Annual Report 2021

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In one of IMD’s strongest years for research, its award-winning faculty increased its presence on the best-selling case writers list, published eight books and penned a record number of FT50 articles in 2021. Global sales of IMD cases also hit a record high.

IMD has an established, international reputation for producing research and thought leadership that is rigorous, relevant, insightful and actionable.

With a history of working closely with diverse businesses and industries through its programs, events and networks, IMD’s faculty and research fellows are able to draw on the current challenges and experiences of the corporate world to write cases, academic and practitioner articles, book chapters and books that are grounded in real world practice and informed by the latest academic thinking.

This makes IMD’s output highly sought after by business executives in all sectors of the global economy as well as its business school and university peers across the world.

2021 was a record-breaking year for IMD’s research output. The number of articles published in FT50 journals – the list of top tier journals used by the Financial Times to assess research and compile business school rankings – increased to a record high of 20. Global sales of IMD cases hit an all-time high, jumping about 25% compared to previous years. Six IMD faculty, a high for the institute, also featured in the year’s Case Centre best-selling case list.

A record-breaking year for IMD

A record-breaking year for IMD

  • 20 FT50 articles, 32 non-FT50 academic articles, 42 non-FT50 practitioner articles
  • 53 cases, 200,338 cases sold in more than 120 countries
  • 8 books, 8 book chapters
  • 267 faculty-authored I by IMD articles, 168 faculty-authored popular media articles

FT50 articles
Non-FT50 academic articles
1 k+
cases sold in more than 120 countries

Several IMD-produced publications received awards across a variety of disciplines, and several faculty members were recognized in influential thought leadership and teaching lists by organizations such as Thinkers50 and Poets & Quants.

IMD’s new knowledge hub, I by IMD, published more than 400 articles by internal and external authors, including 15 CEO interviews, as it grew its engaged audience to 120,000.

As it continues to enhance its teaching and research capabilities in strategic areas of importance such as sustainability, IMD welcomed Bavarian Culture Prize winner Julia Binder as Professor of Sustainable Innovation and Business Transformation.