Professor Thomas W. Malnight

Strategy and General Management


Thomas W. Malnight is Professor of Strategy and General Management at IMD. His fields of interest are strategy, leading and accelerating transformational organizational change.  

Professor Malnight works extensively with top leadership teams in challenging how they view their emerging volatile and uncertain competitive landscape, how they shape future strategies and organizations for moving forward, how they engage and align priorities and actions across their organizations and leadership teams.  

Professor Malnight’s research focus has been on trends reshaping the future of business strategies and organizations.  He is the co-author of “The 3Rs of Preparing Your Organization for the Future” based on interviews with 156 global CEOs focused on how they saw future challenges and opportunities, how they were preparing their organizations – and themselves -- for the future.  He is also the co-author of two earlier books, "Must Win Battles: How to Win Them, Again and Again" and "Accelerating International Growth." He has written for the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Journal, McKinsey Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Academy of Management Journal. He has also authored more than 30 case studies on various aspects of global strategy and organization.  

Prior to joining IMD, Professor Malnight was on the faculty of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 1999. He has attended graduate studies at Harvard Business School, Boston, MA where he obtained a Doctorate of Business Administration and wrote a dissertation on "Managing the Globalization Process: An Exploratory Study". He obtained an MBA from The Wharton School in 1979 and a BA from Northwestern University in 1977. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked for 10 years at Mitsubishi International Corporation, including two years working in Japan.  

Professor Malnight also consults extensively with companies from around the world on the topic of emerging future strategies and organizations.


Thomas W. Malnight (2001) “Emerging Structural Patterns Within Multinational Corporations: Toward Process- Based Structures,” Academy of Management Journal. Vol. 44 no. 6, 1187-1210.

Thomas W. Malnight (1996) “The Transition from Decentralized to Network-Based MNC Structures: An EVolutionary Perspective,” Journal of International Business Studies. Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 43–65.

Thomas W. Malnight. (1995) “Globalization of an ethnocentric firm: An eVolutionary perspective,” Strategic Management Journal. Volume 16, Issue 2, Pages 119–141.


Malnight, Thomas W./Keys, Tracey S./Van der Graaf, Kees. (2013). Ready? The 3Rs of preparing your organization for the future, Strategy Dynamics Global.

Keys, Tracey S./Malnight, Thomas W.(2014).The global trends fieldbook, From data to insights to action, Strategy Dynamics Global.

Malnight, Thomas W./Keys, Tracey S. (2013) The global trends report 2013. Toward a distributed future, Strategic Dynamics Global