Innovation and research

ESADE research and innovation
Conditions required for academic quality

ESADE is an international level institution that aims to transform and improve the world. In
order to do this, it pays as much attention as possible to the four key processes central to the creation of academic excellence:

              I. the imparting of knowledge
              II. the summing up of existing knowledge
              III. the acquisition of knowledge
              IV. the creation of knowledge

ESADE tackles globalisation by paying continuous attention to its programmes and their participants. In today's world, however, research is no longer simply a temporary, complementary element. In the new global context, in which all voices can be heard, research instead becomes a central part of its activity, an indispensable condition. On the one hand, a discourse with global impact is a way of transforming our society and, moreover, has become one of the most powerful platforms for any academic institution. On the other hand, research, even if its results are less original, is a prerequisite for participating in the global academic debate. Finally, the demands of the research activity itself display some of ESADE’s fundamental characteristics, such as rigour, high standards and a legitimate quest for excellence.

The other aspect of research is innovation. Innovation is the aspiration to transform the status quo; to develop new ideas that have an impact, and which help improve the world in which we live. Innovation guarantees that the creation of knowledge is not simply a closed academic exercise, but rather one that is focused on change and transformation.

Research and innovation are not a new departure for ESADE. They are the central features of ESADE's culture and constitute the core of any academic institution. They are therefore part of its identity and define a horizon, whilst revealing the desire and ambition for continuous improvement.