International Institute for Management Development

International Institute for Management Development

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.

University highlights

  • IMD is recognized as one of the best business schools in the world
  • IMD is first in open programs worldwide for 5 years in a row
  • IMD has also been in the top 3 in the combined ranking for open and custom programs for 5 straight years, climbing to second place in 2016
  • In custom programs IMD jumped to #4 from sixth in 2015, gaining two ranks this year
  • Ranked No. 1 in custom programs outside the US (2013) by Bloomberg Businessweek
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