Meet the Future of Your Business

In an environment shaped by rapid technology and process change, remaining competitive requires informed, innovative and future-focused leaders. So how do you streamline today while preparing your business for transition to Industry 4.0 tomorrow?


Benefits | Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing | IESE Business School
  • Explore the current and future ramifications of Industry 4.0.
  • Analyze the impact of new manufacturing models on your value proposition.
  • Assess the radical shifts in process technology and possibilities generated by industrial 3D printing, total connectivity and big data.

This three-day program delivers the competencies and insights manufacturing decision-makers need to stay ahead. The “Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing” program will tackle the following topics:

  • General Framework of Industry 4.0
    Industry 4.0 encompasses multiple concurrent developments. Participants will develop a deep understanding of all its elements, and learn how to bring all the pieces together to generate true value for the customer.
  • Building Blocks of Industry 4.0
    Digital backbone, advanced robotics, additive manufacturing (industrial 3D printing) and data analytics all have a key role to play in driving manufacturing trends and future-planning strategies. These crucial issues will be covered in detail.
  • Emergence of New Business Models
    Exploring the business impact of greater flexibility in scale and scope, and the evolution of business models in the face of additive manufacturing (e.g., long tail, complexity, printer farms).
  • Embracing Future Opportunities
    How to maximize the value of new IP opportunities, address growing cyber security issues in manufacturing, and the implications and pitfalls of adaptive manufacturing models and their integration with traditional manufacturing processes.

Is This Program Right You?
The “Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing” program is aimed at decision-makers with general management responsibilities who seek to expand their understanding of Industry 4.0 and its implications for their markets and business.

The “Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing” program takes a dynamic and interactive approach to developing participant skills – through interactive discussions, lectures, workshops and visits to manufacturing frontrunners that have already made important incursions toward Industry 4.0.

The program uses active methodologies, based on the case method, a cornerstone of learning at IESE, supported by conferences and panels of experts in the field.

In order to benefit fully from the course, reading the academic material that will be provided two weeks prior to the start date is essential.

The faculty of the “Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing” program is made up of professionals who are involved not only in teaching but in research and the business world:

Marc Sachon | IESE Business SchoolMarc Sachon (Academic Director)
Professor of Production, Technology and Operations Management
PhD in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University
MBA, IESE, University of Navarra
Diplom-Ingenieur Aerospace-Technology, University of Stuttgart
His main areas of interest are process improvement, supply chain management and engineering risk analysis. His research areas include e-supply chain management, product development, project management and engineering risk analysis, primarily in the manufacturing and automotive sectors.
He has published both in academic journals, such as IEEE Transactions, and business journals such as European Business Forum (EBF). He has contributed chapters to several books on operations management and process improvement.
Prior to entering academia, Prof. Sachon worked for several years at IBM’s German headquarters in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. As a consultant, Prof. Sachon has been involved in projects with companies such as Morgan Stanley, Hugo Boss Industries, United Airlines, Merck KG and the Bonneville Power Authority.

Admission Process
The program has a four-step admission process:

  1. Participants must complete and submit the online application.
  2. The Executive Education Department will contact the participant by email to acknowledge receipt of the application. It will also provide information about the program dates, sending of prior study materials and the bank details needed to pay tuition.
  3. The participant pays tuition (payment must be made before the start of the course and before prior study materials are sent). This is an essential prerequisite for participating in the program.
  4. Two weeks before the start of the program, participants will receive an email with a username giving them access to IESE’s Virtual Campus, where initial study materials will be available.


(*Fees pending AY 20-21 update.)

The program fee is tax-exempt and includes academic materials and lunches. It does not include travel or accommodation expenses.

The program requires preparatory coursework, which will be made available three weeks before the start date. Payment is required in order to access this material. Check the cancellation policy below.

Do you know about our corporate agreements and fees for multiple registrations? Feel free to ask us.

We have negotiated special fees for our participants in these hotels near to Barcelona campus: AC Victoria Suites (Marriot) 4*Sansi Pedralbes 4*Abba Garden 4*Meliá Sarriá Barcelona 5*Upper Diagonal 4*.

Arranging Payment
We accept payments by credit card, check or wire. For more payment information, please reference your invoice.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received within 20 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a cancellation fee equivalent to 25% of the program fee. IESE reserves the right to cancel this edition of the program or to change the dates up to 20 days prior to its start. IESE is under no circumstances responsible for travel expenses incurred. Participants should consider travel cancellation coverage in the exceptional event that the program is cancelled or that participants are unable to attend for personal or professional reasons.


June 2021
(*dates TBC)


IESE Barcelona
(+34) 93 253 4200
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