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

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)

CARRASCO, C., SNIHUR, Y., BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E. (2022). The stakeholder value proposition of digital platforms in an urban ecosystem. Research Policy, 51 (4), Article 104488. doi:10.1016/j.respol.2022.104488.
CONTI, R., KACPERCZYK, O., VALENTINI, G. (2022). Institutional protection of minority employees and entrepreneurship. Evidence from the LGBT employment non-discrimination acts. Strategic Management Journal, 43 (4), 758-791. doi:10.1002/smj.3340.
RICART, J. E., REY, C. (2022). Purpose in corporate governance. The Path towards a more sustainable world. Sustainability, 14 (8), Article 4384. doi:10.3390/su14084384.
MAORET, M., MARCHESINI, G., ERTUG, G. (2022). On the status shocks of tournament rituals. How ritual enactment affects productivity, input provision, and performance. Academy of Management Journal. doi:10.5465/amj.2020.0585. (Online first)
TRUONG, Y., BERRONE, P. (2022). Can environmental innovation be a conventional source of higher market valuation? Journal of Business Research, 142, 113-121. doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2021.12.040.
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. doi:10.1002/smj.3394. (Forthcoming)
KELLER, A., LUMINEAU, F., MELLEWIGT, T., ARIÑO, A. (2021). Alliance governance mechanisms in the face of disruption. Organization Science, 32 (6), 1542–1570. doi:10.1287/orsc.2021.1437.
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.

Working Papers

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.
SAMILA, S., SIMETH, M., WEHRHEIM, D. (2021). Institutional ownership and the nature of corporate innovation.


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.

ARIÑO, A. (2022). How time plays in alliances. Munich: IESE Business School.
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.
SAMILA, S., SIMETH, M., WEHRHEIM, D. (2021). Institutional ownership and the nature of corporate innovation. DRUID21.
SAMILA, S., ALEKSEEVA, L., GINÉ, M., TASKA, B. (2021). AI adoption and firm performance. Management versus IT. DRUID21.

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.


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.
LLADÓ, M. (2020). Enamorarse del futuro. Va de escribirlo, no de leerlo. Barcelona: Plataforma Editorial.
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. (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.


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.
ALICIA PLANA OLÍAS,, JORDI SALVADOR, RICART, J. E. (2022). Towards New Mobility in Barcelona. Lessons learned from other cities.. IESE.
CANALS, J., BLÁZQUEZ, M. L. (2022). Retos empresariales y competencias profesionales necesarias después de la COVID-19: el impacto sobre el empleo juvenil. IESE.
BERRONE, P., BLAZQUEZ, M. L., MULTINACIONALES POR MARCA ESPAÑA (2022). Barómetro del clima de negocios en España desde la Perspectiva del Inversor Extranjero. Resultados 2021.
BERRONE, P., BLAZQUEZ, M. L., MULTINACIONALES POR MARCA ESPAÑA (2022). Barometer of the Business Climate in Spain from the Foreign Investor's Perspective. Results 2021.


SAMILA, S., SASTRE BOQUET, I. (2022)., Inc: The AI Transformation. IESE, SM-1724-E.
CASSIMAN B., B., SAMILA, S., ISAAC SASTRE (2022). The Four Disruptions: the Automotive Industry in the 2020s. IESE, SM-1723-E.
MICHAEL WURTH,, SAMILA, S. (2022). Scribendi. IESE, SM-1725-E.
MO UMPIERRE, N., FERRARO, F. (2022). Arcano Partners: Scaling Impact With a Fund of Funds (A). IESE, SM-1713-E.
MO UMPIERRE, N., FERRARO, F. (2022). Arcano Partners - Scaling Impact with a Fund of Funds (B). IESE, SM-1714-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.