Cities in Motion

Cities in Motion

Smart Urban Governance: Rising to Challenge

At a time when cities are facing unexpected challenges, our main objective is to create knowledge and innovative tools that generate smarter local governments. This initiative brings together our international network of experts, specialized companies and worldwide local governments.

As people move to the cities in search of new ideas and opportunities, these urban areas are becoming cultural, social and economic global epicenters. Therefore, the smart governance – strategic planning systems, policies, actions, processes and other tools of local governance – has become, more than ever, critical for the creation of sustainable urban ecosystems.

Together, IESE Cities in Motion Strategies and the private sector will play a major role in the development of intelligent local governments that generate more opportunities for citizens.


About Us

IESE Cities in Motion Strategies is a research platform that was launched by the IESE Business School Center for Globalization and Strategy and the IESE Department of Strategy.

The initiative connects a worldwide network of city experts and specialized private companies with local administrations all over the world, with the goal of developing valuable ideas and innovative tools that can generate smarter cities and promote change at the local level.

The mission of the platform is to promote the Cities in Motion Model, that includes an innovative approach to city management, and a new urban model for the 21st century, based on 4 main drivers: sustainable ecosystems, innovative activities, equitability among citiziens and connected territory.

Main strategic lines

  • To develop a comprehensive approach to smart governance strategies
  • To conduct research and bring innovation to governance strategies all over the world
  • To identify and communicate international best practices
  • To design case studies
  • To connect urban leaders to powerful ideas through events and networking

Research projects on smart governance

  • Event organization and networking actions
  • Creation of academic and training materials
  • Publication of content on challenges and opportunities in cities
  • Collaboration with international centres
  • Participation in international forum

1- International Benchmark on urban models: will allow us to respond to the question

“Which actions had the best results for cities internationally, in their search for sustainable, equitable, connected and innovative city models?”

  • Historical analysis of city models
  • International benchmark of best practices (urban model and solutions)

2- Definition of Best practices and design of case studies on city strategic planning: will allow us to categorize types of strategic plans, identify successes and failures, and understand the key success factors

  • International benchmark (best practices) on strategic city plans
  • Case studies of actual city strategic management

3. Comparative analysis on strategic decision making frameworks in cities worldwide: will allow us to understand how local administrations work today

  • Analysis of current state of theoretical knowledge on decision-making processes in cities
  • Comparative analysis on decision-making processes in local administrations
  • Identification of improvement opportunities

4. Design of an innovative Strategic Planning Framework: will allow cities to improve their strategic planning and city management processes

  • Validation of conclusions on improvement opportunities of decision-making processes in city management
  • Strategic lines (workshops)
  • CIM Strategic Management Framework

5. Design of an international Cities in Motion Index: will allow citizens to understand how their city is performing in terms of sustainability, innovation, connectivity and social cohesion

  • Analysis of International City Indexes
  • Strategic Lines (workshops)
  • CIM International City Index

6. Design of a CIM Management toolkit: will allow city managers to obtain a general idea and follow up on how they are performing, through a balance scorecard that will allow them to improve their decisions

  • Analysis of balance scorecards in cities
  • Strategic lines (workshops)
  • CIM Management Toolkit

Research Publications


Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric; Blazquez, Maria Luisa, “Málaga: In Search of Its Identity as a Smart City“, IESE, SM-1658-E, 12/2017

Carrasco, Carlos; Ricart, Joan Enric; Berrone, Pascual, “Barcelona: A Roman Village Becoming a Smart City (Abridged)“, IESE, SM-1646-E, 02/2017

Carrasco, Carlos; Ricart, Joan Enric; Berrone, Pascual, “Barcelona: A Roman Village Becoming a Smart City“, IESE, SM-1625-E, 07/2015

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric; Blázquez, María Luisa, “Vancouver: The Challenge of Becoming the Greenest City“, IESE, SM-1612-E, 06/2014

General Media Articles

Other Publications

IESE Alumni Learning Program Session “Gobierno urbano inteligente: Cómo transformar ciudades más allá de la tecnología”
Barcelona, May 17, 2018

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Clusters Summer School for Competitiveness of Cities and Regions
Barcelona, May 18-29, 2015

La Ciutat de les Tic: un diàleg Messi sobre ciutat i tecnologia

Barcelona, April 14, 2015

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El concepto de ciudades inteligentes. ¿Una nueva forma de vida?
Santiago de Chile, March 17, 2015

Continuous Education Session “Ciudades en movimiento: Estrategia urbana” and presentation of the Cities in Motion Index
Madrid, March 10, 2015

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Kick-off conference for the GrowSmarter European Project
Stockholm, February 10, 2015
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Smart Cities: Apps and Opendata

Barcelona, March 4, 2014

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Continuous Education Session “Cities in Motion: Urban Strategy” and Presentation of the CIM Index

Barcelona, February 18, 2014
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4th Global Energy Day

Barcelona, January 29, 2014

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2nd Cities in Motion Think Tank: Smart Cities using Big Data
Barcelona, November 20, 2013

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Visit of the Chongqing City Planning Society

Barcelona, June 26, 2013

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19th Telecom, Digital Media and Information Society Industry Meeting – A Whole New World: The Revolution of Big Data
Madrid, June 11, 2013
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Cities in Motion Think Tank: Urban Strategy
Barcelona, January 30, 2013

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