The research group in Management and Organization Studies seeks to advance our understanding of contemporary private and public organizations. In the current environment, organizations face novel and pressing challenges such as adapting to rapidly evolving technologies, coping with volatile product and capital markets, negotiating new partnerships and alliances, adjusting to changing employment relations, balancing the profit motive with social and environmental responsibility, and so on.

Researchers in Management and Organization Studies at UPF explore these and other challenges facing organizations. The group aims to become an international magnet for research excellence. It complements those research areas in management where the Department already has a strong position, including Finance and Operations Management. Group members also co-operate with other areas in the Department, such as Business and Experimental Economics as well as in the rest of the University, especially the Political and Social Sciences Department.

The group draws on a broad range of academic disciplines including psychology, sociology, decision sciences, statistics and marketing, and also builds on the solid basis of our Department in economics. We employ a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including ethnography, content analysis of texts, case studies, statistical hypothesis testing, experiments, formal models, and so on. Our common topics of research interests include:

  • The role of modern market intermediaries: consultants, securities analysts, traders, etc.
  • The psychology of managerial decision making: educating judgment, bounded rationality, role of emotions
  • Strategic integration of ethics and environmental concerns in decision making, dilemmas between economic value and ethical values
  • The role of trust and fairness in organizations
  • New forms of employment, its impact on private and public organizations, and its regulation
  • Business strategy and consumer behaviour

The group organizes a seminar series within the Department where its members as well as invited guest speakers present their research.  

Researchers in the Management and Organization Studies group have been affiliated previously with other leading institutions such as the University of Chicago and INSEAD. Members of the group have received research funding from, among others, the European Union, the European Science Foundation, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, the Foundation of the BBVA bank, and private firms. Several members are also funded by the research institutions of the Spanish and Catalan governments.

Members of the group teach in core areas of management in undergraduate programmes at UPF and also in graduate courses in the Department's Graduate Program in Economics and Management (GPEFM) and the University's Master in Business Administration (MBA full time) as well as executive courses at the UPF Institute for Continuing Education (IdEC).

Benito Arruñada

Arruñada, Benito
Catedràtic d'Universitat
PhD Universidad de Oviedo

Albert Banal-Estañol

Banal-Estañol, Albert
Professor Agregat Serra Hunter
PhD Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Gert Cornelissen

Cornelissen, Gert
Professor Agregat
PhD Catholic University of Leuven

Mircea Epure

Epure, Mircea
Professor Agregat Serra Hunter
PhD Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Fabian Gaessler

Gaessler, Fabian
Investigador Ramon y Cajal
PhD University of Munich

Mohammad Ghaderi

Ghaderi, Mohammad
Investigador Ramon y Cajal

Antonio Ladrón de Guevara

Ladrón de Guevara, Antonio
Professor Agregat
PhD Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Gaël Le Mens

Le Mens, Gaël
Catedràtic d'Universitat
PhD Stanford University

Daniel Navarro-Martinez

Navarro-Martinez, Daniel
Professor Agregat
PhD Universitat Jaume I

Vicente Ortún

Ortún, Vicente
Professor Emèrit
PhD Universitat de Barcelona

Cesare Righi

Righi, Cesare
Professor Tenure Track
PhD Boston University

Anna Torres

Torres, Anna
Titular d'Universitat
PhD Universitat Pompeu Fabra