Josep Maria COLL

Josep Maria COLL

Associate senior researcher

  • Thematic lines of research: Global cities and metropolises.

Professional experience

Doctor in International Economics, Master in European Economics and graduate in Business Administration and Management from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Specialist in international marketing, innovation, leadership and development, Coll is currently director of the EU-Asia Global Business Research Center at EADA Business School, researcher and adjunct professor at the Maastricht School of Management and Blanquerna - Ramon Llull University, senior research associate at CIDOB Barcelona Centre for International Affairs and consultant to the European Commission and United Nations. He has worked in Europe, America, Africa and Asia, where he was the founding director of the Center for Business Promotion of the Catalonia Government (ACCIO) in South Korea and adjunct professor at the University of Yonsei and Hankuk University in Seoul. Consultant for companies and public and private organizations. His current areas of research focus on cities and urban development, global oriental management, social innovation and human leadership. He is the author of the book “Zen Business”.

  • Wise Cities - A glocal think tank network


    A glocal think tank network

    WISE CITIES is a pioneer urban-based project led by a global network of think tanks and research institutions aimed at providing responses to the challenges of sustainable and inclusive development and citizens well-being, through research, knowledge sharing and policy analysis.

ISN - Jul 1, 2015

Cities Emerging Soft Power: 5 Key Advantages for Improved Global Governance

“With the majority of the world’s population already urban, people have voted cities as the place to live. This emerging trend is an outcome of the spread of globalization, which generates economies of scale by clustering economic activities -fueled by technological change, international trade, finance and foreign direct investment- in cities”, Josep M. Coll, associate senior researcher at CIDOB.