Esteve Almirall, Ph.D.

Lecturer of the Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences
Director of the Center for Innovation in Cities.
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Esteve Almirall holds a PhD in Management Science, a MRes in A.I., an MBA and a degree in Computer Engineering. Before joining ESADE, he was on the faculty of UPC and UPF. Esteve was also visiting professor in Purdue University and currently in EPFL. His research appeared in leading journals such as AMR, MISQ, CMR, CACM or HBR among others. He has directed numerous European Projects and serves as a reviewer, expert and evaluator for the European Commission. He has also collaborated with the World Bank and IADB. Before joining academia, he worked in the industry for 20+ years as a CIO-CTO of a Spanish bank, in the IT industry and co-founded or engaged in several startups. Esteve is a well-known keynote speaker and does advisory work for private and public organizations on Innovation, Smart Cities and A.I. publishing frequently in the general press. 

Sabine Brunswicker

Visiting professor

Prof. Sabine Brunswicker is an internationally recognized innovation researcher with a particular interest in open innovation and ecosystems. She is an Associate Professor of Innovation and Director of the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI) at Purdue University, and Visiting Professor at the Innovation and Knowledge Management Institute (IIK) at Esade Business School. Prior to joining Purdue University, she was Head of Open Innovation at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (Fraunhofer IAO), Germany. Sabine’s general research interests lie in understanding collaborative models of innovation and value creation in today’s global and digital economy. Today, Sabine is highly interested in how information and communication technologies afford new modes and outcomes of innovation and value creation. In particular, she studies the socio-technical design of digital innovation ecosystems and related emerging innovation architectures, smart services, products, and business models. Overall, her research is inspired by real world phenomena and informs both academics as well as practitioners. She has published in academic journals and business press.
Throughout her career Sabine has been contributing to the innovation landscape through various engagements with governments, firms, non-profits, entrepreneurs and citizens. For example, Sabine was one of the founders of IMP³rove, an international initiative of innovation management in SMEs and has been instrumental in European standardization and accreditation activities related to innovation management. Today, she is a member of the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) of DG Connect, and holds further advisory and jury positions in the private and public sector. Due to action-oriented research for the real world, she has managed to establish relationships with industry partners – both large multinationals such as SAP or Porsche and smaller hidden champions – in joint action research projects and strategic partnerships.

Eduard Bonet, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor at ESADE-URL. Department of Strategy and General Management

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Eduard Bonet is Emeritus Professor at ESADE-URL. He has served as Vice-Rector of this university (1999-2002), and was the founder and former director of the PhD Programme in Management Sciences at ESADE. Although his interests cover a full array of topics, his current research areas are: Rhetoric and Science; Metaphors as Cognitive Models; Modes of Reasoning; Epistemology; Qualitative Research, and; Narratives in Management Research.

Eduard is one of the founders of EDAMBA (European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration) of which he is currently the President. He is also one of the founders of EUDOKMA (European Doctoral School on Knowledge and Management) and participates in many of its seminars in Copenhagen, Henley and Kingston.

Eduard holds a PhD in Mathematics from Universitat de Barcelona. He is a member of the International Statistical Institute and has previously served as General Director of Statistics for the Autonomous Regional Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya).

Elena Bou, Ph.D.

Director of the Executive Master in Operations at ESADE and Associate Professor in the Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences

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Elena Bou is the Director of the GRACO Research Group. She is the Director of the Executive Master in Operations at ESADE and Associate Professor in the Operations and Innovation Department at ESADE-URL. Her research interests cover the following areas: Knowledge and Learning in Organisations; Expertise and Practice-Based Studies; Knowledge-Intensive Firms and Professional Services, and; Service Management.

Since graduating she has worked as a consultant in the implementation of quality systems and organisational change in different types of companies, in private and public organisations and within a European context (Spain, Germany and England). She has carried out different research projects including the coordination of the European Research ESPRIT Project: "Performance Measurement System for Total Quality Management", and more recently the study on knowledge dynamics within organisational and professional practice. She holds a European PhD in Management Sciences from ESADE-URL, and a BBA and an MBA from ESADE.

Henry  Chesbrough, Ph.D.

Professor of the Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences

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Henry Chesbrough is the Executive Director of the Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Before, he was an assistant professor of business administration, and the Class of 1961 Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California-Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA from Yale University, summa cum laude. His research focuses on managing technology and innovation. He is well known for his works on open innovation among academics and practitioners.

Henry has recently joint ESADE business School, as a part-time professor. He also is a member of the institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management at ESADE.

François Collet, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of the Department of People Management and Organisation
URL Lecturer

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François has been working on social networks and inter-organisational mobility. He is currently investigating the relationship between inter-organisational social networks and the demography of entrepreneurial ventures.

In his doctoral thesis he examined how reliance on status in selecting alliance partners varies according to the seekers attributes in the global software industry.

He has also investigated the notion of intuitive or habitual action comparing the approaches of two important theorists: Herbert Alexander Simon in economics/cognitive psychology and Pierre Bourdieu in sociology.

Ann Majchrzak, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of the Department of Information Systems Management


Ann Majchrzak (pronounced: “My-Shock”), Professor of Information Systems, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California and Visiting Professor, Department of Information Systems Management, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain. PhD, Social Psychology, UCLA, 1980.

Her general research interests are in understanding how information systems (IS) affordances can support worker agility and ingenuity within collaborative settings, with a special interest in how IS can give voice to the disenchanted and disenfranchised. This has led to research on the role of IS in innovative problem-solving in distributed teams; knowledge-sharing and creation in high-risk, volatile, and emergent contexts; enterprise knowledge co-creation among dispersed strangers; online collaborative innovation, and, most recently, innovative collaborative co-creation in open innovation and crowdsourcing.

She has served on three National Academy of Sciences committees. She has received research grants from NSF, SIM-APC, Russell Sage Foundation, CIGREF, among others as well as partnered with numerous companies (e.g., Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, General Motors, Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Northrop, and IBM) in joint action research (my preferred mode of research). She has written several books, including a recent collaboration with M. Lynne Markus (Methods for Policy Research, 2nd Ed) which advocates an evidence-based approach to managerial decision making.

Alfons Sauquet, Ph.D.

Professor of the Department of People Management and Organisation
URL Professor
Dean of ESADE Business School

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Alfons Sauquet is Dean of ESADE Business School, former Vice-Dean for Research and Knowledge at ESADE and Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management of URL at ESADE. His research interests cover: Knowledge and Learning in Organisations; Teamwork and Team Learning, and; Organisational Behaviour and Expertise. He has lectured at HEC Paris, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam and Wharton School of Business in addition to being Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. He has been CEMS Chairman of the Interfaculty Group in Organisational Behaviour and Adviser on Educational Quality Programmes for the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (MEC) and for Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien.

He has been a consultant to various organisations and currently provides consultancy to the United Nations Development Programme Agency. He holds a Ed.D in Education and an MA in Organisational Psychology from Columbia University, New York. He also has an MBA from ESADE and a Philosophy degree from the University of Barcelona. He serves in the Board of GMAC and in the Board of Creapolis (Innovation Park). And he is founding member of the Innovation Board of Science Business.

John-Christopher Spender, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of the Department of People Management and Organisation

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JC Spender holds several visiting positions including the Fulbright Visiting Chair in the Management of Knowledge-Based Enterprises at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, and the Svenska Handelsbanken Visiting Chair of Knowledge Management at Lund University, Sweden. He also holds Visiting Professorships at ESADE, the Cranfield School of Management, and the Open University and Leeds University Business Schools.

His degrees include a BA and an MA in Engineering Honors from Oxford and a Ph.D. in Corporate Strategy from the Manchester Business School, which thesis won the Academy of Management's AT Kearney Prize in 1980. He was also recently awarded, jointly with Rob Grant (Georgetown U), the 2006 Strategic Management Society's Best SMJ Paper prize for the Winter 1996 Special Issue on Knowledge Management. He has published widely; several books, and many journal articles and book chapters.

Wim VanHaverbeke, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of the Department of Information Systems Management

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Wim Vanhaverbeke studied philosophy and economics at the Catholic University of Leuven and obtained a DBA at the IESE-business school in Barcelona in 1995. He is currently Professor Strategy & Organisation at the Hasselt University (Belgium) in the Department of Business Studies and is appointed as visiting professor "Open innovation" at ESADE (Spain) and the Vlerick Leuven Gent School of Mangement (Belgium).

His research focuses on Alliance development applied social economics, new business development and corporate venturing, open innovation, and social capital.

Wim has recently joint the institute of innovation and knowledge management at ESADE business school.

Ivanka Visnjik, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences
Director of the Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Management

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 Ivanka is an Assistant Professor at ESADE Business School and a Research Sponsor at cambridge Service Alliance, University of Cambridge. Her research lies at the intersection of strategy, innovation and operations management and her focus is the emerging field of business model innovation. Her research studies how companies create value by shifting from product to service business models and proposes organizational solutions to the trade-offs associated with this shift. Furthermore, her studies demonstrate how the interplay between bsuiness model innovation and product innovation or different market strategies affects value creation.
Ivanka works closely with a number of global companies such as BAE Systems, Caterpillar, GEA, IBM, Pearson and Zoetis. Her PhD was commissioned by C-level management of a global equipment manufacturer, AtlasCopco. Prior to her academic career, Ivanka worked at McKinsey&Co, Where she specialized in product innovation strategies in the pharmaceutical industry and participated in a number of studies for top pharmaceutical firms.

Jonathan Wareham, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences
Dean of Faculty and Research
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Jonathan Wareham is a Professor of Information Systems at ESADE - Ramon Llull University. Dr. Wareham’s research has been published or forthcoming in over 70 refereed journals and proceedings as MIS Quarterly, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Computer, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, International Journal of Medical Informatics and numerous others.

He has held/holds editorial positions at Information Systems Research, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of the Association for Information Systems and is the General Conference Chair of the 20th European Conference on Information Systems - ECIS 2012.

He currently serves as Vice Dean of Research at ESADE as well as on advisory boards for a number of academic institutions, NGOs, and social entrepreneurs.

Collaborating Professors

  • Barbara Czarniawska
    Chair of Management, Gothenburg Research Institute, Göteborg University
  • Deirdre McCloskey 
    Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago  
  • Mette Mønsted 
    Research professor, Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School
  • Hans Siggaard Jensen 
    Executive Research Director, Learning Lab Denmark


Professor Henry Chesbrough has recently become permanently affiliated to ESADE. He is also the adjunct Professor and the Executive Director of the Center for Open Innovation at Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Distinguished Academics