Emeritus Professor Peter Lorange

Emeritus Professor Peter Lorange

Peter Lorange is Emeritus Professor of Strategy and Honorary President of IMD. 

A strategy expert whose areas of special interest include global strategic management, strategic planning and entrepreneurship for growth, Lorange has conducted extensive research on multinational management, planning processes, and internally generated growth processes. He has written or edited more than 30 books and 120 articles on these subjects.


From 1993 to 2008, Lorange served as the President of IMD, where he was also Professor of Strategy, held the Nestlé Chair for Strategy, and then held the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Chair for International Shipping. Lorange was central to the development of IMD, as a key architect of the 1990 merger between the International Management Institute (IMI) and Nestlé’s Institut pour l'Etude des Méthodes de Direction de l'Entreprise (IMEDE). This merger produced the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in its current form. As President of IMD, Lorange played a significant role in shaping the Lausanne campus by commissioning most of its new buildings.


Among IMD’s pioneering work over the past 75 years has been the Institute’s contribution to the world of family business, where it was one of the first academic organizations to offer dedicated programs to business-owning families; to build on this global legacy, IMD has established the Peter Lorange Chair in Family Business.


In addition to his academic work, Lorange was founder, sole owner, Chairman and CEO of the Lorange Network, where he led digital business knowledge transfer for business owners, entrepreneurial families and investors. He was formerly owner and President of the Lorange Institute of Business. Lorange was also the owner and Chairman of S. Ugelstad Invest, a large investment company, and was owner of S. Ugelstad’s Rederi, which was sold in 2006.


Professor Lorange was formerly President of BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. Before that leadership role, he was affiliated with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for more than a decade in various assignments, including serving as head of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, and The William H. Wurster Center for International Management Studies. At Wharton he was also the William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management. Lorange also taught for eight years at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


In addition to his academic work, Lorange has extensive experience in shipping, having served as director on several boards (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Kvaerner and Seaspan, ISS, Keystone Solutions, Globalpraxis, Copenhagen Business School and many others).


Lorange is Norwegian and lives in Switzerland. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Norwegian School of Economics, received an Master’s degree in Operations Management from Yale University, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. In addition, he is the recipient of six honorary doctorates.

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