Jennifer Jordan: Biography highlights

Jennifer Jordan is a social psychologist and is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at IMD.

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What are the best practices for managing and leading in the new normal? How do you lead virtual teams and create trust and connection in the virtual world? And what does “agility” really mean when it comes to mindset and behavior? These are the questions challenging current leaders, as the practices that worked for leaders in the previous “world” are no longer working (or working less well) in the new reality that they are facing.

Jennifer’s research, teaching, and consulting focus on these questions and providing leaders and organizations with research-based answers on best practices for leading in this “new normal” – which is constantly being shaped and redefined. As a social psychologist, Jennifer approaches these questions from a mindset angle – focusing on the psychological roadblocks that keep leaders from leading at their best and the mental strategies and reframings that they can use to start leading at their full potential. Audience members will leave her sessions with concrete tools for how to lead – giving room for ample discussions and questions and answers.

Jennifer is a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. Prior to IMD, she worked at Tuck Business School and the Kellogg School of Management in the United States and the University of Groningen, in The Netherlands. She received a masters of philosophy and psychology, as well as a doctorate in psychology (focus: social) from Yale University in the United States.

Jennifer’s research mainly focuses on leading in the digital age, as well as the intersection between power and ethics. Her research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology – among others. And has been mentioned in several popular press outlets, including The New York Times and Forbes.

She is also the editor of one of the seminal scientific books on wisdom, Handbook of Wisdom: Psychological Perspectives and serves on the editorial boards of the academic journals, Leadership Quarterly and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. In 2019, Jennifer was named as one of the top 40 MBA professors worldwide under 40 years of age by Poets and Quants and nominated for a Thinkers50 Radar Award. Jennifer has been a speaker at numerous industry and academic events, including Women in Networking, the Digital HR Innovation Summit, EFMD Deans Conference, The Executive Global Network Conference, Human Capital and Leadership Summit, Africa CEO Forum, and the NZZ X-days from the Swiss Economic Forum.



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Motivation decoded with Professor Jennifer Jordan
Motivation decoded with Professor Jennifer Jordan
Prof. Jennifer Jordan on Changing Employee Expectations of Leaders - HCLI Trailblazers #37
Prof. Jennifer Jordan on Changing Employee Expectations of Leaders - HCLI Trailblazers #37
IMD MBA - Leadership Class
IMD MBA - Leadership Class
Leading virtual teams 2.0
Leading virtual teams 2.0
Corporate Research Forum

At CRF we have had the pleasure of working with Professor Jennifer Jordan on a couple of projects. She handles virtual presentation brilliantly - she conveys well-researched but practical information in a highly engaging way. She is by far the best digital presenter we have worked with, and the way she brings the audience into the conversation is particularly impressive. 

Gillian Phillans
Research Director

Jennifer Jordan gave an excellent keynote speech at the Global WIN Conference. Her speech was informative and packed with great learning points, and the way she shared it was personal and touching. She captivated the entire audience. It was an impressive talk in front of many high powered women and men from around the world. Having curated and directed hundreds of events worldwide, I highly recommend her as a keynote speaker at other world-class events and beyond. You will get quality and humanity. 

Kristin Engvig

It was a real pleasure having Professor Jennifer Jordan at the European House - Ambrosetti as a speaker.

 Jennifer is an extremely devoted, engaging and prepared speaker. She carried out, in a very collaborative and professional way, the preparation for the session and the speech itself. The participants (C-level executives and top managers from middle and large Italian companies and multinational branches in Italy) appreciated the thoughtful and innovative insights on the topic of leadership that Jennifer Jordan shared during the meeting.

 The evaluations received from the audience were excellent, praising her as one of the best speakers in our 2020 program.

 It will be our great pleasure to host Professor Jordan as a speaker at the European House - Ambrosetti in the future.

President of EFMD

I invited Jennifer to be the keynote speaker of the plenary session about Skills Revolution for the 2020 EFMD Conference for Deans and Directors General hosted by SDA Bocconi School of Management in February 2020. 

 Her impactful research and teaching experience on digital leadership, ethics, influence and power is impressive. But more importantly she is able to transfer that outstanding knowledge to very different audiences, from scholars to practitioners.

 She is absolutely brilliant and engaging.

Giuseppe Soda
Dean of Bocconi School of Business

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