Xabier Barriola

Postdoctoral Researcher at Aalto University

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University's Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. My research is focused on sustainability and its three pillars: economic, environmental, and social development. From an economics perspective, I study how competition has an effect on new product development and product assortment. Moreover, I am interested in analyzing how consumers react to the introduction of new products. From an environmental viewpoint, I analyze how firms respond to disruptions, and how they are making their supply chains more resilient. Finally, from a social perspective, I study how firms with purpose are more socially responsible, and how inequality has an effect on hiring practices and employee performance.

Prior to my academic career, I worked for a period of four years as an environmental and social risk officer based in Panama City, Panama. During that period, I had the opportunity to advise a total of 190 companies that were located in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Peru, and Mexico. My main objective was to assess their operations in order to help them comply with local and international regulations.

I am from Venezuela but I have lived in Spain, Panama, Germany, England, France, and Finland. I enjoy getting to know new cultures and understanding how businesses are managed across the world.