25 Years Educating Professors Around the World in the Case Method

The International Faculty Program brings together faculty from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas

06/06/2016 Barcelona

International Faculty Program

The International Faculty Program has educated more than 500 professores from around the world / Photo: IESE

Around 20 professors from four continents are attending the International Faculty Program (IFP) 2016 on the IESE Barcelona campus this month.

Over the course of four weeks, the young professors will receive intensive training to prepare them for teaching business at their business schools and economics and business administration faculties around the world.

There are professors of 10 nationalities in this year’s cohort. We welcome professors from Canada, Croatia, Spain, the Philippines, Finland, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Academic Director of the program, Prof. Miguel Ángel Ariño, stressed that the main objective of the International Faculty Program is to “improve the academic education and training of the participants. That is to say, to help them go beyond merely sharing the scientific knowledge of others, and to engage in research – pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo through their academic work.”

The Power of the Case Method

The program consists of two weeks of class on our Barcelona campus, and two weeks of distance learning. While on campus, participants acquire new methodologies for teaching executives and are taught how to lead and guide sessions using the case method. They are also shown how to develop new business cases and design the curriculum for programs.

“When it comes to teaching,” said Ariño, “more and more business schools, and economic and business administration faculties are using the case method due to its efficiency.” He also noted the ability to reach specific teaching goals as one of its main benefits.

“But to lead case discussions properly you need to acquire and appropriate the right technique.”

As well as the case method, during the program the participants also analyze the institutional structures that can improve their schools. Once this part of the program is finished, the professors of IESE work with the participants at a distance and discuss cases with them online.

A Program With Great Impact

James Wanjagi, professor of Strathmore Business School in Kenya, one of the participants of the 2015 edition, came to realize that during the IFP his method of teaching was “below par.”

"The program," he said, "had completely changed the way I lead case discussions and the interaction of my students.” Wanjagi, who combines teaching with his role of chief information officer at one of the top fintech companies in his country highlighted “the rigor and relevance of the academic knowledge that has been instilled upon us are both important concepts – not only for research and teaching – but also for the development of the entire teaching body of a school.”

The IFP dates back to 1991 when IESE first started delivering seminars for professors from Central and Eastern Europe. The first edition of the program officially took place in 1992. Since then it has educated more than 500 professors from over 70 countries – most from emerging countries – in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Graduates have gone on to teach and conduct research in more than 200 business schools, economy and business administration faculties and other educational institutions.