„It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.“


My name is Alexander Tirpitz and I am a Business School Professor of International Management at the FOM German-Sino School of Business & Technology.

Additionally, I am Partner at the EO Institute in Berlin, where I am mainly responsible for the business area organizational development. My focus in consulting is on leadership development, strategic corporate health management, and the development of team and organizational resilience.

In private, I am passionate about martial arts and was a member of the German Ju-Jutsu National team for many years. In 2019, I even won a gold medal at the European Championship in the Masters category.

My broad experience and expertise stems from working in or with German and international organizations in Germany and China. Prior to my current position I was the Managing Director of the German Center for Market Entry and prior to that a project manager at a German business think tank. However, one topic has always been at the center of my professional life: Supporting organizations in developing the necessary capabilities to grow and improve further. For instance, I did co-design and carry out a leadership development program for more than 100 managers of a major German refinery, supported a German Federal Ministry in introducing new flexible work structures and I am regularly training the leaders of a major German home appliances company in diversity management and leadership.

I studied Business Administration (Management, Organization, Leadership) and Chinese Studies at Freie Universität Berlin (M.A.). Further, I received a doctor’s degree in Business from Freie Universität Berlin for an extra-occupational dissertation on the capability orchestration of superiorly performing Chinese multinationals in Europe.