Rodrigo Canales, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

Rodrigo Canales, Ph.D., researches the role of institutions in entrepreneurship and economic development. His work seeks to understand how individuals purposefully enact organizational and institutional change — in particular, how individuals use their backgrounds, professional status and organizational positions to change institutions.

Dr. Canales' work builds on the different traditions of institutional theory and contributes to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that allow institutions to operate and change. He has done work in entrepreneurial finance and microfinance.

Dr. Canales teaches the core MBA course on innovation at Yale School of Management, sits on the steering committee of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, and advises several startups in Mexico that seek to improve the financing environment for small firms. He earned his MBA and Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.