The Case Method

IESE adopted Harvard’s primary teaching tool, the case method. The method helps business leaders to develop a practical framework for effective decision making, with insights and direct applicability for resolving business problems on the job. IESE is one of the largest producers of business cases, enabling it to build and maintain strong links with industry. Other active learning tools are also used in IESE programs.


Harvard Business School and IESE have worked together on diverse research projects. The International Center for Competitiveness is an example of the two school’s collaborative efforts. In this case, Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter contributed to this endeavor, offering a session at IESE’s Madrid Campus on May 17, 2007 on strategy and competition.

The ICC is an Affiliate Center of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, led by Michael Porter. The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness studies competition and its implications for company strategy, the competitiveness of nations, regions and cities and solutions to social problems. Based at Harvard Business School, the Institute is dedicated to extending the research pioneered by Prof. Porter and disseminating it to scholars and practitioners worldwide.

Joint Programs

Joint-programsSince 1970 the two schools have developed numerous joint programs, often in conjunction with other business schools. Currently IESE, HBS and CEIBS (China Europe International Business School) have joined forces to offer the Global CEO Program for China and the Short Focused Program Value Creation for Effective Boards.

List of HBS – IESE joint programs

• Seminar for HBS alumni (“Management challenges in developing strategies for a new product”) (1970).

• “Competitve survival in a new environment”. (1975)

• Special seminar on IESE’s 25th anniversary “Managing human resources” (1983)

• “Achieving Breakthrough Service” (ABS) held in Switzerland (1995, 1996 & 1997)

• “Achieving Breakthrough Service-Latin America” (ABS) held in Bariloche, Argentina. (1995, 1997).

• Executive Development Program for World Bank (1996) (HBS, Kennedy School of Harvard University, Stanford, IESE & INSEAD).

• “Learning to Lead through Global Teamwork” (1999).

• Three-day seminar “Transforming Multi-business Corporations” (2001).

• Doctoral seminar with HBS, Wharton and INSEAD (2002).

• “Microeconomics of Competitiveness” (2003).

• Program for senior Middle East executives (2003).

• “Strategies for Transforming Multibusiness Corporations” (2003).

• “Global CEO Program for China” (IESE, Harvard and CEIBS)

• Short Focused Program “Value Creation for Effective Boards

• Strategic Management And Social Leadership Program


MagazinesIESE and Harvard Business School faculty members have a close, collaborative relationship in the area of research, jointly producing publications in top journals.

They also work together contributing articles for their schools’ respective journals, Harvard Business Review and IESE Insight Review.

List of recent articles

Published at IESE Insight Review by HBS Porfessors


Insight-2Six Ways Marketing Can Change the World

John A. Quelch and Katherine E. Jocz

IESE Insight Review, Third Quarter 2009, #2

Insight-4Decentralization Is the New Center of Command

Thomas W. Malone

IESE Insight Review, First Quarter 2010, #4

Insight-8Integrated Reporting in the Cloud

Robert G. Eccles an Kyle Armbrester

IESE Insight Review, First Quarter 2011, #8


A New Logic

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

IESE Insight Review, Second Quarter 2012, #13


Emerging Markets: Look Before You Leap

Tarun Khanna and Krishna Palepu

IESE Insight Review, Second Quarter 2013, #17

Published at Harvard Business Review by IESE Professors


How-2How High Is Your Return on Management?

Robert Simons and Antonio Dávila

January 1998

forgotten-strategyForgotten Strategy

Pankaj Ghemawat

November 2003

RegionalRegional Strategies for Global Leadership

Pankaj Ghemawat


December 2005

apocalypseApocalypse Now?

Pankaj Ghemawat

October 2006

managing-differencesManaging Differences: The Central Challenge of Global Strategy

Pankaj Ghemawat

March 2007

Tomorrow’s Global Giants? Not the Usual Suspects

Pankaj Ghemawat and Thomas Hout

November 2008

finding-new-strategyFinding Your Strategy in the New Landscape

Pankaj Ghemawat

March 2010

China-vsChina vs the World: Whose Technology Is It?

Thomas M. Hout and Pankaj Ghemawat

December 2010

How-2How to Design a Winning Business Model

Ramon Casadesus-Masanell and Joan E. Ricart

January 2011

the-cosmopolitanThe Cosmopolitan Corporation

Pankaj Ghemawat

May 2011

Case-studyHBR Case Study: An Angel Investor with an Agenda

Regina E. Herzlinger and Beatriz Muñoz-Seca

March 2011

the-caseThe Case for Stealth Innovation

Paddy Miller and Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg

March 2013

be-firstIt’s Not Necessarily Best to Be First

by Elena Reutskaja and Barbara Fasolo

January-February 2013