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Dr Carlos Martin-Rios

Carlos Martin-Rios , PhD


PhD in Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University New Jersey


Associate Professor

Teaching Location(s)

EHL Campus Lausanne
EHL Campus (Singapore)

Courses and Modules Taught

• Advanced Electives
• Applied Hospitality Management
• Diploma Work - Student Business Project
• Industrial Attachment (6 Months)
• Integrated Hospitality Management

Teaching Subject(s)

Sustainability Transition and Innovation
Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD)

Area(s) of Expertise

Innovation management
Inter-firm knowledge networks
Non-technological innovation
Service innovation

Short Bio

Carlos Martin-Rios (PhD, Rutgers University) is Associate Professor at the EHL (EHL, Switzerland). Dr Martin-Rios holds Master’s degrees in Management, Strategic Human Resource Management, and Statistics and a Ph.D. in Management and Labor Relations from the Rutgers University (USA). Before coming to EHL, he held appointments at Rutgers University, University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain), University of Maine (USA), and academic visiting position at the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia).

Dr Martin-Rios is the author or co-author of over 40 refereed journal publications, over 15 articles in professional journals, 60 conference proceedings, 3 book chapter publications, and over 20 invited talks, lectures and conference chairs. He has worked and lived in the United States, Latin America, and Europe and has been active in both institutional and private entrepreneurial activities, having served as an advisor in launching innovation and talent management programs and two consulting companies.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Montesdeoca Calderon, M.G., Gil-Saura, I., Ruiz-Molina, M.-E. & Martin-Rios, C. (2024). Unveiling sustainable service innovations: exploring segmentation patterns in Ecuadorian restaurant sector. British Food Journal, 126(1), 471-488.

Montesdeoca-Calderón, M.-G., Gil-Saura, I., Ruiz-Molina, M.-E., & Martin-Rios, C. (2024). Tackling food waste management: Professional training in the public interest. International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, 35, 100863.

Martin-Rios, C., Rogenhofer, J., & Sandoval, M. (2023). The true cost of food waste: Tackling the managerial challenges of the food supply chain. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 131, 190-195.

Martin-Rios, C., Erhardt, N., & Manev, I. (2022). Interfirm collaboration for knowledge resources interaction among small innovative firms. Journal of Business Research. Retrieved from:

Erhardt, N., Martin-Rios, C., Bolton, J., & Luth, M. (2022). Doing Well by Creating Economic Value through Social Values among Craft Beer Breweries: A Case Study in Responsible Innovation and Growth. Sustainability, 14(5), 2826.

Martin-Rios, C., Arboleya, J. C., Bolton, J., & Erhardt, N. (2022) Sustainable Food Waste Management. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 126.

Martin-Rios, C., Demen Meier, C., & Pasamar, S. (2022). Sustainable waste management solutions for the foodservice industry: A Delphi study. Waste Management & Research: The Journal for a sustainable circular economy.

Pougnet, S., Martin-Rios, C., & Pasamar, S. (2022). Keg wine technology as a service innovation for sustainability in the foodservice industry. Journal of Cleaner Production, 360, 132145.

Martin-Rios, C., Hofmann, A., & Mackenzie, N. (2021). Sustainability-Oriented Innovations in Food Waste Management Technology. Sustainability, 13(1), 210.

Gössling, S., Fernandez, S., Martin-Rios, C., Reyes, S. P., Fointiat, V., Isaac, R. K., & Lunde, M. (2021). Restaurant tipping in Europe: a comparative assessment. Current Issues in Tourism.

Martin-Rios, C., Zizka, L., Varga, P. & Pasamar, S. (2020). KITRO: technology solutions to reduce food waste in Asia-Pacific hospitality and restaurants, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, DOI: 10.1080/10941665.2020.1773513

Raub, S., & Martin-Rios, C. (2019). “Think sustainable, act local” – a stakeholder-filter-model for translating SDGs into sustainability initiatives with local impact. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 31(6), 2428-2447.

Martin-Rios, C., & Ciobanu, T. (2019). Hospitality innovation strategies: An analysis of success factors and challenges. Tourism Management, 70, 218-229.

Colakoglu S., Erhardt, N., Pougnet, S., & Martin-Rios, C. (2019). Reviewing Creativity and Innovation Research through the Strategic HRM Lens. Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management, 37, 227-271.

Erhardt, N., Martin-Rios, C., & Chan, E. (2019). Value co-creation in sport entertainment between internal and external stakeholders. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 31(11), 4192-4210.

Gössling, S., Zeiss, H., Hall, C.M., Martin-Rios, C., Ram, Y., & Grøtte, I.P. (2019). A cross-country comparison of accommodation manager perspectives on online review manipulation. Current Issues in Tourism, 22(14), 1744-1763.

Martin-Rios, C., Parga-Dans, E., & Pasamar, S. (2019). Innovation strategies and complementarity between innovation activities: the case of commercial archaeological firms. Service Business, 13(4), 695-713.

Martin-Rios, C., Demen-Meier, C., Gössling, S., & Cornuz, C. (2018). Waste management innovation in the food service industry. Waste Management, 79, 196-206. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2018.07.033

Martin-Rios, C., & Pasamar, S. (2018). Service innovation in times of economic crisis: The strategic adaptation activities of the top EU service firms. R&D Management, 48(2), 195-209. doi:10.1111/radm.12276

Martin?Rios C. (2018). Organizational control rationales in knowledge?intensive organizations: An integrative review of emerging trends. Journal of Public Affairs, 18(1), 1-11.

Septiem, M., & Martin-Rios, C. (2017). Innovative human resource management: The salience of inter-firm knowledge networks. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 12(3), 96-107.

Martin-Rios, C., & Erhardt, N. (2017). Small business activity and knowledge exchange in informal interfirm networks. International Small Business Journal, 35(3), 285-305. doi:10.1177/0266242616667540

Martin-Rios, C., Pougnet, S., & Nogareda, A.M. (2017). Teaching HRM in contemporary hospitality management: A case study drawing on HR analytics and big data analysis. Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, 1, 34-54. doi:10.1080/15313220.2016.1276874

Erhardt, N., Martin-Rios, C., & Heckscher, C. (2016). Am I doing the right thing? Rituals as institutional learning mechanisms for organizational culture in restaurants. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 59, 31-41. doi:10.1016/j.ijhm.2016.08.006

Martin-Rios, C., & Erhardt, N. (2016). Knowledge Management Systems in Sports: The Role of Organizational Structure, Tacit and Explicit Knowledge. Journal of Information and Knowledge Management, 15(2).

Rubinstein, S., Martin-Rios, C., Erhardt, N., Hoffer-Gittell, J., & George V.P. (2016). Organizational responses to uncertainty in the airline industry: Changes in patterns of communication networks. Journal of Air Transport Management, 57, 217-227. doi:10.1016/j.jairtraman.2016.07.021

Martin-Rios, C. (2016). Sensemaking of organizational innovation and change in public research organizations. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 24(3), 516-531.

Martin-Rios, C., Erhardt, N., Gibbs, J., & Sherblom, J.C. (2016). Exploring Affordances of Email for Team Learning Over Time, Small Group Research, 47(3), 243-278.

Martin-Rios, C. (2016). Innovative management control systems in knowledge work: A middle manager perspective. Journal of Management Control, 27(2), 181-204.

Martin-Rios, C., & Parga, E. (2016). Service response to economic decline: Management innovation as enabler of organizational renewal. Journal of Business Research, 69(8), 2890-2900. doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2015.12.058

Erhardt, N., Gibbs, J., Martin-Rios, C., & Sherblom, J.C. (2016). Rhythms of team learning: Exploring dimensions of team learning through email use over time. Small Group Research, 47(3), 1-36. doi:10.1177/1046496416635823

Martin-Rios, C., & Parga, E. (2016). The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese: Non-technological innovation in creative industries. Creativity and Innovation Management, 25(1), 6-17. doi: 10.1111/caim.12131

Martin-Rios, C. (2014). Why do firms seek to share human resource management knowledge? The importance of inter-firm networks, Journal of Business Research, 67, 190-199. doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2012.10.004

Heckscher, C. & Martin-Rios, C. (2013). Looking back, moving forward: Toward collaborative universities. Journal of Management Inquiry, 22(1), 136-139.

Funded Research Projects

Carlos Martin-Rios' Projects


Finalist EHL Best Researcher Award (2016, 2017) Teaching Award, Innovation in Teaching Methods, University Carlos III Madrid, Spain (2011, 2010 & 2008) Harvard University Travel Grant by Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University (2009) Dissertation Award Finalist: Industry Study Best Dissertation Award, Sloan Businees School, MIT (USA) (2008) PhD Best Research Award, Rutgers University Research Counci (2003)