Win in a World of Constant Change

Boost your ability to lead despite uncertainty. Gain new frameworks and explore strategies to improve your organization’s capacity to adapt and thrive in complex markets in a state of constant flux.


  • Develop key leadership competencies to better confront market conditions defined by VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity
  • Integrate agile strategies to align core capabilities in dynamic and fast-moving global environments
  • Examine the importance of establishing a stable foundation to meet current demands while incorporating agility to innovate for the future


During the “How to Build Adaptive Organizations in an Age of Uncertainty” program, we will tackle the following topics:

Understanding a VUCA Environment

  • Adapt to Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous contexts
  • Anticipate disruptive forces
  • Appreciate global trends and their potential impact
  • Avoid strategic mismatch

Developing Personal and Organizational Agility

  • Design a framework that fosters agility
  • Develop an intrapreneurial leadership structure
  • Generate innovation in organizations

Learning from Success

  • Understand how businesses successfully navigate complex challenges in uncertain contexts
  • Explore best practices from a range of sectors

Applying Agility Insights to Executive Challenges

  • Build on key take-aways and learn how to apply them to address your organizational challenges

Is This Program Right for You?
The “How to Build Adaptive Organizations in an Age of Uncertainty” program is aimed at business leaders who seek to bolster their organization’s long-term growth and innovation.

Presidents, senior-level managers, general managers, division heads, business development managers and strategic planning directors will find the program particularly useful.

The “How to Build Adaptive Organizations in an Age of Uncertainty” program enhances participants’ strategic agility through a combination of active learning methodologies, including group discussions, case studies, practical exercises, team-based projects and peer coaching.

The faculty of the “How to Build Adaptive Organizations in an Age of Uncertainty” program consists of professionals linked not only to teaching and research but also to the real and relevant business world.

Fred Krawchuk | IESE Business School Fred Krawchuk  (academic director)
Senior Lecturer of Production, Technology and Operations Management
MBA, IESE, University of Navarra
MPA, Foreign Policy and Negotiations, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Graduate of West Point
Fred Krawchuk is currently the CEO of Pathfinder Consulting Group and a Senior Fellow with the One Earth Future Foundation. Fred is a former U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel, Olmsted Scholar, and George C. Marshall Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. He has thirty years of experience in over thirty countries launching innovative enterprises and building collaborative networks.
Fred writes about and guides senior executives on how to build consensus between stakeholders from all walks of life, align action, and generate pragmatic solutions to complex challenges. Fred works with a variety of government, NGO, and corporate clients around the world enabling them to become more agile and adaptive in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) situations, whether in business, government, or conflict zones.
Tony Dávila | IESE Business SchoolTony Dávila
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Accounting and Control
PhD in Business Administration, Harvard University
MBA, IESE, University of Navarra
Degree in Telecommunications Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Degree in Telecommunications Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Prof. Dávila is the head of IESE’s Department of Entrepreneurship and holder of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair of Management of Technology. From 1999 to 2006, he was part of the faculty at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he still teaches periodically.
Prof. Dávila is co-author of Making Innovation Work: How to Manage It, Measure It, and Profit from It (2006) and Performance Measurement and Management Control Systems to Implement Strategy (2000). He has also edited a third book, The Creative Enterprise (2007). He has contributed several book chapters and published various research articles in academic journals including The Accounting Review, Accounting Organizations and Society, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Research Policy, and Harvard Business Review.
Miquel Lladó | IESE Business SchoolMiquel Lladó
Lecturer of Strategic Management
PADE, IESE, University of Navarra
Degree in Economics and Business, University of Barcelona
Prof. Lladó combines teaching with Strategic Management consulting through his own firm Peak Business Advisory, since 2008. He is member of the Board of Directors at Gomà-Camps Group and member of the Advisory Board at Vallformosa and NetipBox.
Keynote speaker for companies and institutions in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Armenia, Ukraine, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, UK, Italy, Romania and Brazil.
Prof. Lladó has an extensive background: Group President and CEO at Sara Lee Bakery Europe, CEO at Bimbo Spain & Portugal, Vice president Marketing & Sales at Bimbo Spain & Portugal, Vice president New Businesses at PepsiCo Foods Spain & Portugal, Director of Sales & Special Projects at PepsiCo Foods International in USA as well as other executive positions.
He was elected Spain’s Best Executive 2000 by the Spain Business Association AED.
Mª Julia Prats | IESE Business School Mª Julia Prats
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Doctor of Business Administration, Harvard University
Master in Business Administration, IESE, University of Navarra
Degree in Industrial Engineering, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya
Prof. Prats teaches courses in both open enrollment programs as well as on in-company programs for companies such as Henkel, Randstad, and Teléfonica, among others.
Her primary area of interest is the entrepreneurial process, which includes the identification, evaluation and implementation of opportunities in any context. Central to this work is the development of strategies and systems that help established firms achieve profitable growth. Her second work stream focuses on understanding the key factors in building and managing professional service firms. Over the years she has had the opportunity to develop both areas of interest through teaching, research projects and consulting work.

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. Three 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.


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*Princesa Sofía 5*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 12-15, 2018


IESE Barcelona
(+34) 93 253 4200
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