Professor John Weeks


Leadership and Organizational Behavior
PhD MIT Sloan School of Management



John Weeks is Professor of Organizational Behavior at IMD.

Professor Weeks specializes in issues of organizational culture, leadership, and change. He is particularly interested in how organizational cultures evolve, and how effective leadership is shaped by culture while at the same time changing the culture.

John Weeks book, "Unpopular Culture", is an ethnographic study of a British bank where everyone, from the CEO to the most junior clerk, complains about the organizational culture even as they go on reproducing it through their actions and words and, ironically, through the very way they complain about it.

Professor Weeks’ most recent work is a set of theoretical and empirical studies about how culture and institutions evolve in organizations. His academic writing has appeared in Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organization Studies. His practitioner-oriented work has been published in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, the Spectator, World Business, and Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Before joining IMD, Professor John Weeks spent 11 years at INSEAD, where he taught several MBA, PhD, and Executive Education courses including Organizational Change, Behavioral Sciences, Advanced Research Methods, and Managing Organizations for which he was nominated three times as “Best Teacher.” He also conducts executive seminars for companies such as ABB, Aggreko, AXA, Ciba, Eureko, Firmenich, Mazda, and WWF.

Professor Weeks holds a PhD in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management (USA), an MPhil in Management from Oxford University (UK), and a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (USA).