José Luis Calleja Pascual
Information System & Technology
How and when did you get to IE?
A professor of IE told me they needed an accounting professor so since 2001 I collaborated on it. Before joining I had to teach a class of a group very special students from the Executive MBA (EXMBA) and two special students: Director of Area and the Director of EXMBA.
What is your favorite book?
The Origin of Species (1859) of Darwin, I have always applied to the business world and have seen a correlation between the evolution of species and the evolution of business. How difficult is evolving!.
Where were you born?
What is your favorite dish?
A plate of Iberian ham, bread and good wine.
A memorable moment:
Birth of a loved one
What does it mean for you to be a good professor?
Which is capable of transmitting knowledge and trace their students.
How do you keep up-to-date?
Reading a lot.
What is your secret for your classes or presentations?
I don´t have secrets, I try to be very natural as I think the issues I discuss in class. There are students who like my style and not others, it is impossible to please everyone.
A story in the classroom
One student after 14 sessions of Management Accounting (costs) in which stress the importance of cost control in business, I said the last day I had listened carefully but what he had said during the sessions was only theory because she did not see it in reality. I asked: What company do you work that costs are not a priority? And I said, at City Hall …
What is your favorite quote or motto of life?
Perseverance and the continued effort to try to make things better “to be” and enjoy a job well done.
What has been your worst experience in the classroom?
When students get bored yawn and especially first thing in the morning. I do not like and I is a small inner suffering. I find it very difficult to convey the importance of the issues I’m trying in class to their careers.