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Research at ESADE

ESADE is committed to advancing knowledge through rigorous research in management and law. Our research units include more than 100 experts with a broad range of expertise. ESADE scholars conduct research that has a direct impact and brings value to the classroom, the executive community, organisations, and society at large.

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  • +130

    Faculty dedicated to research

  • 118

    Articles in peer-reviewed journals in 2017-18

  • 13

    Knowledge Units

ESADE Knowledge Highlights

Artificial intelligence collaborations for society

Marc Esteve
ESADE Visiting Professor

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Ambivalent leaders: key drivers of corporate social performance

Tobias Hahn
ESADE Professor

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Collaborations: Can they be detrimental to creative problem-solving?

Ivanka Visnjic
ESADE Associate Professor

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12 characteristics of innovative people

Lotta Hassi
ESADE lecturer

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The quest for funding: Key financing sources for entrepreneurs

Luisa Alemany
ESADE Associate Professor

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Business decisions: the benefits of using experimental evidence

Pedro Rey Biel
ESADE Associate Professor

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Research News

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Barcelona, 26 June 2019

ESADE-Mercer study finds that employment pension funds remain the most profitable collective savings system

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Barcelona, 26 June 2019

ESADE-Mercer study finds that employment pension funds remain the most profitable collective savings system

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Barcelona , 25 June 2019

Bloomberg Businessweek ranks ESADE’s Full-Time MBA in the global top 5 for educational experience and #1 worldwide for mixture of academics and business professionals

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Barcelona, 7 June 2019

Investment in innovation by Spanish tourism companies falls by 10% according to ESADE and EY survey

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Barcelona, 29 May 2019

ESADECREAPOLIS joins the Hub B30 innovation ecosystem

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Barcelona, 28 May 2019

Greater effort needs to be put into achieving a sustainable economy by 2030

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ESADE's PhD programmes

Master of Research in Management Sciences (MRes)

This programme provides participants with a strong foundation in managerial theories and research methodologies.

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PhD in Management Sciences

The PhD programme provides analytical training in research skills and methodology, enabling participants to become leaders in management research.

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PhD in the Fundamentals of Law, Economic Law, and Business Law

ESADE offers students the opportunity to apply legal science research methodology in private and public law.

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Decision Lab

Decisions for Meaningful Change

As part of its mission towards academic excellence, the Decision Lab allows ESADE Professors to conduct behavioural experiments and advance innovative research in a diverse range of fields, including consumer behaviour, behavioural economics, decision-making analysis and more. The facilities include rooms for experimental studies (questionnaires, tests, computer simulations) and observational studies focusing on aspects such as user behaviour, group work, interaction and negotiation. 


HR Excellence in Research

In September 2019, Esade signed and sent to the European Commission the declaration of commitment to de principles of the “Charter for European Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”.

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The HRS4R strategy is a tool launched by the European Commission to support universities, research institutions and organizations that fund research in the application of The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which aim to contribute to the development of a European labour market attractive for researchers.


The charter and the code of conduct are recommendations made by the Commission to Member States, which are invited to apply them voluntarily:


> European Charter for Researchers: The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements defining the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers, entrepreneurs and funders.


> Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers: The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which does not differ much from the standard rules on hiring, stresses the importance of open and transparent procurement procedures, and also of diverse and experienced selection teams.


The quality seal awarded by the European Commission "HR Excellence in Research” identifies universities and institutions that generate and support the existence of a stimulating and encouraging research environment.


More than 440 organisations, 90 of them Spanish have received the HR Excellence in Research award.


Esade welcomes and supports the Recommendations of the European Commission containing the “European Charter for Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers”, hereby commits, according with its internal policies, to further develop its internal human resources strategy, adhering to the recommendations and the principles set out in the Charter and Code and to guarantee transparency, accessibility, equity, and the pursuit of excellence in the recruitment of researchers.

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