Niccolo Pisani

Niccolo Pisani

Niccolò brings a unique combination of skills to IMD, bridging the worlds of business and academia.

Focusing on strategy formulation and execution, his sessions translate complex research into practitioner-oriented lessons. In particular, participants learn to appreciate the nuances of doing business across borders and formulate strategies to compete in today’s increasingly multifaceted international landscape.

His areas of expertise are strategic management and international business, with emphasis on globalization, sustainability, and digitization. “Today, more than ever, companies need to be aware of the critical role they play in our society and actively contribute to resolving some of the enduring global issues of our times,” says Niccolò. “Not only because consumers are increasingly attracted to the ‘good companies’, but because society at large needs more socially responsible businesses that create economic prosperity in a sustainable manner.”

Exploring how truly global corporate social responsibility is represents the focus of his article in the “Journal of World Business”, which won the 2017 International Association for Business and Society (IABS) best published paper award. His other empirical research work has been published in top-tier academic journals – such as the “Strategic Management Journal”, the “Journal of International Business Studies”, the “Journal of Management” and the “Journal of Management Studies” – and beyond.

”I’m convinced there is no better place than IMD to continue pursuing these important areas while actively engaging with executives from around the world,” states Niccolò.

The Professor of Strategy and International Business has over ten years of teaching experience at different program levels, including master’s, executive education and custom programs. Before coming to IMD, he was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam.

”IMD is a great institution with global reach, an outstanding faculty and an unremitting commitment to learning and real impact. Contributing to IMD’s vibrant and intellectually enriching learning environment, delivering classes in our campuses in Lausanne and Singapore as well as at client sites around the globe, is highly stimulating work.”

He has partnered with a variety of companies – such as Zalando, ArcelorMittal, Mondelez, Jerónimo Martins, Ipsen, and Audemars Piguet amongst others – to either ensure a real-world learning environment in his sessions or generate and deliver applied research. His practitioner-oriented work has been featured in both "Harvard Business Review" and "MIT Sloan Management Review". His case studies have been adopted across continents. His recent case study “adidas: How to Keep Running Fast in a Post-COVID-19 World?” won the 2022 Overall Award Winner, being the bestselling case out of the over 60,000 held by the Case Centre, a world’s leading case distributor.

Niccolò earned a Master of Science in Economics and Management from Pompeu Fabra University and received his PhD in Management from IESE Business School.

In addition to his experience in academia, Niccolò brings four years of industry experience gained at Sanlorenzo. At this global leader in high-end luxury yachting, he was responsible for international sales of tailor-made motor yachts up to 36 meters.

Early in his career, he also worked as a researcher in finance and investments for Merrill Lynch in its San Francisco office.

Niccolò speaks five languages – Italian, English, French, Spanish and German – and is an avid sailor and skier. He lives in the Lausanne area with his family.

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Niccolo Pisani's Publications
AB InBev: Still the King of Beers After Its Legendary CEO's Departure?
Case study
The Future of the Global Beer Industry: What Is Brewing Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic?
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The Future of the Fashion Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World
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