Francisco Brahm

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

MSc (PUC) PhD (Cambridge)

Dr Francisco Brahm’s research sets out to understand two aspects of organisations. First, their nature: the essential forces that explain their origin as well as their function for agents and economies at large. Second, their formal structure (for example, vertical and horizontal boundaries, delegation and incentives systems) and the informal forces within firms (for instance, cooperation, trust and norms) and how these impact performance.

Dr Brahm has a Business Engineering degree and a MSc in Management from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC). He was a Research Associate at PUC and a management consultant at a boutique strategy and operations consulting firm in Chile before embarking on a PhD in Management at Cambridge University.

He frequently reviews papers for academic journals and conferences and provides expert assessment of projects submitted to research funds. His own research has been published in several journals, such as Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and Journal of Supply Chain Management.

He previously served as Chief Financial Officer at a building materials company. He continues to actively collaborate with firms in tackling managerial challenges.

  • Theory of the firm
  • Vertical and horizontal boundaries
  • Delegation
  • Incentives systems
  • Informal organization of firms
  • Cultural Evolution


Cultural Evolution Theory and Organizations

Brahm F; Poblete J

Organization Theory 2022 Vol 3:1 p 1-30

Managing with Style? Microevidence on the Allocation of Managerial Attention

Brahm F; Dessein W; Ho-Fu Lo D; Minam C

Management Science 2022 Vol 68:11 p 8261-8285


Can firms be both broad and deep? Exploring interdependencies between horizontal and vertical firm scope

Brahm F; Parmigiani A; Tarzijan J

Journal of Management 2021 Vol 47:5 p 1219-1254

The evolution of productive organizations

Brahm F; Poblete J

Nature: human behaviour 2021 January Vol 2021:5 p 39-48


Incentives and ratcheting in a multiproduct firm: a field experiment

Brahm F; Poblete J

Management Science 2018 Vol 64:10 p 4471-4965


The impact of frictions in routine execution on economies of scope

Brahm F; Tarzijan J; Singer M

Strategic Management Journal 2017 Vol 38:10 p 2121-2142

Toward an integrated theory of the firm: the interplay between internal organization and vertical integration

Brahm F; Tarzijan J

Strategic Management Journal 2016 Vol 37:12 p 2481-2502


Does complexity and prior interactions affect project procurement? Evidence from mining mega-projects

Brahm F; Tarzijan J

International Journal of Project Management 2015 Vol 33:8 p 1851-1862


Subcontracting in project-based firms: do you follow the same pattern across your different projects?

Tarzijan J; Brahm F

International Journal of Project Management 2014 Vol 32:6 p 995-1006

Transactional hazards, institutional change, and capabilities: integrating the theories of the firm

Brahm F; Tarzijan J

Strategic Management Journal 2014 Vol 35:2 p 224-245


Boundary choice interdependency: evidence from the construction industry

Brahm F; Tarzijan J

Industrial and Corporate Change 2013 Vol 22:5 p 1229-1271


The impact of complexity and managerial diseconomies on hierarchical governance

Brahm F; Tarzijan J

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 2012 Vol 84:2 p 586-599


Entrepreneurial profitability and persistence: Chile versus the U.S.A.

Tarzijan J; Brahm F; Daiber L F

Journal of Business Research 2008 Vol 61:6 p 599-608


Explicando la rentabilidad de la empresa y su sustentacion

Tarzijan J; Brahm F; Daiber L F

Abante 2005 Vol 8:1 p 25-54


Comparacion internacional de sistemas de salud y seguidad laboral

Brahm F; Singer M; Valenzuela L; Ramirez C

Organización Internacional del Trabajo (International Labour Organization Publishing).

Teaching portfolio

Our teaching offering is updated annually. Faculty and programme material are subject to change.