International Institute for Management Development
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|Type||Private Business School|
|Established||1990 (IMD was established in 1990 following the merger of two business schools: IMI, in Geneva and IMEDE, Lausanne) |
- 1 History and mission
- 2 Education
- 3 IMD Global Centers
- 4 Research Centers
- 5 IMD Alumni (Including executive education participants)
- 6 Notes and references
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
History and mission
IMD was formed in January 1990 through the merger of independent management education centers International Management Institute (Geneva) (IMI), established in 1946 by Alcan, and Institut pour l'Etude des Methodes de Direction de l'Entreprise (IMEDE) Lausanne established in 1957 by Nestlé. The new organization, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), settled in Lausanne. The history of IMEDE and its merger with IMI is documented in Jean-Pierre Jeannet and Hein Schreuder (2015, chapters 2 and 4)
Its industrial heritage sets it apart from the other leading business schools, which are all university-affiliated. IMD business school solely provides executive education; it is determinedly not part of a university, and there are no academic departments, just one integrated multidisciplinary faculty. The professors do not have permanent academic tenure but work under one-year contracts and a performance based pay package. The faculty consists of 60 full-time members, made up of 23 different nationalities. The current President is Dominique Turpin, who follows John R. Wells and Peter Lorange. The latter ran the school from 1993 till 2008 and has been widely credited with having established IMD as one of the world's leading business schools.
IMD has a strong focus on training and developing general management and leadership skills. IMD selects experienced candidates for both the Master of Business Administration (MBA) (average age 31) and the Executive MBA (average age 39). Its other focus is to have a broad international group of participants attending open programs to ensure that no nationality dominates. Every year, some 8,000 executives, representing over 98 nationalities attend one of the programs.
IMD has two main educational offerings:
- Degree programs: the MBA and the EMBA programs
- Executive education: open enrollment and company custom programs
- The degree programs have triple accreditation by AACSB, AMBA, and EFMD(EQUIS).
The school's MBA program is a one-year full-time program. The program runs from January through December without any break (summer is dedicated for a Company Engagement Project). Each class includes 90 participants from various countries.
The MBA program focuses strongly on personal development, leadership, and general management instead of functional expertise, and as a result, the majority (70%) of the graduates typically get positions in the industrial rather than the financial sector, unlike other major schools. Students will benefit from close contact with executives on site given IMD has been recognised as the best business school for open program in executive education from 2012 to 2016. Moreover, Students will also enjoy several trips to further expand their knowledge and activate their network: one discovery expedition (one week in a developed country and one week in a developing country), a Europe trip and a trip to reflect on dilemma. Finally, each student will have to participate to the International Consulting Project during fall where he or she will be part of a team and work as consultant on a project designed by various companies.
Admission to the MBA program requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, GMAT and a minimum five years full-time work experience, as well as strong command of written and spoken English and one language in addition to English.
The curriculum of the EMBA is different from the MBA because it targets experienced managers with at least 15 years of experience who seek to strengthen their careers without leaving their jobs. The average class size is around 55 participants of more than 20 nationalities. The program has two components: the foundation stage and the mastery stage. All together the program takes over one year. It has a strong focus on leadership skills, integrated business themes, and on the immediate practical application of the subject matter. The 55 selected students have an average age of 39 and according to the Financial Times are the most experienced group of EMBAs in the world.
Executive education is a fundamental part of the school activities. IMD's industrial heritage has led to this strong focus of developing programs with and for its corporate partners. Half of the school's revenue is generated by company specific programs and 45% by open enrollment programs.
IMD Global Centers
IMD Global Family Business Center
For close to a generation, IMD has worked with leading global family businesses. The Global Family Business Center pursues ongoing, highly relevant research and provides a wide range of educational offerings.
IMD Global Value Chain Center
The IMD Global Value Chain 2020 Center is a consortium initiative with corporations to explore and develop future best practices in business models and value chains. The research program centers on twelve strategic questions derived from mega-trends that have changed value chains over the last decade as well as emerging mega-trends that will dominate in the next decade.
IMD Global Board Center
IMD has provided board education for leading organizations for the last 35 years. The IMD Global Board Center carries out governance research and provides a wide range of education opportunities to support long-term business success through a strong board.
The IMD Global Center for Sustainability Leadership
The IMD Global Center for Sustainability Leadership runs learning events and carries out empirical research, case studies and company-specific projects to mainstream corporate sustainability strategies.
IMD World Competitiveness Center (WCC)
The IMD World Competitiveness Center has been a pioneer in the field of competitiveness of nations and enterprises since 1989. It is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge on world competitiveness by gathering the latest and most relevant data on the subject and by analyzing the policy consequences. The WCC conducts its mission in cooperation with a network of 54 partner institutes worldwide to provide the government, business, and academic community with the following products: IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, World Competitiveness Yearbook Online, special country/regional competitiveness reports, and workshops on competitiveness.
The Center for Corporate Sustainability Management (CSM)
CSM is a research and learning initiative at IMD. CSM aims to be the academic partner of companies on their "sustainability journey," helping them to embed their sustainability strategies in a variety of ways. CSM endeavors to build a sustainable business advantage for its member companies through social and environmental strategic action.
The Evian Group IMD
Founded in 1995, The Evian Group IMD is an international coalition of corporate, governmental, and opinion leaders, committed to fostering an open, inclusive, equitable and sustainable global market economy in a rules-based multilateral framework. It advocates trade liberalization to achieve growth and sustain the momentum of globalization. The Evian Group believes that international trade and investment has the great potential of uniting people through greater mutual understanding and common interest across countries, continents, cultures, and generations.
IMD Alumni (Including executive education participants)
- Svein Aaser: CEO, DnB NOR
- Matti Alahuhta: CEO, Kone Corporation
- Bjarni Ármannsson: CEO, Glitnir Bank, Iceland
- Jon Fredrik Baksaas: President and CEO, Telenor
- Paul Bulcke: CEO, Nestle
- Harsh Goenka: Chairman, RPG Enterprises
- Philipp Humm: CEO, T-Mobile USA
- Oswald Grübel: CEO, UBS
- Søren Skou: CEO, Maersk Line
- Mark Rutte: Prime Minister, Netherlands
- Susanne Klatten: Member of the Board, BMW
- Gerard Kleisterlee: CEO, Royal Philips Electronics
- Milinda Moragoda: Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister of Justice, Law Reform and MP
- René Müller: CEO, GMC Software AG, Switzerland
- Mark Opzoomer: CEO, Rambler Media
- Michael Patsalos-Fox: Chairman, Americas, McKinsey & Company
- Thomas Schmidheiny: Chairman, Holcim
- Ian Charles Stewart: Founder, Wired
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Second Counselor in the First Presidency, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, Netherlands
- Diego Molano Vega: Minister of Information Technologies and Communications, Colombia
Notes and references
- "IMD Alliance". https://mitsloan.mit.edu. External link in
- Financial Time Executive Education Rankings - Open Programs - 2015 Retrieved July 8, 2015
- "IMD – International Institute for Management Development". http://www.economist.com. External link in
- Jeannet, Jean-Pierre and Hein Schreuder. 2015. "From Coal to Biotech: The transformation of DSM with business school support". Springer. ISBN 978-3662462980
- "The Economist: Which MBA". Retrieved 2008-06-01.
- "Dominique Turpin confirmed as president of IMD". http://www.ft.com. 25 November 2010. External link in
- "AACSB DataDirect - General". Datadirect.aacsb.edu. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
- "Association of MBAs". Mbaworld.com. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
- EQUIS Accredited Schools
- "The IMD MBA: 90 Exceptional People Who Will Shape the Future of Business". http://www.beatthegmat.com. External link in
- "IMD Ranking". https://next.ft.com. External link in
- "Global MIT Sloan: IMD Alliance". Retrieved 2008-06-01.