PATRICIA SÁNCHEZ ABRIL is an assistant professor of business law at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. She is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School. Before entering academe, Abril was in the law practice focusing on corporate and intellectual property matters. She spent several years at Univisión Network, the largest Spanish-language television network in the United States, where she specialized in international business transactions, specifically intellectual property rights, talent, and other entertainment-related contracts. Professor Abril's teaching interests include intellectual property and contract law, and the international aspects of each of these areas of business law. Abril has published primarily in the areas of intellectual property and privacy law, with her most recent work focusing on privacy and its relation to social media, health, securities, and tort law.
JOSEPH GANITSKY is a research professor in management at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. He studies competitive strategies of multinational and local firms in Latin America, global startups and entrepreneurship worldwide, and strategies for the bottom of the pyramid. He teaches entrepreneurship, strategy and international business at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has been involved in starting several ventures, and has extensive experience consulting with student teams writing business plans, and with business schools in Europe and Latin America in setting up and moving forward with their entrepreneurship programs.
MARIANNA MAKRI is an Associate professor in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Miami. She is interested in the effects of corporate governance and science-based research on strategy formulation. Her continued interest in these questions has led to publications in two main streams of research. The first stream examines why family firms approach strategic decisions differently than their non-family counterparts. The second stream, examines the role of science in the innovation process. Her current research stream examines the role of family ownership in innovation as well as the effects of family ownership on corporate social performance and legal liability.
ROBERT PLANT is associate professor of computer information systems at the University of Miami School of Business Administration and director of the Intelligent Systems Research Institute. He holds a PhD in artificial intelligence and computer science from the University of Liverpool, England. His research interests are centered on technology and innovation, venture capital networks and technology-sustainability. He teaches IT Strategy, and the graduate level class Entrepreneurship: Launching High-Tech Ventures.