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Dr Carlos Martin-Rios

Dr Carlos Martin-Rios


PhD in Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University New Jersey


Associate Professor

Teaching Subject(s)

Corporate Social Responsability & Sustainable Innovations
Organizational Capital & Leadership

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 Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (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

Martin-Rios, C., Hofmann, A., & Mackenzie, N. (2021). Sustainability-Oriented Innovations in Food Waste Management Technology. Sustainability, 13(1), 210. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010210
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

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13683500.2020.1749244

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. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-06-2018-0453

Martin-Rios, C., & Ciobanu, T. (2019). Hospitality innovation strategies: An analysis of success factors and challenges. Tourism Management, 70, 218-229. doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2018.08.018

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. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-730120190000037007

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. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-03-2018-0244

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13683500.2018.1455171

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. doi.org/10.1007/s11628-019-00401-9

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. doi.org/10.1002/pa.1695

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). https://doi.org/10.1142/S0219649216500234

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. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-07-2014-0784

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. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1046496416635823

Martin-Rios, C. (2016). Innovative management control systems in knowledge work: A middle manager perspective. Journal of Management Control, 27(2), 181-204. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00187-015-0228-8

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. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1056492612463652

Funded Research Projects

Martin-Rios, C., Project: Current Innovation Trends in Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management of branded hotels in the United States (HSMAI), Date: 01.09.2019 to 31.01.2020, Private Funding.
Martin-Rios, C., Project: Toward successful implementation of novel forms of innovation in the hospitality industry, Date: 01.01.2016 to 31.03.2017, External Fundraising: HES-SO.


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)