Professor J. Ignacio Canales

Professor J. Ignacio Canales
Chair in Strategic Management


Professor J. Ignacio Canales
Professor J. Ignacio Canales

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The University of Aberdeen University of Aberdeen
School of Business 
MacRobert Building 
Office 805
AB24 5UD
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J. Ignacio Canales is a Professor of Strategic Management at the business school of the University of Aberdeen. Previously he held posts as Professor, Reader and Senior Lecturer in Strategy at the Adam Smith Business School in the University of Glasgow and at the University of St Andrews. His research interests in strategy process focuses on asymmetric relationships between managers as they interact to formulate and implement strategy. His research has been published in the Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Management Long Range Planning, Advances in Strategic Management and Academy of Management Review. At the PhD level he teaches a seminar in qualitative methodology, for undergraduates and MBA students offers a course on Strategic Management. Ignacio Canales served as co-chair of the SMS Special conference held in Glasgow in June 2013. He has been a member of the SMS since 2003 when he received the Best PhD paper award in the SMS held in Baltimore. Ignacio also served as a Rep at large, and then as Associate, Program Chair and Chairperson of the Strategy Process IG completing his term in 2017. 

Professor Canales  is the Management Studies Research lead sitting in the Research Committe. Previously, and in other institutions he was Director of MBA Programmes, AMBA Accreditation Champion, Leader of the Strategic Management Cluster, School International Coordinator and Convener of the Research Ethics Committee. 



1999-2004    IESE Business School, University of Navarra. - PhD in Management, Summa Cum Laude

1984-1992    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

- Ingeniero Comercial, Economics and Management. Five-year undergraduate degree.

- Licenciado en Administración de Empresas. Five-year BSc in Management.

2015           Universidade Nacional de Brasilia - PhD in Management Revalidation

2018           Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 


Editorial Service 

  • Editorial Board member Long Range Planning 2017-
  • Editorial Board member Journal of Management 2013-
  • Associate Editor of Review in Business and Management 2015-
  • Editorial Board member Journal of Management Studies 2010-




Research Interests

My research interest is Strategic Management and within it I concentrate on the Strategy making Process. 

My research focuses in the relationship and interaction between asymmetric organizational players when they formulate and implement strategy.

I profess that organizations can be managed by strategy because in its genesis lies the capacity to bring organizational players together in coordination to internalize strategy and encourage subsequent action. 

I am happy to consider potential PhD students on all strategic management areas but specially in the broad theme of the social phenomena that underpins implementation of Strategy 

PhD Supervision

PhD finalized passed with minor corrections. 

Dr. Javier Yáñez-Arenas: Thesis title: Service Innovation, Supply Chain Management, Strategy
 2013. Co-supervisor: Prof. Robert Paton

Dr Haitham Jafar. Thesis title: Middle Managers Connectivity in Strategy making, 2016. Co-supervisor: Prof. Robert Paton

Dr Yameng Zhang. Thesis title: Too Comfortable in the Saddle ? CEO Tenure, Board Attributions of Poor Performance and CEO Dismissal, 2017. Co-supervisor: Prof Trevor Buck and Dr Stephan von Delft.

Dr  Abdulaziz A. Alturiqui. Exploring the Relationship between the Components of Transformational Leadership and the Satisfaction of the Followers' Basic Psychological Needs in the Public Sector, 2019. Co-supervisor: Prof Iain Docherty.

Current PhD Supervision

  • Angel Patricio González Prado. MNC strategy
  • Agostinho Abrunhosa. Business Models of Business Schools
  • Noura Alarmy. Leadership 

Current Research

Video describing my research 


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