Emeritus Professor of Strategic Management

• Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
• Master’s in Business Administration, ESADE

Josep Tàpies is emeritus professor in the Department of Strategic Management at IESE. He gained a PhD in Industrial Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and an MBA at ESADE.

His areas of specialization include strategic management, corporate governance, family-owned firms, their development and governance structures. He currently teaches several courses in the MBA program, as well as in other General Management Programs at IESE. He also designs programs focused at issues related specifically to family-owned firms, where he teaches general management, governance and strategy in family-owned businesses.

Professor Tàpies has taught General Management in a number of different business schools in both Europe and Latin America, including AESE in Portugal, IDE in Ecuador, PAD-University of Piura in Peru, ISE in Brazil, IAE in Argentina, ESE in Chile, and INALDE in Colombia. He has also been a member of the academic board of IPADE in Mexico and ESE in Santiago, Chile.

For many years now, Professor Tàpies has worked as a consultant with individual businesses, many of them family-owned, as well as with Spanish and international banking institutions. He is a member of the board of directors at several Spanish companies, Fellow of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), member of the board of the Spanish Association of Family-Owned Business Consultants and Academics (CAEF) and the international center for financial research (CIIF).

Prof. Tàpies has written book chapters and books such as “100 Familias que cambiaron el mundo: Las empresas familiares y la industrialización“, “Sí quiero: el compromiso de la familia empresaria“, “Management Buy Out“, “Plan de vuelo“, “Family Business: not so small nor so young. A renewed approach to the age and size of the Spanish family business“, “Family values and value creation” (co-authored by Professor John L. Ward) and “Empresa Familiar: 30 años de preguntas con respuesta“. He has also developed a wide variety of academic and journalistic articles on family-owned businesses.

Areas of interest

* Family Business: Ownership, governance and management
* Corporate governance
* Competitive strategy
* Corporate strategy
* Organizational design
* Change management


Journal Articles (refereed)

TÀPIES, J., FERNÁNDEZ-MOYA, M. (2012). Values and Longevity in Family Business. Evidence From a Cross-Cultural Analysis. Journal of Family Business Management, 2 (2), 130 - 146. doi:10.1108/20436231211261871.
TÀPIES, J. (2011). Empresa familiar: Un enfoque multidisciplinar. Universia Business Review (32), 12 - 25.
GALLO, M. Á., TÀPIES, J., CAPPUYNS, K. (2004). Comparison of family and nonfamily business. Financial logic and personal preferences. Family Business Review, 17 (4), 303 - 318. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6248.2004.00020.x.

Working Papers

BARBAT, J., CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2013). Key Issues in Family Councils: Insights from the Spanish Experience (WP-1070-E). Barcelona: IESE.
CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2011). A model of psychological ownership in next-generation members of family-owned firms: A qualitative study (DI-929-E).
TÀPIES, J., CEJA, L. (2011). Los protocolos familiares en países de habla hispana: Cómo son y para qué se utilizan (DI-931).
CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2011). Corporate values guiding the world's largest family-owned businesses: A comparison with non-family firms (DI-916-E).
TÀPIES, J., FERNÁNDEZ, M. (2010). Values and longevity in family business: Evidence from a cross-cultural analysis (DI-866-E).

Articles in other publications

TÀPIES, J. (2019). Cinco riesgos de la empresa familiar. IESE Business School Insight (152), pp. 64 - 66.
TÀPIES, J. (2019). 5 mistakes every family business should avoid. IESE Business School Insight (152), pp. 64 - 66.
TÀPIES, J., CEJA, L. (2013). Tips to Foster Ownership in Your Organization. The Ties That Bind. IESE Insight (17), pp. 52 - 59.
TÀPIES, J., CEJA, L. (2013). El vínculo emocional marca la diferencia. Propiedad psicológica en la empresa familiar. IESE Insight (17), pp. 52 - 59.
TÀPIES, J., FERNÁNDEZ-MOYA, M. (2013). Cinco claves para perdurar con éxito. Empresa familiar. Revista de Antiguos Alumnos (129), pp. 30 - 33.


TÀPIES, J. (2018). Empresa Familiar: 30 años de preguntas con respuesta. Barcelona: IESE.
TÀPIES, J., SAN ROMÁN, E., GIL, Á. (2016). 100 Families that Changed the World. Family Businesses and Industrialization. Barcelona: Fundación Jesús Serra.
TÀPIES, J., SAN ROMÁN, E., GIL, Á. (2014). 100 familias que cambiaron el mundo. Las empresas familiares y la industrialización. Barcelona: Fundación Jesús Serra.
TÀPIES, J., CANALS, C. M. (2013). Sí, quiero. El compromiso de la familia empresaria. Aspectos clave para el fundador, los sucesores y la familia. Barcelona: Libros de Cabecera.
NAVARRO-RUBIO, J. M., TÀPIES, J. (2012). Génesis del consejo. Madrid: LID Editorial.

Edited books

TÀPIES, J. (2011). Familia empresaria. Argentina: LID Editorial Empresarial.
TÀPIES, J., WARD, J. L. (2008). Family Values and Value Creation. The Fostering of Enduring Values Within Family-Owned Businesses. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

TÀPIES, J. (2019). Family-owned firms: The role of the board of directors, family council and family office. 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.
TÀPIES, J., FERNÁNDEZ, M. (2011). Rompiendo mitos acerca de la fragilidad de las empresas familiares. En Ángel Serrano de Nicolás (Coord.) (Ed.), La empresa familiar y su relevo generacional (pp. 19 - 54). Madrid: Marcial Pons.
SALVAJ, E. H., FERRARO, F., TÀPIES, J. (2008). Family firms and the contingent value of board interlocks: The Spanish case. In Josep Tàpies y John L. Ward (Ed.), Family values and value creation. The fostering of enduring values within family-owned businesses (pp. 236 - 259). Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.
TÀPIES, J. (2005). Fusiones y adquisiciones en el ámbito de la empresa familiar. En Martín Garrido Melero, José María Fugardo Estivill, Juan Corona Ramón (Eds.), El patrimonio familiar, profesional y empresarial. Sus protocolos: constitución, gestión, responsabilidad, continuidad y tributación. Vol. VI: Estrategias de gobierno, continuidad y expansión de la empresa (pp. 677 - 715). Barcelona: Editorial Bosch.


PUEYO, R., TÀPIES, J., ANITUA, J., GOENAGA, P. (2017). La sucesión del primer ejecutivo en la empresa familiar.
TÀPIES, J., MARCHAL, M. (2017). El papel de la mujer en los consejos de administración de las empresas cotizadas españolas. IESE.
TÀPIES, J., VILANOVA, N. (2016). Los valores y la comunicación en la empresa familiar.
RUSSELL REYNOLDS ASSOCIATES,, TÀPIES, J. (2015). Prácticas de gobierno corporativo en la empresa familiar en Europa.
RUSSELL REYNOLDS ASSOCIATES,, TÀPIES, J. (2014). Survey of Corporate Governance Practices In European Family Businesses.


TÀPIES, J., SOLEY, J., EUFINGER, C., COSTA, X. (2022). ABANCA. De cajas de ahorro a una entidad bancaria de éxito. IESE, SM-1699.
SASTRE BOQUET, I., TÀPIES, J. (2019). Borges Agricultural & Industrial Nuts: A Paradigm Shift. IESE, SM-1679-E.
SASTRE BOQUET, I., TÀPIES, J. (2019). Borges Agricultural & Industrial Nuts: cambio de paradigma. IESE, SM-1679.
MARTÍN, M., TÀPIES, J. (2019). ILUNION: el crecimiento corporativo sostenible y responsable. Un proyecto de personas para personas. IESE, SM-1676.
ISAAC SASTRE BOQUET,, TÀPIES, J., CANALS, J. (2018). Ficosa International: Deciding the Future. IESE, SM-1661-E.

Technical Notes

TÀPIES, J., CEJA, L. (2015). A Guide to Reflecting on Your Entrance Into the Family Enterprise. IESE, SMN-691-E.
CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2015). La función y las responsabilidades del Consejo de Administración en la empresa familiar. IESE, SMN-693.
TÀPIES, J., CEJA, L. (2015). Guía para reflexionar sobre la entrada en la empresa familiar. IESE, SMN-691.
CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2015). Function and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors in the Family Enterprise. IESE, SMN-693-E.
CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2014). Reaching Effective and Healthy Family Meetings: Some Reflections. IESE, SMN-690-E.