Prof. Dr. Jose M. Alcaraz
Prof. Dr. Jose M. Alcaraz
Jose Alcaraz is Faculty and Academic Director at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.
Jose has fostered a distinctive career, designing creative executive development programs and learning environments around the world, that target the simultaneous transformation of knowledge, skills and emotions. His nuanced approach combines academic insight with eclectic experience to encompass the multi-faceted, complex nature of leadership.
Jose believes that openness is fundamental to creativity and is fascinated by the role a borderless world, global citizenship and Cosmopolitanism, in the development of creative and responsible leadership. He is a firm defender of tearing down disciplinary walls and of the radical cross-fertilization of art, science and business, as part of this leadership outlook. As a self-described ‘environmental warrior’, he believes that leaders hold a unique responsibility to embrace cutting-edge scientific developments, and to identify and foster sustainability-related (creative) business opportunities and ventures. Jose is also captivated by the power of the imagination, specifically science fiction, and its capacity to help us to envision trends and complex socio-technical scenarios. In his latest research project, Jose is collaborating with SciFutures (“the coolest company in the world”, according to Fast Company magazine), to explore the power of Sci-Fi to nurture storytelling, and drive scenario-building and strategic innovations.
With a PhD on the Digitalization of Human Capital Management, Jose’s singular global academic career is made up of diverse residencies. In 2004, he followed his passion for research at IESE Business School (IRCO), in his home town of Barcelona. In 2006, he began lecturing at Raffles Design Institute, sparking an immersive two-year experience of living in and learning from the booming business landscape of Shanghai. In his work at Dubai University and University of Leicester Dubai, he describes the fascinating experience of living in a city that can only be characterized as a "Cosmopolitan experiment". In 2010, Jose became Research Director at Barna Management School in the Dominican Republic, where he joined a dedicated team of educators collaborating closely with the corporate, civil sector and government leadership of the Caribbean island. There, he also held an Industry-Endowed Chair on Sustainability, leading impactful, multi-stakeholder leadership engagements at the intersection of economy, environment, and society. In 2013, Jose became MBA Co-Chair at Murdoch University, in Western Australia, where he radically redesigned their Global MBA, delivered across Perth, Dubai, and Singapore. In 2017 and 2018, Jose served as Professor and Academic Director of the (full-time) MBA at Munich Business School.
Since 2010, Jose is also a Research Coordinator for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) global project.
Before moving to academia, Jose had several Leadership and HR roles in the software industry, and collaborated closely in Spain and Latin America with The RBL Group (a consultancy firm, co-founded by Dave Ulrich, at the forefront of strategic HR transformation, leadership capability development, and strategy implementation).