Professor Arnaud Chevallier

French, American


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 critical thinking and corporate problem solving. Arnaud’s work prepares executives for the strategic challenges all corporations 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 and improve the likelihood of finding desirable and feasible solutions
  • Improving creative and critical thinking when searching for innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Using visual tools to explore solution spaces and reduce biases in decision making
  • Coaching executives on converting insights into persuasive and effective presentations

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 accessible and applicable tools for addressing complex situations.

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.

Across his career to date, Arnaud has worked in Mexico, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. He was born in Switzerland and raised in France. 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.