Carlos Sánchez-Runde, a professor who understood the human side of labor relations, passes away

For more than 30 years, he provided a humanistic vision of people management

In his classes to thousands of professionals, Sánchez-Runde taught the importance of having solid and clear values and principles in decision-making.

May 5, 2021

Carlos Sánchez-Runde, a professor of people management who specialized in labor relations, passed away today in Barcelona. He was 59 years old.

A profound intellectual and deep thinker about human relations within the company, Sánchez-Runde was a professor at IESE for more than 30 years. In his classes to thousands of professionals, he taught the importance of having solid and clear values and principles, a moral compass that guided decision-making even in the most conflictive moments.

With his extensive knowledge of the functions and challenges of managing people in organizations, he advocated the need to understand human motivations and to put one’s self in the shoes of others in order to reach a solution.

Sánchez-Runde joined IESE’s Managing People in Organizations Department in 1990, after completing his MBA at the school. There he developed his career, with special emphasis on the strategic management of human resources, managing diversity in international companies and the competencies of people management. His academic interests included labor relations, and he was the holder of the SEAT Chair of Labor Relations from 2012 to 2019.

In addition to his academic and research activities, Sánchez-Runde worked on numerous consulting projects in companies such as Accenture, Bayer, CAI, Círculo de Lectores-Bertelsmann, Dow Chemical, Eurofirms, Fecsa-Endesa, FMC-Foret, Haier and Roche Diagnostics.

Sánchez-Runde brought all of his theoretic and practical knowledge to the classroom, not only at IESE but also other schools where he served as visiting professor, such as IEEM and IPADE (Mexico); IAE (Argentina); PAD Escuela de Dirección (Peru); Universidad Católica de Santiago (Chile); and Lundquist College of Business (U.S.).

He published a number of books, including: Competencias de la Dirección de personas: Un análisis de la alta dirección (2004), Retos de la Dirección de personas (2012) and Management Across Cultures: Developing Global Competences (2013).