Juan Carlos Barahona, Ph.D. (MIT) | INCAE

Biography

Juan Carlos Barahona es un tecnólogo con más de tres décadas de experiencia acompañando a organizaciones públicas y privadas en sus procesos de transformación digital. Su experiencia la ha desarrollado en distintos roles que van desde el desarrollo y venta de un ERP como parte de un emprendimiento exitoso en la década del 80, a sus más roles recientes diseñando procesos de acompañamiento híbrido a equipos de transformación digital y comités ejecutivos.

El Dr. Barahona es profesor asociado de gestión de la tecnología y la innovación en INCAE Business School y director académico de las maestrías especializadas en marketing y transformación digital. 

Obtuvo el grado de Ph.D. en Media, Arts and Sciences en el prestigioso Media Lab del Massachusetts Institute of Technology y el grado de MBA con énfasis en Banca y Finanzas en el INCAE Business School.  Su tesis doctoral sobre adopción de innovaciones, titulada “difusión de ideas, prácticas y artefactos: Efectos de red en resultados colectivos”, fue guiada por Alex (Sandy) Pentland, uno de los científicos de la computación más citados y recientemente declarado por Forbes el sétimo científico de datos más poderoso del mundo.    

Por medio de INCAE y desde Sociometrika, su firma de consultoría, ha asesorado empresas y gobiernos en más de doce de países, ha servido como consultor de distintos organismos y ha desarrollado actividades de formación en más de 20 naciones. En su país ha sido pionero en gobierno digital y continua impulsando y apoyando la prestación de servicios públicos por medios digitales y la adopción del Sistema de Compras Públicas Electrónicas. Participa en juntas directivas como director o como miembro externo en comités de tecnología y de transformación digital.

It has more than 200 managerial and academic publications, most of which revolve around transformation and innovation processes in which it has participated directly.
 

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Rank: 
Profesor Asociado
Country of origin:
Costa Rica
Country of Residence:
Costa Rica
Office Tel .:
+506 2437-2364
Office Fax:
+506 2433-9606
E-mail: 
Juan.Barahona@incae.edu
Postal address: 
Campus Walter Kissling Gam 960-4050 Alajuela Costa Rica

Degrees

  • Ph.D. - Media, Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MAE - Business Administration, INCAE
  • Baccalaureate - Business Administrator with an Emphasis in Computer Science, International University of the Americas

Teaching areas

  • Technology and Innovation

Courses

  • Information Technology and Systems Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • Social
  • Introduction to Consulting
  • Management Consulting Practice
  • Innovation
  • ANEC (Critical Thinking and Decision Making)

Publications

Work experience

Juan Carlos Barahona is an associate professor at INCAE Business School. His general academic interest is in the role of digital technologies and social structures in the diffusion of ideas, behaviors and artifacts.

He was a member of the Human Dynamics Group of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The scientific research group led by Prof. Alex (Sandy) Pentland, one of the most cited computer scientists and considered by Newsweek magazine as one of the 100 most influential people on the planet.

Before joining MIT, he was Deputy Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development of INCAE, and a consultant for the World Bank for the development of the strategy and preparation of the business plan for the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, and on issues related to education.

At the end of the XNUMXs, he led the research team that developed the conceptual model and facilitated the reform process of the five Central American customs, as part of a joint action-research initiative on trade logistics of the Harvard Center for International Development Development. , from the Center for Strategy and Competition of the Harvard Business School and INCAE.

Prof. Barahona has served as a consultant for companies and governments in several Latin American countries in the fields of strategy and organization. He is a co-author of the educational policy of Costa Rica and one of the pioneers in digital government in that country. He is the author of business case studies, articles, books, and book chapters on sustainable development, customs reform, trade logistics, information technology for development, and social media analysis. Before pursuing an academic career, he was the founding entrepreneur of a software company and a business consulting firm.

At present, he complements his academic work with advising companies as a consultant or as a member of its board of directors.