Professor Michael Yaziji

Strategy and Leadership



Michael Yaziji (PhD Strategy and Management from INSEAD and a PhD Analytic Philosophy from the University of California) is Professor of Strategy and Leadership at IMD. He teaches in the areas of leadership, strategy, stakeholder management, ethics and change management, and governance.

Clients and industry experience

He is or has directed programs for Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Sumitomo, PWC, Vestas, Munich Re, Pepsico, Shell, Lufthansa, Holcim, Maersk, Metso, etc. Professor Yaziji consults for Fortune 100 corporations (e.g., Microsoft, Hydro, Shell, Pepsico, Grundfos, Maersk, Bunge Alimentos, Holcim, etc.), SMEs and NGOs in the areas of strategy formulation, strategy implementation, leadership, public-private partnerships, organizational values, shared-value business models, and stakeholder management. Professor Yaziji spearheaded the creation of the partnership between WWF, the world’s leading environmental organization, and IMD.

Research and thought leadership 

Professor Yaziji publishes in top academic journals as well as managerial journals such as the Harvard Business Review. He is widely recognized for his research on the relationships among corporations, NGOs, and government and his book on the subject recently won an award as a seminal book in the field.  He is currently working on a book identifying a new source of competitive advantage that also helps address the massive environmental and social challenges we face. For a headline view of this perspective, see his recent TED Talk.


Michael Yaziji, Jonathan P. Doh. (2013) “The role of ideological radicalism and resource homogeneity in social movement organization campaigns against corporations” Organization Studies. Vol. 35, no. 5-6, p. 755-780.

Michael Yaziji (2008) “Time to rethink capitalism?,” Harvard Business Review. November 2008, pp. 27-28

Michael Yaziji (2004) “Turning gadflies into allies,” Harvard Business Review. 82(2):110-5


Yaziji, Michael/Doh, Jonathan P. (2013) “Corporate-NGO engagements: From conflict to collaboration”, Sage