Meet your Program Directors

Meet your Program Directors

Program Directors

Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time between teaching, research, and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials, and content in all IMD programs.

Michael R. Wade
Professor of Innovation and Strategy & Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation

Michael Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD and holds the Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation. He is the Director of IMD’s Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. His areas of expertise relate to strategy, innovation, and digital transformation. He has been named one of the top ten digital thought leaders in Switzerland several times by a jury of business media, most recently in 2020. He has published ten books and more than a hundred case studies and articles on a variety of topics, including digital business transformation, innovation, strategy, and digital leadership.

Stéphane J.G. Girod
Professor of Strategy and Organizational Innovation

Stéphane J.G. Girod is Professor of Strategy and Organizational Design at IMD. His research, teaching and consulting interests focus on agility transformation, at the strategy, organizational and leadership levels in response to digital, globalization and other forms of disruption.
He is Program Director of “Reinventing Luxury: Strategic Conversations” and the IMD EMBA Discovery Expeditions in China. His sectoral expertise is in luxury goods and services, retail, banking, automobile and consumer goods. His research regularly appears in leading journals.

Latest publications
Standing Ovation: McLaren Puts the Digital Orchestra into Action
By Professor Michael R. Wade

See and hear a real-life Digital Orchestra in action. Here comes the Maestro Conductor: McLaren, the British Formula 1 team and manufacturer of high performance road cars.

Overture: Develop agility for digital business transformation
By Professor Michael R. Wade and Sheena Kennedy

You could wait for digital disruption to hit you and just hope for the best, as many have done. Or you could proactively disrupt yourself and make digitization the critical opportunity it can be.