Professor Stéphane J. G. Girod

French, Italian
Strategy and International Business
DPhil Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


Stéphane J. G. Girod is Professor of Strategy and International Business at IMD. His research, executive development and consulting interest is the formulation and execution of strategy in times of disruption (e.g., digital revolution, complexity, de-globalization etc.). He focuses on helping clients develop intrapreneurial capabilities and agile strategies and organizations.

Professor Girod’s research currently focuses on the two speeds of globalization and their impact on businesses, how to reconcile explorative and exploitative strategies for successful strategic renewal, ecosystem and open innovation leadership, new organization designs for the digital age, and agile organizational adaptation. His sectoral expertise is in pharmaceuticals, banking, telecoms, retail, and luxury goods. His research has appeared in leading journals such as Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review and Long Range Planning, as well as in executive-friendly publications such as The Economist Intelligence Unit, China Daily, the Journal of Business Strategy, and European Business Review. He has been interviewed by The Times, La Vanguardia, Valor Economico, Le Temps, the BBC, Télévision Suisse Romande and other medias.

Prior to joining IMD, Professor Girod was an Assistant Professor of Strategy and International Business at the Henley Business School where he designed innovative sessions in strategy, and business transformation in a wide range of open and custom executive programs in the U.K., Denmark, South Africa, the U.A.E and Hong Kong. He also was a Research Fellow in Strategy and Organization of the Accenture Institute for High Performance, based in London. His projects included international operating model design and Futures of Enterprise IT. Prior to his doctoral studies, Professor Girod occupied several international development roles for markets such as France, Italy and the Middle-East in leading luxury goods companies.

Professor Girod 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.