IPADE Faculty

IPADE was founded with a profound humanistic vocation. For over 50 years, it has been dedicated to the transformation of top business leaders, with special emphasis on improving their management skills, instilling in them a human vision of business conducted with social and ethical responsibility.

The IPADE faculty consists of professors with top academic qualifications, professional business experience, ongoing interaction with the business world, and a dedication to staying up to date on global trends in leadership and management. IPADE’s commitment to teaching, consulting, research and management ensures that the faculty is at the vanguard of top management science.

IPADE is part of a select group of global institutions that simultaneously hold the three most relevant accreditations in the academic field: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. In a special way, the EQUIS accreditation recognized the potential of its Academic Faculty, always attentive to the research of topics that empower the top management person.

IPADE professors have a unique profile which requires an outstanding performance in the classroom, closeness to participants, managerial practice and engagement with the business sector, along with the ability to enhance relevant managerial knowledge, and the alignment of their personal behavior with our institutional values.

Because of our institution’s Christian inspiration, which gave rise to its humanistic approach, we aim to create an ideal environment for our professors, personnel, and participants to develop their virtues, human qualities, and professional capabilities while working or studying at IPADE.

IPADE’s first humanistic hallmark lies in the methodology it uses to teach management. The Case method relies on a deep understanding of the nature of management. Discussing business situations guided by experienced professors, effectively enhances the management skills of participants in its Programs.

IPADE Faculty

Profile description by entry group

There are five admission groups to join the IPADE faculty:

Group 0

They are young recent university graduates with high potential and academic performance, who enter IPADE not as professors, but as Academic Collaborators to a working and training program with the aim of being admitted to a full-time PhD program.

With this program, IPADE is making a long-term commitment: it first invests in the training of talented young people hoping that at the end of their doctoral studies, they will return with the status of full-time professors and will become a solid academic and research support, as well as in the management work of the Institute itself.

Group 1

They are professionals with executive experience who have a master’s degree and show interest in pursuing a doctorate and continuing their professional development in the teaching field. They join the Institute as assistant professors.

Group 2

They are executives with managerial experience in positions reporting to general management and who are interested in continuing their professional career in academia, as well as studying for an executive doctorate. They join IPADE as assistant professors.

Group 3

They are executives with experience in senior management, either as CEOs or company owners, who are willing to share their experience and continue their professional development through teaching. They join the Institute as professors of management practices.

Group 4

They are academics with doctoral training and who have experience and/or willingness to carry out rigorous academic research. They join the Institute as assistant professors.

Academic Departments

According to professional experience and academic background, all IPADE professors are affiliated from the moment of their incorporation to one of our 10 academic departments.

Professors do not teach subjects, but rather give sessions in the different programs of the Institute from the particular focus of the 10 academic departments listed and described below:

Decision Analysis

This academic department focuses on enhancing the mental structure of participants to help them be more capable of accurately analyzing and diagnosing situations that arise in business. It also provides them with the right methodology to be able to manage the uncertainty with which managers are faced in decision-making.

Desirable experience and knowledge

  • Data analysis focused on decision-making processes
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Negotiation and cognitive biases
  • Data visualization
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence methodologies
  • Information technology (cloud, systems, data analytics)
  • Statistics and quantitative methods
  • Business intelligence

Marketing Management

Marketing Management focuses on the integrated study of the marketing function as a continuous value-creation process for the client, which is a key success factor in business for contemporary organizations and companies. It encourages the analysis of explicit and implicit activities in customer acquisition and retention, placing special emphasis on supply and demand, the competitive environment, international trade, market research, product development and pricing policies.

Desirable experience and knowledge

  • E-commerce
  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • Trademarks
  • Commercial and digital strategy
  • Growth strategy
  • Value creation for the customer and the company
  • Data analysis
  • New technologies
  • Innovation
  • B2B and B2C
  • Retail
  • Distribution
  • Digital transformation
  • Impact of new technologies on business processes

Managerial Information and Control

Managerial Information and Control enhances quantifiable analysis of business operations by linking this perspective with aspects such as general policies, management of resources, interpretation of the environment and, ultimately, the guidance of desirable human behaviors. It focuses on the processes of collection, processing, interpretation and use of data with the aim of generating useful information for decision-makers in the company while offering innovative conceptual models for the design and implementation of operational, management and strategic control systems.

Desirable experience and knowledge

  • Strategic planning
  • Costs
  • Strategic control
  • Tactical
  • Dashboard
  • Balanced Scorecard
  • Incentives
  • Behavior
  • Behavioral design
  • Risks
  • Fraud
  • Audit
  • Management Boards

Operations Management

Operations Management analyzes from the strategic point of view the company’s operation, management, control, and operating systems design with the aim of meeting the customer’s needs. Furthermore, it integrates the study of operating processes based on comparative advantages with a logistical coupling that can generate value through competitive technologies for products and processes.

Desirable experience and knowledge

  • Manufacturing
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Continuous improvement
  • Supply Chain
  • Process reengineering
  • Logistics
  • Six sigma
  • Service operations
  • Process digitalization

Human Resources Management

It focuses on analyzing (with a human and business approach) the challenge of attracting, developing, retaining and promoting people in the various kinds of organizations and particular circumstances. It also addresses the human resource problems in business, offering alternatives to ensure that the staff get more satisfaction and increase their productivity, including aspects of human resources planning and development policies, management styles, organization, and management by objectives.

Desirable experience and knowledge

  • Human Resources
  • Talent Management
  • Generalist or Business Partner
  • Compensation
  • Organizational Development
  • Employment issues
  • Attraction and Recruiting

Financial Management

It studies the way to interpret correctly the essential financial information through an analysis of the investment structure that makes up the operating assets, the identification and determination of solution pathways for a company’s financial needs, the optimization of cash flows and profitability, the identification of pathways to enhance the value of the business and the evaluation of investment projects and development of strategies to enable the achievement of the financial objectives.

Desirable experience and knowledge

  • Corporate, operational, structural, and international finance
  • Valuation
  • Financing
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Family business finance
  • Portfolio management
  • Risk management
  • Derivatives
  • Capital structure
  • Value creation
  • Debt
  • Restructuring
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Family office
  • Financial statements and projections
  • Fintech

Economic Environment

It focuses on a systematic study of the environment in which the company operates and analyzes the impacts and challenges of open and global economies. It contributes with experiences on taking advantage of opportunities arising in various contexts with the aim of helping business managers in defining strategies in changing environments.

Desirable experience and knowledge

  • Industrial organization
  • Pricing theory
  • Games theory
  • Digital economy
  • Economic growth
  • Monetary policy
  • Tax policy
  • Trade policy
  • Foreign exchange policy
  • Employment policy

Social and Political Environment

It analyzes the social meaning and justification of business, defining its rights, obligations and purposes. It conceives of the manager’s activity as an endeavor of political nature in the sense of art that promotes making things in organizations and their environment fair. This area conceives future scenarios that, based on the everyday political and social reality, lead business leaders to achieve a healthy balance in the interplay between the environment and business.

Desirable experience and knowledge

  • Academic background in political philosophy, international relations, political science, social responsibility and sustainability.
  • International academic or professional experience.
  • Research emphasis on comparative politics, sustainable development, social responsibility, democracy, structural problems of Latin America and the world.
  • Contemporary geo-political, ideological, and social models and trends at national and international level.
  • Ideologies that have shaped the world and that give rise to environmental situations
  • Global vision and corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainable and inclusive development
  • Interaction between the public and private sectors, organized civil society and individuals
  • Electoral processes and political and social perspectives

Organizational Behavior

It focuses on studying the basic elements that allow a better understanding of the individual and collective behavior of people in organizations, based on the reflection on concepts and topics such as: the structure of the mature personality, freedom, responsibility, motivations, the problems of resistance to change, types of authority, leadership, group formation, communication, management of insecurity and the various human problems within organizations.

It focuses on the entrepreneur’s being, on the importance of knowing people, always seeking a more humanistic treatment in organizations. It seeks to inspire our participants to be better people and to be true leaders in all areas of their lives through the development of fundamental managerial virtues such as objectivity, humility, prudence, magnanimity and the ability to assume risks with strength and confidence.

In a structural way, concepts and dynamics of the person who wants to be a leader are analyzed.

  • Lead to lead
  • Leading leaders
  • Leading the organization
  • Desirable experience and knowledge

    • Humanistic training is suitable, but not essential
    • Life and company experiences leading others
    • Academic background and interest in deepening the study of subjects such as philosophical anthropology, psychology, sociology, ethics and organizational behavior.

    Strategy and General Management

    It develops in participants the all-embracing perspective of the general manager, which involves a comprehensive vision of the organization. Some of the aspects analyzed are the organization’s strategy, mission, sense of direction and vision of the future, considering the organization as an entity formed primarily by people.

    Its aims are:

  • Describing the nature and scope of the management function of a company, in order to guide the participant in the development or improvement of his or her own skills.
  • To present, describe and test the concepts, models and methodologies that may be useful in the performance of the management or governance function.
  • Exercise the diagnostic and decision-making processes with a global approach, using the tools and techniques of each functional area, with a managerial sense.
  • Desirable experience and knowledge

    • Corporate Governance
    • Strategic planning
    • Organizational structure
    • Organizational culture
    • Business Strategy
    • Business models
    • Role and responsibility of the CEO
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Innovation
    • Change and uncertainty management
    • Continuity and assets of the company
    • Succession and institutionalization of family businesses
    • Management boards

    Faculty main responsibilities

    Candidates should have excellent communication skills and a clear vocation for academia. The candidates should be able to teach in English and ideally in Spanish in graduate and executive programs.

    Given that the primary teaching method used at IPADE is the case method, candidates should feel comfortable with it while having the ability to use other teaching techniques such as simulations, workshops, and other hands-on and practical exercises.

    Main responsibilities:

    Teaching through the Case Method

    Teaching assigned courses in our graduate-level programs (full-time and executive MBA) and executive programs on our three campuses (Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara) and other temporary locations throughout Mexico and Latin America.


    Conducting high-quality research aimed at peer-reviewed research journals and publishing cases and articles in general circulation and specialized periodicals. Participate in specialized global conferences and forums.

    Administrative responsibility

    Depending on the Institute’s needs and priorities, each professor will be assigned a managerial position and will be required to participate in the meetings and initiatives of the academic department in which he/she is incorporated.

    What is the Case Method and why do we use it at IPADE?

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    We will review your professional and academic background in detail, and only if your profile matches the current needs of the Institute, the Academic Staff department will contact you as soon as possible.