He focuses on the purpose of people, firms and society, and on key processes to pursuit them: entrepreneurship, strategy, cooperation and clusters / ecosystems.
The first article was written with the late Sumantra Ghoshal and focused on the personal level of analysis (Beyond Self_Interest_2006). Then, together with Janine Nahapiet and Lynda Gratton, they used the same assumptions at the organizational level to explain human relationships based on cooperation (When Cooperation is the Norm). The next step was to move towards the inter-organizational level, where they developed, together with Raymond Miles, a paper making explicit the main assumptions to foster cooperation between organizations (Collaborative_Entrepreneurship_for_a_More_Humanistic_Management). Finally, Hector has contributed an article on Sustainable Integral Development, in which he revisits the main development paradigms (Dominant_Development_Paradigms). He has also written an article to the memory of Sumantra Ghoshal as a Force for Good (Management Theory and Practice as a Force for Good).
These three-level assumptions are used in his work on entrepreneurship, clusters or ecosystems, and regional development developed in his years at London Business School together with the most relevant researchers on these topics such as David Audretsch (Indiana U.), Julian Birkinshaw (London Business School), Pascual Berrone (IESE Business School), Phil Phan (John Hopkins U.), and Rolf Sternberg (Hannover U.).
Hector and his colleagues are currently writing on the intrinsic alignment between personal values, organizational purpose and the common good (People_Firms_and_Society) and how Business schools embracing a more Athenian model of education based on liberal arts could contribute to better citizens and better businesses for society (Business Schools at Crossroads_Sparta&Athens). Finally, together with international researchers that initiated new theories such as Roy Suddaby (University of Victoria) and Michael Pirson (Fordham U.), is interviewing pioneers of some emergent phenomena such as B Corporations, Collaborative Entrepreneurship, Economy of the Common Good, Conscious Capitalism and Blue Print for Better Business that are challenging the main assumptions on the purpose of business and the key process to achieve it. In particular, they are working at the capitalist and business education levels, and their preliminary work has been already published (Business with Purpose and the Purpose of Business Schools: Re-Imaging Capitalism) and fostered in an Academy of Management Symposium.