SEKN has developed and offers pedagogical knowledge and tools through its research, publications and teaching cases to researchers, academics, business schools and anyone interested in business and initiatives, inclusive and sustainable. Likewise, SEKN is at the service of companies and organizations to carry out rigorous quality research projects on the before-mentioned topics.

SEKN is comprised of representatives from renowned Ibero-American business schools, including: EGADE Business School (Mexico), ESPAE Graduate School of Management (Ecuador), ESADE Business School (Spain), University of Sao Paulo FEA / USP (Brazil), IESA (Venezuela), INCAE (Costa Rica), Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile), Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Universidad del Pacífico (Perú) and Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina).

Affiliated Schools


To expand the boundaries of knowledge and the practice of inclusive and sustainable corporate and social initiatives throughout joint research and the strengthening of managerial training centered in participative learning.


Picture: James Austin, founding member of SEKN.


Surpass the actual knowledge boundaries of inclusive and sustainable corporate and social initiatives thru the generation of an important flow of new research aiming to become a recognized thinking leader in the topic.

All SEKN publications in English, Spanish and Portuguese will be distributed in all countries of the hemisphere and will have global access through the web, generating a meaningful impact in the academic field to encourage research about inclusive and sustainable corporate and social initiatives. Our dissemination will be available at different communities of social actors and will offer access to a new knowledge database. SEKN will have a broad recognition as a source of knowledge.

The SEKN Network will train, directly and indirectly, through academic courses and executive training programs, thousands of students and executives of inclusive and sustainable corporate and social initiatives. Our educational activity will transform the current and future leaders. Their conscious level will increase significantly, having their capabilities fortified and their attitudes modified. These potentiated skills will result in superior social/enviromental leadership and better organizational performance.

Each one of the participating schools will drastically change forever due to its own participation in the SEKN Network. The social and environmental development will be incorporated in an irreversible way in the mission, the programmatic contents, the educational approach, the flow of investigation and the community service of all participating schools.

SEKN will have global recognition, not only as one of the main sources of knowledge about inclusive and sustainable corporate and social initiatives, but also as a leader in the development of best practices for collaboration and knowledge networks. By encouraging the development of local networks in each one of the participating countries, it will multiply its reach and impact in an exponential way. Likewise, it will have promoted the development of strategic partnerships with diverse international networks.


How does SEKN create value?

Managerial training of corporate and civil society leaders
That accomplish
Responsible and dynamic corporate sector and a strong and capable civil society
To generate
Changes and improvements in the quality of life of society’s most vulnerable sectors
The SEKN network will increase the capacity of educational institutions to research and develop pedagogic programs offered to graduate, undergraduate and executive education students.

Educational Strategy

SEKN’s educational strategy consists in reaching a growing quantity of students throughout degree courses and programs, as well as executive formation, in order to give them transformational learning experiences. This objective is executed through diverse manners in the different schools, but the strategy points to assure that the participating schools develop new courses about inclusive and sustainable corporate and social initiatives or that they enrich notably their actual programs, thanks to the knowledge and teaching materials produced by SEKN.


The management of the network uses a shared leadership approach assigning responsibilities on a rotating basis. This leadership model avoids concentrating responsibility and power. National leaders in each of the universities in SEKN meet in periodic workshops to advance research topics and share best teaching practices. Likewise, specific committees are formed to develop the specific tasks that are emerging in the development of the work of the Network.

As of today SEKN Network is led by the following members:

General Coordination: Andrea Prado, INCAE Business School (Costa Rica).

Teaching Case Coordination: Ezequiel Reficco, EGADE Business School (Mexico).

Editorial Coordination: Rosa María Fischer, FEA/USP (Brasil), Alfred Vernis, ESADE (Spain), Josefina Brunni, IESA (Venezuela).

Coordination of the Inclusive Distribution Networks Project: Maria Helena Jaén, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).

Coordination of the Sustainable Business Models Project: Roberto Gutiérrez, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).