Jaume Villanueva
Assistant Professor at ESADE
Contracted Doctoral Professor URL


  • PhD in Business Administration. University of Minnesota
  • Master in Business Administration. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BS in International Economics. University of Gothenburg

Areas of interest

  • Entrepreneurship
  • New venture creation
  • Resource mobilisation
  • Early-stage venture capital


Jaume holds a PhD in Business Administration (University of Minnesota), a Master in Business Administration (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and a BSc in International Economics (University of Gothenburg, Sweden). He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Policy at ESADE.
Jaume's research focuses on the processes that underlie the creation and development of new ventures. His research examines the role that interpersonal factors such as power, social influence or persuasive communication play in key entrepreneurial activities, especially in the identification of opportunities and the mobilisation of external resources. In his current research, he examines how storytelling, as a pitching strategy, influences the decisions of early-stage investors. His research also examines how patterns of power-dependence with external parties affect the resource mobilisation efforts of new ventures (published in the Journal of Business Venturing, 2012), how the tension between self and collective interests shape the entrepreneurial process (published in the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2007) and how the goals of key stakeholders affect the governance of family firms (published in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 2009).
Before returning to academia, Jaume worked in international business development for a number of multinational firms in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He was the co-founder of Fluent Systems, a precision agriculture start-up based in Wisconsin, and has been the recipient of multiple entrepreneurship awards.