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Maria Figueroa-Armijos Professorial Lecturer Department of Management

Additional Positions at AU
Academic Director, AU's Sustainability Minor
Academic Director, MS Sustainability Management
Languages Spoken
Favorite Spot on Campus
Anywhere under a tree
Dr. Figueroa-Armijos is Professorial Lecturer of Management in the Kogod School of Business. She also serves as the Academic Director for the Sustainability Minor at AU, and is 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. Current projects include work on regional innovation, entrepreneurial finance, crowdfunding, the sharing economy, and corporate social responsibility. Her research has been published in Regional Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Small Business Economics, Entrepreneurship Research Journal, among others, 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. Aside from the United States, Maria has also previously lived in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Belgium, Portugal, and Switzerland. She has family in four continents.
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Academy of Management, ENT and TIM

  • North American Regional Science Council (NARSC)

  • Regional Studies Association

  • Regional Science Association International (RSAI)

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

*Indicates equal authorship

Maria Figueroa-Armijos. (In press). Does public entrepreneurial financing contribute to territorial servitization in manufacturing and KIBS in the United States? Regional Studies, 53(3), 1-15. DOI:

John P. Berns*, Maria Figueroa-Armijos*, Serge P. da Motta Veiga*, & Timothy C. Dunne. (In press). Dynamics of lending-based prosocial crowdfunding: Using a Social Responsibility Lens. Journal of Business Ethics. DOI: 

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 Entrepreneurship, 18(2). DOI:

Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Brian Dabson, & Thomas G. Johnson. (2012). Rural entrepreneurship in a time of recession. Entrepreneuership 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 Highlands. La 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 Change, 48(3), 487-489. DOI: