Professor Stéphane J. G. Girod

French, Italian
Strategy and Organizational Innovation


Stéphane J.G. Girod is Professor of Strategy and Organizational Innovation at IMD. His research, teaching and consulting interests focus on agility transformation, at the strategy, organizational and leadership levels in response to digital, globalization and other forms of disruption.

He is Program Director of Reinventing Luxury: Strategic Conversations and Program Co-Director of Digital Execution. He also directs the Mazda and the Edmond de Rothschild Magellan Programs and EMBA Discovery Expeditions in China. Professor Girod’s sectoral expertise is in Luxury Goods and Services, Retail, Banking, Automobile and Consumer Goods.

His research has appeared in leading journals such as Harvard Business Review, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal and Long Range Planning, as well as in the Journal of Business Strategy and European Business Review.

His thought leadership has been covered by the popular press and media, including Forbes, China Daily, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Womens’ Wear Daily, BBC News, Télévision Suisse Romande, Valor Economico, La Vanguardia, Tribune de Genève, Luxury Society, HandelZeitung and The Times.

Prior to joining IMD, Professor Girod was a Manager of the Accenture Institute for High Performance, based in London. His consulting projects included international operating model design, luxury goods strategy, and the transformation of enterprise IT. Professor Girod also occupied several international development roles in leading luxury goods companies for markets such as France, Italy and the Middle-East.

He speaks seven languages. He earned a DPhil from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics (Aalto University) and an MSc from Toulouse Business School. He was also a visiting scholar at Indiana University.


ING: An agile organization in a disruptive environment, IMD-7-1852, 2018 (with Eduarda Philadelpho Fernandes de Pina, Moncef Tanfour and Sara Svedjedal).

Reconfiguration, Restructuring and Firm Performance: Dynamic Capabilities and Environmental Dynamism, Strategic Management Journal, 38/5 (May 2017): 1121-1133 (with Richard Whittington)

Restructure or Reconfigure, Harvard Business Review, March-April 2017: 128-132 (with Samina Karim)

Change Escalation Processes and Complex Adaptive Systems: From Incremental Reconfigurations to Discontinuous Restructuring, Organization Science, 2015, 26(5): 1520-1535 (with Richard Whittington)