I am a Professor in the Strategic Management Department of IESE Business School and currently lecture in IESE’s MBA and Executive Education programs where I teach strategy, geopolitics, and sustainability and publish a blog on these topics under the title Doing Business on the Earth.
My first book is an exploration of the link between business and the environment titled Strategy and Sustainability (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and looks at the issue more from the perspective of business executives rather than that of environmentalists. The second book is titled Strategy and Geopolitics (Emerald, 2018) and I wrote it to encourage business leaders to pay more attention to geopolitical issues when crafting strategy. Both books offer my own framework for looking at these two issues.
For a number of years, I was the Academic Director of IESE’s Advanced Management Program in Media Entertainment which was based in New York City and also had a module at the University of California’s Anderson School of Business in Los Angeles. My colleagues on the program faculty and I put together another book, Managing Media Businesses (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), which looks at the changes happening in that space and I had the privilege to be one of the co-editors of that book.
My new book is about managing careers in these very difficult and turbulent times. The book is titled Learning to Fly and was published in September 2022 by Anthem press. There is a separate website that deals with ideas raised in the book and you can find it at learningtofly.careers
From 2004-2009 I also managed IESE’s International Executive Education Unit and am currently the Academic Director for Leading in a Matrix Organization at IESE’s building in New York City as well as a number of Custom Programs for corporate clients of the school.
Prior to joining the faculty at IESE Business School, I was the Automotive Practice Leader of Heidrick & Struggles, the international search firm, and before that spent 15 years as a Management consultant in Europe, North America, and Asia for A.T. Kearney and for Arthur D. Little primarily in the automotive sector. I began my career as an engineer for Sonat Offshore Drilling involved in the design and construction of offshore drilling platforms in the U.S., Norway, and Japan.
I received my Ph.D. from Cranfield University, an MBA from IESE Business School, and a Bachelor of Science (Naval Architecture) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.