An innovative thinker

innovative An innovative thinkerThis is a special photo – it brings back many memories from the past. The person sitting next to me is Adolf Vilanova, who recently returned to ESADE for a special occasion: We wanted to see him again to thank him personally for his invaluable contribution to our institution over so many years.

Adolf Vilanova joined ESADE in the early seventies. He was a very generous and dedicated professor, and also a very innovative thinker. I’m sure his teachings inspired many of our students in the classroom during his more than 30 years at ESADE. Adolf set the basis of an innovative family business model, which has been taught in our classrooms since 1985, when he first introduced it to a group of 5th-year undergraduates.

His teachings have become an on-going holistic role model for us, both in the classroom and in our research activities, and have inspired many of our professors and researchers to advance knowledge in the area of family businesses.  One such Professor is Alberto Gimeno (standing left in the photo) who has been able to further develop Adolf’s teachings and create a new framework towards a better understanding of family businesses and the problems they face.  To tackle these challenges, amongst other things, we are hosting the 2nd Global Step Summit, which will be held at ESADE in November. It will bring together many experts from around the globe to promote knowledge on the challenges family businesses face in today’s globalised world. Hopefully, new innovative ideas will also be born out of this event.

I’m sure Adolf’s teaching legacy will remain with us at ESADE and continue to inspire many family business owners and new entrepreneurs in the years to come. The future is bright.

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