Joaquim Molins Figueras Chair of Strategic Alliances

Holder: Africa Ariño

The Joaquim Molins Figueras Chair of Strategic Alliances fosters the generation, diffusion and transfer of knowledge regarding the design and implementation of strategic alliances that enable companies to carry them out effectively.

To this end, it develops a series of research and teaching activities that include research projects, publications in specialized journals, and the organization of and participation in international congresses and seminars, such as the Annual International Congress of the Strategic Management Society (SMS).

The Chair collaborates with IESE’s MBA, PhD and Executive Education programs, and organizes regular sessions for IESE’s Alumni Learning Program.

Research lines

  • Understanding the key design traits and processes enabling companies to create successful alliances.
  • Comparative study alliances relative to other forms of corporate growth.
  • Studying alliances in emerging markets.


  • Alliances and Cooperation: The Challenge of Social Economy. IESE Barcelona, October 1, 2019.

Holder of the Chair

Africa Ariño is a professor, director of the Strategic Management Department and academic director of the Center for Globalization and Strategy. She is associate editor of Academy of Management Discoveries and a member of the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal. She is a specialist in strategic alliances, a subject about which she has advised diverse companies.