Puig Chair of Global Leadership Development

Marta Elvira

Prof. Marta Elvira

Holder of the Chair

Marta Elvira is Associate Dean for Research and Professor in the departments of Managing People in Organizations and Strategic Management. She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior & Industrial Relations at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Prior to joining IESE, Prof. Elvira served as academic dean at Lexington College. She was formerly a tenured associate professor in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine, and associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD (France). In 1999-2000, Prof. Elvira was a visiting scholar at MIT’s Sloan School of Management in the Institute for Work and Employment Research as well as at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico). She has been a faculty member in UCLA’s Leadership Suite – Executive Education programs.

Prof. Elvira brings a multi-cultural perspective to her research and teaching. She has co-edited three books: Managing Human Resources in Latin America: An Agenda for International Leaders (Routledge, 2005); Best Practices in HRM in Latin America (Routledge, 2008), and Understanding Organizations in Complex Environments (Palgrave Macmillan-IESE Collection: UK, 2012) as well as two special issues on research in Latin America for the International Journal of Human Resources Management (December 2005) and the International Journal of Manpower (2007).

Besides strategic human capital and incentives in organizations, her research interests focus on social inequality and leadership development. Her work examines the political and economic processes involved in designing organizational reward structures, and the joint effects of incentive pay and promotion systems on employee earnings and performance. Her articles have appeared in leading journals including Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Work and Occupations, Industrial Relations, Organizational Dynamics and the Journal of World Business. Her research has received support from multiple grants, including one from the European Commission’s Marie Curie Program.

In recognition of the achievements of her early academic career, she received the 2002 Ascendant Scholar Award of the Western Academy of Management. She has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Research, Academy of Management Journal and the Business Journal of Hispanic Research.

At IESE she teaches across degree-granting Executive MBA and PhD programs, as well as open and custom Executive Education Programs for numerous companies both domestic and international. Prof. Elvira has received multiple teaching awards, including the Teaching Excellence Award in the MBA Program. She has served on numerous doctoral dissertation committees in the U.S. and Europe.

In addition, she lectures and consults internationally on leadership development, diversity and talent management. She has advised Fortune 500 companies in financial services, food & beverages, hospitality, and technology manufacturing industries on leadership development, strategy implementation, strategic compensation redesign; incentive programs; organizational structure; and identification, analysis, and resolution of multi-cultural issues.

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