Schneider Electric Sustainability and Business Strategy Chair

In recent decades, society has increasingly come to expect companies to be drivers of social change, addressing problems such as climate change, water stress, access to electricity, the depletion of natural resources, pollution, shifting demographics, poverty and inequality.

Building a more sustainable future requires long-term focus and commitment. The Schneider Electric Sustainability and Business Strategy Chair analyzes the strategic business models and governance measures that could contribute to this goal.

The Chair aims to address the challenges of sustainability through deep scientific understanding. Equipped with this knowledge, business practices can be adjusted to create more responsible and lasting corporations that can form part of a more responsible society.

Research lines

  • To understand sustainable innovation as a source of competitive advantage.
  • To identify business opportunities in the process of solving social challenges (The doing well by doing good philosophy).
  • To assess the impact of sustainable initiatives on firms’ overall performance, identifying conditions for win-win situations.
  • To study the processes through which companies can solve global sustainability challenges in urban areas, focusing especially on water conservation, energy management and sustainable mobility.
  • To identify organizational structures and governance mechanisms that facilitate sustainable strategies and innovation.
  • To calibrate the benefits and risks of different sustainable initiatives on global markets and society at large, including those at the base of the pyramid both in emerging and mature economies.

Holder of the Chair

Pascual Berrone is a professor of Strategic Management. He is vice president of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management and academic director of the Cities in Motion platform. He is founder of the Madrid Strategy Group and associate editor of Organization & Environment and Family Business Review. His work centers on understanding the impact of sustainability studies and the conditions necessary to ensure their effectiveness. His studies have been published in the most prestigious business journals and he has received several research awards.

Sponsor

Publications

Journal Articles (refereed)

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:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2020.05.006.
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:https://doi.org/10.1287/stsc.2020.0104.
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:https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-020-00362-6. (Online first)
ROUSSEAU, H. E., BERRONE, P., GELABERT, L. (2019). Localizing Sustainable Development Goals: Nonprofit Density and City Sustainability. Academy of Management Discoveries, 5 (4), 487 - 513. doi:10.5465/amd.2018.0151.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., DUCH T-FIGUERAS, A. I., BERNARDO, V., SALVADOR, J., PIEDRA PEÑA, J., RODRÍGUEZ PLANAS, M. (2019). EASIER: An Evaluation Model for Public-Private Partnerships Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability, 11 (8), 1 - 25. doi:10.3390/su11082339.
MARTIN, G., GÓMEZ-MEJÍA, L. R., BERRONE, P., MAKRI, M. (2017). Conflict Between Controlling Family Owners and Minority Shareholders: Much Ado About Nothing? Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 41 (6), 999 - 1027. doi:10.1111/etap.12236.
WALLS, J., BERRONE, P. (2017). The Power of One to Make a Difference: How Informal and Formal CEO Power Affect Environmental Sustainability. Journal of Business Ethics, 145 (2), 293 - 308. doi:10.1007/s10551-015-2902-z.
BERRONE, P., FOSFURI, A., GELABERT, L. (2017). Does Greenwashing Pay Off? Understanding the Relationship Between Environmental Actions and Environmental Legitimacy. Journal of Business Ethics, 144 (2), 363 - 379. doi:10.1007/s10551-015-2816-9.
BERRONE, P., GELABERT, L., ROUSSEAU, H. E., MASSA-SALUZZO, F. (2016). Understanding Community Dynamics in the Study of Grand Challenges: How Nonprofits, Institutional Actors, and the Community Fabric Interact to Influence Income Inequality. Academy of Management Journal, 59 (6), 1940 - 1964. doi:10.5465/amj.2015.0746.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., CARRASCO, C. (2016). The Open Kimono: Toward a General Framework for Open Data Initiatives in Cities. California Management Review, 59 (1), 39 - 70. doi:10.1177/0008125616683703.

Proceedings

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

BERRONE, P. (2016). El reto de la sostenibilidad: Cómo lograr una estrategia medioambiental sin máscaras. Harvard Deusto Business Review (260), pp. 33 - 34.
RICART, J. E., BERRONE, P., BARRIONUEVO, J. M., CANO ESCORIAZA, A. (2013). Implementing Smarter Cities Through Better Governance. The World Financial Review.

Books

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.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., DUCH T-FIGUERAS, A. I. (2017). Cities and the Economy: Fueling Growth, Jobs and Innovation. CreateSpace.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., DUCH T-FIGUERAS, A. I. (2016). Cities and Mobility & Transportation: Towards The Next Generation of Urban Mobility. CreateSpace.
BERRONE, P. (2016). Green Lies: How Greenwashing can destroy a company (and how to go green without the wash). CreateSpace.

Book Chapters

RICART, J. E. (2014). Business Models for the Companies of the Future. In Francisco González (Ed.), Reinventing the Company in the Digital Age (pp. 133 - 146). Madrid: BBVA.
BERRONE, P., CRUZ, C., GÓMEZ-MEJÍA, L. R. (2013). Family-controlled Firms and Stakeholder Management. A Socioemotional Wealth Preservation Perspective. In Leif Melin, Mattias Nordqvist, Pramodita Sharma (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Family Business (pp. 179 - 195). Chicago: Sage Publications.
BERRONE, P., GARCÍA PÍRIZ, D. (2013). Will You Keep an Eye on My Investment?. An Empirical Analysis of the Link Between Institutional Investors and Boards of Directors. In Jens Mueller and Philippa Wells (Ed.), Governance in Action Globally: Strategy, Process and Reality (pp. 221 - 239). Oxford, UK: RossiSmith Academic Publications Ltd.
CENNAMO, C., GÓMEZ-MEJÍA, L. R., BERRONE, P. (2012). Caring About Firm Stakeholders. Towards a Theory of Proactive Stakeholder Engagement. In Joan Enric Ricart y Josep Maria Rosanas (Ed.), Towards a New Theory of the Firm: Humanizing the Firm and the Management Profession (pp. 263 - 303). Bilbao: Fundación BBVA.

Studies

BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., DUCH, A., CARRASCO, C. (2019). Índice IESE Cities in Motion 2019. IESE.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., DUCH, A., CARRASCO, C. (2019). IESE Cities in Motion Index 2019. IESE.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., CARRASCO, C., DUCH, A. (2018). Índice IESE Cities in Motion 2018. IESE.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., CARRASCO, C., DUCH, A. (2018). IESE Cities in Motion Index 2018. IESE.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E. (2017). Índice IESE Cities in Motion 2017. IESE.

Cases

BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., BLÁZQUEZ, M. L. (2014). Vancouver: The Challenge of Becoming the Greenest City. IESE, SM-1612-E.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., BLÁZQUEZ, M. L. (2014). Vancouver: el reto de convertirse en la ciudad más verde del mundo. IESE, SM-1612.

Journal Articles (refereed)

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:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2020.05.006.
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:https://doi.org/10.1287/stsc.2020.0104.
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:https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-020-00362-6. (Online first)
RAMUS, T., VACCARO, A., BERRONE, P. (2020). Time matters! How hybrid organizations use time to respond to divergent stakeholder demands. Organization Studies. doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840619900341. (Online first)
ROUSSEAU, H. E., BERRONE, P., GELABERT, L. (2019). Localizing Sustainable Development Goals: Nonprofit Density and City Sustainability. Academy of Management Discoveries, 5 (4), 487 - 513. doi:10.5465/amd.2018.0151.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., DUCH T-FIGUERAS, A. I., BERNARDO, V., SALVADOR, J., PIEDRA PEÑA, J., RODRÍGUEZ PLANAS, M. (2019). EASIER: An Evaluation Model for Public-Private Partnerships Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability, 11 (8), 1 - 25. doi:10.3390/su11082339.
FONTRODONA, J., RICART, J. E., BERRONE, P. (2018). Ethical Challenges in Strategic Management: The 19th IESE International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society. Journal of Business Ethics, 152 (4), 887 - 898. doi:10.1007/s10551-018-3825-2.
MARTIN, G., GÓMEZ-MEJÍA, L. R., BERRONE, P., MAKRI, M. (2017). Conflict Between Controlling Family Owners and Minority Shareholders: Much Ado About Nothing? Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 41 (6), 999 - 1027. doi:10.1111/etap.12236.
WALLS, J., BERRONE, P. (2017). The Power of One to Make a Difference: How Informal and Formal CEO Power Affect Environmental Sustainability. Journal of Business Ethics, 145 (2), 293 - 308. doi:10.1007/s10551-015-2902-z.
BERRONE, P., FOSFURI, A., GELABERT, L. (2017). Does Greenwashing Pay Off? Understanding the Relationship Between Environmental Actions and Environmental Legitimacy. Journal of Business Ethics, 144 (2), 363 - 379. doi:10.1007/s10551-015-2816-9.

Working Papers

BERRONE, P., GELABERT, L., FOSFURI, A. (2009). The impact of symbolic and substantive actions on environmental legitimacy (DI-778-E).
WALLS, J., PHAN, P., BERRONE, P. (2008). An assessment of the construct validity of environmental strategy measures (DI-754-E).
BERRONE, P., GELABERT, L., FOSFURI, A., GÓMEZ-MEJÍA, L. R. (2007). Can institutional forces create competitive advantage? An empirical examination of environmental innovation (DI-723-E).

Proceedings

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

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., 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.

Articles in other publications

BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., FERRADANS, H., RODRÍGUEZ PLANAS, M., SALVADOR, J. (2017). 7 Forces to Success in PPPs. Smart Cities via Public-Private Partnerships. IESE Insight (34), pp. 15 - 23.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., FERRADANS, H., RODRÍGUEZ PLANAS, M., SALVADOR, J. (2017). Siete requisitos para una cooperación público-privada de éxito. Ciudades inteligentes. IESE Insight (34), pp. 15 - 23.
RICART, J. E., BERRONE, P. (2017). La economía colaborativa en las ciudades. Harvard Deusto Business Review (265), pp. 50 - 64.
BERRONE, P. (2016). How to Go Green Without the Wash. Corporate Social Responsibility. Alumni Magazine (143), pp. 26 - 29.
BERRONE, P. (2016). El reto de la sostenibilidad: Cómo lograr una estrategia medioambiental sin máscaras. Harvard Deusto Business Review (260), pp. 33 - 34.

Books

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.
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.
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.
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). Asociación Público-Privada en América Latina. guía para gobiernos regionales y locales. Caracas: CAF.
BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E., DUCH T-FIGUERAS, A. I. (2017). Cities And Social Cohesion: Designing More Inclusive Urban Areas. CreateSpace.

Book Chapters

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.
BERRONE, P., CRUZ, C., GÓMEZ-MEJÍA, L. R. (2013). Family-controlled Firms and Stakeholder Management. A Socioemotional Wealth Preservation Perspective. In Leif Melin, Mattias Nordqvist, Pramodita Sharma (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Family Business (pp. 179 - 195). Chicago: Sage Publications.
BERRONE, P., GARCÍA PÍRIZ, D. (2013). Will You Keep an Eye on My Investment?. An Empirical Analysis of the Link Between Institutional Investors and Boards of Directors. In Jens Mueller and Philippa Wells (Ed.), Governance in Action Globally: Strategy, Process and Reality (pp. 221 - 239). Oxford, UK: RossiSmith Academic Publications Ltd.
CENNAMO, C., GÓMEZ-MEJÍA, L. R., BERRONE, P. (2012). Caring About Firm Stakeholders. Towards a Theory of Proactive Stakeholder Engagement. In Joan Enric Ricart y Josep Maria Rosanas (Ed.), Towards a New Theory of the Firm: Humanizing the Firm and the Management Profession (pp. 263 - 303). Bilbao: Fundación BBVA.
BERRONE, P., OTTEN, J. (2008). A global perspective on executive compensation. In Luis Gómez-Mejía, Steve Werner (Eds.), Global compensation. Foundations and perspectives (pp. 113 - 128). Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge.

Studies

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.
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.
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.

Cases

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.
SIGURJONSSON, T. O., BERRONE, P., MITCHELL, J. (2021). Icelandair (E): COVID-19. IESE, SM-1703.
PEIRET, C., BERRONE, P., RICART, J. E. (2020). Sidewalk Toronto: Are smart cities the future of urban development? IESE, SM-1696-E.