Research Associate – Global Center for Digital Business Transformation

About the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco Initiative

The Global Center for Digital Business Transformation (“DBT Center”) is an IMD and Cisco initiative which brings together innovation and learning to create disruptive business models for the digital era. The DBT Center is a global research hub at the forefront of digital business transformation, where executives engage to solve challenges created by massive market transitions. The DBT Center seeks out diverse viewpoints from a wide range of organizations — incumbents, and disruptors — to bring new ideas, best practices, and disruptive thinking into the process. The collaboration combines Cisco’s leadership in the networked connection of people, process, data, and things — with IMD’s expertise in applied research and developing global leaders, focusing on the organizational change required for digital transformation.

The Job’s mission

The DBT Center is looking for a Research Associate who will work alongside the DBT Center Director, other DBT Center team members, and Cisco researchers to conduct cutting edge research and thought leadership on the topic of digital business transformation. The Research Associate will be involved in multiple concurrent research projects. A large part of the role will involve interviewing managers and executives about their digital business transformation journeys, analyzing the interviews, combining qualitative and quantitative information, and writing up the results in the form of white papers, case studies, academic articles, management reports, interactive guides, videos, and other forms of output.

Key activities & accountabilities

  • Conduct and write up interviews with managers and executives

  • Analyze  and  draw  insights  from  qualitative  data  in  a  structured  manner.  Some quantitative data analysis skills also preferred.

  • Produce reports, papers, and other forms of output

  • Present research to media and groups of executives

  • Work collaboratively with other researchers within the DBT Center, from Cisco, and from external research providers

  • Some international travel will be required

Ideal profile

  • Masters or PhD degree in Management or a related discipline incorporating qualitative research

  • Knowledge of empirical research methods, like interview and survey design

  • Knowledge of statistics packages like ATLAS.ti, NVivo or equivalent (for qualitative research) and SPSS or equivalent (for quantitative research)

  • Record of publishing in peer reviewed journals

  • Keen interest in digital business and advanced technologies

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Very strong organizational skills – multiple projects will be running concurrently

  • Ability to work independently and proactively with minimum supervision

  • Excellent English writing skills and experience writing for executive audiences

  • Deadline oriented. Ability to work well under pressure

  • Flexible, there will be heavy workload during peak periods

  • Strong international exposure

  • Full fluency in English (written and spoken) at a native level or equivalent

About IMD

IMD is a top-ranked business school based on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. We are the experts in developing leaders and transforming organisations through high-impact executive education. IMD’s unique environment enables the recruitment of the best people to meet its objectives.

How to apply

If you have the above skills and would like to work in our challenging environment, please send your complete application file (letter of motivation and resume in English, copies of your work certificates and diplomas) to