IE Business School

Full Professor

Strategy Department


Phone: (+34) 915689600

 Luis Diestre is a Full Professor at IE Business School. He received his PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Southern California in 2009. His research interests evolve around two distinct topics: non-market strategy and R&D activities in the Biopharmaceutical industry. Luis' work appears in publications such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science, the Journal of Management Studies, and Research Policy. In addition, Luis was included in Poets and Quants' 2015 list of "The World's Best 40 Under 40 Business School Professors". He served as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal between 2019 and 2022, and has been a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Academy of Management Journal (since 2010) and the Strategic Management Journal (since 2014).  Luis is also the CEO and founder of Translucent Datalab, a healthcare technology start-up that generates knowledge around Illegal Online Pharmacies’ activities. This start-up is an University spin-off that emerged from an ERC Starting Grant (€1.4 million) awarded in 2016 and an ERC Proof of Concept Grant (€150,000) awarded in 2023 to perform research around the illegal trade of pharmaceutical drugs


PhD in Strategic Management, University of Southern California, USA

MBA, IE Business School, Spain

BSc in Telecommunication Engineering, University of Zaragoza, Spain 


Founder & CEO of Translucent Datalab

ERC Proof of Concept Grant, 2023-2024

Full Professor of Strategy: IE Business School, since 2020

ERC Starting Grant, 2017-2022

Academic Director of the Strategy Area: IE Business School, 2014-2017

Associate Professor of Strategy: IE Business School, 2014-2020

Visiting Professor: University of Surrey, 2014-2017

Assistant Professor of Strategy: IE Business School, 2009-2014