Rodrigo Canales

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

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Rodrigo Canales researches the role of institutions in entrepreneurship and economic development. Specifically, Rodrigo studies how individuals purposefully change complex organizations or systems.  In particular, Rodrigo's work explores how individuals’ backgrounds, professional identities, and organizational positions affect how they relate to existing structures and the strategies they pursue to change them. His work contributes to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that allow institutions to operate and change. Rodrigo has done work in entrepreneurial finance and microfinance. As he continues his work on microfinance he is also conducting research in the institutional complexities of renewable energy and the institutional implications of the Mexican war on drugs. Rodrigo teaches the Innovator Perspective at Yale SOM; he sits in the advisory board of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT; and he advises several startups in Mexico that seek to improve the financing environment for small firms.



  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008
  • MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
  • BS, summa cum laude, Universidad Iberoamericana, 1998


  • Innovator MGT 421

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