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)

PALOMERAS, N., WEHRHEIM, D. (2021). The Strategic allocation of inventors to R&D collaborations. Strategic Management Journal, 42 (1), 144-169. doi:
MAORET, M., DUFOUR, L., 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.
MELERO, E., PALOMERAS, N., WEHRHEIM, D. (2020). The Effect of Patent Protection on Inventor Mobility. Management Science, 66 (12), 5485-5504. doi:10.1287/mnsc.2019.3500.
KELLER, A., LUMINEAU, F., MELLEWIGT, T., ARIÑO, A. (2020). Alliance governance mechanisms in the face of disruption. Organization Science. (Forthcoming)
MAORET, M., TORTORIELLO, M., IUBATTI, D. (2020). Big fish, big pond? The Joint effect of formal and informal core/periphery positions on the generation of incremental innovations. Organization Science, 31 (6), 1538-1559. doi:
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, Article 101626. doi:10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2020.101626.
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:
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)
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:

Working Papers

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).
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).


ROUSSEAU, H. E., BROMILEY, P., BERRONE, P. (2020). A Behavioral perspective of search in nonprofit organizations. Academy of Management Proceedings (pp. 14089).
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.
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.

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). La buena dirección. IESE Business School Insight (153).
ANDREU I CIVIT, R., ROSANAS, J. M., SEGARRA, J. A. (2019). Good management. IESE Business School Insight (153), pp. 70 - 73.
SOHL, T., VROOM, G., MCCANN, B. T. (2019). La diversificación de los modelos de negocio. Cómo lograr que múltiples modelos funcionen en su empresa. Harvard Deusto Business Review (289), pp. 34 - 44.
TÀPIES, J. (2019). Cinco riesgos de la empresa familiar. IESE Business School Insight (152), pp. 64 - 66.


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.
LLOPIS, J. (2018). 500 tuits para dirigir mejor. 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. (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

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.
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.


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., 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.


MASCLANS, R., CANALS, J. (2021). Ingka in 2020. Corporate Governance, Purpose and Transformation. IESE, SM-1698-E.
PEIRET, C., BERRONE, P., RICART, J. (2020). Sidewalk Toronto: Are smart cities the future of urban development? IESE, SM-1696-E.
PEIRET, C., BERRONE, P., RICART, J. (2020). Sidewalk Toronto: ¿Las ciudades inteligentes son el futuro del desarrollo urbanístico? IESE, SM-1696.
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.

Technical Notes

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.
FERRARO, F., ARGÜELLES, J. M. (2017). Strategic Leadership: A Roadmap for the General Manager's Journey. IESE, SMN-701-E.
ARROYO BARRIGÜETE, J. L., LÓPEZ CARDENETE, J. L. (2017). Externalidades de red. IESE, SMN-700.