Discover our commitment to the development of knowledge We support research initiatives that promote the values of the Foundation, such as diversity, inclusivity and innovation.

Applied Research

Finding solutions to the social, technological and economic issues we face today

Collaborative applied research

In order to promote change and innovation, it is necessary to support cutting-edge research and initiatives that use new strategies in critical thinking. The Foundation’s think tanks, centers for excellence, observatories and chairs work to provide innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the business world and society as a whole.

Research centers

From research on diversity and gender equality, to initiatives in international finance, the centers supported by the IE Foundation open the door to learning about the most relevant issues with the highest impact on today’s society.

IE Center for Diversity

This center engages in activities geared toward the power of diversity, helping organizations take advantage of the opportunities represented by diversity.

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Families in Business at IE

This research and networking center has an innovative understanding of family businesses and works to provide value to family businesses on a global scale.

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This center carries out research initiatives that focus on three main areas: entrepreneurship, technology applied to social innovation and conscientious leadership.

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Chairs and observatories

Discover IE Foundation’s chairs and observatories, where scientific discovery and learning projects take place in a variety of areas, from law to management or marketing.

Pérez-Llorca Chair/IE Commercial Law

The chair’s initiatives in research and education offer a professional perspective on the practice of law in the international context of commercial law.

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La Caixa Foundation Management Chair

This chair works to promote research and the use of best practices in the management of people and organizations.

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Observatory for the Premium and Prestige Market

With the support of Mastercard, this observatory engages in applied research and education initiatives in the luxury sector.

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The Foundation’s projects and initiatives contribute to research and the diffusion of knowledge. Their duration depends on the specific needs of the sponsor and their scope. The Foundation’s research mainly takes the form of applied research projects for private companies and/or ministries.

Sovereign Wealth Funds 2017

Drafted with the participation of internationally renowned experts, the report analyses the most recent trends in the SWFs industry, including information about new and consolidated funds, largest deals, top sectors targeted, such as logistics real estate and venture capital, and upcoming investment trends.
Produced by the IE Sovereign Wealth Lab (IE-SWLab) in collaboration with ICEX and sponsored by IE Foundation, the report shows how countries like the US, India, China or the UK, continue to be particularly attractive to SWF.

Sovereign Wealth Funds 2016

Annual Report produced by IE Sovereign Wealth Lab in collaboration with ICEX and Fundación KPMG, and lead by IE SWFs experts offers an in-depth look at SWFs trends, strategies and transactions and their impact in global economy.
It contains a detailed analysis by geographic area and by sector, especially on venture capital, hotel industry and luxury industry . The report corroborates the solid weight of private markets as well as the new assets allocation.