Marta
Elvira

Professor of Strategic Management and Managing People in Organizations

Chair of Family-Owned Business

• PhD in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business
• MSc in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business
• BSc in Business and Economics, Universidad de Oviedo

Marta Elvira is a professor in IESE’s Departments of Strategic Management and Managing People in Organizations, holder of the Chair of Family-Owned Business, and a member of the IESE Madrid Executive Committee. She formerly served as the Puig Chaired Professor of Global Leadership Development and the associate dean of IESE’s Research and PhD program.

Prof. Elvira has two dominant research interests. The first centers on the field of social inequality and human capital development, where she analyzes the political and economic processes involved in the design of organizational reward structures and the dual impact of incentive pay and promotion systems on employee earnings and performance. Her current research leverages linked countrywide data on employers and employees to gain a deeper understanding the role of organizations and occupations in labor market outcomes across countries.

Her second research stream focuses on how family-owned businesses act as economic drivers through their environmental, social and governance processes, with an emphasis on employment, diversity and digitalization. Prof. Elvira has received grants from the European Commission Marie Curie Program and the Spanish Ministry of Innovation for the financing of these projects.

Before joining IESE, Prof. Elvira served as the academic dean at Lexington College in Chicago and as a tenured professor of organizational behavior at the University of California-Irvine Graduate School of Management and INSEAD. Her international experience also includes posts as a visiting scholar at MIT and Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Prof. Elvira brings a distinctive multi-cultural perspective to all of her teaching and research, which has been published in prominent outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of World Business and Industrial Relations. She is the author of numerous book chapters and co-editor of three books including Understanding Organizations in Complex Environments and Best Human Resource Management Practices in Latin America. 

Among her many awards and distinctions, Prof. Elvira has served for years on the jury of the Princess of Asturias Social Science Award and the Board of Trustees of IESE’s New York campus. She was also an ascendant scholar at the Western Academy of Management Meetings and an executive board member of Women in Leadership in Latin America, Complutense University of Madrid’s Colegio Universitario Villanueva, and Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Foundation.

Prof. Elvira teaches in all of IESE’s flagship offerings, from the PhD, MBA and MiM programs to customized offerings in the world’s top organizations including Airbus, Allergan, BBVA, Citi, Dow, IBM, Intel, PepsiCo, Samsung, Santander Swire, and the United Nations Development Programme.

Areas of interest

* Strategic human capital and incentives
* Inequality and organizations
* Governance, employment and sustainability of family-owned firms

Publications

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).

Proceedings

BONET, R., ELVIRA, M., VISINTIN, S. (2020). Hiring temps but losing perms?. The Effects of temporary hiring on turnover in a dual labor market. Annual Meeting Proceedings: Virtual 2020. Academy of Management Proceedings.
ELVIRA, M., SABANCI, H. (2020). Leaps of faith. Cross-industry mobility, industry status, and executive compensation. Annual Meeting Proceedings: Virtual 2020. Academy of Management Proceedings.
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.

ELVIRA, M. (2021). Boarding pass: divestitures and the proportion of women on firms' boards. SMS 41st Annual Conference, Virtual Toronto.
ELVIRA, M., SABANCI, H. (2021). Temporary employment, precarity trap in low-paying jobs, and wage inequality. 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
ELVIRA, M., SABANCI, H. (2021). Temporary employment, precarity trap in low-paying jobs, and wage inequality. 116th ASA Virtual Annual Meeting.
ELVIRA, M. (2021). Temporary employment, precarity trap in low-paying jobs, and wage inequality. 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021, Amsterdam.
ELVIRA, M., MCALLUM, K. (2021). Caring about meaningfulness?. How relational others shape care workers’ experience of meaningful work. 21st International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society.

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

BONET, R., ELVIRA, M., VISINTIN, S. (2021). Voluntary turnover in the Spanish cultural and institutional context. In Allen, D. ; Vandarman, J. (Eds.), Global Turnover. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge.
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).

Studies

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.

Cases

ELVIRA, M., ISAAC SASTRE BOQUET (2021). A Catalyst Journey During Corona Times (C). IESE, DPO-744-E.
ELVIRA, M., ISAAC SASTRE BOQUET (2021). Un viaje transformador en tiempos inciertos (C). IESE, DPO-744.
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.

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.