Diploma in Strategic Management and Management Skills

Executive Programme

Strategic Leadership Course


Nuffield College, Oxford

From 6th to 11th of May, 2019


Know and understand the theories and tools in order to develop yourself as a leader as well as implement leadership in your organisation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Communicate direction, achieve alignment and build commitment to bridge the gap between senior management and the front line.
  • Solve complicated problems and take wise action amidst complex, rapidly changing conditions.
  • Apply theories of leadership to practice by understanding the nature of leadership and personal features can influence leadership style.
  • Increase the performance, innovation and commitment of personnel via an attractive leadership style in a culturally sensitive environment.


Monday, 6 May 2019
CUSTODIA CABANAS (IE Business School), Professor, IE Business School

8:30 – 13:00


08:30 – 10:00 Session 1
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:45 Session 2
11:45 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 13:00 Session 3

An expert in leadership and change management, Custodia Cabanas has authored numerous research works on organisational behaviour, being a regular collaborator with professors from Insead and Wharton in this field. She co-authored, in collaboration with Professor Mauro Guillén, the Fontaneda case, which has attracted the attention of leading international business schools. Over the last three years, Professor Cabanas has extended her field of research toward strategic communication and has set up, and currently runs, the first observatory in the field in a Spanish business school.

Professor Cabanas has taught at IE since 1989, and has been a research associate at Insead. She regularly collaborates with leading media agents in Spain, and publishes each year studies on innovation and strategic communication in organizations. Furthermore, she is Director for contents of the leadership development workshops for IE Business School and IE University.

She holds a PhD and a MBA from IE University, and a Law Degree from Universidad Complutense, Madrid. Professor Cabanas teaches in masters programs such as IMBA and Executive MBA, as well as in-company and Executive Programs at IE.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019
ANTONIO NUNEZ (Harvard University), Paragon Partners

8:30 – 13:30


08:30 Presentation
08:45 – 09:15 Session 1 – I. “The challenges of the new public sector”
09:15 – 10:00 Individual and team assignment: LA “NUEVA VIDA” DE JAIRO LASCADENAS
10:00 – 11:00 Session 2. Case study discussion. Caso LA “NUEVA VIDA” DE JAIRO LASCADENAS
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 Session 3: The new leader in the public sector
12:30 – 13:30 Session 4: The leader looking himself to the mirror

As a Partner of Paragon Partners, Antonio is devoted primarily to Senior Management Consulting, Board of Directors and Executive Search.

During ten years he led several departments at IESE Business School, working with a large number of executives and major national and international companies, and created and managed the Center for Public Leadership and Government.

His experience in Public Management has been developed in his position of Social Policy Director for the Cabinet of the President of the Government of Spain. He worked as a social entrepreneur in the creation and consolidation of the NGO ‘International Cooperation’ in more than 12 countries.

He has a Bachelor degree from CUNEF, an MBA from IESE, a Master degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a PhD from the Rey Juan Carlos University. Currently he is the President of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association in Spain and Member of several Boards of Directors.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019
EZEQUIEL GONZÁLEZ (PhD, Notre Dame), Associate Professor, University of Oxford
RAYMOND DUCH (PhD, Rochester), Professor, University of Oxford and Director of CESS
FELIPE TORRES (PhD, King’s College London), Associate fellow at CESS

8:30 – 12:30


08:30 – 09:30 Lava Jato Without Borders: The Uneven Performance of Anti-Corruption Judicial Efforts in Latin America
09:30 – 09:40 Break
09:40 – 10:40 Ethical Leadership and Institutional Corruption I – Evidence from the micro foundations of unethical behavioural
10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break
11:10 – 12:00 Ethical Leadership and Institutional Corruption II – Policies that leaders can undertake to curb corruption and unethical behaviour
12:00 – 12:30 Negotiation workshop

Ezequiel is the Associate Professor in the Qualitative Study of Comparative Political Institutions in the Department of Politics and International Relations, and a Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College. In 2018 he received the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Politics and International Relations.

His research seeks to understand the impact of international human rights law in domestic judicial politics. His book Shifting Legal Visions: Judicial Change and Human Rights Trials in Latin America (Cambridge University Press) shows that the diffusion of international legal ideas by local activists explains why some Latin American judiciaries chose to punish those responsible for serious human rights violations perpetrated during dictatorships and armed conflicts. He has also co-authored a series of papers on the political economy of vote buying and intimidation during electoral campaigns.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. His thesis won APSA’s 2013 Edward S. Corwin Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of Public Law.

Ray is an Official Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and the Director of the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS), which has centres in Oxford (UK), Santiago (Chile), Tianjin (China) and Pune (India). Prior to assuming these positions, he was the Senator Don Henderson Scholar in Political Science at the University of Houston. He received his BA (Honours) from the University of Manitoba in Canada, and his MA and PhD from the University of Rochester. He has held visiting appointments at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; the Hoover Institute and the Graduate School of Management, Stanford University; the Institute for Social Research, Oslo; the Université de Montréal; and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. He is currently the Long-Term Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Toulouse School of Economics.

Ray’s research utilizes experiments, digital trace and public opinion analysis to explain individual decision making. He has published extensively, including an award-winning book (The Economic Vote) on how economic outcomes affect democratic accountability. His work has appeared in forty leading journals in political science and economics. Ray’s current research agenda investigates the role of information acquisition in decision-making. This includes: how individuals extract signals regarding the economic competence and responsibility of political actors; the interaction of financial literacy, fake news and investment behavior; and how to incorporate digital information acquisition into behavioral models. He is also interested in the micro-foundations of lying and unethical behavior. Ray explores these research questions through innovative experimental methods applied in labs, with diverse online subject pools, and as part of large-scale field experiments; experimental subjects are typically drawn from the CESS global network.

Ray has served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Experimental Political Science. He is one of the founders of the European Political Science Association and the International Meeting on Behavioural Science (IMESBESS), and he is currently Vice President of the Midwest Political Science Association. In 2015, Ray was selected as a member of the UK Cabinet Office Cross-Whitehall Trial Advice Panel to assist Whitehall departments in designing and implementing experiments to assess policy effectiveness. He is a member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) network.

Felipe is a PhD student in Public Policy at King’s College London. He received a B.A. in Engineering from Universidad Catolica (Chile), a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Oxford, and a Master’s in Economics at Queen Mary University of London. He is also an affiliated graduate student of the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences at the University of Oxford.

Thursday, 9 May 2019
DIEGO VICENTE (PhD Complutense de Madrid), Associate Professor IE Business School

8:30 – 13:00


08:30 – 10:00 The leader as a coach. Developing leadership through coaching.
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:30 The skillset of the leader coach
11:30 – 13:00 The practical knowledge of the leader coach. Case study.

Candidate for Ph.D., Doctor of Social Psychology. Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Master in Gestalt Psychology, Instituto de Psicoterapia Gestalt, Madrid; Degree in Psychology, specialising in industrial psychology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

He specialises in personal leadership of teams and change management and has extensive experience in teaching and as a training consultant, which he is now using as a platform on which to base his research. Grupo Santander, BBVA, Banesto, Indra, Iberdrola, Adecco, Airbus, Ferrovial, Pfizer, Uralita or the Centre for Nuclear Security are some of the companies with whom professor Vicente has worked. All this experience is serving him well in the two new cases he is now preparing on management and conflict in teams, combining this work with hisresponsibilities as head of IE’s Centre for Leadership and his teaching of leadership and organisational behaviour at IE. Moreover, he is currently teaching a master in Gestalt psychology to help directors in their personal and professional development, bringing them an awareness of the whys and wherefores of their behaviour as a base on which to build the personal changes required of them.

Friday, 10 May 2019
ENRIQUE OBLIASTRI (PhD Northwestern University), Professor, IE Business School

8:30 – 13:00


08:30 – 08:35 Pair submissions of the negotiation exercise
08:35 – 09:30 Introduction to negotiation
09:30 – 11:00 Group analysis of the results of the negotiation exercise
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Negotiation cultures

Enrique Ogliastri has taught at IE since the year 2000 and he is also a professor at INCAE (Costa Rica). He holds a PhD, MBA, a master’s in social psychology and a degree in industrial engineering. He has authored fifteen books, the latest of which was published by Harvard University Press (2006, co-author). His “Manual de Planificación Estratégica” (Manual onStrategic planning) has seen five editions and sixteen printings in fifteen years. He worked at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) for twenty-five years and at Harvard University for four years. He was also visiting professor of strategy and negotiation in France (ESC Toulouse andL’Université de Nancy) and in Japan. “I have always had a strange fascination for the East”, says Enrique. “I remember perfectly two books that my father had in his collection, and after readingthem I devoured the novels by authors from India and other countries translated by Barral”.

He started teaching negotiation in 1987 after learning about it at MIT, Kellogg, and the Harvard Negotiation Programme. He has specialised in pinpointing the problems that are specific to negotiations in Latin cultures and has undertaken research projects on the subject as well aswriting books and cases. “I first started to study negotiation when I finished two projects (a bookon strategy and another on intercultural management). I quickly decided to investigate intercultural negotiation and my first study was on Japan and Latin America, which led me to spend a semester in Tokyo. Over the years I have written several books on the relation betweenculture and management”.

In recent years he has held workshops on negotiations in Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, the US, France, Japan, Peru and Venezuela.