Hull University Business School

Dr Antonio Malfense Fierro

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Marketing and Business Strategy

  • Biography
  • Qualifications
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Key Publications

Biography

Dr Antonio Malfense Fierro recently completed his PhD at Edinburgh University Business School in 2012 and joined Hull University Business School in May 2013. In May 2010 he was selected as one of the 100 global ‘Young Leaders of Tomorrow’ for the St Gallen Symposium in St Gallen, Switzerland. During 2010-2011 he was the first ‘Chazen Visiting Scholar’ at the Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia University Business School, in the city of New York. He has also more recently (2013) been a visiting researcher at Makerere University Business School in Uganda, investigating large scale successful portfolio entrepreneurs in addition to work with the STEP family business consortium.

During his PhD Antonio worked for a year with Edinburgh Universities Student business Incubator. He has also conducted consultancy projects in Southern Africa and has worked at a prominent New York, Venture Capital Fund. Antonio was an accomplished amateur waterpolo player before injury put an end to his playing career in 2011/2012. While at Edinburgh University he achieved a number of team performance and developmental milestones as Captain of the first team in 2006. He is a qualified waterpolo coach and represented the Scottish Universities Team (national selection) as a player for three seasons (2006, 2008, 2009), receiving a half blue and colours for this and other achievements, from the Edinburgh University Sports Union. He is a keen golfer, angler and a live sports sports enthusiast

Qualifications

MA Business Studies (Edinburgh University)

MSc International Business in Emerging Markets (Edinburgh University)

PhD Management (Edinburgh University)

Teaching

Starting a Business (UG)

Research Methodology (UG)

Entrepreneurship and the Small Firm (UG)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dissertation Supervision

PhD Students

Priscilla Otuo (Co-supervised with Prof. Steve Johnson)

Research

Dr Malfense Fierro is particularly interested in the role of large scale (or portfolio entrepreneurship) in economic development in Africa and elsewhere. This underlines a broad interest in African business and entrepreneurship. 

More specifically, he is fascinated by the relationship between risk and entrepreneurship and how risk is managed over time by entrepreneurs in different environments.

Antonio is currently assessing existing measures of ‘entrepreneurial environments’ and their practical applicability and relevance to entrepreneurs and policy-makers. Other interests, include the growth processes of entrepreneurial business groups in rapidly, developing and growing markets and a fledgling interest in family business and venture capital.

Dr Malfense Fierro’s work is aimed at challenging conventional wisdom within the entrepreneurship domain and the current over reliance on theory, as opposed to empiricism and the pursuit of practical, applicable research outcomes. He is a proponent of qualitative research methodologies in exploratory study, and multi – method research that involves diverse groups of researchers from different academic backgrounds.

Dr Malfense Fierro is interested in supervising Undergraduate or Masters’ students, and hearing from potential PhD candidates that are desirous of doing novel research in his main areas of interest.

He is available for research collaboration and consultancy.

Publications

Journal Articles

Books/Book Chapters/ PhD Thesis

Malfense Fierro A. C. (2012) ‘Portfolio entrepreneurs in Malawi: the role of risk and the environment in the process of portfolio creation and growth’. Edinburgh University.

Case Studies

Malfense Fierro A.C (2012) ‘William Grants and Sons’ Whiskey’, Edinburgh University Business School, STEP Research Consortium.

Malfense Fierro A. C. et al. (2013), ‘The Kitaka Family of Uganda’, Makere University Business School, STEP Research Consortium.

Malfense Fierro A. C. et al. (2013), ‘Nina Interiors’, Makere University Business School, STEP Research Consortium.

Conference Papers

2009

Malfense Fierro A. C. ‘Portfolio entrepreneurs in developing nations and risk: a new theoretical understanding’, working paper presented at Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), 32nd annual conference, Liverpool, November 3-6, 2009.

Malfense Fierro A. C. ‘Portfolio entrepreneurs in developing nations and risk: a new theoretical understanding’, paper presented at European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (RENT) conference, Budapest Hungary, November 18-21, 2009.

Malfense Fierro A. C. ‘Portfolio entrepreneurs in developing nations and risk: a new theoretical understanding’, paper presented at 4th SMU Edge Conference: ‘Bridging the gap: entrepreneurship in theory and practice’, Singapore Management University, Singapore, July 8-10, 2009.

2010

Malfense Fierro A. C, & Rosa P. ‘Risk and portfolio entrepreneurship in emergent nations’. Paper presented at 7th AGSE International Research Exchange, Sunshine Coast, Australia, February 2-5, 2010.

Malfense Fierro A. C. 'Portfolio Entrepreneurship in Emergent nations: the effects of risk and the environment’. Interactive paper session, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, June 9-12, 2010.

Malfense Fierro A. C. & Kiviluoto N. ‘A longitudinal perspective on Portfolio Entrepreneurship: Intentions, business group growth, stagnation and contraction over time in developing economies’. Paper presented at Global Entrepreneurship: the latest in business creation. George Washington University, Washington DC, October 14-16, 2010.

2011

Malfense Fierro A. C. & Kiviluoto N. ‘Portfolio entrepreneurs in Malawi: high growth entrepreneurs?’ A longitudinal study of the portfolio diversification process’, Paper accepted at New York State-Wide Africa Business Center, 2nd Conference on Entrepreneurship in Africa, Syracuse University New York, May 22-24, 2011.

Malfense Fierro A. C. ‘What enables and hinders entrepreneurship in Africa? The factors that affect venture creation and operations of large scale, high growth portfolio entrepreneurs: the case of Malawi’. Paper accepted at New York State-Wide Africa Business Center, 2nd Conference on Entrepreneurship in Africa, Syracuse University New York, May 22-24, 2011.

Malfense Fierro A. C. ‘The role of risk in business group diversification of portfolio entrepreneurs in a high risk developing economy: the case of Malawi’.Paper accepted at New York State-Wide Africa Business Center, 2nd Conference on Entrepreneurship in Africa, Syracuse University New York, May 22-24, 2011.

Malfense Fierro A. C. ‘The role of the environment and other contextual factors in both hindering and enabling entrepreneurship in a developing nation’. Paper accepted at the 56th Anniversary ICSB World Conference, Back to the Future – Changes in Perspectives of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Stockholm, Sweden, 15-18 June, 2011.

Malfense Fierro A. C. & Kiviluoto N. ‘A longitudinal perspective of portfolio entrepreneurship: Portfolio creation and growth in a developing economy’. Paper accepted at the 56th Anniversary ICSB World Conference, Back to the Future – Changes in Perspectives of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Stockholm, Sweden, 15-18 June, 2011.

2012

Malfense Fierro A. C. ‘The role of risk in venture creation and diversification of portfolio entrepreneurs in Malawi: challenging the conventional wisdom of the risk-seeking entrepreneur’. Paper accepted ISBE Conference 2012 (Dublin) 7-8th November, 2012. Nominated for Best Paper in Track (Venture Creation).

2013

Malfense Fierro A. C. ‘The role of risk in venture creation and diversification of portfolio entrepreneurs in Malawi: challenging the conventional wisdom of the risk-seeking entrepreneur’. Paper Accepted (but did not present), Academy of Management Africa Conference, Johannesburg South Africa, January 7-10, 2013.

Malfense Fierro A. C. & Noble D. ‘Directions for a new African entrepreneurship research agenda: portfolio entrepreneurship as a solution to Africa's impending employment dilemma'.Paper Presented as Interactive paper session, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Lyon, France, June 5-8, 2013.

Malfense Fierro A. C., Noble D & Hatem O ‘Portfolio Entrepreneurship as a Solution to Africa’s impending employment dilemma’. Paper to be presented at RENT XXVII, ISM Vilnius, Lithuania on November 20-22, 2013.

 

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