About the International Institute for Management Development (IMD)

At IMD, we develop leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society. We are an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach, established by business leaders for business leaders.

Led by an expert and diverse faculty, we deliver Real Learning Real Impact through a unique combination of teaching, research, coaching and organizational development activities. Challenging what is and inspiring what could be, we are the trusted learning partner of choice for ambitious individuals and organizations.

Based in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Singapore, IMD has been ranked in the top five for executive education worldwide for 15 years and in the top three for the last eight years (Financial Times). IMD is the only Swiss business school and one of less than a hundred globally to hold the coveted “triple crown” of accreditations from AACSB, EFMD EQUIS and AMBA, the gold standard for global best practice.

IMD has also stepped up its action and measurement efforts in the area of sustainability in recent years. EcoVadis announced the business school’s silver rating for 2019, showing a clear year-on-year progression.

Our Vision

We are challenging what is and inspiring what could be. We develop leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.

Our Values

IMD Community

IMD relies on a team of more than 350+ IMD faculty and staff from over 40 different nationalities, ensuring a truly international environment.

  • Annually, more than 9,000 executives and over 190 global organizations choose IMD for their learning journeys
  • More than 50 open, online and degree programs
  • Our alumni network has more than 100,000 members and 50 clubs worldwide

IMD’s contribution to the regional economy

According to a new ‘Impact Report’ guided by EFMD’s Business School Impact System, IMD’s economic contribution to its home city of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud was estimated to be CHF 360 million in 2018.

In addition to pure economic spending, executives and associates who come to IMD for education or work stay an equivalent of 40,000 nights in local hotels every year.

The report also reveals that over 11,000 alumni are based in Switzerland with more than 2,800 in Vaud working for multinationals, small and medium-sized companies, public institutions, and startups.

Read the full Impact Report in English or French.



At the top of the charts

"IMD's programs are ranked highly by the world's most influential business publications."