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Santiago Íñiguez

"I believe in people and I think we can change things in our environment and in society through education – it is the most powerful tool"

Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño joined IE Business School in 1991 as Professor of Strategic Management. He served as Director of External Relations from 1995 to 2004, when he was appointed Dean of the School. Under his leadership has positioned itself as a leading center of learning for managers and entrepreneurs, being ranked No. 1 in the world of Online MBAs. Íñiguez de Onzoño has also been the driving force behind IE’s strategic alliances with universities like Ivy League member Brown University (US), and the creation of the FT-IE Corporate Learning Alliance (Headspring), a platform for premium executive education programs run jointly with Financial Times. Iñiguez de Onzoño has served since the summer as Chairman of AACSB, an international accrediting body based in the US, being the first dean of a non-US School to hold the position.

He is the author of “The Learning Curve: How Business Schools Are Reinventing Education” (2011), “Cosmopolitan Managers: Executive Education That Works” (2016),  Global Leaders (2019), and “In An Ideal Business: How the Ideas of 10 Female Philosophers bring Values, Meaning, and Innovation to the Workplace” (2020), as well as co-editor of “Business Despite Borders: Companies in the Age of Populist Anti-Globalization” (2018), all published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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Portada libro de Santiago Íñiguez, titulado pensadoras y visionarias

Pensadoras y visionarias

Thinkers and Visionaries

Written in Spanish

How can philosophy help to promote the values that are fundamental to understanding today’s society? What role do critical thinking and the humanities play in day-to-day business management? How can we move from reflection to action and give meaning to our lives and work?

Pensadoras y visionarias (Thinkers and Visionaries) shows how business decisions are not only based on abstract theories or models, but reflect the functioning of a company and the management philosophy it follows.

Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, president of IE University, turns to the greatest women philosophers in modern history to help us bring purpose and meaning back to the workplace and to management education. From Iris Murdoch’s emphasis on compassion, to Hannah Arendt’s work to make the world more humane, to Adela Cortina’s remarkable studies of business ethics and corporate social responsibility; each philosopher can, in a very practical way, help us build a fruitful way of approaching our personal and professional lives.

Packed with examples, personal stories and anecdotes from some of the world’s most influential companies and businesswomen, this book examines how the contributions of women philosophers hold true in the real world by helping to drive inclusion, diversity, interpersonal relationships and, ultimately, innovation in the business world.

Philosophy Inc.

Written in English

While most managers are primarily concerned with being able to make decisions quickly, manage meetings efficiently and drive innovation, there is often little time for reflection in a business world where opinions must be formed and decisions taken on the hoof. It often seems counterintuitive to stop the clock and take time to think things through. Philosophy, on the other hand, addresses the basic questions of our existence, our identity, our role in the world and the models for living that might inspire our actions. By understanding philosophy, it becomes more possible to provide meaning to many of our management practices and to business at large, while enhancing self-satisfaction and happiness at work.

This latest book from Professor Santiago Iniguez presents a collection of management ideas inspired by renowned philosophers.  It provides a framework, as well of a series of business situations, for analyzing decisions from the perspective of values and principles. With insights on topics such as, how to gain respect at work, how to cultivate an optimistic outlook and how to shrug off failure, it offers timeless advice for managers that can be applied for their personal and professional development.

Offering a unique perspective and valuable insights on what leadership is, and the relevance of values and principles to becoming a successful, recognized manager, this book presents a thoughtful guide to anyone who wants to install meaning into their management practices and their lives.

executive education after the pandemic

Executive Education after the Pandemic. A Vision for the Future

Written in English

Business education and executive development has been one of the most fascinating industries in the world and the fastest growing segment of higher education over the past decades. Today, it is experiencing change on a scale unprecedented since the foundation of the first business schools in the early 20th Century, both due to changes in the corporate environment and also due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across all industries. In this context how do you create world-class educational and training institutions that can cope with those challenges, and be rigorous, vocationally relevant and suited to the corporate growing needs in this new fluid world? And how do you combine the very best of traditional academic values with new learning technologies to create an educational model that is fit to compete in the global economy, threatened today by populism, nationalism, and economic turmoil?

Yet, as daunting as it is, some institutions have already made significant progress in the journey.

Interview: Como será o futuro da educação de executivos e MBAs

Written in Portuguese

Read here the full interview to Santiago Íñiguez in Econômico Valor


In an Ideal Business

Written in English

Business decisions are not just based on abstract theories or models. They reflect a world view of how a company operates and the philosophy of management that it follows. Even denying any connection between management and values is a philosophical statement in itself.

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño looks to the greatest female philosophers from modern history to help us bring purpose and meaning back into the workplace and management education. He shows how their pioneering work can be applied in specific situations, from Iris Murdoch’s emphasis on compassion to Hannah Arendt’s work on making the world more human, each philosopher can, in a very practical way, help inform your own approach to work and life.

Global Leaders book

Global Leaders

(Spanish version)


Cosmopolitan Managers

(English version)

This book is the result of 30 years of experience in the field of management education and training. It encloses the keys for personal success from the management development perspective. Santiago Íñiguez analyzes how the future of management training is changing to satisfy the needs and wishes of the main executives, such as the MOOC impact, the advantages of a blended learning and not only online, or the evolution of new strategic alliances between companies and institutions.

Business Despite Borders

Written in English

Globalization has been a key force in the development of business in recent decades. Yet with nationalism on the rise in Europe, the United States and elsewhere, the future of global trade and international business has been thrown into doubt.

This book features a collection of case studies that illustrate how companies are succeeding in reaching out to distant customers, stakeholders and partners. It features inspiring examples of leaders who are actively developing imaginative ways to connect across continents.

The Learning Curve

Higher education is one of the most fascinating and fastest growing industries in the world, it is today experiencing change on a scale unprecedented since the founding of the first universities. Leading the way in higher education is a new type of educational provider – the business school. Since their inception in the US in the early part of the twentieth century, business schools have blazed a new educational trail.

This book describes how educational institutions can act as effective bridges between the Academia – in Greek, the place where knowledge was generated and delivered – and the Agora – the professional world where knowledge is applied. Here, business schools provide a compelling case and an important reference point for all in higher education, given their successful development in recent decade.

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