(Huelva, Spain, 1962) holds a bachelor (1985) and a PhD
Business Administration (1993) from the University of Seville
(Spain). Also, he has the Diploma on Senior Management of Universities issued by
Antonio de Nebrija and Politécnica de Cataluña Universities
as well as the Certificate of Specialization on Tourism Destination
Planning awarded by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
At present (since
2001), he is a Full Professor
at the University of Huelva, in its Management and Marketing Department.
Since 1985/1986, when he started his career in higher education, he
has taught different subjects in the field of Business Economics and
Management, both in undergraduate and postgraduate courses and doctorate
programs, in Spanish and English. He has been distinguished by the University of Huelva with the
Teaching Excellence Diploma, and the 2006/2007 Teaching Excellence & Quality
Award as a member of the online teaching group of the
Faculty of Labour Studies.
His basic research is oriented towards Strategic Management, which
is complemented with applied research focused, as main lines, on Social
Economy (management of agrarian co-ops), and, currently, tourist companies and
destinations. For three six-years periods (1999-2004; 2006-2011;
2012-2017), Prof. Vargas has
been awarded by the National Agency for Quality Assessment
and Accreditation of Spain (ANECA) a positive research
assessment, as well as a positive knowledge transfer
assessment for the period 2003-2008.
many doctoral theses, he is (or has been) in charge of a
number of R&D contracts and projects. Besides, he has been the promoter and academic
coordinator of several Erasmus/Socrates bilateral agreements in
countries such as (in alphabetical order) Bulgaria,
Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, UK,
etc.; and beyond
Europe, in Brazil and USA, particularly in the "Global Village" program by the Iacocca
Institute (Lehigh University), in which also serves as a
During the period 2004-2017, he headed the Research Group named
"Innovation and Development
Strategies in Tourist Firms" (GEIDETUR),
in the Andalusian Government's Plan of R&D. And for two years (2017-2018)
he served as R&D Director in the International Institute for
Research and Development of Special interest Tourism, SITI1
International Organisation (Iran
He also belongs to Marketur (research
group on tourism in the Spanish University of Extremadura)
and to the
Advisory Board of WACRA
serving, besides, as a member of scientific
committees and as a reviewer of various national and international bodies, events & publications
He has had several books published, among them
(in chronological order):
"Decision-Making Aid Techniques: Theoretical Basis" (in
collaboration, 1990); "Practical Cases in Business Decision-Making" (in collaboration,
1990); "Firm, Entrepreneur and Decision-Making" (in
collaboration, 1991); "The Co-operative Olive Oil Mills of Huelva. A Proposal of Action to Face
the Crisis" (1993); "Keys for Developing Agrarian
Cooperativism. Entrepreneurial Amalgamation
and Associationism" (1995); "Strategic Management of the
Company. Basis for Formulating the Strategy" (1999); "Strategic Management.
Analysis and Diagnostic" (2002 and 2004); "Origins, evolution and
perspectives of agrarian cooperativism in the province of Huelva" (in
collaboration, 2002); "Guide
of Good Environmental Practices. Tourism Sector"
and environment. Environmental diagnosis of the rural lodgings in the province
of Huelva" (in collaboration, 2004); "Values in the workplace and university
education..." (in collaboration, 2004); "Strategic Management. Theoretical and scientific foundations"
(2004); "Sustainability of the hotel
company: indicators for its measurement" (in
"Industrial tourism in the province of
Huelva: present and future" (in collaboration,
and the wine-making industry: perspectives and proposals for
development in the province of Huelva" (in collaboration,
2008); "Mining tourism in the province of
Huelva" (in collaboration, 2009);
Dirección Estratégica / Strategic Management (2009);
"Assessment of professional competences" (in collaboration,
2010); "Industrial Tourism in the Province of Cádiz" (in collaboration, 2011);
"Tourism in the Province of Huelva" (2013); "A new
theory of strategy for the 21st century" (2014); "Strategic
Management in Tourism" (en colaboración, 2018).
He has authored a number of articles published in journals and
other scientific means, such as: Journal of International Food and Agribusiness
Marketing; European Journal of Information Systems; Human IT; Journal of High Technology Management Research; Technology
Analysis & Strategic Management; International
Journal of Case Method Research & Application;
Tourism & Management Studies; Journal of Tourism and
Development; International Journal of Business Environment; Journal of Travel Research;
Annals of Tourism Research; Journal of Sustainable Tourism; Journal of Heritage Tourism; Tourism Management;
Tourism Management Perspectives; International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management; Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management; among others.
Moreover, he has presented numerous papers in national
and international conferences.
Prof. VARGAS has carried out academic activities, both in researching
and teaching, in different Universities and higher education institutions around the world,
in countries such as -in alphabetical order- Albania, Argentina,
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cuba,
Dominican Republic, East Timor, France,
Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Nicaragua, North
Macedonia, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Slovenia, Taiwan, UK, USA, ...
For instance, in UK he has served as Visiting Professor at the School of Business and
Entrepreneurship of the
and as a
member of its Advisory Council (2013-2016), in Indonesia at
the School of Business of President University (March 2017)
and in Italy at the Economics Department of Messina
University (Italy, March-April 2018).
Currently, he is Visiting Professor in the UK at the
York St John Business School
(2010-), and invited researchers at the University of the
Additionally, he collaborates, as external expert, with
for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education
in Portugal, and the Centre for Quality
Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC), in Lithuania,
as well as
Vice-President (and one of the founding members) of
EATSA, Euro-Asia Tourism Studies Association.
Huelva, he has served in several positions: Dean of the Faculty of
Business Studies (1996-1997), Director of the Management
and Marketing Department (2001-2004),
Coordinator of the University' Strategic Plan and Head of its Strategic Management Unit
Director of the CEPSA Professorship (2004-2010), among others.
International University of Andalusia he has been
Director of "La Rábida" campus (2009-2010).
At Columbia University (Paraguay), Director of its PhD
Program on Business Sciences (1997-1999).
At the Algarve University, member of its General Council
(2010-2014) and Visiting Professor (2012-2013).
At the National Chiayi
University (NCYU) in Taiwan, faculty in its
Global Master Program of Tourism and Management.
Furthermore, he is the
representative of Huelva University at the
Nations-World Tourism Organization) and
Universitario di Economia Industriale e Manageriale -
University Consortium of Industrial and Managerial Economics).
He belongs to the scientific following associations
(in alphabetical order):
Academy for Creative Teaching & World Association for Case Method Research and
Academy of Regional Science (ACACR); Centre of Research and Information in
Public, Social and Co-operative Economy (CIRIEC-Spain);
Academy of Experts, Researchers and Actors in Tourism
Academy of Management and Business
Economics (AEDEM); Honorary Member of the Itinerant Chair on the New
Strategic Theory (CINTE); Iberoamerican Forum
on Communication Strategies (FISEC); Scientific Association of Economy and
Business Administration (ACEDE); Spanish
Accounting and Business
Spanish Association on Regional Science
also a founder member (2003-) of the University Association for the Promotion of Social Economy
(AUFES) and member of the Technical and Scientific
(for ethical management of resources) and of the External
Advisory Commission of
He promoted and leads the Spanish-Portuguese Network of Researchers on Tourism, REINTUR
(2009-) and has led the Iberian Circle of Business Economics (CIBECEM, network of
Spanish and Portuguese Universities) since 2005 to 2014.
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