IMD Alumni Network

The IMD Alumni Network is a widespread but close-knit global community. In a tightly interconnected and complex business environment, IMD's mission is to accompany, assist and support IMD Alumni on their lifelong learning journey and in building powerful business networks.

Three ways to engage, build your network and unlock business opportunities:

Alumni Clubs Program Communities Expert Communities

Clubs are geographical Alumni associations that organize a variety of activities to learn, discuss leading-edge business thinking and expand business relationships.

Program communities are groups of IMD Alumni who have attended the same program and who get together to share learning and a common experience.

Expert communities are groups of Alumni who share the same interests and who get together to share and exchange know-how. All IMD Alumni are welcome to join.

Alumni Clubs

MBA Alumni

HPL Alumni

Digital Community

Entrepreneurship Community

A far-reaching and influential Network.

News

Innovation

IMD MBAs immersed in innovation

27/04/2017

Can innovation be taught in a classroom? According to Cyril Bouquet, who’s currently leading the innovation module for IMD’s 2017 MBA class, the answer is probably not. That’s why he’s given the class ...

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Innovation

Smart Cities: Swisscom and IMD partner again to help cities digitize

24/04/2017

Smart City initiatives generally lack an operational framework that would guide the process undertaken by the heads of public entities. It was on this basis that IMD and Swisscom joined forces two yea ...

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Strategy

MBA alumnus authors new book on entrepreneurial management

24/04/2017

A graduate of the MBA Class of 1989 at IMD, Anwar Jumabhoy, has successfully co-authored and published a new book exploring the concept of entrepreneurial management.  The book, 9 ENTREPRENEURisms: ...

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Negotiation

What leaders can learn from hostage negotiation

13/04/2017

When Professor George Kohlrieser encountered his first hostage situation, he knew he had to act fast; a perpetrator had a knife held to a nurse’s throat. Fortunately, by speaking to the knifeman and ...

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Strategy

Welcome to Brazil

12/04/2017

IMD’s EMBA participants recently headed to Brazil to meet with both domestic and multinational companies, academics and government officials to learn about the internationalization strategies of ...

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Innovation

IMD Startup News: Cognex acquires ViDi Systems

10/04/2017

Cognex Corporation announced today that it has acquired ViDi Systems SA, a maker of deep learning software for industrial machine vision. ViDi's deep learning software uses artificial intelligence ...

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Human Resources

IMD is saddened by the loss of Bo Olsson, MBA 1993

10/04/2017

IMD regrets to announce the passing away of Bo Olsson who graduated from the school in 1993 with an MBA and who kept close ties to IMD over the years.  Fellow classmate Alan Kallir had this to say:  “ ...

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Governance

IMD hosts prestigious equestrian forum

06/04/2017

This April for the sixth consecutive year, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports Forum will be held on IMD’s campus in Lausanne. The event will include an introduction by IMD Professor an ...

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Innovation

On the front line of digital solutions

05/04/2017

As European Lead for Digital Health at Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm, Marcelo Duhalde is on the front line of digital solutions to help improve health care. He joined the company eight ...

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IMD Thought Leadership

Innovation

What tech’s survivalist billionaires should be doing instead

By Howard H. Yu - 24/04/2017

Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, recently passed Warren Buffett to become the world’s second-richest person, behind only Bill Gates. And on Wednesday, Bezos revealed that he has been selling about $1 billion ...

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Strategy

How to build an agile beast

By Bettina Büchel - 24/04/2017

The €10 billion food packaging business Tetra Pak once faced a dilemma familiar to most multinational corporations. The company was mired in a classic “strategic-agility conundrum” — it lacked the ...

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Operations

Agile vs. death-by-committee

By Carlos Cordon with Isaak Tsalicoglou. - 17/04/2017

The writing is on the wall: if you want to innovate in the digital world, you must be agile. Four of the top five companies by market cap (Microsoft, Apple, Alphabet and Amazon) use Agile methodologie ...

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Sustainability

TESLA becomes a model for sustainable leadership: David and Goliath revisited

By Francisco Szekely - 13/04/2017

Tesla recently reached a market value of USD $ 50.84 billion, briefly surpassing General Motors – which has a USD $ 50.79 billion market value – and thus becoming the most valuable car company in the ...

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Innovation

It’s time for Apple to buy these tech giants

By Michael R. Wade - 10/04/2017

As Apple’s stock climbed to its fifth record in March on Tuesday, and it’s 11 th record this year, it’s a good time to take a serious look at what the tech giant should take on next. Apple is renowned ...

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Marketing

Boycotting Google: free PR

By Stefan Michel - 06/04/2017

Swiss companies, such as the soft cheese manufacturer Baer and Swiss Life, have announced that they will stop placing any advertising on Google because their ads have appeared alongside YouTube videos ...

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Strategy

How to learn from the past without getting stuck in it

By Knut Haanaes, Michael Sorell, Øystein D. Fjeldstad - 05/04/2017

Corporate mortality is a hot topic. Scholars and consultants keep cropping up in the news with reports on the decline of the lifespan of major corporations. The BCG Henderson Institute found that the ...

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Political Economy

A revived WTO offers the best defence against Donald Trump’s assault on trade

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 03/04/2017

Though there is some flurry of activity for reviving certain trade initiatives – for example, a modified Trans-Pacific Partnership deal – the global outlook for trade remains stormy. The first thunder ...

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Operations

Digitalization: a fresh idea for the fruit and veg supply chain

By Ralf W. Seifert with Mervegül Kirci. - 27/03/2017

The cost of global food waste and loss is estimated to be $940 billion a year . For businesses, this represents a significant proportion of shrinkage in retail supply chains and it has a direct impact ...

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