Professor of Strategic Management and Managing People in Organizations

Chair of Family-Owned Business

  Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business
  M.Sc. in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business
  B.Sc. in Business and Economics at the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain)

Marta Elvira is professor in the departments of Managing People in Organizations and Strategic Management and holder of Chair of Family-Owned Business. She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior & Industrial Relations at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Prior to joining IESE, Prof. Elvira served as academic dean at Lexington College. She was formerly a tenured associate professor in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine, and associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD (France). In 1999-2000, Prof. Elvira was a visiting scholar at MIT’s Sloan School of Management in the Institute for Work and Employment Research as well as at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico). She lectures regularly in UCLA’s Leadership Suite – Executive Education programs.

Prof. Elvira brings a multi-cultural perspective to her research and teaching. She has co-edited two books: Managing Human Resources in Latin America: An Agenda for International Leaders (Routledge, 2005), Best Practices in HRM in Latin America (Routledge, 2008) and Understanding Organizations in Complex Environments (Palgrave Macmillan-IESE Collection: UK, 2012) , as well as two special issues on research in Latin America for the International Journal of Human Resources Management (December 2005) and the International Journal of Manpower (2007).

Besides human resource practices and incentives in organizations, her research interests focus on social inequality and human capital development. Her work examines the political and economic processes involved in designing organizational reward structures, and the joint effects of incentive pay and promotion systems on employee earnings and performance. Her articles have appeared in leading journals including Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Work and Occupations,Industrial Relations, Organizational Dynamics and The Journal of World Business.

In recognition of the achievements of her early academic career, she received the 2002 Ascendant Scholar Award of the Western Academy of Management. She serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Research and has been a member of the editorial board at the Academy of Management Journal, the Business Journal of Hispanic Research, and reviews for multiple research publications.

At IESE she teaches classes for the PhD and Executive MBA programs. She also has taught executive education programs and/or consulted for companies such as Airbus Military, Allergan, Banco Santander, BBVA, Cisco Systems, Citi, Endesa, IBM, Intel, PepsiCo, among others.

Prof. Elvira has received numerous teaching awards, including the Teaching Excellence Award in the MBA Program. In addition, she was voted by MBA students as an Outstanding Business Professor in the Business Week Guide to the Top 50 Business Schools (1999, 2001), and received the campus-wide UC Irvine’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2000. In the summer of 2001 she received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the University of California, Irvine, Office of Graduate Studies. She has served on numerous doctoral dissertation committees in the U.S. and Europe.

In addition, she lectures and consults internationally on leadership development, diversity and talent management. She has advised Fortune 500 companies in financial services, food & beverages, hospitality, and technology manufacturing industries on strategic compensation redesign; incentive programs; organizational structure; and identification, analysis, and resolution of multi-cultural issues.

Areas of interest

* Organizational Demography
* Incentive and Human Capital Structures in Organizations
* Management in Latin America
* Professions and Occupations in the Service Sector
* Incentive and Human Capital Structures in Organizations
* Professions and Occupations in the Service Sector
* Interorganizational Cooperation
* Management and Leadership in Latin America


Journal Articles (refereed)

DÁVILA, A., RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C., ELVIRA, M. (2018). Engaging stakeholders in emerging economies. The Case of multilatinas. Journal of Business Ethics, 152 (4), 949 - 964. doi:10.1007/s10551-018-3820-7.
LAVEZZOLO, S. E., RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C., ELVIRA, M. (2018). National Culture And Financial Systems: The Conditioning Role Of Political Context. Journal of Business Research, 85, 60 - 72. doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2017.12.021.
QUINTANA-GARCÍA, C., ELVIRA, M. (2017). The Effect of the External Labor Market on the Gender Pay Gap among Executives. ILR Review, 70 (1), 132 - 159. doi:10.1177/0019793916668529.
MCALLUM, K., ELVIRA, M. (2015). Zeroes, Service Providers, or Heroes? Dignity and the Communicative Politics of Care Work. Electronic Journal of Communication, 25 (1&2).
DÁVILA, A., RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C., ELVIRA, M. (2013). Global leadership, citizenship and stakeholder management. Organizational Dynamics, 42 (3), 183 - 190. doi:10.1016/j.orgdyn.2013.06.003.
BARCACCIA, B., ESPOSITO, G., MATARESE, M., BERTOLASO, M., ELVIRA, M., DE MARINIS, M. G. (2013). Defining Quality of Life. A Wild-Goose Chase? Europe's Journal of Psychology, 19 (1), 185 - 203. doi:10.5964/ejop.v9i1.484.
DÁVILA, A., ELVIRA, M. (2012). Humanistic leadership: Lessons from Latin America. Journal of World Business, 47 (4), 548 - 554.
PENNACCHINI, M., BERTOLASO, M., ELVIRA, M., DE MARINIS, M. G. (2011). A Brief History of the Quality of Life. Its Use in Medicine and in Philosophy. Clinica Terapeutica, 162 (3), 99 - 103.
DÁVILA, A., ELVIRA, M. (2010). La evaluación del rendimiento en empresas intensivas en conocimiento. Un caso de estudio. Universia Business Review (27), 124 - 141.
DÁVILA, A., ELVIRA, M. (2007). Psychological Contracts and Performance Management in Mexico. International Journal of Manpower, 28 (5), 384 - 402. doi:10.1108/01437720710778385.

Working Papers

BONET, R., ELVIRA, M., VISINTIN, S. (2020). Hiring Temps But Losing Perms? Temporary Hiring And Voluntary Turnover Of Permanent Employees In A Dual Labor Market Context (WP-1239-E).


NEACSU, I., ELVIRA, M., RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C. (2018). Thriving at the top in the digital era. The impact of ICT on TMT agility. Annual Meeting Proceedings: Chicago 2018. Academy of Management Proceedings.
LAVEZZOLO, S., RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C., ELVIRA, M. (2014). When Does it Matter? National Culture, Finance and the Moderating Role of Politics. Academy of Management Proceedings.

Articles in other publications

PROAÑO VICENTE, Á., ELVIRA, M. (2021). El papel del consejo de administración en la transformación digital: una hoja de ruta. IESE.
APASCARITEI, P., ELVIRA, M. (2019). Diferencias en la búsqueda de empleo, por género, entre la población ocupada. Economistas (161), pp. 10 - 20.
CANALS, J., CASSIMAN, B., ELVIRA, M., SIEBER, S., RAES, A. (2018). Cómo la IA cambiará (o no) tu modo de dirigir. Inteligencia artificial. IESE Insight (38), pp. 47 - 54.
CANALS, J., CASSIMAN, B., ELVIRA, M., SIEBER, S., RAES, A. (2018). How AI Will - and Won't - Change the Way You Manage. Artificial Intelligence. IESE Insight (38), pp. 47 - 54.
VISINTIN, S., ELVIRA, M., RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C., LAVEZZOLO, S. E. (2015). An Exploratory Analysis of Wages and Job Stability for Long-Term Care Work in Europe. FUNCAS Social and Economic Studies, pp. 167 - 186.

Edited books

DÁVILA, A., ELVIRA, M., RAMIREZ, J., ZAPATA-CANTU, L. (2012). Understanding Organizations in Complex, Emergent, and Uncertain Environments. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.
DÁVILA, A., ELVIRA, M. (2008). Best Human Resource Management Practices in Latin America. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge.
ELVIRA, M., DÁVILA, A. (2005). Managing Human Resources in Latin America. An Agenda for International Leaders. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge.

Book Chapters

ELVIRA, M., CALLEJA, L. M. (2019). General management as firm ownership changes. 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.
RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C., ELVIRA, M. (2018). Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In Kolb, R.W. (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (pp. 431 - 434). Barcelona: Sage.
DÁVILA, A., ELVIRA, M. (2018). Revisiting the Latin American HRM model. In Chris Brewster, Wolfgang Mayrhofer & Elaine Farndale (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management, 2nd edition (pp. 393 - 407). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
ELVIRA, M., DÁVILA, A., RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C. (2016). Liderazgo global, ciudadanía corporativa y gestión de las partes interesadas en Latinoamérica. En Luis Montaño Hirose (Coord.) (Ed.), La responsabilidad social de las organizaciones en México: Perspectivas críticas, experiencias y debates (pp. 275 - 300).
DÁVILA, A., ELVIRA, M. (2015). Human resource management in a kinship society: the case of Latin America. In Frank Horwitz, Pawan Budhwar (Eds.), Handbook of Human Resource Management in Emerging Markets (pp. 372 - 392). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.


VISINTIN, S. (2019). Índice de Dinamismo Laboral Meta4 IDL, Octubre del 2019. 11ª edición.
ELVIRA, M., VISINTIN, S. (2019). Índice de Dinamismo Laboral Meta4 IDL, Mayo de 2019. 10ª edición. IESE.
VISINTIN, S., ELVIRA, M. (2018). Índice de Dinamismo Laboral Meta4 IDL, octubre de 2018. 9ª edición. IESE.
APASCARITEI, P., ELVIRA, M. (2018). Agilidad estratégica a través del capital humano. IESE.
VISINTIN, S., ELVIRA, M. (2018). Índice de Dinamismo Laboral Meta4 IDL, Abril de 2018. 8ª edición. IESE.


ELVIRA, M., VILLAMOR, M. (2021). Un viaje transformador en tiempos inciertos (A). IESE, DPO-733.
ELVIRA, M., VILLAMOR, M. (2021). A Catalyst Journey During Corona Times (A). IESE, DPO-733-E.
ELVIRA, M., VILLAMOR, I. (2021). A Catalyst Journey during Corona Times (B). IESE, DPO-734-E.
ELVIRA, M., VILLAMOR, I. (2021). Un viaje catalizador en tiempos inciertos (B). IESE, DPO-734.
VILLAMOR, M., ELVIRA, M. (2020). YouTube's Susan Wojcicki: Can She Deliver Again? (B). IESE, SM-1690-E.

Technical Notes

ELVIRA, M., VILLAMOR, M., ELVIRA, M. (2020). Diversity In Boards of Directors: A Synthesis and Review. IESE, DPON-159-E.
RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C., ELVIRA, M., MARTÍN, M. (2019). La diversidad en los equipos de alta dirección. IESE, DPON-149.