In 2022 IMD marks 50 years of its world-leading MBA program
The IMD MBA has its roots in the MBA programs introduced at IMEDE in 1972 and CEI/IMI in 1978. The IMD ethos of continual innovation, of “Challenging what is, inspiring what could be”, has meant that over the last 50 years the MBA has adapted in many radical ways, while remaining true to timeless principles around real-world understanding and developing leaders.
On 8 October 2022, IMD will mark this anniversary at a celebratory event on Campus and with the launch of a book 50 for 50 – Inspiring leadership journeys from half a century of the IMD MBA, looking back over the last 50 years and looking forward to the future – a future that is being written by many of the alumni who feature in the book and by many thousands of others.
MBA deans, faculty and 50 alumni have shared their recollections of their own personal MBA experience. They have painted a picture of a program that is a life-changing journey with incredible networking opportunities for those with the ambitions to make a real difference in a complex and rapidly changing world. Here are just some pieces of that picture to enjoy before you delve into 50 for 50.
In 1972 a pioneering MBA was founded in Switzerland at IMEDE. It was joined five years later by another at CEI, and in 1990 the institutions combined as IMD to develop a course that does far more than teach business: it creates leaders. The book describes the journeys of 50 selected alumni of the MBA who have built companies and business sectors, who have educated children, who are architects of clean technology and the digital revolution, and who have helped build nations. Many more alumni could have appeared on these pages: IMD’s global MBA network overflows with exemplary leaders - those selected represent the achievements of them all. Supplemented with chapters on leading faculty and a unique curriculum, this is a profile of qualification that, in its first 50 years, has expanded our understanding of the potential of organizational leadership.
50 for 50 will be published on 7 October and will also be available as an eBook. You can pre-order the book here (45 CHF).
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Key dates in the development of the MBA at IMD