IESE Mourns Loss of Emeritus Professor Josep Riverola

Distinguished professor and researcher over four decades

15/08/2017 Barcelona

Prof. Josep Riverola | IESE Business School

IESE Professor Josep Riverola at the school’s Barcelona campus in 2011 / Photo: IESE Business School

Josep Riverola, an emeritus professor whose career with IESE spanned four decades, passed away on Aug. 10 at age 77. The cause of his death was lymphoma.  

Prof. Riverola’s long and fruitful relationship with IESE began as a research assistant in 1964, when the school was still in its infancy. He was named assistant professor some four years later, and in the following decades became a pillar of the IESE community, known for his intellectual brilliance and deep-rooted humanity.

Prof. Riverola held two doctoral degrees: a PhD in Industrial Engineering from ETSSI in Terrassa, Spain, and a PhD in Operations Research from Stanford University in the U.S. He also earned an MS in Operations Research from Stanford. 

As a professor in the Department of Production, Technology and Operations Management, he consistently stressed the importance of human development within companies. “People are not just labor. People are individuals that work with the company in a desire to serve society,” he wrote in an Alumni Magazine article for the school’s 50th anniversary. “At IESE, this had been a core concern from the start.”

His dozens of books, articles and cases covered topics from technology management to supply chains; much of his published academic work focused on the intersection of culture and business, and culture as a force for social and economic development.