Barbara Igel

Barbara Igel

100 Novaya Street, Skolkovo, Odintsovsky District, Moscow Region, 143026, Russia

Sberbank Endowed Professor



Barbara Igel is endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), where she served as Professor and Dean of the School of Management. 

She has held regular visiting positions at Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University), the French Ecole Nationale d’Administration et Gestion (ENAG-NOSPA) in Vientiane, Laos and the Swiss SDC Management Development Programme in Vietnam, where she was intensively involved in developing and delivering Executive MBA programmes in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and elsewhere. 

Barbara has extensive experience in teaching on MBA, EMBA and doctoral programmes and working with executive audiences in Asia, including in Thailand, Taiwan, India, Pakistan and Vietnam. She has also taught and directed business incubation programmes for software and biotechnology startups in the Thailand Science Park. Her consulting work includes services for clients such as IDA Washington, the Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan, the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) of Thailand and its National Electronic and Computer Technology Engineering Centre (NECTEC). At the Asian Institute of Technology, she supervised 26 doctoral candidates to graduation with a PhD or DBA degree.

Barbara’s research explores the diversity of entrepreneurial venture creation in different cultures and sectors. In the context of her interest in innovation by latecomer firms in emerging markets, she also focuses on research and development alliances between university and industry that aim at research commercialisation. 

She has published on these topics in leading academic journals, including the International Journal of Production Research, Technovation, the International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Systemic Practice and Action Research, the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, and the TQM Magazine. Her work on the impact of TQM and supply chain management standards on innovative product development by emerging market multinationals has been cited widely.

She also has served as Editorial Board member of a number of well-known journals including the Asia Pacific Business Review and Business Strategy and the Environment, and was appointed IGI Global Fellow by the INNO Global Institute of Korea University’s Asian Business Centre.

Barbara received her Masters in Economics (Diplom Volkswirt) from the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin and her Dr. rer pol in Development Economics from the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, where she started her career as junior lecturer.

Barbara is keen on exploring how advances in pedagogy support the development of skills for practice-driven and relevant, rigorous research methodologies that serve professionals and executives as they pursue a professional doctorate degree. She is currently developing the curriculum structure of a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme to be launched.

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