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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 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.


Martin-Rios, C., Zizka, L., Varga, P. & Pasamar, S. (Forthcoming). 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. (Forthcoming). 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


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)

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