About the WCC

Pioneers in competitiveness since 1989

About the WCC

Pioneers in competitiveness since 1989

Our team

The team works together to produce the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook as well as to deliver a variety of special projects.


Professor Arturo Bris

Professor of Finance, Director of IMD World Competitiveness Center
Arturo Bris (www.arturobris.org) ranks among the top one hundred most read finance academics in the world. His areas of expertise include corporate finance, corporate governance, financial regulation, and competitiveness.

Partner institutes

Our network of partner institutes in 56 countries supplies data from national sources, helps distribute survey questionnaires to business executives in their countries and informs local media about the IMD World Competitiveness, Digital, and Talent Rankings results.

Africa/Middle East

Data suppliers

We rely on a number of international organizations and private institutions to supply us with the most up-to-date and accurate hard data available before we compile each edition of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook.

We are grateful for their support and permission to reproduce their statistical material.

BMI Research · Computer Industry Almanac Inc. · Cushmam & Wakefield · Educational Testing Service (The TOEFL® Test) · Economist Intelligence Unit · Euromonitor International · Eurostat · Fitch · Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN · Global Entrepreneurship Monitor · Global Footprint Network · GMI Ratings · HCM Compensations Insights & Technology AG · International Civil Aviation Organization · International Energy Agency · International Labour Office (ILO) · International Monetary Fund (IMF) · International Union of Railways · Mercer HR Consulting · M-Labs and cable.co.uk · MIT Media Lab · Moody’s · MSCI · National Science Foundation · OECD, Environmental data · OECD, Statistics Department · PricewaterhouseCoopers · Reporters Without Borders · Standard and Poor’s · The Nobel Foundation · The Conference Board · The World Justice Project · Thomson Reuters · Times Higher Education: World University Ranking · UNCTAD · UNEP Sustainable Development Goals · UNESCO Institute for Statistics · UNIDO · Union Bank of Switzerland, Economic Research Department · US Department of Agriculture · WIFO Austrian Institute of Economic Research · World Bank, WDI Database · World Health Organization · World Intellectual Property, WIPO Statistics Database · World Tourism Organization · World Trade Organization.

Our history

30-year anniversary conference

2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the IMD World Competitiveness Center.

For the past 30 years, we have spearheaded research on how nations and enterprises compete to lay the foundations for future prosperity.

To reply to this question, we held a high-level conference on October 2019.

We were joined by ambassadors, our partner institutes, and other guests from over 40 countries to discuss the topic of competitiveness: what have we learned, and what are the challenges and areas of significance ahead?

The audience of this unique event included representatives from both the private and the public sectors.

Roundtable #1: Building national consensus
Roundtable 2: Education and talent
Conference: Smart City Index
Conference: How to turn a good idea into a success
Roundtable 3: Technology and governments
Roundtable 4: Building public-private partnerships
Roundtable 5: Beyond GDP as objective of public policy
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Competitiveness Ranking

The IMD World Competitiveness Ranking is based on 333 competitiveness criteria selected as a result of comprehensive research using economic literature, international, national and regional sources and feedback from the business community, government agencies and academics.

Digital Competitiveness Ranking

The IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking assesses the capacity and readiness of an economy to adopt and explore digital technologies as a key driver for economic transformation in business, government and wider society.

Talent Ranking

The IMD World Talent Ranking assesses the extent to which nations develop, attract and retain talent for enterprises operating in those economies.

Smart City Index

Published by The Smart City Observatory (IMD and Singapore University of Technology and Design – SUTD). The Smart City Index offers a balanced focus on economic and technological aspects of smart cities on the one hand, and “humane dimensions” of smart cities (quality of life, environment, inclusiveness) on the other.

World Competitiveness Online

IMD World Competitiveness Online is a unique and comprehensive database on the competitiveness of nations. It includes time series from the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, the leading annual report published by IMD since 1989, from the IMD World Talent Ranking and from the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking.

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