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Pragmatic approach to research

insights@imd explore a variety of current research topics. In these four-page illustrated publications, we aim to reflect both IMD professors' experience and participants' input, promoting IMD's pragmatic approach to research.


No. 62 Health in Fragile Environments linkButton Health in Fragile Environments

In 2014 the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) launched the Global Partnerships for Humanitarian Impact and Innovation (GPHI2) to promote the development of innovative solutions to humanitarian challenges. The objective of the initiative has been to harness the creative capacity, skills and networks of ICRC partners to address the needs of conflict affected communities. This has led the ICRC to expand its collaboration with the likes of the EPFL, UNOSAT, Philips, ABB and social entrepreneurs in India.  

In March 2016, ICRC hosted its second GPHI2 event at IMD, this time focused on Health in Fragile Environments. The event gathered more than 250 participants from the corporate, academic and humanitarian sectors, including representatives of over a dozen different Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies. It served as a platform for different sectors to understand each other’s perspective and to generate momentum around existing and new leads for crosssector collaboration.


insights@IMD_no60 linkButton Digital Business Agility and Workforce Transformation

In May 2016, around 80 executives from 42 global organizations attended an IMD Discovery Event hosted by the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. The aim of the event was to explore how Digital Business Agility (the cornerstone of competitiveness in the Digital Vortex) applies to the workforce.


insights@IMD no linkButton Strategies for Responding to Digital Disruption

In February 2016, around 70 executives attended an IMD Discovery Event hosted by the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. The purpose was to shed light on strategic responses to digital disruption, including analyzing the three value drivers and how to create “combinatorial disruption.” In a dynamic exchange, all the presenters stimulated an interactive and energetic discussion of the opportunities and challenges of digital disruption to all businesses, not just “traditional” tech companies.


insights@IMD no linkButton A.L.I.E.N. Thinking

In March 2016, 68 participants gathered at IMD to learn about how A.L.I.E.N. thinking could help them transform their businesses and industries. They came away with tools to help them connect with customers, develop future products and implement new ideas in their organizations.


insights@IMD no linkButton One Belt – One Road: China’s Re-Engineering of the Global Business Environment

In February 2016, senior strategy executives attended an IMD Discovery Event to learn more about China’s “One Belt – One Road” initiative, potentially the most dramatic transformation of the world economy since the industrial revolution.


insights@IMD no linkButton Finance for Non-finance People

In January 2016, 26 executives from 18 companies participated in an event aimed at demystifying finance for non-finance people and highlighting the influence that managers from different areas of the business can have on the overall financial performance of their companies. Participants left with a better view of what finance is all about and important insights on how to successfully partner with their own company’s finance department.


Big data in real business linkButton Big Data in Real Business

In November 2015, about 140 participants gathered to learn about the impact that big data is having on real businesses from a variety of industries all over the world. They came away with tools to help them think about how they could use big data in their own companies and develop strategies to implement these new ideas.


Insights@IMD No. 54 Social Media linkButton What Have Digital and Social Media Done to Your Strategy and What Should You Do about It?

In September 2015, almost 100 senior executives with diverse industry backgrounds and expertise attended an IMD Discovery Event on digital and social media. They had the opportunity to analyze how these media have changed the customer decision journey and how they should respond to leap ahead of their competitors.


Insights@IMD No. 53 The Sharing Economy linkButton The Sharing Economy: “Upending Business as Usual”

Over 50 participants from all over the world gathered at IMD in September 2015 to hear how the Sharing Economy is ushering in new business paradigms in traditional industries such as rental accommodation and banking. Professors Albrecht Enders and Andreas König highlighted the difficulty for incumbent players to understand – and then react to – the disruptive innovations which sharing-based businesses bring to markets, and how in the future these innovative models for capturing value can be integrated into incumbents' modus operandi.


Image Insights@IMD No. 52 - India’s Economic Agenda, Progressing or Regressing? Navigating for Success linkButton India’s Economic Agenda, Progressing or Regressing? Navigating for Success

A Discovery Event in June 2015 stimulated discussion of the broad changes in the Indian economic landscape as the Narendra Modi-led reform-minded, pro-business government completed its first year in office. A panel of speakers took stock, both at the macro policy initiatives level and at the business impact level.


insight@IMD No. 51 Competitiveness Challenge linkButton The Competitiveness Challenge

In June 2015, 25 participants gathered in Lausanne for a Discovery Event about the difference between country and business competitiveness and how together they can drive growth for society.


Insights@IMD No. 50 Digital tranformation-evolve or be disrupted linkButton The Stark Choice of Digital Transformation: Evolve or Be Disrupted

Over 100 participants from all over the world gathered at IMD in May 2015 to hear Professors Michael Wade and Donald Marchand, along with their guest speakers, talk about “Digital Business Disruption: Creating Opportunities, Defending against Digital Disruption.”


Insights@IMD No. 49 The Winner's Tornado linkButton The Winner’s Tornado

In April 2015, more than 50 executives attended an IMD Discovery Event that explored what organizations can do to become and remain customer-led. The participants – senior managers from a variety of companies and industries – applied theoretical tools and principles to their personal business challenges and co-created new insights during this lively event.


Insights@IMD No. 48 Brazil - What Next linkButton Brazil: What Next?

On October 7, 2014, two days after the first round of the Brazilian general election, The Evian Group@IMD organized a one-day event dedicated to the seventh biggest world economy. Twenty-one academics, business leaders and renowned international analysts, shared their perspectives on Brazil's economic prospects, the implications of the presidential elections, the impact of major sports events such as the World Cup and the Olympic Games, and the investment opportunities for multinationals.


No linkButton Co-Creating Global Transformation Journeys

Thirty learning and development (L&D) professionals met at IMD on 27 and 28 November 2014 to participate in IMD's second Co-creating Global Transformation Journeys event.The event reflected IMD's commitment to give something back to our valued partners, from whom we have learned so much over the years. The research for this event was drawn from the book "The 3Rs of preparing your organization for the future" by Professor Thomas Malnight and Tracey Keys, from Professor Howard Yu's article with IMD Senior Research Fellow Jean-Louis Barsoux, "The Co-Innovation Sweet Spot" and Professor Ben Bryant's article "From Madness to Mindfulness: How business leaders can thrive by embracing complexity."


Insights@IMD #46 High performance organization linkButton Designing a High Performance Organization

Over 100 executives attended an IMD Discovery Event on November 6-7, 2014, to explore how organization design can support a high performance organization. Participants were taken on a journey through the evolution of organization design from its inception centuries ago until the beginning of the current millennium. Case studies on Deloitte and P&G served to highlight the design changes undertaken by those organizations and an interactive discussion provided participants with key insights on how to successfully implement organization redesign.


45 - Insights@IMD - TEG  - Global Partnerships for Humanitarian Impact and Innovation (2): Challenges and
Opportunities linkButton Global Partnerships for Humanitarian Impact and Innovation (2): Challenges and Opportunities

In October 2014, 90 leaders from the private sector, academia, research institutes and humanitarian organizations participated in an event at IMD that launched the Global Partnerships for Humanitarian Impact and Innovation (GPHI2) initiative. The event was the first in a series of initiatives on specific themes that will be held in 2015 to foster in-depth discussions and support concrete outcomes. This will be accompanied by the launch of tools, such as an ICRC ideation platform, to facilitate the cocreation and testing of new solutions. Stay informed by following the GPHI2 blog at: http://blogs.icrc.org/gphi2.


44 - insghts@IMD - Global Partnerships for Humanitarian Impact and Innovation (1): Nobody Can Do It Alone linkButton Global Partnerships for Humanitarian Impact and Innovation (1): Nobody Can Do It Alone

In October 2014, 90 leaders from the private sector, academia, research institutes and humanitarian organizations participated in an event at IMD that launched the Global Partnerships for Humanitarian Impact and Innovation (GPHI2) initiative. The event was the first in a series of initiatives on specific themes that will be held in 2015 to foster in-depth discussions and support concrete outcomes. This will be accompanied by the launch of tools, such as an ICRC ideation platform, to facilitate the cocreation and testing of new solutions. 


43-insights@IMD -  Dialogues on Globalization Series: Don’t Cry for Me Argentina: Implications of Unusual Sovereign Defaults linkButton Dialogues on Globalization Series: Don’t Cry for Me Argentina: Implications of Unusual Sovereign Defaults

In September 2014, about 39 executives, academics and representatives from governments attended a stimulating debate organized by the Evian Group@IMD. Moderated by Professor Braga, a panel of speakers discussed whether the Argentine default experience could have pervasive implications for future sovereign debt restructuring. The audience was asked to vote on three related questions before and after the dialogue.


42 - inisghts@IMD - Resilient Leadership linkButton Resilient Leadership: Navigating the Pressures of Modern Working Life

At an IMD Discovery Event held in September 2014, more than 200 industry leaders gathered to hear Professor Kohlrieser speak about resilience in high-performing leadership. Every manager experiences stress and adversity, but must be able to bounce back in order to meet new challenges. Professor Kohlrieser highlighted the importance of adopting the right mindset and coping mechanisms in order to restore leaders to their full potential and energy.


No linkButton Digital Business Transformation

Almost 100 participants from all over the world took part in a Discovery Event on Digital Business Transformation in May 2014, where IMD Professors Donald Marchand and Michael Wade shared the latest information on organizations at different stages on the digital transformation journey, and Novartis guests Lita Sands and Achim Plueckbaum shared their experience about Novartis's impressive digital business transformation.


No linkButton Dialogues on Globalization Series Exchange Rates and Trade: Should the WTO Get Involved?

In July 2014, about 60 participants attended a debate organized by The Evian Group@IMD. A panel of speakers, moderated by Professor Carlos Braga, engaged in a discussion with participants about ways of addressing currency misalignments (and the resulting trade imbalances) and the need for intervention by the WTO. The audience was asked, both before and after the discussion, to rate whether the WTO should get more involved, and the findings were shared in real time.


No linkButton Dialogues on Globalization Series: Is Globalization in Trouble?

In June 2014, about 70 executives, academics and representatives from governments and civil society attended a thought-provoking debate organized by The Evian Group@IMD. A panel of speakers, moderated by Professor Carlos Braga, looked at the future of globalization and questioned whether it is facing a real threat. The audience was also asked to rate the proposition that globalization is in trouble, both before and after the debate, and the findings were shared in real time.


No linkButton Instrumental Leadership: The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership

Ninety-one executives gathered at IMD on 3-4 June 2014 to learn about the importance of "nonsexy" or instrumental leadership. Professors Hooijberg and Antonakis shared their latest research, followed by a negotiation exercise demonstrating how difficult it is to apply the theory in real-world situations.



No linkButton Global Leadership and Global Teams

In May 2014, almost 100 executives attended an IMD Discovery Event that explored the topic of global leadership.
In a highly interactive session, the participants – senior managers from a variety of companies and industries – applied theoretical tools and principles to their personal business challenges and co-created new insights on what individuals and organizations can do to build global leaders and successful global teams


No linkButton Strategic Partnerships

In March 2014, 79 participants from 50 companies attended an IMD Discovery Event that focused on the challenges involved in making strategic partnerships work.


No 35 - Insights@IMD linkButton Asia in the New Global Disorder

In April 2014, thirty-five executives gathered at IMD to learn about the implications of the shift in economic and political power back to Asia. Four IMD professors, along with guests Simon PEH Yun-lu, Chandran Nair, Marc Laperrouza, Suddha Chakravartti and Nina Ninkovic shared their latest research and observations on Asia. The main issues covered were: Global transformations and Asian dynamics; the rise of the massive urban middle class; the impact on Africa, Latin America and MENA of global markets; Asian innovation; and access to resources.


No_-34-Global-mindset-Essentials-for-leaders-200x100 linkButton Global Mindset Essentials for Leaders: International Exposure and Proactiveness

More than 100 executives took part in the IMD global mindset survey during the Orchestrating Winning Performance program in 2013, and several gave interviews. The results reveal that some individual factors give executives the edge when leading and innovating in foreign locations. Above all, international exposure and proactiveness are important in creating global leaders; we identified four basic leadership categories based on these two dimensions: preservers, responders, local shapers and integrators.


No linkButton Hit the Ground Running: Transitioning to New Leadership Roles

At an IMD Discovery Event in February 2014, Michael Watkins presented “Taking Charge in New Leadership Roles: The First 90 Days.”
An audience of around 100 senior managers hailing from a variety of industries participated in discussions and case analyses to explore the challenges that come with senior-level transitions.


Photo no linkButton Developing a Global Mindset: The Five Keys to Success

Executives from around the world took part in a global mindset survey during the 2013 Orchestrating Winning Performance program.
Based on their responses,we identified five critical sources of competitive advantage linked to how managers perceive and act on the global environment in which they operate: (1) being an early mover; (2) trading off global and local requirements; (3) sharing best practices; (4) speed in the rollout of new products; and (5) effective coordination of activities.


frugal-innovation - final 2 linkButton Frugal Innovation: Creating and Capturing Value in Emerging Markets

In November 2013, 70 senior executives with diverse background and expertise attended an IMD Discovery Event on frugal innovation where they had the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of frugal innovation, discover some of the most representative of such practices employed today by companies in emerging markets and to network with their peers.


nr 30 2 linkButton Co-creating Transformation Journeys

Twenty-eight learning and development (L&D) professionals gathered at IMD on November 7-8, 2013 to participate in our inaugural Cocreating Transformation Journeys event. The event represented IMD’s commitment to give back to our valued partners, from whom we have learned so much over the years. Professor Anand Narasimhan and Research Fellow Jean-Louis Barsoux have co-written the IMD book Quest: Leading Global Transformations encapsulating IMD’s thought leadership and research, which is the fruit of the journeys we have taken together.


nr 29 3 linkButton The Reflective Executive

In October 2013, more than 40 executives attended an IMD Discovery Event that explored why theory matters. The participants – senior managers from a variety of companies and industries – reflected about the link between theory and practice and applied theoretical tools and principles to their personal business challenges.


nr28 - insights@IMD linkButton Leadership and Character

In June 2013, more than 180 executives attended an IMD Discovery Event that explored the issue of leadership and character.
The participants – senior leaders from a variety of industries and companies – went through a journey of self-discovery that gave them the opportunity to reflect on their own leadership experiences and those of others in their organizations.


No linkButton The War for Leadership Talent: Creating a Superior Employee Value Proposition

In May 2013, 40 participants gathered at an IMD Discovery event on how to attract and retain talented employees and leaders by adapting to the changing business environment and offering a compelling employee value proposition.


No linkButton From Product to Service: Navigating the Transition

At an IMD Discovery Event in April 2013, 75 participants reflected on the challenges of building a service-centric organization, discovered some of the best practices of leading companies and networked with their peers.
Executives left better equipped to navigate the transition from the increasingly commoditized product landscape to one offering value-added services.


No linkButton The European Crisis: Business Threats and Opportunities

More than 40 executives attended this discovery event on the European crisis. Topics included an overview of the macroeconomic European realities and political outlook, contrasting viewpoints from speakers representing the southern countries of Portugal, Spain, and Greece and the implications, challenges, opportunities and business responses from corporations operating within the EU.


Emerging Markets Perspectives - insights@IMD - nr24 linkButton Emerging Markets Perspectives

In May 2013, 43 participants attended a Discovery Event on trends in emerging economies in the context of the global economy and the opportunities and challenges of developing business in these markets, the approaches required in this increasingly complex and changing environment, and how multinationals can fundamentally reintegrate their activities to deliver compelling value propositions to their target audience.


No linkButton Strategizing Practices from the Outliers

In March 2013, around 300 participants, including top management scholars, consultants and business leaders, attended a special conference for the Strategic Management Society, hosted by IMD and CERN, on identifying, analyzing and learning from outliers, and learning how to generate “Big Bang” innovations.


No 22 linkButton Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

In February 2013, more than 150 executives attended an IMD Discovery Event that explored what it takes for leaders to negotiate and manage conflict effectively both inside and outside their organizations. The participants – senior managers from a variety of industries and companies – shared their experiences, participated in role playing and actively contributed to the discussion.


No linkButton Into the Moment: Mindful Leadership in an Adaptive Era

In June 2012, some 200 members of the IMD Corporate Learning Network gathered for a special Discovery Event on leadership. For a day and a half, participants had a chance to network and to explore some of the emerging theories and practices of leadership development: how leaders need to react in a skillful and mindful way to situations as they emerge instead of relying on behavioral toolboxes.


No_WTO_Evian_Group_Event_web linkButton The World Trade Organization Leadership Transition

In January 2013, The Evian Group@IMD convened a public debate in Lausanne during which five of the nine candidates to become the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) outlined their visions for global trade. The event focused on how to rekindle the interest of the private sector in the WTO.


The african opportunity - nr 19 - right size linkButton The African Opportunity

In November 2012, more than 40 executives attended an IMD Discovery Event that delved into some of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Africa, the third fastest growing region in the world. The guest contributors ranged from senior executives in multinational and African companies to a local entrepreneur and a senior journalist with a particular interest in the continent. The participants, from a variety of industries and companies with different exposure to Africa, shared their experiences and contributed to the debate.


Care to Dare linkButton Care to Dare to Unleash Astonishing Employee Potential

At an IMD Discovery Event in September 2012, more than 170 leaders met at IMD for the "Care to Dare" Discovery Event during which Professor George Kohlrieser explained why caring and daring is so crucial in engaging employees and unleashing their potential. He shared his latest research and emphasized his conclusions using participants' real-life examples.


adaptive-capability linkButton Assessing your Adaptive Capability: Where Do You “Stand Out” within Your Industry

In June 2012, around 500 executives gathered at IMD for the week-long Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) program. OWP stimulates participants by challenging beliefs and existing practices. It provides a platform for the exchange of insights on global trends and how these will impact organizations and individuals in the future.


The Idea Hunter linkButton The Idea Hunter

In March 2012, more than 50 participants attended The Idea Hunter discovery event at which Professor Bill Fischer shared his I-D-E-A tool for hunting new ideas ? the roots of innovation. Being an interested person is the place to start. Then add diversity to the people from whom you hunt ideas, build the habit of idea hunting into your routine and develop your idea muscles. Finally, you need to understand how ideas flow through a community or organization, and create an appropriate environment to facilitate idea hunting agility.


Competing-Efficiently linkButton Competing Efficiently and Effectively in China

In May 2012, more than 30 participants gathered at a Discovery Event to share IMD's latest research and perspectives on doing business in China. Participants included representatives from a variety of industries, ranging from finance to pharmaceutical, and a number of companies, ranging from small businesses just entering the Chinese market to multinationals with years of experience and thousands of employees. The event highlighted the opportunities and challenges of doing business in the dynamic setting of China and the associated social-political-economic complexities, and concluded with an insightful discussion on the "ins and outs" of working with Chinese counterparts.


Why-smart-people-make-stupid-decisions linkButton Why Smart People Make Stupid Decisions

In February 2012, more than 75 executives attended an IMD Discovery Event that presented an overview of behavioral finance, behavioral pricing and related fields. Participants' eyes were opened to the traps of linear decision making in dynamic and complex systems, and they were able to reflect on their own biases and irrational behaviors and apply the insights to their day-to-day work.


CEO Roundtable Lessons from the Top linkButton CEO Roundtable Lessons from the Top

On November 17 and 18, 2011, IMD hosted its annual flagship CEO Roundtable, attended by more than 70 of the world's most influential industry leaders, CEOs and chairmen. They discovered the latest research on corporate governance from the IMD Global Board Center and exchanged candid opinions about how to make boards more effective in the future.


global governance linkButton Imperatives of the Global Governance of Trade: Justice, Equity and Solidarity

During The Evian Group@ IMD Taskforce meeting in February2012, participants debated the challenges of the global governance of trade in terms of justice, equity and solidarity. The event brought together senior government officials, representatives from the business community, thought leaders and civil society. The summary report of the event can be downloaded at: http://www.imd.org/research/centers/eviangroup/the-evian-group-recentpublications.cfm.


A Discussion with Nobel Laureate Michael Spence linkButton A Discussion with Nobel Laureate Michael Spence

On 30 January 2012 The Evian Group @ IMD welcomed Nobel Laureate Michael Spence for an evening discussion about his recently released book, The Next Convergence. IMD alumni, Corporate Learning Network members and PED program participants joined The Evian Group network to learn from Spence's far-reaching and incisive perspectives on "the future of economic growth in a multispeed world." The following morning, Spence presented and met with IMD MBA students as part of The Evian Group's Annual MBA Roundtable, which this year focused on "equity and sustainability" and engaged a host of world-renowned experts to discuss the challenges globalization presents, from poverty to gender to climate change.


taking family business to a new level linkButton Openness: Taking Family Business to a New Level

The 2012 annual Family Business Forum in February brought together more than 170 family business owners,employees and other stakeholders from 35 countries at IMD. This year, IMD faculty members shared theirviews on how being open can be beneficial for family businesses.


OrganizationalDesign linkButton Organizational Design: Inviting the Outside In

More than 50 participants took part in an IMD Discovery Event in November 2011 to learn about the implications of the increasingly globalized economy on organizational design. Participants discovered the latest trends in organizational design and their pros and cons. They also learned from a panel of IMD alumni and an Indian entrepreneur about experiences in their organizations.


Defining Moments linkButton Defining Moments: What Every Leader Should Know About Balancing Life

At an IMD Discovery Event in September 2011, 17 executives participated in a session led by Kees van der Graf, who described some of the personal and professional challenges that took him on a journey of self-discovery. What he found was his greater purpose in life and the key to balancing his life around his purpose, and at the session he offered suggestions on how participants may do the same.


Family-Secrets linkButton Family Secrets: Proacting on Emerging Global Trends to Sustain Long-term Performance

In June 2011, 480 executives gathered at IMD for the week-long Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP). The OWP program stimulates participants by challenging beliefs and existing practices. It provides a platform for the exchange of insights on global trends and how these will impact organizations and individuals in the future. Based on these trends, individuals need to decide how to harness complexity to their advantage to find the "sweet spot" on the wave of global trends.


Leadership Dyads: Playing to Your Strengths linkButton Leadership Dyads: Playing to Your Strengths

At an IMD Discovery Event in September 2011, more than 40 participants gathered to discover what makes a successful leadership dyad and how to improve interaction, synergy and effectiveness in their own dyad. Having completed an online questionnaire prior to the session, the participants, in their leadership pairs, received customized feedback and guidance from personal coaches with the aim of improving their dyad health.


Proactively Riding the Global Waves linkButton Proactively Riding the Global Waves

In June 2011, 480 executives gathered at IMD for one week at Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP). The OWP program stimulates participants by challenging beliefs and existing practices It provides a platform for the exchange of insights on global trends and how these will impact organizations and individuals in the future. Based on these trends, individuals need to decide how to harness complexity to their advantage to find the "sweet spot" on the wave of global trends.


Corporate Learning linkButton Corporate Learning

At an IMD Discovery Event in June 2011, Shlomo Ben-Hur and guest contributors shared their research on corporate learning and how to build an effective learning organization based on their work with various companies. Participants took part in research, shared their practices, and walked away with action plans for their own improvement.


Leadership Essentials linkButton Leadership Essentials

In April 2011 more than 100 participants from around the world attended an IMD Discovery Event entitled Leadership Essentials. During the two-day event, Professor Preston Bottger offered his framework for Leadership Diagnostics, Influence and Energy.


Leading Strategic Initiatives in an Era of Uncertainty: When to Commit to Action linkButton Leading Strategic Initiatives in an Era of Uncertainty: When to Commit to Action

In March 2011, 60 participants gathered at an IMD Discovery Event to learn how to better lead strategic initiatives in the face of different levels ? and different types ? of uncertainty: external strategic uncertainty and internal execution uncertainty. Analysis of real-life examples gave participants insights into how to create impact with strategic initiatives and how to improve the governance of their implementation.


Family Business at the Forefront of Global Change linkButton Family Business at the Forefront of Global Change

At an IMD Discovery Event for family businesses in February 2011, more than 100 participants explored how leading family businesses around the globe can take advantage of business opportunities in today's environment by leveraging their strengths as privately owned businesses.

 

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