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


Journal Articles (refereed)

WEHRHEIM, D., DALAY, H. D., FOSFURI, A., HELMERS, C. (2020). How mixed ownership affects decision making in turbulent times: Evidence from the digital revolution in telecommunications. Journal of Corporate Finance, 64. doi:10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2020.101626.
BERRONE, P., DURAN, P., GÓMEZ-MEJÍA, L., HEUGENS, P., KOSTOVA, T., VAN ESSEN, M. (2020). Impact of informal institutions on the prevalence, strategy, and performace of family firms. A meta-analysis. Journal of International Business Studies. doi: (Online first)
PALOMERAS, N., WEHRHEIM, D. (2020). The Strategic allocation of inventors to R&D collaborations. Strategic Management Journal. doi: (Online first)
NANDA, R., SAMILA, S., SORENSON, O. (2020). The Persistent effect of initial success. Evidence from venture capital. Journal of Financial Economics, 137 (1), 231-248. doi:10.1016/j.jfineco.2020.01.004.
VROOM, G., SOHL, T., MCCANN, B. T. (2020). Business model diversification and firm performance. a demand-side perspective. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 14 (2), 198 - 223. doi:
ERTUG, G., MAORET, M. (2020). Do coaches in the National Basketball Association actually display racial bias?. A Replication and Extension. Academy of Management Discoveries, 6 (2), 206-234. doi:
MELERO, E., PALOMERAS, N., WEHRHEIM, D. (2020). The Effect of Patent Protection on Inventor Mobility. Management Science. doi:10.1287/mnsc.2019.3500. (Online first)
RICART, J. E., SNIHUR, Y., CARRASCO, C., BERRONE, P. (2020). Grassroots resistance to digital platforms and relational business model design to overcome it. a conceptual framework. Strategy Science, 5 (3), 271-291. doi:
TRUONG, Y., BERRONE, P., MAZLOOMI, H. (2020). Understanding the impact of symbolic and substantive environmental actions on organizational reputation. Industrial Marketing Management. doi: (Online first)
SOHL, T., VROOM, G., FITZA, M. (2020). How Much Does Business Model Matter For Firm Performance? A Variance Decomposition Analysis. Academy of Management Discoveries, 6 (1). doi:10.5465/amd.2017.0136.

Working Papers

BLANCO, I., GARCÍA, S., WEHRHEIM, D. (2020). Mandated disclosure, institutional investors and price informativeness. Evidence from the American Inventors Protection Act.
EKINCI, E., WEHRHEIM, D. (2020). The Effect of firing costs on worker productivity and turnover. Theory and evidence.
CANALS, J. (2019). Renewing General Managers' Tasks in an Artificial Intelligence World (WP-1231-E).
NANDA, R., SAMILA, S., SORENSON, O. (2018). The Persistent Effect of Initial Success: Evidence from Venture Capital (WP-1229-E).
RAHNEMA ALAVI, A., SANCHEZ, F., GIORDANO, P. (2017). Alternative Cooking Fuels in Kenya: How Can Household Decision-making Be Impacted? (WP-1177-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).
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.
BERRONE, P., DURAN, P., GÓMEZ-MEJÍA, L. R., HEUGENS, P., VAN ESSEN, M. (2016). The family-legitimizing environment and the prevalence, strategy, and performance of family firms. Academy of Management Proceedings.
WALLS, J., BERRONE, P. (2015). The Power of One: How CEO Power Affects Corporate Environmental Sustainability. Academy of Management Proceedings.
ROUSSEAU, H. E., BERRONE, P., WALLS, J. (2014). Let's talk: Examining Dialogue among Firms and Outside Actors on Social and Environmental Issues. Academy of Management Proceedings.

Articles in other publications

GOLDFARB, A., SAMILA, S., SILVERMAN, B. S. (2020). COVID, On-premise retail format, and product-market concentration. Covid Economics: vetted and real-time papers (32), pp. 127-147. London.
ANDREU I CIVIT, R., ROSANAS, J. M., SEGARRA, J. A. (2019). Good management. IESE Business School Insight (153), pp. 70 - 73.
TÀPIES, J. (2019). 5 mistakes every family business should avoid. IESE Business School Insight (152), pp. 64 - 66.
IESE INSIGHT, (2018). Be Ahead of What's Next. IESE Insight (38), pp. 7 - 11.
CANALS, J., CASSIMAN, B., ELVIRA, M., SIEBER, S., RAES, A. (2018). How AI Will - and Won't - Change the Way You Manage. Artificial Intelligence. IESE Insight (38), pp. 47 - 54.


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.
BERRONE, P., FAGEDA, X., LLUMÀ, C., RICART, J. E., RODRÍGUEZ, M., SALVADOR, J., ... PPP FOR CITIES - SPECIALIST CENTRE ON PPP IN SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES (2018). Parceria Público-Privada na América Latina. Guia para Governos Regionais e Locais. Caracas: CAF.
GHEMAWAT, P. (2018). The New Global Road Map. Enduring Strategies for Turbulent Times. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press.
BERRONE, P., FAGEDA, X., LLUMÀ, C., RICART, J. E., RODRÍGUEZ, M., SALVADOR, J., ... PPP FOR CITIES - SPECIALIST CENTRE ON PPP IN SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES (2018). Public-Private Partnership in Latin America. A Guide for Regional and Local Governments. Caracas: CAF.

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. (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

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.
RICART, J. E. (2019). 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.
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.
RICART, J. E., LLOPIS, J. (2019). A general manager's agenda: What good managers do. 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.


BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E. (2020). IESE Cities in Motion Index 2020. IESE, Barcelona, Spain.
SALVADOR, J., TRILLAS, F., RICART, J. E., RODRIGUEZ PLANAS, M. (2020). Sants Food Market (Barcelona).
BLÁZQUEZ, M. L., BERRONE, P., MULTINACIONALES POR MARCA ESPAÑA (2019). Barometer of the Business Climate in Spain from the Foreign Investor's Perspective. Results 2019.
TAPIA, A., RICART, J. E., RODRÍGUEZ PLANAS, M., MARTÍNEZ, S., BERNARDO, V. (2019). The Economic Impact of Bike Sharing in European Cities. IESE.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., DUCH, A., CARRASCO, C. (2019). IESE Cities in Motion Index 2019. IESE.


RICART, J. E., CARENZO, M., TAPIA, A. (2020). Glovo. From Startup to Unicorn. IESE, SM-1694-E.
MITCHELL, J., ARIÑO, A., OZCAN, P. (2020). The KLM Approach to Alliances. IESE, SM-1530-E.
VILLAMOR, M., ELVIRA, M. (2020). YouTube's Susan Wojcicki: Can She Deliver Again? (B). IESE, SM-1690-E.
MITCHELL, J., BERRONE, P., SIGURJONSSON, T. O. (2019). Icelandair (A): An 80-Year-Old Saga. IESE, SM-1687-E.
MITCHELL, J., BERRONE, P., SIGURJONSSON, T. O. (2019). Icelandair (B): The Saga Continues. IESE, SM-1688-E.

Technical Notes

FERRARO, F., ARGÜELLES, J. M. (2017). Strategic Leadership: A Roadmap for the General Manager's Journey. IESE, SMN-701-E.
TORELLÓ RAVENTÓS, M., ROSENBERG, M. (2017). Business and The Sustainable Development Goals. IESE, SMN-695-E.
ANDREU I CIVIT, R. (2015). Spontaneous Learning in the Corporate Context. Values, corporate social responsibility and ethics in professional management. IESE, SMN-692-E.
TÀPIES, J., CEJA, L. (2015). A Guide to Reflecting on Your Entrance Into the Family Enterprise. IESE, SMN-691-E.
CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2015). Function and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors in the Family Enterprise. IESE, SMN-693-E.