Our Faculty

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.

Your program director, Michael Watkins

Michael Watkins is a professor of leadership and organizational change at IMD. Author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Smarter and Faster, his work remains an enduring classic reference for leaders in transition, with over one million copies sold to date.

A prolific writer, Michael is the author or co-author of eleven books and numerous articles on leadership, negotiation, and transitions. His recent publications include Onboarding Isn’t Enough, Leading the Team You Inherit, How Managers Become Leaders and Picking the Right Transition Strategy, all in the Harvard Business Review.

At IMD, Michael also directs the Transition to Business Leadership program, a four-week experience for experienced managers who are stepping up to enterprise leadership. He is also co-founder of Genesis Advisers and a former faculty at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Program director

Michael Watkins



Michael Watkins

Canadian, Professor

Programs: Program for Executive Development, Transition to Business Leadership, The First 90 Days

Topics: Interpersonal Leadership, Organizational Design