Professor Dr. Alexander Fliaster received his diploma in engineering (system technology) in Moscow (Russia) and passed the state examination as a translator for Japanese and Russian languages. He obtained his Ph.D. in management (summa cum laude) and his Habilitation (venia legendi) in management from the University of Bundeswehr in Munich (Germany).
Since 2011 he is serving as Chair and Full Professor in Innovation Management at the University of Bamberg. Formerly, he had served as Chair and Full Professor in HRM and Organization Studies at the WHL Graduate School of Business and Economics and as Interim Chair and Professor in HRM and Organization Studies at the University of Bundeswehr in Munich and the University of Bamberg. Professor Fliaster is also visiting professor in various international MBA programs, e.g. at the Toulouse Business School (France) and the Universidad de Alcalá (Spain). Previously, he had also served as an assistant professor in management at the State Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation in Moscow. Furthermore, he is faculty member of NITIM – the European Ph.D. Consortium on Networks, Information Technology & Innovation Management.
In recent years, Professor Fliaster also designed and delivered a large number of executive development programs in innovation, knowledge management and change management for major European technology and service companies in Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain. He also taught master-classes and made invited presentations on organizational network analysis at international conferences, such as the CIPD HRD Conference 2011 in London, as well as for leading companies.
Since 2001, Professor Fliaster has been Visiting Research Fellow and Affiliated Member of the INSEAD Centre for Advanced Learning Technologies (Fontainebleau, France). The themes of his most recent research cover the impact of social networks on collaborative knowledge processes, creativity, and innovation as well as the issues of crisis management in organizations. Prof. Fliaster's papers have been published in academic journals such as Human Relations, Management International Review, Schmalenbach Business Review, Journal of Change Management, and Knowledge Management Research & Practice as well as in practice-oriented outlets such as People Management. Some of his book contributions and articles have appeared in India, Taiwan, Japan, and Russia. He is also ad-hoc reviewer for a number of journals, such as Journal of Organizational Behavior, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal für Betriebswirtschaft and Zeitschrift für Organisation.
Professor Fliaster's research has received essential external funds from the European Community under the 6th and the 7th Research Framework Programs. In particular, he has served as a member of the Steering Committees of the EC-funded international research projects "Learning to Collaborate" (2006-2008) and "Learning for Security" (2009-2011) that deal with the development of advanced management simulations on collaboration management and organizational crisis management.