Arnaud Chevallier

Arnaud Chevallier

Arnaud Chevallier is Professor of Strategy at IMD. Arnaud’s research, teaching, and consulting on strategic thinking bridges disciplines to provide concrete tools to improve decision-making and corporate problem solving. Arnaud’s work prepares executives for the strategic challenges organizations face in today’s dynamic global marketplace.

At present, Arnaud focuses his research on critical elements of strategic thinking, including:

  • Improving problem framing to streamline the initial stages of strategic-challenge analysis,
  • Improving creative and critical thinking when searching for innovative solutions to complex problems,
  • Adapting decision-making process to uncertainty profiles,
  • Optimizing delegation in group decision-making.

Arnaud’s book, Strategic Thinking in Complex Problem Solving, integrates advances from people- and data-centric approaches to strategic analysis when addressing business challenges to provide concrete tools for addressing complex situations.

He has consulted with numerous organizations, including Shell, SAP, Lenovo, Cisco, and Tetra Pak.

Prior to his work at IMD, Arnaud served as the associate vice provost for academic affairs at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA, from 2011 to 2018 and as the graduate dean of the University of Monterrey, in Mexico, from 2003 to 2010. Before joining academia, Arnaud worked in Accenture’s strategy and business architecture division.

Arnaud has worked in Mexico, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. He holds a B.S. and M.E. in mechanical engineering from the Université de Versailles and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Rice University.

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Arnaud Chevallier's Publications
Tale Spin: Piloting a Course Through Crises at Boeing
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The four types of questions leaders should be asking