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The DNA of industrial champions

Every healthy economy needs a strong, competitive, and relevant industrial base. Our world talks digital, collaborative, mobile, and asset-light, but has never depended so much on excellent companies to manufacture and deliver products in specs, on budget, on time.

Why is it then that excellent industrial companies are not in the spotlight as often as Google, Facebook or Twitter?On the one hand, unfortunately, some B2B industrial sectors lack glamour to the general public; on the other hand, industrial managers are oftentimes reluctant to show a high profile in the media. Yet the world is (fortunately) plagued by hidden industrial champions that innovate, export, make money, reinvest profits… and start over again. For this, they deserve more recognition, and this is what a bunch of business schools –including AESE and IESE— try to achieve with the Industrial Excellence Award, a European-wide initiative that, after running for over ten years now in Spain, has just made it to Portugal for the first time this year.

Because of this award, we have had the opportunity to visit the factories, evaluate the strategies, and interview the top management teams of dozens of excellent industrial companies accounting for over 2.5% of Spain’s GDP. During the session, we will review their common traits, decoding the “DNA” of these industrial champions. We will do this by using a number of practical, down-to-earth examples that I hope can inspire you in the challenges you have ahead in your companies.


Eduardo Calvo is Professor in the Department of Production, Technology and Operations Management at IESE Business School, where he holds the CELSA Chair of Competitiveness in Manufacturing and serves as Associate Director of the Faculty Division. An electrical engineering by training, he holds an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and has been visiting scholar several times at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2005 he received the Salvà i Campillo Award to the Best Young Engineer by the Association of Electrical Engineers of Catalonia. In 2014 he appeared among the world’s top 40 business school professors under the age of 40. In 2019, his research received an honorable mention at M&SOM’s Practice-Based Research Competition.

Eduardo does empirical research in operations management, and is an expert on analyzing massive datasets for the obtention of causal inferences relevant to top management teams. His research works—published in top academic journals such as Management Science and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management—span online retail, procurement, and supply chain management.

Eduardo is the director of the Industrial Excellence Award in Spain—a competition that benchmarks European competitiveness in the industrial and service sectors—and of IESE’s Initiative for the Excellence in Operations (INEO)—a learning community for the C-level executives of +15 manufacturing companies. Thanks to this, he has visited the plants and discussed the operations strategy with the top management teams of a number of industrial companies exceeding 2.5% of Spain’s GDP. He consults on strategy and operations and speaks in corporate events.


Membros dos Agrupamento dos Alumni da AESE | Gratuito
Alumni da AESE | 20 € por sessão; 150 € por todas as sessões (22), durante um ano
Geral | 30 € por sessão; 280 € por todas as sessões (22), durante um ano
Empresas (10 participantes presenciais; e sem n.º limite online) | 250 € por sessão; 5000 € por todas as sessões (22), durante um ano

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7 de junho de 2022


Das 18:h00 às 19h00

Data limite de inscrição

3 de junho de 2022

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