Departamento de Dirección Estratégica

La dirección estratégica es la principal función de un director general. El departamento de Dirección Estratégica orienta su actividad docente e investigadora a la preparación de los directivos que desempeñan esta función.

Los miembros del departamento trabajan para desarrollar los instrumentos y conocimientos necesarios para poner en práctica estrategias empresariales sólidas y competitivas.

Materias académicas

  • Estrategia competitiva
  • Estrategia corporativa
  • Procesos estratégicos
  • Estrategia internacional
  • Innovación y estrategia

A través de su investigación, el claustro que compone el departamento explora las tendencias más recientes y de mayor impacto sobre dirección estratégica.

Áreas de especialización

Las áreas de interés y especialización de los profesores incluyen:

  • Alianzas estratégicas
  • Empresas multinacionales
  • Globalización
  • Sostenibilidad
  • Diseño de organizaciones
  • Estrategia competitiva
  • Empresas familiares
  • Gobierno corporativo
  • Innovación

Former Collaborators

Executive Fellows

  • Marco Arcelli
    Chairman, EP New Energy
  • Andrea Baldo
  • Henk de Jong
    CEO, Philips Domestic Appliances
  • Helmut Ludwig
    Professor of Practice, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University
    Chair of the Board, Circor International
    Member of the Board, Hitachi Ltd
  • Juan Moreno
    Senior Managing Director Business Development and Supply Chain, AGP eGlass
  • Pau Relat
    CEO, Mat Holding Group
    Chairman of Governing Board, Fira de Barcelona



Journal Articles (refereed)

SOHL, T., MCCANN, B. T., VROOM, G. (2022). Business model diversification. Demand relatedness, entry sequencing, and curvilinearity in the diversification-performance relationship. Long Range Planning, 55 (6), Article 102215. doi:10.1016/j.lrp.2022.102215.
PENNER, A. M., PETERSEN, T., HERMANSEN, A. S., RAINEY, A., BOZA, I., ELVIRA, M., ... TUFAIL, Z. (2022). Within-job gender pay inequality in 15 countries. Nature Human Behaviour. doi:10.1038/s41562-022-01470-z. (Online first)
VAN ANGEREN, J., VROOM, G., MCCANN, B., PODOYNITSYNA, K., LANGERAK, F. (2022). Optimal distinctiveness across revenue models. Performance effects of differentiation of paid and free products in a mobile app market. Strategic Management Journal, 43 (10), 2066-2100. doi:10.1002/smj.3394.
BARUFFALDI, S., SIMETH, M., WEHRHEIM, D. (2022). Asymmetric information and R&D disclosure. Evidence from scientific publications. Management Science. (Forthcoming)
SAMILA, S., OETTL, A., HASAN, S. (2022). Helpful behavior and the durability of collaborative ties. Organization Science, 33 (5), 1701-2083. doi:10.1287/orsc.2021.1511.
BERRONE, P., DURAN, P., GÓMEZ-MEJÍA, L., HEUGENS, P., KOSTOVA, T., VAN ESSEN, M. (2022). Impact of informal institutions on the prevalence, strategy, and performace of family firms. A meta-analysis. Journal of International Business Studies, 53 (6), 1153-1177. doi:
EKINCI, E., WEHRHEIM, D. (2022). Holdup, knowledge transferability, and productivity. Theory and evidence from knowledge workers. Journal of Industrial Economics. (Forthcoming)
BERRONE, P., GÓMEZ-MEJÍA, L. R., XU, K. (2022). The Role of family ownership in norm-conforming environmental initiatives. Lessons from China. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. doi:10.1177/10422587221115362. (Online first)
CASASNOVAS, G., FERRARO, F. (2022). Speciation in nascent markets. Collective learning through cultural and material scaffolding. Organization Studies, 43 (6), 829-860. doi:10.1177/01708406211031733.
CASSIMAN, B., RICART, J. E., VALENTINI, G. (2022). Commitment and competitive advantage in a digital world. Strategy Science, 7 (2), 130-137. doi:10.1287/stsc.2022.0164.

Working Papers

BLANCO, I., FERRARO, F., VALENTINI, G., WEHRHEIM, D. (2022). Meet me halfway. Financial analysts and strategic change.
CANALS, J. (2022). The Changing Nature and Functions of Boards of Directors (WP-1307-E). Barcelona: IESE.
CANALS, J. (2022). From Financial Performance to ESG Results: How to Assess the Firm's Overall Impact (WP-1308-E). Barcelona: IESE.
CANALS, J. (2021). Deciding the Firm's Future: The Role of the Board of Directors in Corporate Strategy (WP-1302-E). Barcelona: IESE.
CANALS, J. (2021). The Role of Corporate Purpose in Corporate Governance. A framework for boards of directors and senior managers (WP-1301-E). Barcelona: IESE.


ROUSSEAU, H. E., BROMILEY, P., BERRONE, P. (2020). A Behavioral perspective of search in nonprofit organizations. Academy of Management Proceedings (pp. 14089).
BONET, R., ELVIRA, M., VISINTIN, S. (2020). Hiring temps but losing perms?. The Effects of temporary hiring on turnover in a dual labor market. Annual Meeting Proceedings: Virtual 2020. Academy of Management Proceedings.
ELVIRA, M., SABANCI, H. (2020). Leaps of faith. Cross-industry mobility, industry status, and executive compensation. Annual Meeting Proceedings: Virtual 2020. Academy of Management Proceedings.
KONING, R., SAMILA, S., FERGUSON, J. -P. (2020). Inventor gender and the direction of invention. (pp. 250-54). AEA Papers and Proceedings.
ESCRIBANO PINTO, P., DUFOUR, L., MAORET, M. (2017). Will I socialize you? An IPO model of supervisors' involvement in newcomers' socialization. Academy of Management Proceedings.

VIASHIMA, T., SAMILA, S. (2022). Investor – entrepreneur gender effects in new venture screening. AOM Annual Meeting Proceedings 2022. Academy of Management Proceedings.
VIASHIMA, T., SAMILA, S. (2022). Investor – entrepreneur gender effects in new venture screening. Barcelona GSE Summer Forum 2022. Barcelona: Barcelona School of Economics.
VIASHIMA, T., SAMILA, S. (2022). Investor – entrepreneur gender effects in new venture screening. DRUID22.
RICART, J. E. (2021). A Changing agenda for corporate governance. MMOBE-DEMO Programme course 2021/22.
SAMILA, S., CHUGUNOVA, M., JUANMARTI, A., KELLER, K. (2021). Automation, trade and political participation. Evidence from US local labour markets. DRUID21.

Articles in other publications

ELVIRA, M. (2022). Profundizando en la relación entre empresas familiares y sus ‘stakeholders’. Harvard Deusto Business Review (326).
IESE INSIGHT, (2022). ¿Cómo explicas tu trayectoria profesional? IESE Business School Insight (162), pp. 34-35.
IESE INSIGHT, (2022). The Big Picture: What's the story of your career? IESE Business School Insight (162), pp. 34-35.
IESE INSIGHT, (2022). The Big Picture: The music industry's catchy rhythm. IESE Business School Insight (161).
IESE INSIGHT, (2022). El Vertiginoso ritmo de la industria musical. IESE Business School Insight (161).


CANALS, J. (2023). Boards of directors in disruptive times. Improving corporate governance effectiveness. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
ROSENBERG, M. (2022). Learning to fly. How to manage your career in a turbulent and changing world. Anthem Press.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., BRITO, E. (2022). Cities and Governance. The Rise of cities as global actors. Barcelona: IESE.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., TATGE, L. (2022). Cities and technology. Building cities in the age of information. Barcelona: IESE.
LLADÓ, M. (2021). Falling in love with the future. It's about writing it, not reading it. Barcelona: Plataforma Editorial.

Edited books

CALDART, A., RICART, J. E., CARRERA, A. (2019). General Management in Latin and Ibero American Organizations: A Humanistic Perspective. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge.
MAORET, M., JONES, C. (2018). Frontiers of Creative Industries: Exploring Structural and Categorical Dynamics. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited.
ROSENBERG, M., SEAGER, P. (2017). Managing Media Businesses. A Game Plan to Navigate Disruption and Uncertainty.
VON KROGH, G., TAKEUCHI, H., KASE, K., CANTÓN, C. G. (2013). Towards Organizational Knowledge. The Pioneering Work of Ikujiro Nonaka. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.
CANALS, J. (2012). Leadership Development in a Global World. The Role of Companies and Business Schools. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

BONET, R., ELVIRA, M., VISINTIN, S. (2021). Voluntary turnover in the Spanish cultural and institutional context. In Allen, D. ; Vandarman, J. (Eds.), Global Turnover. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge.
RICART, J. E. (2021). El propósito en el gobierno corporativo y el modelo de negocio. En Delgado Gómez, José Manuel; Huerta Arribas, Emilio; Ocaña Pérez de Tudela, Carlos (Eds.), Empresa, Economía y Sociedad. Homenaje a Vicente Salas Fumás.. Madrid: Fundación de las Cajas de Ahorros - FUNCAS.
RICART, J. E. (2020). The CEO as a business model innovator in an AI world. In Jordi Canals, Franz Heukamp (Eds.) (Eds.), The Future of management in an AI world: redefining purpose and strategy in the fourth industrial revolution (pp. 185 - 203). Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.
BOULONGNE, R., CUDENNEC, A., DURAND, R. (2019). When do market intermediaries sanction categorical deviation? The role of expertise, identity and competition. In Patrick Haack, Jost Sieweke, and Lauri Wessel (Eds.), Microfoundations of Institutions (pp. 67 - 83). Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited.
REY, C., RICART, J. E. (2019). Why Purpose Needs Strategy (and Vice Versa). In Carlos Rey, Miquel Bastons, Phil Sotok (Eds.), Purpose-driven Organizations: Management Ideas for a Better World (pp. 43 - 56). Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.


BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., BRITO, E. (2022). Índice IESE Cities in Motion 2022. IESE.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., BRITO, E. (2022). IESE Cities in Motion Index 2022. IESE.
BERRONE, P., CARRASCO-FARRÉ, C., PLANA, A., RICART, J. E., TRUPIA, G. (2022). Innovating Through PPPs: The Case of Economic Development in Barcelona. IESE.
SAKASAI, Y., ORMAZÁBAL, G., CANALS, J. (2022). 2022 IESE Survey on Boards of Directors: Corporate Purpose, Culture and Strategy. IESE.
COHEN, J., GABÁS, C., ACEITUNO, S., RIBERA, J., RIBERA, J. (2022). Proyecto Thinking Big. Análisis de las necesidades más urgentes y sus posibles soluciones en el manejo del paciente con artritis reumatoide. IESE.


SAMILA, S., ELVIRA, M. (2022). Ferrer: AI and Digital Transformation in the Pharmaceutical Industry. IESE, SM-1726-E.
SAMILA, S., FUENZALIDA MERY, M. T. (2022). Artificial Intelligence: Build, Buy or Partner Vignettes. IESE, SMFC-4-E.
RICART, J. E., BERRONE, P., PEDRO FRANCA (2022). The Future of Urban Mobility. The Emergence of Innovative Ecosystems. IESE, SM-1700-E.
, ISAAC SASTRE BOQUET, CALDART, A. (2022). La estrategia corporativa de Ebro Foods en el 2021. IESE, SM-1734.
, ISAAC SASTRE BOQUET, CALDART, A. (2022). The Corporate Strategy of Ebro Foods in 2021. IESE, SM-1734-E.

Technical Notes

CANALS, J. (2022). The Role of the Board of Directors in Corporate Transformation. IESE, SMN-708-E.
VROOM, G., DESHMANE, A., SASTRE BOQUET, I. (2021). The Music Industry in the 2020s. IESE, SMN-706-E.
HUETE, L. M., ESCARIO, C., GARCÍA AREVALILLO, J. (2021). Los agujeros negros y otros cambios disruptivos. El desafío de decidir y ejecutar estrategias ganadoras en mercados inestables. IESE, SMN-698.
CANALS, J. (2021). The CEO: Mission, Tasks and Responsibilities. IESE, SMN-705-E.
FERRARO F., F., PATHAK, R. (2021). The Responsible Investing Landscape: From SRI Through ESG to IMPACT. IESE, SMN-704-E.