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