The IMD MBA is designed to ensure that you master the fundamentals needed in business today and increase your self-awareness so that you can confidently select adequate responses to business challenges worldwide.

Throughout the program personal and leadership development combines classroom interactions, psychoanalytical coaching and individual reflection to develop your ability to navigate organizational contexts. Projects ensure you work directly on real issues companies are currently facing, and gives you multiple opportunities to network and showcase your learnings and potential to future recruiters.

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Program Director

Ralf Boscheck

German
Lundin Family Professor of Economics and Business Policy
MBA Program Director
PhD in Economics Hochschule St. Gallen


Faculty Members

Anand Narasimhan

British and Indian
Shell Professor of Global Leadership
PhD Vanderbilt University

Benoit Leleux

Belgian
Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance
PhD INSEAD

Bettina Buechel

German and Swiss
Strategy and Organization
PhD University of Geneva

Carlos Braga

Brazilian
Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Evian Group
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Cyril Bouquet

Canadian & French

Strategy

PhD Richard Ivey School of Business University of Western Ontario

Francisco Szekely

Mexican and Hungarian
Sandoz Family Foundation Professor of Global Leadership and Sustainability
PhD Washington University

George Kohlrieser

American
Leadership and Organizational Behavior
PhD Ohio State University

Goutam Challagalla

American, Indian
Marketing and Strategy
PhD in Business Administration
University of Texas at Austin

Kamran Kashani

Iranian and Swiss
Marketing
DBA Harvard Business School

Leif Sjoblom

Finnish
Financial Management
PhD Stanford University

Mikolaj Jan Piskorski American, Polish
Strategy and Innovation
PhD in Organizational Behaviour
Harvard University

Nuno Fernandes

Portuguese
Finance
PhD IESE Business School

Phil Rosenzweig

American
Strategy and International Management
PhD The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Ralf Seifert

German and Swiss
Operations Management
PhD Stanford University

Salvatore Cantale

Italian
Finance
PhD in Finance INSEAD

Shlomo Ben Hur

Israeli, American
Leadership, Talent Management and Corporate Learning
PhD Humboldt University of Berlin


Entrepreneurship

Help an early-stage, high-tech venture develop its business plan or move to its next stage. Projects cover diverse sectors and issues, such as developing the market entry strategy for a biomedical product; fine-tuning the value system for an SAP service company; identifying the channels to market a new loudspeaker technology.

International Consulting Projects (ICP)

Complete a substantial strategy assessment and implementation recommendations for corporate clients and NGOs. Since IMD started the MBA ICPs in 1980, we have completed over 550 projects for 330+ companies in 65 countries across 5 continents. Teams are supported by an IMD Faculty member; work with a company-appointed project leader and senior management; deliver new ideas and develop strategy and implementation recommendations.

Our project for SEWA India made a real and lasting contribution to the lives of women in the Delhi slums - it also changed ours. Stephanie Holmes Weg

German
MBA 2010
Co-founder, Ynovation, Germany

Discovery Expedition

Discover the issues and trends underlying economic and societal developments that will shape industries and markets in a region where you may be considering a career. A typical ten day trip includes discussions with academics and society leaders regarding politics, society, economics & business issues; company visits & cultural events; participant research activity related to sectors, businesses & stakeholder issues.

Current destinations: Dubai, Singapore, China, Japan, Mexico, USA

Navigating the Future (NTF) conference

Interact with executives and key note speakers whilst exploring 15 global issues and trends and their impact on industries, markets and existing or potential business models. After in-depth analyses of the various topics, you will prepare executive briefings and workshops to highlight broad issue areas to guest executives and then translate them into concrete and likely scenarios for business to consider, to drive or to militate against.

Company Engagement Projects

Complete an individual/company engagement project of up to five weeks during the summer. Collaborating companies host an individual or small team of up to three participants to work on a short term project of importance to the company. You will provide novel perspectives, fresh ideas, and diversified strengths and skill sets while also offering potential employers the opportunity to identify and "test-drive" your fit with their needs.

Watch the video of a 2015 group project in Kenya

The company engagement project helped me move from Marketing & Sales in the Oil & Gas industry to Brand Management in Consumer Goods. The successful completion of my project at Philip Morris Global Headquarters gave me exposure to the industry's business systems and best practices, helped me gauge the fit with my skills and passion, and resulted in a job offer. Fatima Hasan, MBA 2015 Brand Manager, Philip Morris International

Navigating the Future (NTF) Conference, 4th and 5th of September 2014

120+ senior executives participated in the Navigating the Future conference, which was organized around 15 global issues and trends and their impact on industries, markets as well as existing and potential business models.

In preparation, a list of global issues and trends had been identified and screened for senior executive interests. Area experts from industry, research and politics provided initial sparks to guide IMD's MBA teams to undertake in-depth analyses of the various topics and distil their work into executive briefings and workshop materials.

The event was structured so that each conference participant was able to take part in all ted talk presentations in addition to four in-depth workshops. The goal was to highlight broad issue areas and then translate these into concrete and likely scenarios for business to consider, to drive or to militate against. Which business models would be affected? Who would you need to act and how? Who could buy an option?

Please find below the 15 global issues and trends ted type presentations by the IMD MBA class of 2014 as well as a consolidated viewpoint.

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Consolidated viewpoints of all 15 issues and trends
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In search of meaning
Consumerism, voluntary simplification, ego-focus? What's next & so what?
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Dealing with homo duplex
The selfish and groupish consumer, employee & citizen!
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Imagined communities
The Role of families, social networks & imagined communities in organizing economies and business
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Demographic changes
Reversible & irreversible trends & implications
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The changing geography of life
Location & infrastructure of consumption & production
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The future of work
Preparation, location, efforts & rewards - strategies for employers & employees
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Energy futures
The politics, economics & business of fuel substitution & abatement
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Food security
Technological solutions, markets, business & politics
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The winner takes it all
Integrating country, industry & individual perspectives
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Interest aggregation & articulation
Navigating the changes in interest aggregation & articulation
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Risk society, precaution & progress
Implications for science-based businesses?
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Global resource constraints
Status, options, implications
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Information, data, transparency
Transforming industries, markets & businesses
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The promise of health
Cost containment, business models & innovation
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Limiting institutions of limitations?
Privacy & property at times of open access!
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Navigating the Future (NTF) Conference, 18th and 19th of June 2015

For the second year running, IMD held its Navigating the Future conference, drawing a large crowd of top executives. The conference was organized around 15 global issues and trends and their impact on business models, industries and economies. From the drivers of digitization, the sources of resource constraints to market-driven regulatory reforms and macro-economic uncertainties in emerging and emerged markets - the MBA groups reflected on scenarios for business to consider, to drive or to mitigate against. How global trends will impact your business? How should your business respond?

Please find below the 15 presentations by the IMD MBA class of 2015 as well as consolidated viewpoints.
The Navigating the Future Conference 2016 will be held at IMD on June 16th and 17th 2016.

For more information on the Navigating the Future Conference, please contact Gitte-Marie Didrichsen.

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Consolidated viewpoints of all 15 issues and trends
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Food security
Food security in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Fast moving consumer goods
Adapting business models in response to global trends
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Electricity
An industry in dramatic change
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The impact of digitization
Big data - from opportunity to impact
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Binding constraints
Recycling to survive in our resource poor future
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Regulatory changes
How companies can benefit from regulation and protectionism
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Demographic changes
How changes in the population composition will drive economic performance
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Changing lifestyles and mindsets
Business implication of the mindset and lifestyle evolution
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The impact of the speed of change Watch presentation
Mexico
The Azteca's empire
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United Arab Emirates
Can it achieve diverse and sustainable growth?
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China
Will China make the jump or fall into the chasm?
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California
The American dream - a reality check?
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Singapore
What makes an Asian Tiger? Exploring challenges ahead.
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Japan
Will the sun rise again in Japan?
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Navigating the Future 2016 conference, June16th and 17th

In June, the 2016 NTF conference, the third of its kind, showcased the work of IMD MBA participants. Over 140 executives from different industries around the world as well as seasoned IMD alumni and local business people attended the two-day event at IMD.

The MBAs focused on three main topic areas: (1) Business model transformation - drivers & outcomes; (2) Human challenges with respect to food, energy, health and work & business responses to these; and (3) Macro-Perspectives: Disruptions of mass production; Development, culture & resource use; and Scouting for attractive markets.

Please find below the 12 presentations by the IMD MBA class of 2016 as well as consolidated viewpoints.

For more information on the Navigating the Future conference, please contact Gitte Marie Didrichsen

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Business Model Transformation
Proactive and reactive adaptions that define future business models
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Changing Customer Behaviors & Values
Mastering the dynamics of demand pull is the key to sustainable success
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Technology Push
Shaping trends and the vision of the future
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Deep Dive - Big Data
Business and Regulatory Concerns
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Regulatory Changes & Stakeholder Engagement
Shape, don’t just litigate
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The Promise of Health
The Future Human Challenges
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Energy Futures
Transition to renewables is inevitable for all countries; however, this transition will be very different for different countries and will largely depend on: willingness of the people to change, selection of the right policies that fully take into account the local factors and ability of the countries to instate efficient markets that select the most competitive transition pathways.
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Food Security
Feeding a Growing Population with Constant Resource
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The Future of Work
Shaping the new work environment
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Disruptions of Mass Production
The Changing Relationship between Supply and Demand
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Development, Culture and Resource Use
Navigating the commodity space
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Scouting for Attractive Markets
Going beyond GDP to identify potential clusters and develop strategies for growth
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