Professor Michael R. Wade

British and Canadian
Innovation and Strategy
Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation

PhD Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario




Michael R. Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD and holds the Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation. He is the Director of the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco Initiative.

Professor Wade has published works on a variety of topics, including digitization, innovation, information systems strategy, international business, and SME performance. He has more than 50 articles and presentations to his credit in leading academic journals and conferences, such as Strategic Management Journal and MIS Quarterly. One of his articles was among the top 20 cited articles in business, management and accounting worldwide for 5 years, according to Scopus. Professor Wade has written seven books and more than 20 case studies based on his experience working with organizations. His Latest book is Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors At Their Own Game.He is a regular contributor to print media on matters related to the challenges of digitization and managing within a turbulent environment.

At IMD, Professor Wade co-directs Orchestrating Winning Performance and Leading Digital Business Transformation. He has also directed several customized company programs, including Credit Suisse, Vodafone, Maersk, Richemont, NTT, KONE, Zurich Financial, and PSA Peugeot Citroen. 

Professor Wade provides consulting services, executive education, and expert evaluations to several public and private sector organizations, including IBM, LVMH, Google, and Novartis. He has lived and worked in Britain, Canada, Japan, Norway, and Costa Rica. 

Professor Wade was previously Academic Director of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program and Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada. He was nominated for teaching awards in the MBA, International MBA, and Executive MBA programs. Professor Wade obtained Honours BA, MBA and PhD degrees from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada.


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Michael Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD. He heads the Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation and is a Director of several on site programs, online courses and custom programs

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