Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
Assistant professor
in Latin American Business Development

Room: DH.Ø.2.24
, Mobile:
(45) 313-49184
E-mail: jara.msc@cbs.dk

Jacobo Ramirez is an Assistant Professor in Latin American Business Development at the Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC), Copenhagen Business School (CBS). He earned his doctoral degree in Business Administration at Newcastle University, England (2005), in collaboration with the Grenoble School of Management, France.

In over 20 years of comprehensive experience in the area of organizational strategy, Jacobo has proven himself as a motivated, results-oriented, and dynamic researcher, educator, and business professional. Jacobo is a skilled communicator able to reach diverse audiences through verbal and written means, demonstrated best by the courses he has designed and conducted in the Americas and Europe, and the 18 peer-reviewed journal articles, 15 book chapters, 6 co-edited books, and 3 case studies Jacobo has published. He has also been a guest co-editor of 2 special issues in a peer-reviewed journal.

Jacobo Ramirez was a co-founder of the Latin America Business Forum (2014) at CBS to further develop Danish business engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). This initiative has helped Jacobo to develop an ongoing dialogue with business community and Governmental Officials (e.g. Ambassadors and Ministers) through several business and research seminars at CBS. Prior to joining CBS, Jacobo was a co-founder and chaired of the research group European Studies on Development and Competitiveness at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico (2007-2010).

Jacobo Ramirez was born in Mexico to indigenous Mexican parents from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and has lived and worked in Copenhagen since 2006.

Research Statement:
Jacobo Ramirez’s main research interest is organizational strategy in fragile states and other complex institutional environments facing security risks, displacement, and social unrest. Through studying private sector, in particular Danish firms in the Global South, Jacobo has been able to design novel methodologies and strategies to study and propose organizational strategies to overcome institutional change. Ramirez’s current work focuses on how renewable energy investments affect indigenous peoples’ communities and livelihoods.

Teaching Statement:
Jacobo Ramirez has a strong and multinational educational background (England, France and Mexico) and extensive professional experience from universities in the Americas and Europe. Dr. Ramirez has designed and implemented online and face-to-face courses (taught in Spanish and English) in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Ramirez uses his own teaching cases of Danish firms in LAC (e.g. Arla Foods, Novo Nordisk, Vestas, etc.) as his main teaching strategy. Dr. Ramirez organises business related seminars with practitioners Governmental Officials (e.g. Danish and LAC’s Ambassadors and Ministers) to discuss with students and researchers current business development and society trends between Denmark and LAC. At CBS he teaches on bachelor and master programs. Dr. Ramirez is the coordinator of the following master degree courses at CBS: Leading and Managing in Latin America and Business Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean (taught in Spanish), and co-coordinator of the courses Business Strategy in Developing Countries and Emerging Markets, and Leadership and Governance at MNEs. He also has taught executive education programs and/or consulted for companies such as PEMEX (Mexican Oil Company), and CEMEX, among others.

Business and Society Statement:
Jacobo Ramirez’ research and teaching activities have helped to develop an ongoing dialogue among academics, students, practitioners, politicians and civil society. This dialogue has taken the form of research and teaching seminars that Jacobo has organised to discuss current business and society trends (e.g. green energy, terrorism, intellectual property, displacement, distance learning, etc.) around the world. Jacobo has also disseminated his work to non-academic audiences (e.g. through case studies, editorials and blogs) in order to further develop an interchange between business and society.

Primary research areas
  • Business development in emerging markets
  • Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Curriculum Vitae
Social media
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  • BA-BLC-Spanish Studies Years 1 & 2
  • KAN-CBL-OMSP-Organization and Management in Regional Context
  • KAN-CBL-GISP-Governance and Institutions in Regional Context
  • BSc Soc -Mixed Methods
  • Master thesis
  • Bachelor Projects
Selected publications

Ramirez, J. (2020). Governance in Energy Democracy for Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities for Partnerships at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Journal of International Business Policy . https://doi.org/10.1057/s42214-020-00077-3

Ramirez, J. (2019). Contentious Dynamics Within the Social Turbulence of Environmental (In)justice Surrounding Wind Energy Farms in Oaxaca, Mexico. Journal of Business Ethics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-019-04297-3

Ramirez, J., Vélez-Zapata, C., & Madero, S. (2018). Ambidexterity Strategies in Illegitimate Institutional Contexts: The Role of Informal Institutions. Management Research: the journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, 16(2), 197-218. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRJIAM-02-2018-0811

Ramirez, J.; Madero, S.; and Muñiz, C. (2016) ‘The impact of narcoterrorism on HRM systems’. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 27, No. 19, pp. 2202-2232. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2015.1091371

Publications sorted by:
Jacobo Ramirez (Author) ; Diego Abraham Angelino Velázquez (Author) ; Claudia Vélez-Zapata (Author) / Collaboration and Investment Opportunities for Danish Organizations in Colombia's Green Transition: 2021
København : Centre for Business and Development Studies 2021, 93 p.
Anthology > peer review
Jacobo Ramirez / Contentious Dynamics Within the Social Turbulence of Environmental (In)justice Surrounding Wind Energy Farms in Oaxaca, Mexico
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 169, No. 3, 3.2021, p. 387-404
Journal article > peer review
Jacobo Ramirez / Governance in Energy Democracy for Sustainable Development Goals : Challenges and Opportunities for Partnerships at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
In: Journal of International Business Policy , Vol. 4, No. 1, 3.2021, p. 119-135
Journal article > peer review
Jacobo Ramirez; Diego Angelino Velázquez; Claudia Vélez-Zapata / Oportunidades de colaboración e inversión para empresas y organizaciones danesas en la Transición Energética de Colombia : 2021.
Frederiksberg : Centre for Business and Development Studies 2021, 15 p.
Report > peer review
Jacobo Ramirez; Anne-Marie Søderberg / Talent Management in the Interface between Cultural Heritage and Modernity : A Case Study of Younger Mexican Middle Managers in a Regional Office.
In: Talent Management in Latin America: Pressing Issues and Best Practices. . ed. /Jordi Trullen; Jaime Bonache. New York : Routledge 2021, p. 46-62 (Routledge Focus on Issues in Global Talent Management)
Book chapter > peer review
Jacobo Ramirez; Steffen Böhm / Transactional Colonialism in Wind Energy Investments : Energy Injustices against Vulnerable People in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
In: Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 78, 8.2021
Journal article > peer review
Jacobo Ramirez; Claudia Vélez-Zapata; Sergio Madero / Ambidexterity Responses to Security Risk Institutional Context
In: International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. 16, No. 3, 6.2020, p. 448-467
Journal article > peer review
Peter Lund-Thomsen; Jacobo Ramirez / Beyond Compliance and Cooperation? : Rethinking Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Value Chains in the Age of COVID-19.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [wp] 2020, 23 p. (CBDS Working Paper, No. 2020/4)
Working paper
Jacobo Ramirez; Claudia Vélez-Zapata / Challenges for Academic Organizations' Legitimacy in Colombia's Transition to a Postconflict Context
In: Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 33, No. 6, 2020, p. 1011-1028
Journal article > peer review
Lourdes Gabriela Daza Aramayo; Jacobo Ramirez; Mario Torres Jarrín; Shaun Riordan / Digital Economy : Potential Cooperation Area between the Czech Republic and Pacific Alliance.
Paris : Organisation for Economic Cooporation and Development, OECD 2020, 15 p. (Global Policy Perspective Report)
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Research Projects
Outside activities

Contractual partner

Duration of activity

Type of activity

Embassy of Denmark, Colombia

September 2020 - November 2021

Advice on renewable energy

Pan American Silver May 2021 - August 2021 Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment