Past Projects

Harvard Business School professors Srikant Datar and David Garvin, and researcher Patrick Cullen, started a research project in 2007 to identify the challenges facing the future of management education. They focused primarily on U.S. and European educational institutions, employers and alumni. Their work led to the publication of a book titled "Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads". The book has had a major impact in academia and business worldwide.

Following the symposium Management Research in a Global and Changing Environment organized by the International Academic Program (IAP) in July 2011, Professor Datar decided to conduct similar research on the future of graduate management education in Latin America. Autonomous University of Madrid and leading Latin American business schools were invited to partner in the research. Twenty- eight institutions came together to work on the project.

Through IAP, the course Design Thinking and Innovation, taught by Srikant Datar is made available online to faculty members and students from the Externado University of Colombia.
• Workshop Design Thinking and Innovation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
• Workshop Design Thinking and Innovation in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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At the Externado University of Colombia, the conference opened with a lecture by Dr. Lori Breslow, IAP Academic Advisor, and continued with a conference by Dr. John Belcher, MIT professor of Physics.
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The objective of the research seminar was twofold. Substantively, the seminar invited students to examine strategic thinking, organizational change, alignment of capacity with mission, performance management, leadership and culture. Methodologically, the seminar gave students experience in the use of the case discussion method and small-group problem solving, and participatory practices in graduate professional education. Students were asked to be active participants in their own learning by developing and examining alternative courses of action to respond to complex management challenges faced by public, nonprofit and private managers in contemporary settings.

1. Measurement and interpretation concepts of epidemiological data
2. Major epidemiological designs
3. Formulation of a research protocol

How does one develop a case? How does one teach a case? What are the challenges in applying the case method of teaching in your school?

1. A Cybersecurity Threat Model for a Combined Cyberattack Against Hospitals and Conventional Terrorist Attack in Spain
This project seeks to fill the gap in understanding the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of hospitals by evaluating the impact of realistic threats and by assisting in the planning of appropriate countermeasures. Project researchers will examine the cybersecurity measures in place in at least 5 Spanish hospitals in order to evaluate their level of protection against cyberattack designed to interrupt the institutions’ clinical activities. Once the diagnosis of vulnerabilities is completed, the project will propose new potential defenses against cyberattacks motivated by extremist ideologies.

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Participating universities: University of Oxford,  Autonomous University of Madrid
Leading hospitals: University Hospital of Fuenlabrada, Hospital Moncloa (Madrid, Spain)
Cerner, General Electric

2. The second phase of this study is being developed in the University Hospital La Paz and the University Hospital Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, with the aim of mapping the current situation of cybersecurity in the Madrid region while constantly working on improvements.

IAP-UAM has established an international, collaborative research project to study the leadership and governance of various universities across the world. Participating professors are from the United States, Spain, Ecuador, Colombia, and the United Arab Emirates. The main objective of the project is to benchmark the different universities that share the model of governance and management of American universities, considered the best in the world according to various international rankings. Through this research, the characteristics of the academic and organizational structures will be defined and the most efficient ways to manage and effectively lead a university will be learned.

This project is oriented toward a disruptive innovation in education, specifically in the field of education in economic science for Business Administration undergraduate students. Given the complexity of our modern world, a profound analysis is required to understand the goals, processes, methodologies, and strategies for the efficient connection between learning and the teaching process on one hand, and the “academic” and global real universe on the other. As the saying goes, our students need to “learn how to learn”. The only way to prepare them to lead success lives, is in a holistic way, taking into account all of their dimensions.

In this vein, professors from the Department of Economics at Universidad Finis Terrae (Chile) have set out to search for (and hopefully find) the solution for making the process of learning and teaching economics, for students of Business Administration, include all the aspects of the human learning experience, including the intellectual, psychological, motivational, experiential, relational and technological dimensions. This would result in a more “X-dimensional” educative process, rather than a linear memorization-examination scheme.

IAP & Universidad Finis Terrae - Department of Economics RESEARCH PROJECT Project is advised by professors who collaborate with IAP.

Duration: October 2019 - July 2021

Organized by Doctoral School and hosted by Faculty of Medicine of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), the PhD Research Symposium in Health Sciences and Biomedicine brings together doctoral programs in Health Sciences and Biomedicine (Medicine and Surgery, Epidemiology and Public Health, Molecular Biosciences, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology, Clinical and Health Psychology) for a one-day symposium aimed at broadening collaborative strategies in education and research.

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From the results of the research project Rethinking Graduate Management Education in Latin America, emerged the development of Professor Srikant Datar’s Design Thinking and Innovation class at Harvard Business School (HBS). IAP-UAM has been facilitating access to this course, taught at the Harvard Innovation Lab, to business students at Externado University of Colombia through videos from Professor Srikant Datar and student visits to Boston, Massachusetts to attend his class in person. Most years, Professor Datar teaches the last class of the semester in Bogotá, at their university.

Project 1
Anticorruption and Discretion with the use of artificial intelligence The project is intended to eradicate corruption in the allocation of public contracts and discretionary bidding processes, through the implementation of a public platform built and sourced on artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies. The use of this technology can resolve conflicts of public interest, improve the use of public funds, and increase trust in our governmental institutions.

Project 2
Promoting learning and quality education for everyone This initiative considers combining existing formative techniques with new teaching and learning methodologies. A technological platform will allow students to take control of their own learning process and evaluate their performance in the context of actual work conditions, in a highly realistic simulated environment. With training under these lifelike conditions, they will be able to overcome labor difficulties, and will be better prepared to conceive innovative and practical solutions in the workplace.

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