Michael Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD and holds the Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation. He is the Director of IMD’s Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. His areas of expertise relate to strategy, innovation, and digital transformation. He obtained Honours BA, MBA and PhD degrees from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Previously, he was the Academic Director of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program. Michael has been nominated for teaching awards in the MBA, International MBA, and Executive MBA programs.
RESEARCH AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Michael has been named one of the top ten digital thought leaders in Switzerland several times by a jury of business media, most recently in 2020. He has published ten books and more than a hundred case studies and articles on a variety of topics, including digital business transformation, innovation, strategy, and digital leadership. His latest book, published in 2021, is ALIEN Thinking: How to Bring Your Breakthrough Ideas to Life. His 2019 book, Orchestrating Transformation: How to Deliver Winning Performance with a Connected Approach to Change won multiple awards. 2016’s Digital Vortex: How Today's Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors at their Own Game was a best-seller across multiple languages.
Lately, Michael has been working on his podcast Management under the Microscope, where he unpacks business myths through conversations with academics and business executives.
CLIENTS & INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
At IMD, Professor Wade directs a number of executive programs related to digital transformation, including Digital Execution, Digital Transformation for Boards, and Digital Disruption. He also founded and directs Europe’s first and largest program for executives on digital, Leading Digital Business Transformation. He has designed and directed custom programs related to strategy and digital business transformation for Vodafone, AXA, Tetra Pak, Honda, Gazprom, Credit Suisse, and Cartier, among others. Michael provides consulting services, executive education, and expert evaluations to several public and private sector organizations on strategy and digital transformation, and he sits on a number of corporate boards as an advisor on digitization and business model disruption.