Center for Corporate Governance (CCG)

President: Jordi Canals

In recent years, corporate governance has become a top priority for companies, CEOs, boards of directors, investors and regulators. The widely divergent views of board members, regulators, and investors suggest a need for forums for dialogue as well as independent research grounded in rigorous methods. The IESE Center for Corporate Governance (CCG) aims to address this need.


  • Generate impactful ideas on corporate governance grounded in evidence-based research to advance the theory and practice of governance, and offer practitioners insights for their decision-making processes.
  • Create a learning context in which chairs of boards, CEOs, board members, investors and senior executives can reflect on and acquire new frameworks and ideas to improve their firms’ governance, ultimately contributing to the positive, long-term impact on both companies and society.

Research areas:

  • Boards of directors. This includes boards and the mission of the firm; determinants of board effectiveness and board dynamics (the interaction between directors, the CEO, and the Executive Committee).
  • Shareholders. The consequences of shareholder activism as well as ownership structure and long-term performance.
  • Regulation. Regulatory design and corporate governance.
Upcoming IESE-ECGI Corporate Governance Conference

Upcoming IESE-ECGI Corporate Governance Conference

Corporate Governance, Corporate Culture and the Board’s Culture

The 2022 IESE-ECGI Corporate Governance Conference will take place in Barcelona, on October 3, 2022, in person and online. The conference will discuss the role of corporate culture in corporate governance.

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Corporate Governance Insights


ESG-Linked Pay


Boards of Directors Should Look Beyond the Crisis



The Center collaborates with all IESE Executive Education Programs. The programs related to corporate governance currently available are:

Faculty Team


The importance of corporate governance

IESE professor Jordi Canals explains why corporate governance matters and how to create a good corporate governance system that prevents self-interest-seeking behavior by the top management of a company.

What are the seismic shifts affecting corporate governance?

Harvard Business School’s Krishna Palepu spoke at IESE on the impact of scandal on business in recent years, shifts towards compliance, the role of boards in determining strategy, and how to deal with the delicate issue of stakeholder activism.

Accountable managers, responsible companies. Lessons from the crisis: emerging shareholder activism

Responsible investment has become a $32 billion reality, integrating social, environmental and governance issues in portfolio decisions. Meanwhile, the say-on-pay movement, rather than driving managers out, has become a vote of confidence in the CEO. In the wake of the crisis, emerging shareholder activism comes with benefits to investors and the broader society.

Boards and shareholders redrawing their boundaries

Board-shareholder dynamics have been evolving since the financial crisis. In this interview, Harvard Business School professor Jay Lorsch discusses a business environment still struggling to regain societal trust and the potential influence of new shareholder empowerment on board decisions.