Origins & history

  • 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


    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

    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

    First edition of OWP

    IMD’s largest program for individuals and teams, Orchestrating Winning performance (OWP), is launched in Lausanne.

  • 1996

    50 years anniversary of CEI

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

  • 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

    South-East Asia

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

  • 2019


    IMD joins forces with the University of Lausanne (UNIL-HEC) – and the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Enterprise for Society (E4S).

    Enterprise for Society Center

  • 2021

    75th anniversary

    IMD celebrates the pioneers who helped transform it into one of the world’s best institutions for executive education.

    Stories and book