David Bach

The point where business and politics meet is the main focus of David Bach’s teaching and research activities. “Politics has always been important for business,” he says, “but owing to globalisation and new demands on companies, executives must more than ever engage in skillful political management.”

With considerable professional experience consulting for companies such as McKinsey, Bach watches with interest the way that globalisation and new technologies transform the business environment. The opening up of domestic industries and foreign markets has given companies tremendous new opportunities. However, new public scrutiny facilitated by the Internet and 24-hour news media combined with the need to simultaneously manage different social and political environments is posing fresh challenges. “As a result, the socalled ’non-market environment’ of business is becoming increasingly important for the formulation and implementation of strategy,” he adds.

His ability to join the dots between these interacting forces is also what comes through in his teaching, in courses such as business, government, and society, as well as in his work in leading academic journals, which have published his studies on industry self-regulation, the politics of Internet telephony, the transformation of the music industry, and China’s growing influence in the field of information technology. “There’s only a handful of people with a background in political science that make the transition to management education,” he says. “I’m fortunate to work at the intersection of two incredibly interesting fields.”

PhD in political science, University of California, Berkeley.
MA in political science, University of California, Berkeley.
BA in political science and international studies, magna cum laude, Yale University.
Professor of Strategy and Economic Environment, IE Business School, 2004 to present.
Academic Director of the International MBA Programme, IE Business School, 2004 to present.
Research Associate, Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, Berkeley, 1999 to 2004.
Teaching Assistant, University of California, Berkeley, 1999 to 2003.
Consultancy work with McKinsey, the Global Business Network and Political Intelligence, an international lobbying consulting firm.