Strategic Management Department

The Strategic Management Department focuses on providing managers with the tools and insights needed for the development and practice of strategy in organizations.

In a broad sense, strategic management is the key distinctive task of a general manager. The department has defined core teaching and research areas to train managers in this unique role.

Coursework includes Competitive Strategy, Corporate Strategy, Strategy Process, International Strategy and Innovation and Strategy.

In their research, the department’s faculty is exploring the most recent and influential ideas in strategic management.

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainability
  • International business
  • Corporate governance
  • Competitive strategy
  • Organizational design
  • Innovation
  • Family business
  • Strategic alliances
  • Globalization and strategy

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)

RAMUS, T., VACCARO, A., BERRONE, P. (2021). Time matters! How hybrid organizations use time to respond to divergent stakeholder demands. Organization Studies, 42 (10), 1529-1555. doi:
ALEKSEEVA, L., AZAR, J., GINÉ, M., SAMILA, S., TASKA, B. (2021). The Demand for AI skills in the labor market. LABOUR ECONOMICS, 71, Article 102002. doi:10.1016/j.labeco.2021.102002.
KONING, R., SAMILA, S., FERGUSON, J. -P. (2021). Who do we invent for? Patents by women focus more on women’s health, but few women get to invent. SCIENCE, 372 (6548), 1345-1348. doi:10.1126/science.aba6990.
CASASNOVAS, G., FERRARO, F. (2021). Speciation in nascent markets. Collective learning through cultural and material scaffolding. Organization Studies. doi:10.1177/01708406211031733. (Online first)
DUFOUR, L., ESCRIBANO, P. I., MAORET, M. (2021). (How) Will I Socialize You? The Impact of Supervisor Initial Evaluations and Subsequent Support on the Socialization of Temporary Newcomers. Organization Science, 32 (3), 881-908. doi:10.1287/orsc.2021.1468.
BOULONGNE, R., DURAND, R. (2021). Evaluating Ambiguous Offerings. Organization Science, 32 (2), 257-272. doi:10.1287/orsc.2020.1402.
KELLER, A., LUMINEAU, F., MELLEWIGT, T., ARIÑO, A. (2021). Alliance governance mechanisms in the face of disruption. Organization Science. doi:10.1287/orsc.2021.1437. (Online first)
TRUONG, Y., MAZLOOMI, H., BERRONE, P. (2021). Understanding the impact of symbolic and substantive environmental actions on organizational reputation. Industrial Marketing Management, 92, 307-320. doi:
PALOMERAS, N., WEHRHEIM, D. (2021). The strategic allocation of inventors to R&D collaborations. Strategic Management Journal, 42 (1), 144-169. doi:
DUFOUR, L., MAORET, M., MONTANI, F. (2020). Coupling high self-perceived creativity and successful newcomer adjustment in organizations. the role of supervisor trust and support for authentic self-expression. Journal of Management Studies, 57 (8), 1531-1555. doi:10.1111/joms.12547.

Working Papers

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.
SAMILA, S., SIMETH, M., WEHRHEIM, D. (2021). Institutional ownership and the nature of corporate innovation.
BARUFFALDI, S., SIMETH, M., WEHRHEIM, D. (2020). The real effects of financial markets on scientific disclosure. Evidence from a quasi-natural experiment.
BLANCO, I., GARCÍA, S., WEHRHEIM, D. (2020). Mandated disclosure, institutional investors and price informativeness. Evidence from the American Inventors Protection Act.
ANDREU I CIVIT, R., ROSANAS, J. M., SEGARRA, J. A. (2020). Management: Una visión humanista que anticipó las críticas actuales al capitalismo (WP-1238).


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.

RICART, J. E., CARRASCO, C., BERRONE, P., SNIHUR, Y. (2021). Keeping promises. Do digital platforms benefit the urban ecosystem?. EURAM 2021: Reshaping capitalism for a sustainable world.
RICART, J. E. (2021). From business models to business model impacts in smart cities and communities.. 6th International Conference on New Business Models.
RICART, J. E., BERRONE, P., GIULIODORI, A., ROUSSEAU, H. E. (2020). How can managementsScholarship help organizations achieve sustainable development goals?. A Process based appoach. EURAM 2020: The Business of now: the future starts here.
RICART, J. E. (2020). Strategic issues to face the disruption of the UN sustainable development goals. SMS 40th Virtual Annual Conference 2020.
ELVIRA, M., SABANCI, H. (2020). Leaps of faith. Cross-industry mobility, industry status, and executive compensation. 115st ASA Annual Meeting Virtual, San Francisco CA.

Articles in other publications

BOULONGNE, R. (2021). When the product offer isn’t clear, change the way people think about it. IESE Business School Insight (159), pp. 70-73.
BOULONGNE, R. (2021). ¿Tu producto no entra en una categoría clara?. ¡Cambia la forma de explicarlo! IESE Business School Insight, 159, pp. 70-73.
PROAÑO VICENTE, Á., ELVIRA, M. (2021). El papel del consejo de administración en la transformación digital: una hoja de ruta. IESE.
GARTENBERG, C., IESE INSIGHT (2020). Un propósito claro impulsa los resultados. IESE Business School Insight (157), pp. 64-67.
IESE INSIGHT, (2020). Purpose drives performance. IESE Business School Insight (157), pp. 64-67.


LLADÓ, M. (2021). Falling in love with the future. It's about writing it, not reading it. Barcelona: Plataforma Editorial.
LLADÓ, M. (2020). Enamorarse del futuro. Va de escribirlo, no de leerlo. Barcelona: Plataforma Editorial.
RICART, J. E., CALDART, A., CARRERA, A. (2020). General management in Latin and Ibero-American organizations. A Humanistic perspective. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., DUCH T-FIGUERAS, A. I. (2019). Cities and International Outreach: The era of the global city. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
LLOPIS, J. (2018). 500 Tweets for better management. Barcelona: Profit 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. (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.
ROSENBERG, M., BERRONE, P., ROUSSEAU, H. E. (2019). Environmental Sensibility and Firm Strategic Actions: How to Become Sustainable While Avoiding Greenwashing. In Caldart, A., Ricart, J.E. and Carrera, A. (Eds), General Management in Latin and Ibero American Organizations: A Humanistic Perspective. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge.


CALDART, A., AKHMEDOVA, A., GIFRA, J. (2021). La crisis del COVID-19 en el sector de alimentación y bebidas. Impacto y futuro. IESE.
BLAZQUEZ, M. L., BERRONE, P., MULTINACIONALES POR MARCA ESPAÑA (2021). Barómetro del clima de negocios en España desde la Perspectiva del Inversor Extranjero. Resultados 2020.
BLAZQUEZ, M. L., BERRONE, P., MULTINACIONALES POR MARCA ESPAÑA (2021). Barometer of the Business Climate in Spain from the Foreign Investor's Perspective. Results 2020.
BLAZQUEZ, M. L., MASCLANS, R., CANALS, J. (2020). Las competencias profesionales del futuro: un diagnóstico y un plan de acción para promover el empleo juvenil después de la COVID-19.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E. (2020). Índice IESE Cities in Motion 2020. IESE, Barcelona, España.


BERRONE, P., CALDART, A., RICART, J. E., ISAAC SASTRE BOQUET (2021). Tesla in the 2020s: Moment of Truth for the "Master Plan". IESE, SM-1707-E.
VROOM, G., MARIBEL BERGES, ISAAC SASTRE (2021). New Immuno-Oncology Solutions (NIOS). Aligning Stakeholders in the Biotech Industry. IESE, SM-1701-E.
MITCHELL, J., BERRONE, P., SIGURJONSSON, T. O. (2021). Icelandair (D): Suspensión de vuelo del Boeing 737 MAX y la quiebra de WOW. IESE, SM-1702.
MITCHELL, J., BERRONE, P., SIGURJONSSON, T. O. (2021). Icelandair (D): Boeing 737 Max Grounding and WOW bankruptcy. IESE, SM-1702-E.
SIGURJONSSON, T. O., BERRONE, P., MITCHELL, J. (2021). Icelandair (E): COVID-19. IESE, SM-1703-E.

Technical Notes

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.
CANALS, J. (2020). Boards of Directors in the COVID-19 Crisis: Some Reflections on Their Challenges and Responsibilities. IESE, SMN-703-E.
ANDREU I CIVIT, R. (2017). Dirigiendo para hacer realidad la estrategia: Aprendiendo, queramos o no. IESE, SMN-702.
FERRARO, F., ARGÜELLES, J. M. (2017). Liderazgo estratégico: un plan de implantación para el director general. IESE, SMN-701.