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Challenging what is and inspiring what could be, we develop leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.

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IMD core values
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Challenging what is and inspiring what could be
IMD is an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach, founded 75 years ago by business leaders for business leaders.
CEI - Centre d'Etudes Industrielles is established by Alcan Aluminium, Limited (now Rio Tinto Alcan, Inc) in Geneva. CEI would function under this name until 1981.
Institut pour l'Etude des Méthodes de Direction de l'Entreprise is established in Lausanne by Nestlé in coordination with Harvard Business School. The institute would operate under this name until 1989.
IMD's world-class MBA program is launched.
CEI officially becomes IMI - International Management Institute and would function under this name until 1989.
Ranking the nations of the world in terms of economic outputs, IMD publishes the first World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY).
IMI merges with IMEDE to create IMD
International Institute for Management Development. Facilities are all to be based in Lausanne and the vision to develop global leaders is adopted.
First edition of OWP
IMD's largest program for individuals and teams, Orchestrating Winning performance (OWP), is launched in Lausanne.
50 years anniversary of CEI
Marking the formation of CEI, IMD celebrates 50 years of providing knowledge and business education to global leaders.
The IMD Global Family Business Center celebrates its 25th Anniversary and the IMD World Competitiveness Center (WCC) celebrates the 25th edition of the World Competitiveness Yearbook
South-East Asia
IMD opens its Southeast Asia Executive Learning Center in Singapore. IMD and Cisco inaugurate the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation (DBT Center).
IMD joins forces with the University of Lausanne (UNIL-HEC) - and the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Enterprise for Society (E4S).
Enterprise for Society Center
75th anniversary
IMD celebrates the pioneers who helped transform it into one of the world’s best institutions for executive education
Stories and book
CHF Million: annual economic impact
CHF Million contributed per year to Vaud-based employees and suppliers
Jobs on the Lausanne Campus
Swiss startups assisted by MBAS & EMBA since 1998
Overnight hotel stays
IMD Annual Report 2021
IMD Annual Report 2020

When we look back on 2020, in years to come, we will most certainly all remember it as an extraordinary year. At IMD, the year started with considerable momentum, building on the strong revenue growth we had recorded in 2018 and 2019. We were poised for another record year in 2020…until the COVID-19 crisis struck.

For more details, download the full report (PDF, 56.5 MB).

We also offer a French version of the IMD Annual Report 2020 (PDF, 55 MB).

Annual report 2020
IMD Annual Report 2019

2019 was a milestone year of increased revenues, which supported increased investments. Revenues hit a record high thanks to growth of 9.5 percent compared to 2018. As a Swiss foundation, IMD is not aiming to generate profits, but increasing revenues does enable us to make more investments on the pedagogical, operational and research fronts - including areas such as a pioneering virtual classroom concept. For more details, download the Annual Report 2019 (PDF).

We also offer a French version of the IMD Annual Report 2019 (PDF, 171 MB).

Annual report 2019
IMD Annual Report 2018

IMD favors a lean organization with minimal bureaucracy. Demand for faculty expertise grew in 2018, as IMD cemented its position as a primary driver of innovative ideas in global busi- ness, executive education and re- search, thanks to its unique “real world” insights and world-re- nowned experts. For more details, download the Annual Report 2018 (PDF, 7.47 MB)

Annual report 2018
IMD Annual Report 2017

2017 was characterized by continuity, growth and transformation. Since succeeding Dominique Turpin at the helm of IMD at the beginning of 2017, the management team, the board and the IMD community have been working on a set of priorities that will enable IMD to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s competitive landscape by having a distinctive positive impact on individuals, organizations and the world. For more details, download the Annual Report 2017 (PDF, 3.77 MB).

Annual report 2017