Jose Alcaraz

Jose Alcaraz

PhD in social psychology


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Faculty member


PhD in social psychology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Business Ethics
  • Foresight
  • Pedagogical Innovations
  • Management and Shared Value Creation


Research group 1: Social responsibility and ethical transformation of organizations


  • The Social Impact of Globalization and Innovation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Development and performance


José M. Alcaraz wrote his PhD on the topic of "the Digitization of Human Capital Management". He has re-designed and directed several international MBA programs, and has led an industry-endowed chair (the VICINI Chair of Sustainability). In the last 15 years, his academic career has taken him from his home city of Barcelona (where he collaborated with IESE Business School/IRCO), to Shanghai (Raffles Design Institute), Dubai (University of Dubai and Leicester University), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic; Barna Management School), Perth (Australia; Murdoch University), and Munich/Berlin, before joining ESDES Lyon Business School in 2021 as an "Enseignant-Chercheur", while keeping a Research Fellowship with Munich Business School.

Intellectually, José is fascinated by questions such as the following: How can corporations address simultaneously the Sustainable Development Goals and the grand environmental challenges of our time? How can Cosmopolitanism nurture responsible leadership? How can science fiction (SciFi) provide evocative and plausible scenarios that help understand complex business, technology and socio-environmental interactions? How can educators foster deep learning, to transform knowledge, skills and emotions? His research has appeared in scholarly journals such Organization, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Information & Organization, Business & Society, and Work, Employment and Society.

Before entering academia, José held various management positions in the software industry and also collaborated closely with The RBL Group, for their Spanish and Latin American operations (co-founded by Dave Ulrich, the firm is repeatedly ranked among the most influential in the world in the fields of Leadership and Strategic Management).

Currently, José is fascinated by the new possibilities of distance learning, remote collaboration, design thinking and, hence, he is infinitely grateful to software platforms such as Mural Visual Collaboration.




ALCARAZ J., (2021), «Dark Times for Cosmopolitanism? An Ethical Framework to Address Private Agri-Food Governance and Planetary Stewardship», Business Ethics, the Environment & Responsibility (ex-Business Ethics: A European Review), vol. 30, n° 4, pp. 697-715, ( in collaboration with Tirado Francisco and Galvez Ana).

ALCARAZ J., (2021), «Resisting Patriarchal Cultures: The Case of Female Spanish Home-Based Teleworkers», Work, Employment and Society, vol. 35, n°2, pp. 369-385, (in collaboration with Galvez A. and Tirado F.).

ALCARAZ J., (2021), «Management education and Earth System science: Transformation as if Planetary Boundaries mattered», Business and Society, vol. 60, n°1, pp. 26-56, (in collaboration with Edwards M. and Cornell S.).


ALCARAZ J., (2020), «Oh! Teleworking! Regimes of engagement and the lived experience of female Spanish teleworkers», Business Ethics, vol. 29, n° 1, pp. 180-192, (in collaboration with Galvez A. and Tirado F.).


ALCARAZ J., (2018) «Management education and Earth System science: Transformation as if Planetary Boundaries mattered», Business and Society, (in collaboration with Edwards Mark G. and Cornell Sarah E.), (online) .



ALCARAZ J., (2019) «The Business Initiative for Technical Education (BITE): Creating shared value, boosting a country», Competitiveness Review, vol. 29, n° 1, pp. 8-25, (in collaboration with Hollander R. & Navarra A.).


ALCARAZ J., (2018) «Resisting long working hours. The case of Spanish female teleworkers», German Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 32, n° 3-4, pp.195-216, (in collaboration with Gálvez A. and Tirado F.).

Book chapter


ALCARAZ J., (2019), « Storytelling for social innovation », in : The Universal Sea: The Art and Innovation Guide Against The Plastic Epidemic, Foundation For Entrepreneurship, Berlin, pp. 386-380, (in collaboration with SHANDLER K.).


ALCARAZ J., (2018), « Teaching sustainability and management critically: ‘Expectation failures’ as a powerful pedagogical tool», in : M. Brueckner, R. Spencer, & M. Paull (Eds.), Disciplining the Undisciplined: Perspectives on Responsible Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, pp. 225-242, (in collaboration with FOTAKI M.).


To take place in 2021

ALCARAZ J., (2021), « Digital Storytelling as a Pedagogical Tool for Global Sustainability», Virtual 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 29 July - 4 August, New York, USA, (Online), (in collaboration with Shandler, K., & Edwards, M.).

ALCARAZ J., (2021), « Towards a Blueprint for “Sustainable Development Goals-within-Planetary-Boundaries”», 2021 Virtual UN-PRME Global Forum, 17 June, New York, USA, (Online).


ALCARAZ J., (2020), « Agri-Food and planetary stewardship: A Cosmopolitan lens », 2020 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 7-11 August, Vancouver, Canada (Online), (in collaboration withTirado F. and Galvez A.).


ALCARAZ J., (2018), « Micro-resistance in teleworking. Tactics and subjectivity in female teleworkers », 2018 Academy of Management, 10-14 August, Chicago, Illinois, USA, (in collaboration with Tirado F. and Galvez A.).


ALCARAZ J., (2017), « Public understanding of the planetary boundaries. Experiences and challenges for communicators and educators », Making the Planetary Boundaries Concept Work. International Conference on the Practical Implications for Society, Economy and Politic, 24-25 April, Berlin, Germany.

ALCARAZ J., (2017), « Multi-scalar issues and planetary boundaries », Resilience: Frontiers for Global Sustainability Conference, 20-23 August, Stockholm, Sweden (in collaboration with Shandler K. and Edwards M.).


ALCARAZ J., (2016), « Creating sustainable value in the hospitality industry », 2016 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 5-9 August, Anaheim, California, USA, (in collaboration with Perez-Pineda F. and Colon C.).

ALCARAZ J., (2016), « Touching the Anthropocene: Experiential learning, documentary-film and theatre », Sixth Biennial Global Ecologies – Local Impacts Conference, 23-25 November, Sydney, Australia, (in collaboration with Shandler K. and Edwards M.).


ALCARAZ J., (2015), et al. « Cosmopolitanism: Nurturing (International) Management “Above and Beyond” Globalization », 2015 Academy of Management Conference, 7-11 August, Vancouver, Canada.

ALCARAZ J., (2015), « Cosmopolitanism, innovation, and society », EURAM 15, European Academy of Management,17-20 June, Warsaw, Poland, (in collaboration with Kakabadse N. and Nicolopoulou K.).