. He has been deeply involved in the Smart Cities movement and in Smart City Expo since its inception. His research has been published in top scientific journals such as Academy of Management Review, MISQ, Government Information Quarterly, HBR, CACM or California Management Review among others. He directed several Master and PhD thesis. Esteve is also a frequent contributor to the general press and a well-known public speaker. As a recovering geek proudly teaches Python, Julia, Machine Learning and AWS besides Smart Cities, Digital Transformation, Innovation and Management.

Biography

Esteve Almirall serves as Associated Professor at Esade and Dtr. of the Center for Innovation in Cities. He lectured in several universities, among them UC Berkeley, UPF, UPC and EPFL. He has a mix background both in AI and Management Science, particularly Innovation. However, Esteve spent a previous life in the business IT sector with a career in consulting and banking where for many years Esteve was the youngest CTO of the Spanish banking industry, being the 1st in online transactions and the 2nd in online banking. In academics he has been involved in many programs, his last work was the creation of the Esade's Master in Business Analytics (ranked #5 in the world https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/business-masters-rankings/business-analytics/2019 )

Esteve is passionate about the intersection between Digital Technologies and Innovation, particularly Smart Cities where he participated in multiple projects, Congresses. He was one of the founders of the European Networks of Living Labs with +400 Living Labs around the world and coordinated several high impact European Projects such as Open Cities or Commons for Europe. Esteve also worked for the World Bank and the European Commission as an expert. He has been deeply involved in the Smart Cities movement and in Smart City Expo since its inception.

His research has been published in top scientific journals such as Academy of Management Review, MISQ, Government Information Quarterly, HBR, CACM or California Management Review among others. He directed several Master and PhD thesis. Esteve is also a frequent contributor to the general press and a well-known public speaker.

As a recovering geek proudly teaches Python, Julia, Machine Learning and AWS besides Smart Cities, Digital Transformation, Innovation and Management.



Selected publications

Brunswicker, S., Majchrzak, A., Almirall , E. & Tee, R. (2018). Cocreating value from open data: From incentivizing developers to inducing co-creation in open data ecosystems. In Larsen , S. N. (Ed.), Open innovation, ecosystems and entrepreneurship: Issues and perspectives (pp. 127-158). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing. DOI: 10.1142/9789813149083_0006.

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., 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 2015. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Montpellier Business School, 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 XXV ISPIM Conference 2014. 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 The R&D Management Conference 2014. Symposium conducted at the meeting of R&D Management, 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.

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 2011. Symposium conducted at the meeting of European Comission, Florence.

Bakici, T., Almirall , E. & Wareham, J. (2011, June). Motives for participation in online open innovation platforms. In DRUID 2011, Copenhagen 2011. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID), Copenhagen.

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.

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, 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 1st Symposium on Transversal Topics ESADE-HEC Barcelona 2009. Symposium conducted at the meeting of ESADE, Barcelona.

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 las TIC en los procesos de Open Innovation. Novática, (195), pp. 12-18.

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

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.