Pedro Parada Balderrama
Associate Professor, Department of Strategy and General Management in ESADE
URL Associate Professor

Director, Department of Strategy and General Management
Academic Director, Global Executive MBA, EMMS, CIM and MMBA


  • Doctor en Administración y Dirección de Empresas. ESADE - Universitat Ramon Llull
  • Máster en Gestión y Políticas Públicas. Universidad Católica Boliviana
  • Licenciado en Economía. Universidad Católica Boliviana

Areas of interest

  • Internationalization and Globalization
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Strategic Management


Dr. Pedro Parada is Associate Professor in the ESADE Department of Business Policy and he currently serves as Academic Co-Director and Professor for the Global Executive MBA offered jointly with Georgetown University. He is also a Visiting Professor at the HEC School of Management in Paris and SDA Bocconi in Milan. In addition, he has coordinated and taught courses within the International Electives offered at Babson College. He has written articles, case studies and book chapters in English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Chinese and Portuguese. Dr. Parada holds a PhD in Management, a Master's in Public Policy and Management and an undergraduate degree in Economics. He was trained in the Case Method at the Harvard Business School. He has also participated in the Negotiations Program at Harvard and the Managing Change Program at MIT.
He has taught for and collaborated with private companies in a wide variety of industries, including banking and insurance (Banco Santander, BBVA, Bankinter, Banesto, "la Caixa", DKV Insurance, Ergo Group, AndBanc, BNB, etc.), telecommunications (Telefónica, Telecom Italia, etc.), consultancy and auditing (KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, etc.), service companies (Endesa, Agbar, Union Fenosa, Carlson Wagonlit, Correos de España, ADIF, etc.), industrial firms (Epson, Roland-DG, Arcelor, Roca, Pirelli and Altadis), food, beverage & agribusiness (Bunge, Bodegas Torres and The Eat Out Group) and pharmaceuticals-chemicals (Sanofi-Aventis, Novartis, Bayer, Esteve, Almirall, Inibsa, etc.), among others. He also works with entrepreneurs in business incubator programmes in Catalonia and Andorra and business associations in Catalonia and Valencia. Prior to his current teaching responsibilities, he has also taught at various management schools, such as the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (India), De Baak (Holland), the Helsinki School of Management (Joko, Finland) and Tietoenator (Norway) and he has lectured on Strategy at the Universidad Católica de Bolivia. He has also worked in the cement industry and the UN Ministry of Finance.

Selected publications

Parada Balderrama, P. (2015). ¿Quien dijo que liderar un cambio es fácil?. Harvard Deusto Business Review, (248), pp. 46-53.

Hohberger, J., Almeida, P. & Parada Balderrama, P. (2015). The direction of firm innovation: The contrasting roles of strategic alliances and individual scientific collaborations. Research Policy, 44 (8), pp. 1473-1483. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2015.04.009.

Parada Balderrama, P. (2012). Cómo preparar y aprovechar la expansión internacional. Harvard Deusto Business Review, (213), pp. 4-14.

Almeida, P., Hohberger, J. & Parada Balderrama, P. (2011). Individual scientific collaborations and firm-level innovation. Industrial and Corporate Change, 20 (6), pp. 1571-1599.

Almeida, P., Hohberger, J. & Parada Balderrama, P. (2011). Informal knowledge and innovation. In Easterby-Smith, M. & Lyles , M. A. (Eds.), Handbook of organizational learning and knowledge management (2nd ed.) (pp. 383-402). Copenhagen; New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Parada Balderrama, P. (2010). Implementación de la estrategia. In Batllori Lloveras, G. (Ed.), El MBA de ESADE: todos los conocimientos para alcanzar el éxito profesional (pp. 411-426). Barcelona: Planeta.

Parada Balderrama, P. (2009). Strategy when government matters: How to implement non-market strategies. Effective Executive, XII (12), pp. 48-54.

Parada Balderrama, P., Alemany, L. & Planellas Arán, M. (2009). The internationalisation of retail banking: Banco Santander's journey towards globalisation. Long Range Planning, 42 (5-6), pp. 654-677.

Parada Balderrama, P. & Mir de la Fuente, F. (2009). Gestionando en tiempos de crisis. In Sbdar Spindler, M., Emprendedores: conocimientos y herramientas para complementar la pasión por hacer (pp. 106-115). Buenos Aires: iEco Clarín.

Almeida, P., Hohberger, J. & Parada Balderrama, P. (2008). Individual collaborations, strategic alliances and innovation: Insights from the biotechnology industry. In Shane , S. A. (Ed.), The handbook of technology and innovation management (pp. 353-364). Copenhagen; New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Parada Balderrama, P. & Franch Bullich, J. (2008). Team teaching. In Martensson, P., Bild, M. & Nilsson, K. (Eds.), Teaching and learning at Business Schools: Transforming business education (pp. 47-62). London: Gower-Ashgate.

Parada Balderrama, P. & Planellas Arán, M. (2008). Growth of firms through diversification strategies: Is there any difference between developed and emerging countries?. Peking University Business Review, 41 (12), pp. 124-127.

Parada Balderrama, P. & Planellas Arán, M. (2008). Diversification in developed and emerging countries: Facilitating the executive decision. Effective Executive, 11 (5), pp. 60-67.

Rufín Aguilar, C., Parada Balderrama, P. & Serra Mont, E. (2008). O paradoxo das estratégias multidomésticas num mundo global: testemunho das estratégias de "não-mercado" nos países em desenvolvimento. Revista Brasileira de Gestão de Negócios, 10 (26), pp. 63-85.

Parada Balderrama, P. & Chesbrough, H. (2007). Open business models. Abriendo el modelo de negocio. Manager Focus, 12 (10), pp. 8-8.

Parada Balderrama, P. & Chesbrough, H. (2007, May). Open Business Models [Review of the book: Open Business Models]. Manager Focus, pp. 1-8.

Planellas Arán, M. & Parada Balderrama, P. (2007). ¿Qué es estrategia corporativa?. Harvard Deusto Business Review, (153), pp. 34-51.

Bieto Caubet, E., Planellas Arán, M. & Parada Balderrama, P. (2006). Corporate entrepreneurship vs. corporate parenting: Do they fit together for creating value in the corporation?. In Zahra , S. (Ed.), Frontiers of entrepreneurship research 2005: Proceedings of the twenty-fifth annual entrepreneurship research conference (pp. 445-446). Babson Park: Babson College.

Parada Balderrama, P. (2006). Peter Drucker: la historia del management. Profesiones, (99), pp. 28-29.

Parada Balderrama, P. (2005). Què es pot aprendre de l'experiència a l'Amèrica Llatina?. Public, (7), pp. 5-6.

Parada Balderrama, P. (2005). Internationalisation: trois choix fondamentaux. L'art du management (pp. 42-47). Paris: Dunod.

Parada Balderrama, P. (2004). Internationalisation: trois choix fondamentaux. L'Art du Management, (1/10), pp. 7-9.

Parada Balderrama, P. (2003). Estrategias de internacionalización: algunas preguntas clave. Iniciativa Emprendedora, (40), pp. 65-81.

Parada Balderrama, P. (2000). Análisis del entorno: una perspectiva desde la estrategia de negocio. Alta Gerencia, Noviembre- (5), pp. 57-66.