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Professor Jean-Pierre Lehmann

French and American
International Political Economy
PhD Oxford University

Location - Date Lausanne, Switzerland - April 1, 2009

Jean-Pierre Lehmann teaches in the following IMD programs:
Executive MBA (EMBA)
Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP)


Some 900 business and thought leaders have signed a petition warning against protectionism which has been sent today to Lord Malloch Brown, UK Minister of State of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for Asia, Africa and the UN and the Chief Coordinator of the Agenda of the G20 Meeting. The warning petition is addressed to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose country will host the G20 Summit beginning tomorrow.

Jean-Pierre Lehmann, IMD Professor of International Political Economy and Founder of the Evian Group, organized the effort. “Signatories have come from all over the world. Academics along with executives from multi-national companies, small and medium enterprises and NGOs have joined together in warning against the perils of protectionism,” stated Professor Lehmann, who focuses on the topic of protectionism in his teaching during IMD’s Orchestrating Winning Performance program.

He continued: “The greatest threat the world economy faces is a resurgence of protectionism. This would, as it did in the past, decrease growth and dramatically increase unemployment. This calamity would be occurring at a time of a huge increase in the youth of the developing world, when hundreds of millions of young people will be coming on to the labor market.”

Professor Lehmann notes with great concern the World Trade Organization’s forecasts of a nine percent decline in global trade in 2009, which would be the biggest such contraction since the Second World War.

“In the 1930s it was unemployment following the great crash and the trade wars that gave rise to extremist political movements, xenophobia and eventually to war. The social protection, wealth and demographics of the West make it unlikely that a 1930s scenario will be repeated. However, the situation in the developing world is different and far more alarming. Furthermore, while the last couple of decades saw a quite remarkable decrease in global poverty, the current crisis, protectionism and unemployment could see a dramatic reversal of this process. The petition will hopefully send a strong message to the G20 meeting of the imperative to maintain open global markets and growth. The petition is not a one-off, but will also be part of an ongoing process so long as the specter of protectionism will be present.”

Read the petition letter and the signatories.


Jean-Pierre Lehmann is Professor of International Political Economy at IMD and visiting professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Hong Kong University and at NIIT University in Neemrana, Rajasthan, India.

His areas of special interest include globalization, global governance, trade and development, the role of business in reduction of poverty and inequality and the socio-economic, cultural, and business dynamics of Asia. He acts in various leading capacities in a number of public policy institutes and organizations, as an adviser to governments and corporations, and as a frequent commentator in the international media. He is the author of several books and numerous articles and papers primarily dealing with globalization, modern East Asian history and East Asia and the international political economy.

In 1995, Professor Lehmann launched the Evian Group, an international coalition of corporate, government, and opinion leaders, united by a common vision of enhancing global prosperity for the benefit of all by fostering an open, inclusive and equitable global market economy in a rules-based multilateral framework. The Evian Group has developed as a leading global voice on global trade and investment issues that acts as a forum for dialogue and a birth place of ideas; it also engages actively in advocacy to counter the forces of protectionism and chauvinism.

Prior to joining IMD, Professor Lehmann’s academic and business careers encompassed activities in virtually all Asian and Western European countries, as well as North America. He was founding director of the European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) at the Stockholm School of Economics (from 1992) and Professor of East Asian Political Economy and Business. He established and directed the East Asian operations of InterMatrix, a London-based business strategy research and consulting organization (1986-1992). During this time he was concurrently Affiliated Professor of International Business at the London Business School.

Previously, Jean-Pierre Lehmann was Associate Professor of International Business at INSEAD, Visiting Professor at the Bologna Center (Italy) of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, twice Visiting Professor and Japan Foundation Fellow at the University of Tohoku (Japan), and founding director of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Stirling (Scotland), where he also taught East Asian history. He also directed the EC-ASEAN 'Transfer of Technology and Socio-Economic Development Programs' (1981-1986).

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