Xavier Ferrás Hernández
Associate Professor, Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences at ESADE
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  • Doctor en Organización y Administración de Empresas. Universidad de Barcelona (UB)
  • MBA. Esade Business School
  • Enginyer de Telecomunicacions. ETS Enginyers deTelecomunicacions
  • Ingenierio de Telecomunicaciones. Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Areas of interest

  • Innovation Management
  • Technology Management
  • Science-based Entrepreneurship
  • National Competitiveness & Innovation Policies
  • Strategic Innovation
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship


Xavier Ferràs has a PhD in Economics and Business from UB and MBA from ESADE and Telecommunications Engineer from UPC.

Professor of Operations Management, Innovation & Data Sciences at ESADE since 2002. He's Executive Director of Business Custom Programs. He has been 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 200 national and international conferences on strategy, innovation and technology management.

Selected publications

Ferrás-Hernández, X., Armisen-Morell, A., Sabata-Alberich, A., Tarrats-Pons, E. & Arimany-Serrat, N. (2019). The new manufacturing: In search of the origins of the next generation manufacturing start-ups. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 16 (2), pp. 1950014-1950032. DOI: 10.1142/S0219877019500147.

Hurtado-Jaramillo, C. H., Chiu, M., Arimany-Serrat, N., Ferrás-Hernández, X. & Meijide, D. (2018). Identifying sustainability-value creation drivers for a company in the water industry sector: An empirical study. Water Resources Management, 32 (12), pp. 3961-3978. DOI: 10.1007/s11269-018-2030-5.

Ferrás-Hernández, X. & Arimany-Serrat, N. (2017). Disruption in the automotive industry: A cambrian moment. Business Horizons, 6 (60), pp. 855-863. DOI: S0007681317301192.

Ferrás-Hernández, X. (2017). The future of management in a world of electronic brains. Journal of Management Inquiry, 27 (2), pp. 260-263. DOI: 10.1177/1056492617724973.

Hugas Sabater, J. (2015). Modelo integrador de programas de desarrollo de liderazgo (LDPs) en executive education (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Girona: Universitat de Girona (UdG).

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

Ferrás-Hernández, X. (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, X. (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, X. (2006). Pasión por innovar: de la idea al resultado . Barcelona: Granica.

De Llanos Serra, E., Ferrás-Hernández, X., 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, X. (Coord.), Guies de gestió de la innovació: Producció i logística. Barcelona: Centre d'Innovació i Desenvolupament Empresarial (CIDEM); ESADE Business School.