Professor John R. Weeks

Leadership and Organizational Behaviour


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 is on the Board of Directors of LEO Pharma.

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). 


John R. Weeks (2017) “Introduction to the special issue: The day to day lives of cultures,” Organization Studies. Vol. 38, no.6, p. 723-732.

Anne-Laure Fayard, John R. Weeks (2011) “Who moved my cube?: Creating workspaces that actually foster collaboration,” Harvard Business Review. Vol. 189, no. 7/8, pp. 102-110.

John R. Weeks, Charles Galunic (2003) “A Theory of the Cultural Evolution of the Firm: The Intra-Organizational Ecology of Memes,” Organization Studies. 24(8): 1309–1352.

“The day to day lives of cultures and communities,” with Galit Ailon and Mary Yoko Brannen, Organization Studies


John R. Weeks (2013) “Workplace culture”, Sage Publications

John R. Weeks (2003) "Unpopular Culture: The Ritual of Complaint in a British Bank", University of Chicago Press