Dr. Alfonso Vargas
WACRA Advisory Board

University of Huelva, Business Administration
and Director of La Rabida campus of the
International University of Andalusia


Alfonso Vargas holds a degree and is a doctor (PhD) in Management from the University of Seville (Spain). Also, he has a Diploma in Upper Management of Universities from the Antonio de Nebrija and Politécnica de Cataluña Universities.

At present, he is a full professor at the University of Huelva, in the area of Business Administration.

Since 1985/1986, when he started his career in higher education, he has taught different subjects in the field of Business Economics and Strategic Management, both in degree courses and postgraduate courses and doctorate programs. He has been distinguished by the University of Huelva with the 2002/2003 Teaching Excellence Diploma, and the 2006/2007 Teaching Excellence & Quality Award as a member of the online teaching group of the Faculty of Labour Studies.

His basic research is oriented towards Strategic Management and Knowledge Management, which is complemented with applied research focused, as main lines, on Social Economy (management of agrarian co-ops), and tourist companies, more recently.

Supervisor of many doctoral theses, he is (or has been) in charge of a number of R&D contracts and projects. Besides, he is the academic coordinator of several Erasmus/Socrates bilateral agreements, as well as of the "Global Village" program by the Iacocca Institute (Lehigh University, USA).

He is in charge of the CEPSA Chair and head the Research Group named "Innovation and Development Strategies in Tourist Firms" (GEIDETUR), included in the Regional Government's Andalusian Plan of Research. He also belongs to the School of Co-operative Studies' researchers team at the Complutense University of Madrid, to the Advisory Board of WACRA, to the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Case Method Research & Application and to the Scientific Committee of the Scientific Meetings Review, as well as reviewer of several journals and member of scientific committees of various national and international events.  He has had several books published.

 He is also the author of a lot of articles published in journals and other scientific means, such as: Journal of International Food and Agribusiness Marketing, European Journal of Information Systems, Human IT, Journal of High Technology Management Research, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Journal of Tourism and Development, among others; moreover, he has presented numerous papers in national and international conferences.

Prof. VARGAS has carried out academic activities, both in researching and teaching, in different Universities and higher education institutions around the world, in countries such as -in alphabetical order- Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, France, Italy, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Portugal, UK, USA, ...

He is the Commissioner for Strategic Management, as well as ex-Dean of the Faculty of Business Studies and ex-Head of the Management and Marketing Department, at the University of Huelva.

He is a founder member of the University Association for the Promotion of Social Economy (AUFES) and of the Iberian Circle of Business Economy (CIBECEM). CIBECEM is headed by Prof. Vargas since its formal launch in 2005.