The DNA of Industrial Champions
An ALP session at Amazon HQ London
Every healthy economy needs a strong, competitive, and relevant industrial base. Our world talks of the digital, collaborative, mobile, and asset-light, but it has never depended so much on excellent companies to manufacture and deliver products in specs, on budget, and on time. Why is it, then, that many excellent industrial companies are not in the spotlight as often as Google, Facebook, or Twitter? On one hand, certain B2B industrial sectors unfortunately lack glamour with the general public. On the other hand, industrial managers are oftentimes reluctant to show a high profile in the media. The world is fortunately full of hidden industrial champions who innovate, export, make money, reinvest profits, and then start all over again.
During this session, IESE Professor Calvo will review the common traits and decode the “DNA” of these industrial champions using a number of practical, down-to-earth examples that will provide inspiration for the challenges faced by many companies. These examples will be drawn from the Industrial Excellence Award, a European-wide initiative in which Prof. Calvo is an academic director.
Please join us for a fascinating discussion followed by a cocktail reception at the newly inaugurated Amazon headquarters, located in the heart of London's most important business and tech districts.
- Prof. Calvo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Production, Technology and Operations Management at IESE Business School, where he teaches in MBA, Executive Education and Custom programs. He holds an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in telecommunications engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain.
He has held several research posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2005, he was the recipient of the "Salvà i Campillo" award to the Best Young Engineer by the Association of Electrical Engineers of Catalonia. In 2014, he was named among the World's Top 40 Business School professors under the age of 40.
His research is focused on network optimization, operational risk management and operational complexity and has been published in top academic journals such as Management Science, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and IEEE Transactions on Communications.
He is the academic director of the Industrial Excellence Award in Spain, a competition that benchmarks European competitiveness in the industrial and service sectors, as well as IESE's Initiative for the Excellence in Operations. This has allowed him to evaluate the operations strategy of a number of industrial firms accounting for over 1.5% of Spain's GDP.
He has over 5 years of strategy and operations consulting experience in Europe and Latam, where he has been active in telco, IT, financial services, retail, pharma and industrial equipment sectors.