Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and ESADE Business School Form Alliance to Educate Global Leaders

March 01, 2011

Partnership to Provide Opportunities for Faculty Research, Student Exchange, and New Academic Programs

Building upon the success of the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the ESADE Business School in Spain have entered into an alliance that reaches across programs and initiatives at both schools.
“Georgetown and ESADE are well matched partners. We are both Jesuit institutions dedicated to developing leaders to face today’s global business challenges,” said George Daly, dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. “With this alliance, we will further research in the field of global management and continue to create new educational programs.”
Part of the agreement is a new ESADE-Georgetown Global Management Research Initiative, with centers located in both Washington, D.C., and Barcelona. The initiative will establish a collaborative research agenda and focus on knowledge creation and dissemination, as well as the practical application of managerial practices in the global context. Governed jointly by faculty at both schools, the initiative will include opportunities for student research and will educate global managers through seminars and other programs at each location.
“We have achieved a complementary strategic alliance, allowing us to combine Georgetown’s global, interdisciplinary training with ESADE’s entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in social innovation, meeting the needs of international managers of today and tomorrow,” said ESADE Director General Eugenia Bieto.
The schools also seek to expand their collaboration in the area of executive education programs. Executive degree and certificate programs will be developed utilizing the format of the three-year-old Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA, which immerses students into the culture of global business by offering the program’s six sessions on four continents.
One such new program, the Global Advanced Management Program (GAMP), offers three, six-day sessions over the course of two months starting this fall in Madrid, São Paulo, Dubai, and Washington, D.C. Other possibilities being considered include executive degree programs offered throughout the world and the development of custom programs for global clients.
Additional partnerships in the alliance include the creation of an exchange program for undergraduate students at both institutions; early admission of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business students into the ESADE M.Sc. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program; the organization of international weeks abroad for graduate students enrolled at both schools; and the sharing of visiting professors between the institutions.
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit
About ESADE Business School
Since its founding in 1958 as the first business school in Spain, ESADE has grown into a world leader in management education. Of particular note are ESADE's Entrepreneurship Center and Institute for Social Innovation. The Entrepreneurship Center has opened the door for many professionals to transform business ideas into successful new ventures. The Institute for Social Innovation conducts research and establishes networks in corporate social responsibility, organizational ethics and the leadership and management of NGOs.