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Maria Ballesteros-Sola

Assistant Professor, Business

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DBA Management, IE Business School, 2017
MBA Business Administration , Boston University, 2000
LLB Law, Universidad Pontificia Comillas - ICADE , 1993


Dr. Ballesteros-Sola is an Assistant Professor of Management at the MVS School of Business & Economics. She received her DBA from IE Business School (Spain), MBA from the Graduate School of Management at Boston University, and Law Degree (LLB) from Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICADE (Spain). She is a proud Fulbright Scholar (1998-2000) and Paul R. Lawrence Fellow (2016). She has been an active faculty member of the California Institute for Social Business since 2010.

Her research interests include hybrid organizations, B-Corps, social business, social entrepreneurship as well as non-profit organizations engaging in Earned Income Strategies (EIS). She is also actively involved with NACRA (North America Case Research Association), the B-Corp Academic Roundtable, USASBE (US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship) and Yunus Social Business Academic Conference. In addition, Professor Ballesteros-Sola is a member of the Academy of Management. She is a regular reviewer of a number of Journals and is the editor of the “Social Impact” SAGE Publishing Case Collection. She has published in the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, the International Journal of Social Business and the Journal of Social Business. In 2018 she was appointed to the board of the Case Research Foundation.

Previous to her teaching and research work, she worked in financial services and management consulting on both sides of the Atlantic (Madrid, London, NYC, Boston, Chicago, Raleigh, and Mexico City), helping banks and other organizations to use technology to achieve their business objectives.

Dr. Ballesteros-Sola is also a strong advocate for the use of technology in higher education as well as experiential/service learning. She has been engaging her students with local and international non-profits and social entrepreneurs since 2010.

Dr. Ballesteros-Sola loves reading, traveling, Latin dancing and tacos.

Representative Courses Taught

  • BUS 499 Business Capstone
  • BUS 498 Social Business Capstone
  • BUS 301 Social Business Planning
  • BUS 203 Introduction to Social Business
  • MGT 410 Management of International Business
  • MKT 410 New Product Development
  • MKT 310 Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 560 The Entrepreneurial Manager
  • BUS 522 Special Topics on Social Business
  • MKT 497 B Corp Impact Clinic - Pilot
  • BUS 572 MBA International Business Trip - Spain



Social entrepreneurship, hybrid organizations, sustainable business, B-Corps, social enterprises, non-profits' earned income strategies, Corporate Social Responsibility, social impact