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Maria Figueroa-Armijos Professorial Lecturer Department of Management

Additional Positions at AU
Academic Director, Sustainability Management Program
Languages Spoken
Dr. Figueroa-Armijos is Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Management and Academic Director of the Sustainability Management Program in the Kogod School of Business. She is also Affiliated Research Faculty with the AU Center for Innovation in the Capital. Dr. Figueroa-Armijos’ academic interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship and regional science. Her research focuses on entrepreneurship and regional economic development. Current projects include work in regional innovation, entrepreneurial finance, crowdfunding, the sharing economy, and corporate social responsibility. Her research has been published in Small Business Economics, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Development, and Entrepreneurship Research Journal, and has been presented at national and international conferences. Professor Figueroa-Armijos’ field research has included projects with SANREM CRSP/USAID in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador; and with USDA’s Rural Development Division, USDA ERS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) in the U.S. Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management from EARTH University in Costa Rica, and a MSc in Applied Economics (Minor in International Development) and PhD in Public Policy from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Academy of Management, ENT and TIM Divisions

  • North American Regional Council (NARSC) and Regional Science Association International (RSAI)

  • Entrepreneurship Research Society
    founding member

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Corinne Valdivia. (2017). Sustainable Innovation to cope with climate change and market variability in the Bolivian Highlands,” Innovation and Development, 7(1), 17-35. DOI: 

Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Thomas G. Johnson. (2016). Entrepreneurship policy and economic growth, solution or delusion? Evidence from a state initiative. Small Business Economics, 47(4), 1033-47. DOI:

Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Thomas G. Johnson. (2013). Entrepreneurship in rural America across typologies, gender and motivation. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship18(2). DOI:

Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Brian Dabson, & Thomas G. Johnson. (2012). Rural entrepreneurship in a time of recession. Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 2(1). DOI:

Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Irene Alvarado & James French. (2005). Description and analysis of the transformation of the horticulture supply system in the supermarket sector of Costa Rica. Tierra Tropical: Sostenibilidad, Ambiente y Sociedad, 1(1), 37-43

Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Corinne Valdivia. (2013). Market access and resilience in the Bolivian Highlands (In Spanish). In Elizabeth Jimenez (ed.), Adaptation and Climate Change in the Bolivian HighlandsLa Paz, Bolivia: CIDES-UMSA. 

Maria Figueroa-Armijos. (2017). Book Review: Women’s entrepreneurship in global and local contexts (edited by Diaz-Garcia, C., Brush, C.G., Gatewood, E.J., & Welter, F.). Growth and Change48(3), 487-489. DOI: