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Canals, Jordi

Jordi Canals (PhD in Economics, University of Barcelona) is the dean of IESE Business School since 2001 and professor in the Departments of Economics and Strategic Management. His areas of expertise are corporate strategy, corporate governance, internationalization and banking.

Previous appointments

IESE (Associate Professor and Assistant Professor), Harvard Business School (Post-Doctoral Fellow), International Monetary Fund (Guest Scholar), The World Bank (Visiting Scholar), The Brookings Institution (Guest Scholar), Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (Associate Fellow) and University of Barcelona (Assistant Professor).

Other activities:

  • Member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee.
  • Member of the Spanish Government task force on corporate governance.
  • Member of the board of GMAC.
  • Member of the executive committee of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM).
  • Member of the Academy of Management, the European Economic Association, the Strategic Management Society and the American Economic Association.
  • Member of the Harvard-IESE Committee.
  • Fulbright Scholar.


  • The Future of Leadership Development, Editor, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  • Building Respected Companies, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • En busca del equilibrio. Consejos de administración y alta dirección, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008.
  • Managing Corporate Growth, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000.
  • La gestión del crecimiento de la empresa, McGraw-Hill, Madrid, 2000.
  • Universal Banking: International Comparisons and Theoretical Perspectives, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997.
  • La internacionalización de la empresa, McGraw-Hill, Madrid, 1994.
  • Competitive Strategies in European Banking, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1993.
  • La nueva economía global, Deusto, 1993.

Some articles, papers and chapters in books:

  • “Rethinking the firm’s mission and purpose”, European Management Review, Vol. 7, 2010, p. 195-204.
  • “Responsabilidad corporativa y gobierno de la empresa” in the book “La responsabilidad corporativa. Una propuesta para un entorno empresarial más eficiente y socialmente comprometido,” Fundación de Estudios Financieros, 2006, p. 35-54.
  • “Strategic and Organizational Challenges in European Banking” in the book “Competition and Profitability in European Financial Services,” by M. Balling, F. Lierman and A. Mullineux (ed.), Routledge International Studies in Money and Banking, 2006, p. 8-21.
  • “Corporate Growth: Some Key Drivers”, Die Unternehmung. Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice, special edition 4/2005, p. 367-375.
  • “Consejos de administración y buen gobierno” in the book “1992-2004: Actividades y logros en los primeros años del IEFP” Instituto de Empresa Familiar, 2004, p. 142-149.
  • “Relocalización empresarial”, Revista Economistas nº 104, Extra, Año XXIII, “España 2004. Un balance”, p. 242-245.
  • “La internacionalización de la empresa española,” Papeles de Economía Española, No. 100, 2004.
  • “Pautas de buen gobierno en los consejos de administración,” Universia Business Review, No. 1, 2004, p. 18-27.
  • “Financial institutions and financial markets: The emergence of a new class of universal banks,” included in P.C. Padoan, P.A. Brenton and G. Boyd (ed.), The structural foundations of international finance, Edward Elgar, 2003, p. 66-91.
  • “Estrategias empresariales ante la ampliación de la Unión Europea,” included in J. Hay (ed.), Desafíos: La Unión Europea ante su ampliación, Siddhardth Mehta Ediciones, 2003, p. 215-231.
  • “Gobierno corporativo: Más allá de las reformas formales,” Revista del Instituto de Estudios Económicos, No. 1, 2003, p. 19-32.
  • “Corporate restructuring, corporate strategy and European integration,” included in T.L. Brewer, P.A. Brenton and G. Boyd (ed.), Globalizing Europe, Edward Elgar, 2002, p. 125-158.
  • “La empresa ante la ampliación de la UE,” included in the Libro Marrón on El papel de España en una Unión Europea ampliada, published by the Círculo de Empresarios, December 2001, p. 81-108.
  • “Internet, innovación y estrategia de la empresa. Lecciones de un fracaso y oportunidades de futuro,” Economía Industrial, No. 339, 2001, p. 37-50.
  • “La estrategia de la empresa en la era de Internet,” ICE, Información Comercial Española, 2001, p. 57-77.
  • “How to think about corporate growth?” European Management Journal, Vol. 19, No. 6, 2001, p. 587-598.
  • “Corporate growth: Key drivers and sustainability,” Management Scope, November, 2000, p. 40-45.
  • “Generating New Business Concepts,” Journal of General Management, January-February, 2000.
  • “Scale vs. Specialization: European Banking After the Euro,” European Management Journal, November-December, 1999.
  • “Universal Banking: The Need for Corporate Renewal,” European Management Journal, November-December, 1998.
  • “Excess Capacity and Global Competition: A Conceptual Framework,” included in H. Thomas and D. O’Neal, Strategy, Structure and Styles, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1997.
  • “Country-Industry and firm-specific advantages versus core competencies in global competition,” included in H. Thomas (ed.): Strategy Renaissance, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1995.