Origins & history



Before 1990

1946 CEI - Centre d'Etudes Industrielles is established by Alcan Aluminium, Limited (now Rio Tinto Alcan, Inc) in Geneva. CEI would function under this name until 1981.

1956 IMEDE - Institut pour l'Etude des Méthodes de Direction de l'Entreprise is established in Lausanne by Nestlé in coordination with Harvard Business School. The institute would operate under this name until 1989.

1972 IMD's world-class MBA program is launched.

1981 CEI officially becomes IMI - International Management Institute and would function under this name until 1989. 

1989 Ranking the nations of the world in terms of economic outputs, IMD publishes the first World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY).

1990 - 2000

1990 IMI merges with IMEDE to create IMD – International Institute for Management Development. Facilities are all to be based in Lausanne and the vision to develop global leaders is adopted.

1995 IMD's largest program for individuals and teams, Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP), is launched in Lausanne.

1996 Marking the formation of CEI, IMD celebrates 50 years of providing knowledge and business education to global leaders.

1998 IMD launches its first EMBA program.

After 2000

2013 The IMD Global Family Business Center celebrates its 25th Anniversary and the IMD World Competitiveness Center (WCC) celebrates the 25th edition of the World Competitiveness Yearbook.

2015 IMD opens its Southeast Asia Executive Learning Center in Singapore. IMD and Cisco inaugurate the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation (DBT Center).


IMD campus

1787-1790The neo-classic heritage-listed building La Résidence is built in Lausanne's Ouchy. Among many uses, the building currently serves as IMD's reception and is home to the President's office.
1850The Horse Barn is built to serve La Résidence. Today the building hosts IMD's restaurant and the campus hotspot "The Meeting Place" is set up at its entrance.
1989In anticipation of the merger creating IMD, the Bignami Buildings are inaugurated and the signature IMD lightwell becomes a networking area.
2002Ranked among the most beautiful business school buildings, IMD inaugurates the Executive Learning Center.
2006IMD inaugurates the Nestlé Building, which becomes the home of IMD case studies and many IMD research outputs.
2008The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center is inaugurated. It features IMD's largest conference space with a stadium-seating style auditorium that accommodates up to 350 people.