Josep Tàpies is emeritus professor in the Department of Strategic Management and holder of the Family-Owned Business Chair 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.