Joint research projects 

The IMD World Competitiveness Center leads joint research projects with industries and governments worldwide. Many of these reports remain confidential. Two recently published reports were in partnership with Accenture, on the competitiveness of the largest Swiss firms, and with KPMG AG, on the key Swiss location attractiveness factors for multinationals.

Business competitiveness of firms in Switzerland

We have developed a groundbreaking conceptual framework and methodology to study firm competitiveness. We partnered with Accenture Switzerland in 2014 to conduct a study on the competitiveness of the largest Swiss firms.

The report focuses on the firm-specific practices and processes that successful Swiss companies employ to strengthen their competitiveness. Our aim was to obtain insights into the internal behaviors and dynamics of those firms and their effects on the different dimensions of competitiveness.

In 2015, we again partnered with Accenture to conduct a study on digital expectations, strategies and practices in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The study analyzes the top 500 largest Austrian, German and Swiss companies and considers financial data from 2010 to 2014.

Attractiveness factors for multinational corporations

The IMD World Competitiveness Center collaborated with KPMG AG to produce a study on the key Swiss location attractiveness factors for multinational corporations (MNCs). Many MNCs that initially were drawn to Switzerland's well-known location advantages, now feel that the benefits derived from those advantages are at risk.

The study was the result of a joint survey of more than 850 foreign-owned MNCs with operations in Switzerland conducted by KPMG AG, the IMD World Competitiveness Center, S-GE Switzerland Global Enterprises and the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.