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Ines Alvarez-Boulton

Ms Ines Alvarez-Boulton

PhD Student in Strategy, International Management and Entrepreneurship

Research interests

  • Strategy, International Management and Entrepreneurship


Project Title: Necessity is not the mother of invention: Social entrepreneurship, poverty, and innovation 

Supervisors: Professor Ute Stephan, Professor Saul Estrin

Year of Entry: 2019, Full-time

Ines Alvarez-Boulton is a PhD Candidate at King’s Business School under the supervision of Professor Ute Stephan and Professor Saul Estrin. Her quantitative research explores social (SEs) vs. commercial enterprises (CEs) on various aspects of firm performance (i.e. innovation, radical innovation, and exports). Her research offers a characterisation and deeper empirical understanding of the differences between SEs and CEs. She uses a unique dataset, which is a nationally representative sample of +900 UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Drafts of her research have been presented or selected for presentation at the AOM Entrepreneurship Doctoral Symposium within the AOM Annual Conference 2021, PhD Research Day in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2021 hosted by Imperial College Business School, and the 17th Social Entrepreneurship Conference 2020 at The Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Her research interests are in Social entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategy, Poverty and inequality, and the role of the government.

She has been a research analyst for the UK chapter of the 10-country SEFORÏS Study which stands for Social Enterprises as a Force for Inclusive and Innovative Societies. She is a fellow at CONACyT, the Science and Technology Research Council (Mexico), and has been awarded the King’s Business School Studentship (UK).

Previously, she earned an MSc in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), where she was awarded the best dissertation award. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Derby (UK).

Prior to academia, Ines gained over five years of experience managing small to medium teams and developing collaborative projects in the non-profit sector. Within this period, she was a consultant to Fundación Televisa for a nationwide Entrepreneurship Programme and an Innovation lead in an AI project with IBM (Mexico).

Her international experience includes internships at HCV Resources Network (UK) and at the events and conferences department in The UNO (Switzerland).

Ines Alvarez-Boulton's CV