Learning Methodologies

From the case method, to coachingprojectsexperiential learningsimulations and workshops, to name just a fewIESE teaching methodologies engage participants in dynamic discussions about real-life business challenges. Alone, with a peer or in teams, participants are invited to reflect on these challenges and extract insights to apply them to their own work.

The Case Method

The highly dynamic and hands-on case study method serves as one of the main learning methodology at IESE. Faculty complement case studies with other learning methodologies, including lectures, action-based learning, simulations and coaching.

The case method asks the student to put him or herself in the shoes of the manager: How can I boost flagging sales? How can the company expand its revenue streams given its new competitive environment? What incentive policies might work in an industry with high turn-over?

In contrast to lecture-based teaching methods, here the students do most of the talking. The professor facilitates and guides the discussion, asking questions and eliciting participation from the entire class to enrich the discussion with contrasting viewpoints, different industry experiences, and cultural backgrounds.

 Action Learning

An approach to solving real problems that involves taking action and reflecting upon the results, which helps improve the problem-solving process, as well as the solutions developed by the team.

 Experiential Learning

Learning through experience in local contexts to create memorable learning experiences that, facilitated by IESE faculty that can drive development by sparking insights outside the classroom setting.

 Simulations (or Business Games)

Fully interactive exercises that replicate real-life situations that may be faced in the business world.

 Online learning

A learning experience that can be accessed remotely, and consists of a directed learning process comprised of content and some way to measure achievement.


Work with a coach to increase self-awareness, improve performance and achieve explicit goals through a change in behavior.


Sharing of knowledge and advice with another person who has experience different from one’s own.