Get to know me in a flash
I was born in Israel and did all my graduate studies in the United States. I obtained my Ph.D in Human Resource Management & Work Psychology at the University of Minnesota (Carlson Graduate School of Management/IR Center). While I had a long academic career spreading through multiple continents, my most recent position is as a full professor and senior researcher at Adentere School of Management in Madrid (www.adantere.org). Prior, I was full Professor (catedrático) of People Management at ESADE BUSINESS SCHOOL (Ramon Llull University – Barcelona). In ESADE I held the “Future of Work Chair”. I previously taught at Montreal and McGill Universities in Canada, at Colorado and Boston in the U.S. , HEC and ESSEC in France, Tel Aviv and Haifa Universities in Israel, and several additional Spanish universities like Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and Pablo de Olavide (Sevilla) as well as Cadiz. In 2018, I have retired from ESADE and founded the GLOBAL FUTURE OF WORK FOUNDATION – GFWF(www.globalfutureofwork.com). The foundation organizes summits, observatories, undertake research, offer specific training, publishes regularly in the “European Business Review”, publishes books about themes connected to the future of work and develops innovative APPs and tools for the new world of work. I commute regularly between Barcelona and Madrid in Spain, and Montreal and Toronto in Canada (where my children and my grandchildren reside).
For life circumstances, I speak 7 languages and wrote (or co-authored) more than 83 books (2 are currently in production). Several of my bestselling books have been translated into many languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Iranian, Hebrew, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian). I published over 170 papers in scientific journals including chapters in Books and conference proceedings. If you click my name on any search engine, google for example, you will see that I appear on more than (6 million hits) hence I am very active on the net and have been interviewed in popular Journals in Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Singapore, U.K. ,Spain and other countries. I have delivered over 600 speeches at various academic and global professional conferences and offered over 800 professional workshops throughout the globe. My video messages in “You Tube” and Vimeo are informative and hopefully thought provoking. I was awarded by the Ministry of science and Education (government of Spain) recognition of 24 years of continuous significant research (called – 4 sexenios) and was nominated to receive the “National Catalan Research Award” in 2015, and the “BBVA Frontiers in Knowledge Award” in 2020. I also received several awards ranging from best editor of a journal (Emerald), Best reviewer ( OSAKA University-Japan) or best published research papers ( various journal at different time periods). I serve on the scientific editorial board of numerous Impact Factor Journals and have served as Emerald Editor-in-chief of “Cross Cultural and Strategic Management” for 7 years.
While living and teaching in Montreal (1977-2001), I founded in 1978 a management consulting firm called “Gestion MDS Management Inc.”, which served Canadian and some global companies and governments for many years. About 20 years ago, we also started an executive training in French speaking Africa; since then, the company is a certified. Government of Quebec official training supplier. Many of MDS activities have been and are sponsored by the World Bank and other international institutions. (see: www.groupemds.com). The company along with its star alliance partners also operates in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. My activity is focused these days on innovation, stress- well-being and resilience, values and culture reengineering, leadership, and coaching; all within the framework of the future of work.
In recent years, I became an entrepreneur and developed a specific niche connecting research with real world necessities. I have been involved in co-developing several startup ventures/companies such as ZINQUO where we certify coaches and leaders in Coaching, leading and managing by values, (www.zinquo.com) or MyDova (www.mydova.com ), or The Israel Values Center (www.values-center.co.il) . As such, I am the honorary president of these entities. My passion and energy these days is dedicated to the unique graduate programs offered by Advantere School of Management and to the GFWF in view of developping innovative concepts, methodologies and tools for professionals that manage people and struggle to succeed in a VUCA world.