Silvia Dorado-Banacloche

  • Associate Professor
  • Area: Management
  • Phone: 401.874.5747
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  • Office Location: Ballentine Hall, Room 229, 7 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881



Silvia Dorado is associate professor of management at the University of Rhode Island. She is also a board member of DePaul Industries (, a social enterprise devoted to generate employment for individuals with disabilities. She has substantial and diverse international professional experience. She has worked, conducted research, and studied in Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Spain and the United States. She began her professional career as an employee in the management audit department of a state-owned airline and her most recent professional job was as a consultant for the World Bank. She has worked as a management consultant at Andersen Consulting, coordinator for a network of community based organizations, and co-owned and managed a small business.


Ph.D., McGill University
Masters degree in Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Dorado, S., E. Raufflet, and D. Shaffer.  2014. DePaul Industries in 2012: Financing Growth in a Social Venture.  Case Research Journal 34 (4).

Dorado, S. 2013. Small groups as context for institutional entrepreneurship:  An exploration of the emergence of commercial microfinance in Bolivia.  Organization Studies, 34 (4): 533-557. (Winner: 2010 Academy of Management Conference Carolyn Dexter Award for the best international paper; and 2009 University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration Award for the best working paper.)

Dorado, S., and M. Ventresca.  2013. Crescive entrepreneurship in complex social problems:  Institutional conditions for entrepreneurial engagement.  Journal of Business Venturing, 28: 69-82.

Dorado, S. and D. Shaffer. 2011. Governance among Confounding Logics: The Case of DePaul Industries.  Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 2(1): 27–5.

Dorado, S. and J. Battilana.  2010. Organization building amid multiple institutional logics: The case of commercial microfinance organizations.” Academy of Management Journal, 53:6: 1419-1440. (Included in “Institutional Theory in Organization Studies” (volume four), (2012) edited by R, Greenwood, K. Sahlin-Anderson, R. Suddaby, and C. Oliver (eds.). Sage. Showcased in National Public Radio, Harvard Business School Working knowledge series, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.)

Dorado, S. D.E. Giles Jr., & T. Welch.  2009. Delegation of coordination and outcomes in cross-sector partnerships: The case of service learning partnerships. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 38, 3: 368-391.

Dorado, S. 2006. Social entrepreneurial ventures:  Different values so different process of creation, no? Journal of Development Entrepreneurship, 11, 4: 319-343.  (Listed as the most cited paper ever published in Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.)