About Juan Alcacer

Juan Alcacer is the James J. Hill Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Professor Alcacer’s research and course development interests are in strategy, growth and innovation. His recent research focuses on growth and exit strategies, strategies to cope with major shifts in the environment (such as Brexit) and strategic decision-making under geopolitical and technological uncertainty. His early research examines location strategies, outsourcing, management of value chains across countries and global supplier-buyer relationships. He also studies cluster-based innovation and global intellectual property (IP) issues, with emphasis on the patent systems across countries. He has published his research in the American Journal of Sociology, Review of Economics and StatisticsManagement ScienceStrategic Management JournalResearch Policy and Journal of International Business.

Professor Alcacer received a PhD in International Business and Strategy from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He also received a MA in Economics from University of Michigan, an MBA from IESA and a Computer Engineering degree from the Universidad Simon Bolivar. He joined HBS in 2007 and has taught the required MBA strategy course, an elective on Global Strategy and PhD courses in Strategy and International Business. Within HBS Executive Education, he teaches in open-enrollment programs and chairs custom programs on competitive advantage, global strategic management, and corporate-level strategy. Before HBS, Prof. Alcacer was part of the Faculty of the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2003.

Professor Alcacer is a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society, has served on numerous boards of academic journals and is an associate editor of Management Science. He has worked with many corporations on consulting and field-based projects.