Subjects

Management education that integrates differential subjects

Starting in the first year, you’ll combine the compulsory subjects of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with electives grouped by thematic area. By choosing the electives that best match your interests and career goals, you can customise your educational journey and prepare for the professional opportunities that interest you the most.

Compulsory subjects

First year

Fundamentals of Financial Accounting


This subject provides an introduction to the economic and financial reality of companies. By studying accounting facts and simple situations, you will learn how accounting works and gain an understanding of basic concepts pertaining to the preparation of a company’s financial statements.

 

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Microeconomics


In this subject, you will acquire the knowledge and tools you need to analyse reality from an economic perspective. You will learn how to critically interpret the operation of markets and the economy while taking into account issues related to social responsibility.

 

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Applied Mathematics for Management


Mathematics are essential for analysing quantitative information. In this subject, you will learn how to create and interpret models that explain the economic and financial reality of the business world, use mathematical language and concepts fluently, and apply deductive thinking rigorously.

 

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Sociology


Companies operate in markets, and markets, in turn, are a part of increasingly interrelated societies. This subject aims to foster an awareness of the role that executives should play as citizens and their ability to contribute and transform society on the basis of socially responsible values.

 

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Commercial Law


The overall aim of this subject is to equip you to make business decisions while taking into account legal limitations and conditioning factors. On completion of the subject, you will have basic knowledge that will allow you understand and assess the advice and actions of legal advisors and determine their soundness.

 

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Advanced Financial Accounting


This subject expands on the knowledge acquired in Accounting and Financial Analysis I. We will deal with situations of greater complexity, placing particular emphasis on product assessment and cost calculation. On completion of the subject, you will be able to understand any situation that modifies a company’s financial statements and know how to reflect the change in those statements.

 

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Macroeconomics


This subject will expand on the knowledge acquired in Microeconomics: You will learn how to critically assess microeconomic approaches, decisions and policies. Among other topics, we will cover macroeconomic variables, fiscal policy, the financial industry, recessions and crises.

 

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Organisational Theory


This subject, taught in English, will enable you to think in systemic terms by relating the environment surrounding a company to its structure and the people who make it up. You will gain an understanding of how the people and the labour market interact with companies and how organisations are structured.

 

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Descriptive Statistics and Probability


In this subject, you will acquire theoretical and practical fundamentals that will enable you to approach decision-making correctly in the face of uncertainty. You will learn to use statistical reasoning, probability calculation and modelling to guide you in your decision-making.

 

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Tax Law


This subject will cover basic tax concepts that will help you understand why it is important for a company to follow a suitable fiscal policy. On completion of the subject, you will be prepared to study the Spanish tax system in greater detail.

 

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Modern Languages I (English)


Mastery of English no longer has added value; now that business transactions have become increasingly international, it is simply essential. This is why ESADE starts preparing you to communicate fluently and effectively in English – including Business English – in the very first year of the programme. On completion of this subject, your level of English will be higher than First Certificate (or B2 in the CEFR system).

 

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Second year

Financial Analysis


The principles and techniques of accounting make it possible to determine: 1) a company’s assets and financial and economic situation; and 2) changes in the company’s assets, in the fundamental magnitudes of its balance sheet, and in its profitability indicators. In this subject, you will learn how this is done.

 

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Digital Information Management


This subject explores the numerous possibilities that new information technologies have opened up for companies. You will learn how to obtain data and design and implement information systems that can be used to create or support new business and organisational models.

 

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Design of Operational Systems


In this subject, you will learn not only about the function of the operations area but also about how to harness this area to generate value for the company through innovation, production, logistics and quality.

 

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Business Economics


The topics covered in this subject include market power, imperfect competition, pricing policies, market segmentation and competitive strategies. You will also learn about exchange rates and short- and long-run theories.

 

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Statistical Inference and Data Analysis


In this subject, we will cover some of the theoretical and practical fundamentals that constitute the basis for making predictions and estimations and for testing hypotheses. You will learn how to transform information into knowledge, which will help you make decisions in the face of uncertainty.

 

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Fundamentals of Marketing


In this subject, you will learn about fundamental concepts of marketing and acquire a solid foundation that will enable you to make good decisions as a marketing director. You will acquire this knowledge by applying the learning-by-doing methodology: you will experience first-hand the design of a marketing planning process.

 

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Financial Economics


Every economic activity requires sources of financing. Knowing how financial markets operate is therefore a decisive factor in your training. On completion of the subject, you will be familiar with the various financing instruments and know how to assess their suitability in a given case.

 

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Leadership and Organisational Behaviour


Building on the systemic vision acquired in Organisational Theory, this subject will help you gain an understanding of the place and effect of people and psychosocial processes in an organisation. We will also work with explanatory models that will enhance your understanding of the behaviour of people and work groups.

 

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Fundamentals of Operational Excellence


Building on the content of Design of Operational Systems, in this subject we will delve deeper into topics such as competing through innovation; developing new products, processes and services; operational planning; and quality and environmental management.

 

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Modern Languages II (English)


On completion of this subject, your English proficiency level will enable you to express yourself more fluently and effectively in personal as well as professional environments. You will also be capable of adapting to the needs and demands of different audiences or interlocutors.

 

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Third year

Competitive Strategy


This subject is divided into two parts: 1) an intensive theoretical part, which will provide an overview of a company and key concepts in strategic decision-making, and 2) a practical part, which consists of a simulation in which you will apply tools and concepts covered in class.

 

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Marketing Decisions


In this subject, which builds on Fundamentals of Marketing, you will learn about marketing strategies. To use an analogy from the world of chess, in Fundamentals of Marketing you learned how the various pieces move; in Marketing Decisions, you will learn about the most typical moves (checkmate, openings, etc.).

 

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Corporate Finance


In this subject, you will learn about long-term financial planning and generating value for shareholders. You will learn to analyse the cost of capital, determine the value of companies, and select the investments and resources that do the most to create value.

 

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Information Systems


Information systems facilitate innovation and flexibility in organisations. In this subject, you will learn to: 1) analyse an organisational environment from the perspective of information flows, and 2) use those flows to contribute to innovation processes within the company.

 

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Analysis of the Economic Climate


This subject combines elements from Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Business Economics. You will study applied economics, which projects the fundamentals of economic analysis onto the economic situation from a geographical and sector-oriented perspective.

 

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Competing in Operations


Building on previous subjects, this subject will prepare you to deal with the most important issues faced by operations managers. We will cover topics such as designing supply chain programmes in collaboration with marketing, benchmarking, process-based management, etc.

 

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Corporate Strategy


In this subject, you will discuss general-management decisions with real-life general managers, learn about new strategic management tools and intensify your knowledge of the reality of business (both in Spain and internationally).

 

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Marketing Trends


In this subject, which builds on Fundamentals of Marketing and Marketing Decisions, you will learn to create. To use an analogy from the world of chess, in Fundamentals of Marketing you learned how the various pieces move; in Marketing Decisions II, you learned about the most typical moves; and now, in Marketing Trends, you will learn to create your own moves, develop your own style, follow your own strategies, choose which tournaments to compete in, etc.

 

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Financial Strategy


In this subject, you will analyse opportunities and threats in the creation of value through corporate finance. We will pay special attention to the dynamics between companies, business environments and financial markets that influence the chances of success.

 

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People Management


In this subject, you will gain a solid understanding of the criteria and processes involved in managing people in various organisational environments. We will cover tools and instruments for managing talent from a human standpoint that emphasises bonds and teamwork, while also taking social and corporate responsibility into account.

 

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Information Systems Management


In this subject, you will learn to design an information-systems strategy that is aligned with the company’s organisational strategy. You will acquire the ability to identify and apply relevant aspects of information-technology governance, with special emphasis on the transversal nature of these technologies.

 

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Sociopolitical Climate of the Business World


In this subject, you will learn to analyse the fundamental elements of the technological, economic, social, political and cultural climate of organisations. You will gain an understanding of the impact that they have on the environment and acquire a global/local vision of reality. An awareness of these factors will enable you to generate a professional and civic commitment to society.

 

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Modern Languages III (English)


In this subject, you will acquire the skills you need to study and participate effectively in classes at foreign universities and prepare for your semester abroad during the fourth year. In class, we will focus on areas related to management and business English.

 

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Fourth year

International Exchange Programme


During the fourth year, you will spend a semester abroad at one of the 81 universities worldwide with which ESADE has exchange agreements. In turn, students from those universities will spend their semester abroad at ESADE, bringing an even more international vision to our classrooms.

 

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Practicum


In the fourth year, you will complete a compulsory semester-long professional internship. During the internship, you will hold a real job at a top-tier Spanish or international company. You will have the chance to apply everything you have learned during the programme and acquire skills and competencies that can only be developed on the job.

 

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Final Project


As a fourth-year student, you will work on an individual project due at the end of the year. The project will allow you to put the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme into practice. For the project, you may choose to develop a business plan, carry out an in-company business project related to your internship, or complete a Final Thesis.

1. Business Plan

2. In-Company Business Project

3. Final Thesis

Electives

First and second years

Operation, Innovation & Data Science

Economics, Finance & Accounting

Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

People Management and Organisation

Strategy and General Management

Marketing

Third and fourth years

Operation, Innovation & Data Science

Economics, Finance & Accounting

Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

People Management and Organisation

Strategy and General Management

Marketing