Enhancing the Relevance and Impact of Business Research

Written on January 9, 2017 by Santiago Iñiguez in Education

By Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, President of IE University.

In Plato’s Dialogues (5th Century BC) we see that the participants in the philosophical debates with Socrates are the politicians and businesspeople of the day. The Agora(i.e., in ancient Greece, the place for doing business) and the Academe (the place for education) were closely linked, not just because of their physical proximity, but because the same people were active in both spheres.

I was inspired to consider the idea of uniting Agora and Academe after reading Point to Point Navigation, the second instalment of Gore Vidal’s memoirs — as prescient and witty as its preceding volume. In line with his innate irreverence, one of the favorite targets of Vidal’s essays and articles is, again and again, the deeply entrenched prejudices held by some academics, as illustrated in this passage from the opening chapter:

Contrary to what many believe, literary fame has nothing to do with excellence or true glory or even with a writer’s position in the syllabus of a university’s English Department, itself as remote to the Agora as Academe’s shadowy walk. For any artist, fame is the extent to which the Agora finds interesting his latest work. If what he has written is known only to a few of other practitioners, or to enthusiasts … then the artist is not only not famous, he is irrelevant to his time, the only time he has.

It is time to bring the Agora and the Academe closer and business schools can play a leading role in making this happen.

Some business school managers – most, I hope — consider that an important part of their institution’s mission is to bridge the business world and academia. Some others – few, I believe — emphasize that business schools are academic institutions and they should seek their own identity, separate from the business world.  Read more…


Happy Holidays! – Winter Break 2016/17

Written on December 21, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University


The subtle voice of intelligence

Written on December 2, 2016 by Susana Torres Prieto in Conference, IE University

11428Dileep Padgaonkar, former editor of The Times of India, passed away in Pune last Friday November 25th.

Dileep was our guest in Segovia during the last Hay Festival and during his conversation he could expose his particular view of India’s current challenges in view of the changes undergone by the country in recent decades. For someone who has been on the forefront of journalism for more than four decades, it might seem something easy to do. But Dileep not only had a special talent to see the dots between questions that most of us missed, and formulated the most poignant questions, he also had the special charm of someone who is equally comfortable, and competent, discussing the future of the Congress Party in India and the nature of love and sexual drive in both Western and Eastern literary traditions.

His exquisite education, by Jesuits, as he liked to point out, his many years spent abroad and his witnessing the second half of the last century, with its many lights and shadows, gave him a rare capacity for understanding the many depths of the human soul. He was a delight to listen to, he was a breadth of fresh air mixed with calmed wisdom, he was the West and the East in one (a clear proof that intelligence does not know any geographical borders). And he will be much missed.


img_9270On Thursday November 24th the IE Humanities Center hosted the second conference of the Cycle India: Present and Future, focusing this time on the subject of politics, under the title “Politics: the Largest Democracy”. This event was dedicated to the complex Indian political reality and the discussion panel included IE University’s IR Professor Babita Bhatt, Universidad Complutense’s Professor and expert on India Eva Borreguero and IE’s IR Academic Director Daniel Kselman, who acted as moderator.

Professor Kselman introduced the conversation speaking about the incredible diversity of India, a country with more than a billion people and 22 official languages and remembering how this “diversity in democracy” was thought impossible to survive at the time of its independence as, for example, Britain thought it was rather a civilization than a nation. However, as professor Kselman said “the diversity glues the country as they need one another” specially after configuring a multi party system, despite the different interests of state-level democracies, as well as national and regional parties, which has contributed to a progressive institutionalization of democracy.

img_9272Professor Bhatt started the discussion on the first thematic block of the event focused on domestic policies of India, centered on the two parties that have ruled India since the independence, namely, the Indian National Congress (I.N.C.) and Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P). After explaining the common view of each of them (I.N.C. is considered a dynastic party of the Nehru-Gandhi family and B.J.P. a pro Hinduist nationalist party), it was inevitable to talk about current Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi. Professor Bhatt gave an exhaustive description of the controversial figure, often compared to Trump or Putin and of his intention to project an image of a C.E.O rather than a politician, of an honest man who is an example of social promotion (he comes from a humble background), dedicated to his country (a single man whose only concern is the welfare of the Indians) with a successful record (as governor of Gujarat he got its economy increased by double figures during his term in office). The panel then analysed his two years in office and the recent issue of the demonetization and how could it affect the average citizen as well as politics in terms of party funding.

The second block was dedicated to India’s foreign affairs and its capacity to equate its economic position with its international influence. Professor Borreguero was quite clear India in expressing that “India has too many internal problems to become a global player and too many img_9234differences with his neighbours” referring to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. The moderator ask both speakers on the lasting Pakistani-Indian Conflict on Kashmir. Both experts agreed that the more likely scenario was interspersed periods of tension and calm between the two nuclear powers, since an external enemy is always useful in domestic policy, and that an open conflict or a long lasting peace was quite a remote scenario.

As a conclusion, Prof. Borreguero insisted on the “elastic” capacity of the Indian democracy to face present and future challenges and Prof. Bhatt pointed out that maybe the biggest threat was the growing Indian middle-class who does not necessarily perceive democracy as a form of government leading to economic growth.

The moderator invited the audience to give their insights in all of these issues and the discussion was enriched by the comments of IE’s students.


IE University estrena el Centro de Creatividad de la Real Casa de Moneda de Segovia

Written on November 25, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University

picture1El Edificio Cultural de la Real Casa de Moneda de Segovia, en tiempos la casa donde estuvo instalada la fundición de metales, es ahora el Centro de Creatividad de IE University (IEU), un espacio que podrán compartir los alumnos del centro universitario privado y los jóvenes de la ciudad para convivir y elaborar proyectos conjuntos. Al entrar se ve una gran estrella multicolor de ocho puntas y la leyenda IEU Art Society Creativity Center, en la misma planta de calle están la sala de exposiciones, la de danza y teatro y la sala de yoga (no debe sonar extraño, en la Universidad de Stanford hay una similar en el patio de la Escuela de Negocios); en la primera hay salas de descanso (con mesa de billar), el estudio de música o sala de ensayo, espacios para conferencias y para reuniones, y en el ático está el estudio de pintura y otra zona de descanso.

Acondicionar este edificio, utilizado por IE University desde hace cuatro años en virtud del acuerdo suscrito con el Ayuntamiento, ha costado cerca de 100.000 euros, aunque como indicó este jueves el vicerrector de alumnos, Miguel Larrañaga, «ahora es cuando empezamos a gastar». El responsable universitario se refería al coste de dotar de contenido a las actividades previstas en este Centro de Creatividad, que ya cuenta con las instalaciones y equipos necesarios.

Larrañaga fue el maestro de ceremonias de la inauguración, a la que asistieron el rector, Salvador Carmona, la alcaldesa de Segovia, Clara Luquero, el diputado delegado del área económica de la Diputación, Jaime Pérez, las concejalas de Cultura y de Turismo y Patrimonio, Marifé Santiago y Claudia de Santos, otras autoridades académicas, profesores y alumnos. Este espacio ha sido concebido gracias a la renovación del convenio firmada el pasado mes de mayo, que otorga a IEU la utilización del edificio durante cuatro años más. Aunque será un uso compartido y, en realidad, su apertura supone iniciar una nueva fase de utilización del inmueble. Y con un nuevo concepto.

Salvador Carmona destacó en la inauguración que la puesta en marcha del centro entra en los valores humanísticos de la universidad, que llevan el concepto de la educación más allá de la acumulación de conocimientos, y que en este caso combinan las actividades culturales con el carácter emprendedor que es consustancial con IE University como lo fue para la primitiva escuela de negocios del Instituto de Empresa. También con la internacionalización, otro valor fundamental del centro privado, que es «la universidad más internacional que hay en el mundo», con un porcentaje de alumnos extranjeros que supera el de cualquier universidad americana y que es el resultado de muchos factores, del campus de Santa Cruz la Real, de la internacionalidad de la ciudad y de «lo que tratamos de inculcar a los estudiantes, que es fundamental el encuentro entre los estudiantes y los jóvenes de Segovia».

Este es uno de los objetivos del Centro, cuyo coordinador y gestor cultural es el segoviano Juan Carlos Redondo. Será uno de los responsables de que, como destacó la alcaldesa, de allí salgan proyectos interdisciplinares, compartidos por los alumnos y los jóvenes de Segovia que tendrán este lugar como punto de encuentro, también con las instituciones y las empresas. Porque, declaró Luquero, «la innovación la tiene Segovia en los genes y la creatividad está en la base de toda innovación». Por eso mantiene su sueño de que Segovia sea ‘territorio creativo’, y por eso este centro «encaja en la estrategia que tenemos diseñada para la ciudad», dijo.

El centro estará abierto la próxima semana, de 16:30 a 22:00 de lunes a viernes y de 12 a 20 los sábados. Los jóvenes de Segovia interesados pueden contactar con las concejalías de Cultura y de Patrimonio o con la Oficina de Alumnos de IE University.

Publicado en El Norte de Castilla (24/XI/2016)

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