Curriculum vitae

Peter Kruse is professor for general and organisational psychology at the University of Bremen and founder and CEO of nextpractice, based in Bremen, Germany. Together with his team of psychologists, economists, sociologists, computer scientists and designers, he develops customised computer-based management tools to support entrepreneurial decision-making and empower collective intelligence. With his dedicated ‘nextexpertizer’ tool, Peter is able to tap into the collective intuition of groups, revealing the hidden value patterns underpinning social change. The data that emerges enables us to answer the question: what’s next?

Peter graduated in psychology, biology and human medicine and took a summa cum laude Ph.D. in 1984 as a member of the German National Academic Foundation's high potential programme. He worked for over 15 years at various German universities in the field of brain research where his main interests were processing of complexity and autonomous order formation in intelligent networks. In 1994 he won the Berninghausen Prize for innovative teaching and in 2003 the Teaching Award in Gold of the ZfU International Business School.

For the past 10 years he has been an international business consultant advising a wide range of companies and institutions on the application of self-organisation concepts to entrepreneurial issues. He lists many of the top 100 German companies among his clients and is author of over two hundred scientific and popular publications. In 2004 he won the German Social Democratic Party's Innovation Prize for entrepreneurial dedication and in 2009 "Personalmagazin" once more listed him among the 40 most influential personalities in HR management.

Peter’s current field of interest is focussed on the evolution of NetSociety which he explores in the What’s Next? – an International Institute for Cultural Understanding and Participation which is just about to take off.