Professor John Weeks
Professor John Weeks

Professor Weeks specializes in issues of organizational culture, leadership and change. His book, articles and case studies focus on how leaders shape the evolution of the cultures of their organizations and how culture in turn shapes what leaders need to do to be effective.

His book, Unpopular Culture, is an ethnographic study of a British bank where everyone, from the CEO to the most junior clerk, complains about the organizational culture even as they go on reproducing it through their actions and words and, ironically, through the very way they complain about it. His work has been published in Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, Academy of Management Review, and Organization Studies.

Professor Weeks works with clients in Europe, the Americas and Asia such as:

ABB, Actelion, BAT, Coesia, Generali, Grosvenor, Hempel, Holcim, Homag, Iberdrola, Imerys, LafargeHolcim, Maersk, Mars, Neste, Nestlé, SABIC, Tenaris.

He served on the Board of Directors of LEO Pharma from 2014 to 2019.

Before joining IMD in 2007, Professor Weeks spent 11 years at INSEAD (France), where he was nominated three times as “Best Teacher.”

He holds a PhD in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management (USA), an MPhil in Management from Oxford University (UK), and a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (USA).

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In the field with Eli Lilly
Eli Lilly and Company: A transformation journey "on equal footing" (A)
Case study
Eli Lilly and Company: A transformation journey "on equal footing" (B)
Case study