Maria-Teresa  Lepeley Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Maria-Teresa Lepeley

Global Institute for Quality Education GIQE

Maria Teresa Lepeley is founder editor of Routledge’s Human Centered Management Book Series. Since inception in 2016 Lepeley has authored and edited books with the committed support of the Book Series Editorial Team integrated by Peter Essens, Nicholas Beutell and Roland Bardy. By 2019 over 60 scholars from developed and developing countries in five Continents have contributed to advance principles and practices of the Human Centered Management Model.


Maria-Teresa Lepeley is a Chilean-American economist, educator and entrepreneur. She is founder and president of the Global Institute for Quality Education GIQE. Her academic background includes responsibilities as director of Executive Programs in Economics and Management at Universidad de Chile and University of Connecticut in US respectively. As a global scholar she has an extensive list of assignments as visiting professor, keynote speaker, adviser and consultant in areas of specialization in Latin America in particular and also in countries around the world, from Peru to Dubai.  

She declares that she was born an educator but became an economist to solve endemic problems of quality in education. While fulfilling her duties as mother, she pursued graduate studies and completed master degrees in education (management and leadership with minor in statistics) and economics. Her transfer from the School of Education to the School of Business to study economics was a groundbreaking event at her Alma Mother, the University of Miami in the early 1980’s. Her vision and ambition to attain a multidisciplinary background gave her unique understanding of the close correlation, until then unexplored, between education and sustainable development positioning human wellbeing as a central pursuit and a recurrent challenge to face unavoidable disruptions of the global VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) environment.

She was Examiner of the Baldrige National Quality Award of the United States, taught comparative programs with EFQM European Foundation of Quality Management, and was adviser to National Quality Award Programs in Latin America, including Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru y Ecuador. Quality management gave her invaluable insight of the crucial importance of quality standards in the sustainability of organizations to advance productivity, national competitiveness as essential antecedents of people’s wellbeing. She highlights that the same quality principles and practices apply to education and all organizations seeking continuous performance improvement. Moreover, she adds, people who understand the fundamentals principles of quality know that the key element in quality attainment is human commitment. Noting that uses of quality that neglect clear evidence of continuous assessment and improvement are no more than qualifying adjectives, not quality standards.  

A pioneer in quality education, in 2001 McGraw-Hill published her book Quality Management in Education. A Model for Evaluation (in Spanish). Her model was presented in the inauguration of the World Bank Global Online Network. Since then “quality education” is no longer a luxury for a few, but a shared responsibility for all, as much as a national priority for most countries. She states that quality standards are not an option but an imperative in the Knowledge Economy and the 21st century. Her Human Centered Management Book Series is anchored in quality principles and practices that enhance people and their wellbeing in organizations and development.  

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    - Human Centered Management.
    - [email protected]
    - Quality Management: education and organizations.

    - Human centered sustainable development
    - Impact of education in development
    - Quality education and economic and social sustainability.
    - ESTE Balanced Sustainable Development (economic, social, technological, environment)
    - "The problem is not income inequality, is lack of quality education for all". Lepeley, M.T. (2019) EDUCONOMY. Unleashing Wellbeing and Human Centered Sustainable Development".  

    - Women in entrepreneurship
    - Entrepreneurial ecosystems
    . Wellbeing in entrepreneurships as source of income and increased productivity and success.    

Personal Interests

    She is passionate about change, improvement and innovation. She is author and editor of two Human Centered Book Series seeking continuous improvement in inquiries, research and learning as personal satisfaction and to share and engage associates in global teams and networks. She is an avid international traveler who has visited countries around the world. Previously she traveled extensively to meet academic duties; now her traveling has switched from professional to personal enjoyment and continuous growth. She belongs to literary study group of Hispanic American contemporary authors. She appreciates good movies and classical music. Some of her favorite composers are Bach, Haydn, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann and a preference for the baroque. Jazz is her second. She underlies the importance of daily workouts to keep agile and well aligned body and mind, as much as good sense of humor to activate and enjoy with good friends and colleagues. She feels lucky to have friends from childhood and to keep exchanging and collaborating with classmates and colleagues from her undergraduate years.    



Featured Title
 Featured Title - Human Centered Organizational Culture: Morales et al - 1st Edition book cover


International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Women start-ups in technology: literature review and research agenda to improve participation

Published: Aug 17, 2019 by International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Authors: Kuschel, K. & Lepeley, M.T.
Subjects: Economics, Finance, Business & Industry

Paper explores the challenges women working in high-technology start-ups face and need to solve to succeed. It is based on a literature review of issues that help explain differences between the genders and need for further studies on new topics, innovation hubs in entrepreneurship, and women participation in the US and abroad. Recommendations address existing gaps to advance research leading to improve women participation in technology and inclusion in the global economy.

Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración

Copreneurial Women in start-ups: Growth-oriented or lifestyle? An aid for technology industry investors.

Published: Aug 17, 2019 by Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración
Authors: Kuschel, K. & Lepeley, M.T.
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

Latin American investors are commonly suspicious of investing in copreneurial ventures (a male and female couple integrated as a working team) and show even higher levels of uncertainty when start-ups are led by a female founder. Paper addresses issues related to women as leaders in copreneurial tech ventures and analyses if ventures are growth-oriented or conform to limited partnerships aimed primarily to meet living standards.

South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management SAGE

Bhutan's Gross National Happiness. An Approach to Human Centred Sustainable Development

Published: Nov 08, 2017 by South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management SAGE
Authors: Maria-Teresa Lepeley
Subjects: Economics, Finance, Business & Industry

GDP’s benefits are well known but limitations to measure people’s wellbeing persist. Bhutan’s pioneering Gross National Happiness is monitored as emerging keystone for progress. Bhutan, small country with 800.000 population, achieved notable poverty reduction largely due to a dynamic educational system. Challenges remain anchored in disequilibrium of economic strategies making people unhappy, GNH and GDP are complements, not substitutes.

Cross Cultural & Strategic Management   Emerald

Funding Challenges of Latin American Women Start up Founders in the Technology Industry

Published: May 26, 2017 by Cross Cultural & Strategic Management Emerald
Authors: Kuschel, K., Lepeley, M.T., Espinosa, F. & Gutiérrez, S.

Women in entrepreneurship has significant impact on economic and social development and particularly in developing countries. But challenges entrepreneurial women face are unique and multiple pressing need for research and policies that maximize impact. Paper analyzes challenges women start-up founders face to secure funding in the technology industry with low participation of women to serve as role model.