The PhD in Entrepreneurship and Management / IDEM programme is dedicated to promoting competitive, international-level research that make a relevant scientific contribution and generates new useful social knowledge in the areas of Company Management and Economics.

This PhD is the continuation of the thesis phase of the doctoral programme of the same name (International PhD in Entrepreneurship and Management) adapted to RD 99/2011. At the same time this PhD has been offered constantly since 1978 as a doctoral programme of the Department of Economics and Business.

The programme has a clearly international orientation. Of the theses presented in the last twenty year (55 theses), a little more than half were in Spanish (33) and the rest in English (22). In the last 5 years the proportion has reversed: the number of theses in English is greater than half (see IDEM's website).

This international character is also seen in the origins of the graduates over the last twenty years: 18 being Spanish and the remaining 37 from 15 other countries. Looking at the last five years 25 doctoral theses have been presented of which 5 were from Spanish candidates and the other 20 from other countries.

Candidate profile

The programme is mainly addressed to graduates in Business Management and Administration or Economics who have also obtained a research-oriented master's degree in this field, and wish to develop a doctoral thesis in one of its subject areas, principally: business start-ups, SME management, strategy, marketing, finance and accounting, innovation, publicly-owned companies, and efficiency analysis.

The typical student profile is that of someone seeking an academic career at university, or who already occupies an academic post and wishes to advance further. Alternatively, it could be someone planning to work in applied research with companies or other business-oriented organisations in the public or private sector.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options.

  • An academic career at university, in the multidisciplinary field of business start-ups, support for SMEs and, more generally, economics and business management (directorship, finances, marketing, performance evaluation, human resources etc.).
  • Positions in large companies, business associations or public-sector bodies that require thorough previous training in applied research in the above fields, including public-sector promotion of business activity.
  • Freelance consultancy services related to the above areas of business.

Objectives and justification

The International PhD in Entrepreneurship and Management (IDEM) offer an academic framework for quality scientific research in the fields of Economics and Business Management, and promotes training in postgraduate research methodology in this pluridisciplinary academic field, with special emphasis on research into company creation and SMEs, as well as the administration and management of companies in general.

The focus of the research lines of the PhD is based on an established mix of basic theory and addressing relevant problems, and includes supervision for carrying out an initial pilot research project, academic articles and the doctoral thesis itself.

The taught part of the course, both fixed and complementary basically concerns scientific methodology and is designed to develop capacity for rigorous research by each PhD candidate.

Research infrastructure

Besides the physical resources for teaching and research that the UAB provides for all its PhD programmes, students on this programme can also make use of the following research infrastructures.

  • Two workspaces exclusively for PhD students, equipped with individual modules (10 per space), each with a computer.
  • Use of two printers and a photocopier.
  • Access via the Social Sciences Library to online editions of the most widely used academic journals in the field of economics and business management.


Joan-Lluís Capelleras Segura

Composition of the academic tribunal for the PhD programme

  • Joan-Lluis Capelleras
  • Miguel Ángel García Cestona
  • Víctor Giménez
  • Pilar López Belbeze
  • Jordi López Sintas
  • Diego Prior
  • Alex Rialp
  • Josep Rialp
  • Alexandra Simón
  • David Urbano
  • Stefan Van Hemmen


Sra. Mireia Cirera
Tel. +34 93 581 1209
Department of Business



This PhD programme has been awarded the Favorable Accreditation seal by the Catalan Quality Agency (AQU). To obtain this accreditation, the following items have been assessed: quality of the training programme, relevance of public information, teaching staff, learning support systems, quality of the results of the training programme and the SGIQ. You can consult more information in the 'Quality' section of this page.

Number of places available: 12
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees

Languages in which the thesis may be written:
Spanish and English
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Social Sciences and Law

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