IMD at a glance

About IMD

IMD is a top-ranked business school, expert in developing leaders, transforming organizations and creating immediate and long-term positive impact.

IMD is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Singapore.

  • More than 8,900 executives from 98 countries come to IMD each year
  • 120 global companies choose IMD for their customized programs each year
  • Our alumni network counts more than 100,000 members in 45 clubs worldwide
  • Over 34 different nationalities represented in the IMD Faculty and staff
  • IMD is ranked FIRST in open programs worldwide and in the TOP 3 in executive education worldwide – 6 years in a row (Financial Times 2012-2017)


IMD was established in January 1990, as the successor of two previously independent business schools: IMI, founded in Geneva by Alcan in 1946, and IMEDE, founded in Lausanne in 1957 by Nestlé. IMD provides executive education for large- and medium-size international businesses, and for individuals.

Program participants

IMD is truly international. Every year, some 8,900 executives, representing over 98 nationalities, attend more than 20 open-enrollment Executive Development Programs (including intensive MBA and EMBA programs), 9 Global Leadership in the Cloud (online) programs as well as company-specific Custom Programs. Participants come from virtually every sector of service and manufacturing industries. Cultural backgrounds range from young managers to board members from world-class corporations. English is the working language, though no single business approach dominates.


IMD’s 50 Faculty members are recognized authorities in their fields. They divide their time between teaching, research and consulting to major companies and thus remain firmly on top of the latest developments in managerial practice. IMD has no academic hierarchy (all Faculty are professors), and there is no tenure system.

Research and development

Learning at IMD has its roots in original IMD research. Currently, more than 80 research projects are underway, each led by one or several Faculty members. IMD carries out its research and program development in close collaboration with industry. To create value, Faculty members not only make sure that their research is relevant to practicing managers, but they also produce a steady flow of new material for IMD programs.


IMD is ranked FIRST in open programs worldwide and in the TOP 3 in executive education worldwide – 6 years in a row (Financial Times 2012-2017). IMD's MBA is No.1 outside the US (Forbes, 2017), No.1 worldwide (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2016) in the following criteria: Alumni Survey & Salary and No.1 worldwide (Financial Times, 2016) in the following criteria: Aims Achieved, International Mobility & International Faculty. IMD’s EMBA is in the TOP 3 worldwide (Financial Times, 2016) in the following criteria: Work Experience, International Faculty & International Students.

Corporate Learning Network

IMD’s Corporate Learning Network is comprised of leading global companies from around the world with a shared passion for learning. These learning partners drive IMD’s research agenda. They demand relevance, challenge IMD to innovate and contribute to IMD's governance. IMD’s Corporate Learning Network members have access to 3 main pillars of learning: Virtual Learning in the form of weekly webcasts, podcasts, leadership videos, teamcasts, etc; Best Practice Exchange through a dedicated suite of CXO Roundtables, Global Business Fora and Learning Events; Applied Research through regular Discovery Events showcasing that latest research and thought leadership.

Alumni Network

The Alumni Network is a powerful business network of more than 100’000 executives worldwide who have participated in an IMD program. The Network comprises some 45 active clubs around the world. IMD offers on-going learning and networking opportunities to alumni through class reunions and events, including the Biennial International Alumni Event.