Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira

Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira


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  • Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics
  • PhD, Economics, Kansas State University
  • MBA, Business Administration, Kansas State University
  • Licenciatura, Corporate Management, Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)


Dr. Xavier-Oliveira is an economist with specializations in macroeconomics, international economics, and econometrics. His research agenda has focused on interdisciplinary issues related to economic growth and institutional frameworks, such as barriers to technological adoption, entrepreneurship, foreign direct investment, intellectual property rights, and the informal economy.  His publications have received awards attributed by the scientific community (e.g. Human Relations and GIKA/Journal of Business Research). Dr. Xavier-Oliveira serves on the editorial review board of the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Management Science and Information Technology, and as ad hoc reviewer for several publications and conferences. In addition, Dr. Xavier-Oliveira actively collaborates with students engaged in national competitions, entrepreneurial activities, graduate studies and student associations. In 2013, he received Michigan Tech’s Student Organization Advisor of the Year award for his service to the Finance Club.  And in 2016 he served as faculty advisor to the SBE winning team of the iOme Challenge - a national essay competition on the US retirement system.  Prior to doctoral studies, he worked in Portugal as a consultant for public and private projects funded by the European Commission, and as an EU certified instructor of innovation management and business internationalization.

Teaching Interests

  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary Theory and Policy
  • International Economics
  • Economic Decision Analysis

Research Interests

  • Barriers to technological adoption
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Institutions and regulation
  • Informal economy
  • Growth and development

Selected Publications

  • Pathak, S., Xavier-Oliveira, E., Laplume, A. O. (2016) “Technology use and availability in entrepreneurship: informal economy as moderator of institutions in emerging economies” in Journal of Technology Transfer, 41(3): 506-529, Springer. Read More
  • Rawashdeh, R.A., Xavier-Oliveira, E., Maxwell, P. (2016) "The potash market and its future prospects" in Resources Policy, 47(March): 154-163, Elsevier. Read More
  • Pathak, S., Laplume, A. O., Xavier-Oliveira, E (2016) "Informal institutions and technology use by entrepreneurs: An empirical study across 18 emerging markets" in International Journal of Emerging Markets, 11(1): 57-71, Emerald. Finalist, Best Paper Award, 2012 Academy of International Business Conference (Fort Lauderdale, USA). Read More
  • Xavier-Oliveira, E, Laplume, A. O., Pathak, S. (2015) "What motivates entrepreneurial entry under economic inequality? The role of human and financial capital." in Human Relations 68(7): 1183-1207, Sage. 2015 Top 10 Best Papers of the Year in Human Relations. Read More
  • Laplume, A. O., Xavier-Oliveira, E., Dass, P., Thakur, R. C. (2015) "The organizational advantage in early inventing and patenting: Empirical evidence from interference proceedings." in Technovation 43-44: 40-48, Elsevier. Read More
  • Pathak, S., Xavier-Oliveira, E., Laplume, A. O. (2015) "Inbound foreign direct investment and domestic entrepreneurial activity" in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 27(5-6): 334-356, Taylor & Francis. Read More
  • Pathak, S., Xavier-Oliveira, E., Laplume, A. O. (2015) "Entrepreneurship in transition economies: the role of corruption and individual attributes" in Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 17(4): 427-446, Taylor & Francis. Read More
  • Laplume, A. O., Pathak, S., and Xavier-Oliveira, E. (2014)."The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights Regimes" in Technovation. 34(12): 807-816, Elsevier. Read More
  • Pathak, S., Laplume, A. O., and Xavier-Oliveira, E. (2014). “Opportunity Recognition, Intellectual Property Rights, Barriers to Technological Adoption and Technology Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies: A Multilevel Analysis”, International Journal of Economics and Business Research, 7(2):130-158, InderScience. Read More
  • Pathak, S., Xavier-Oliveira, E., and Laplume, A. O. (2013). "Influence of intellectual property, foreign investment, and technological adoption on technology entrepreneurship." Journal of Business Research, 66(10): 2090-2101. Best Paper Award, 2012 Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy Conference (Valencia, Spain). Read More
  • Pathak, S., Laplume, A. O., and Xavier-Oliveira, E. (2013). "A Multi-level Empirical Study of Ethnic Diversity and Shadow Economy as Moderators of Opportunity Recognition and Entrepreneurial Entry in Transition Economies". Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 15(3): 240-259. Taylor & Francis. Read More
  • Pathak, S., Laplume, A. O., and Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira. (2012). “Inward foreign direct investment: Does it enable or constrain domestic technology entrepreneurship”. Columbia FDI Perspectives, No. 84, December 3, Columbia University. Read More
  • Cassou, Steven P. and Emanuel Xavier de Oliveira. (2011). “Barriers to Technological Adoption in Spain and Portugal”. Portuguese Economic Journal, 10(3): 189-209, Springer. Read More