Michael Wade: Biography highlights

Michael Wade is a chaired professor at the IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland and directs IMD’s Global Center for Digital Business Transformation.

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His areas of expertise relate to digital disruption, digital transformation and digital leadership. He has published nine books, more than a hundred case studies and articles and appears frequently in the mainstream media. His Latest book, published in 2019, is Orchestrating Transformation: How to Deliver Winning Performance with a Connected Approach to Change.

His previous book, 2016’s Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors at their Own Game won multiple awards, sold more than 100,000 copies and has been translated into five languages.

Professor Wade has been named one of the top ten digital thought leaders in Switzerland by Bilanz, Le Temps, and Handelszeitung. At IMD, he directs a number of executive programmes related to digital transformation, including Digital Execution, Digital Transformation for Boards and Digital Disruption. He also founded and directs Europe’s first and largest programme for executives on digital, Leading Digital Business Transformation.

He has directed several custom programs related to strategy and digital business transformation with Vodafone, AXA, Tetra Pak, Honda, Gazprom, Credit Suisse and Cartier, among others. Professor Wade has been nominated for teaching awards in the MBA and Executive MBA programs.

Michael Wade is a frequent keynote speaker on topics related to digital disruption and transformation. He has given hundreds of talks at corporate events and industry conferences across the world to groups ranging from a few dozen to thousands of people. He has lived and worked in Britain, Canada, Japan, Norway, Costa Rica and Switzerland.

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The Transformation Orchestra: A New Framework for Digital Execution
The Transformation Orchestra: A New Framework for Digital Execution
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Michael Wade during the 8th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie
Michael Wade during the 8th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie
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Campus TV Interview with Prof. Michael Wade
Campus TV Interview with Prof. Michael Wade
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Interview of Michael Wade during the 8th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie
Interview of Michael Wade during the 8th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie
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IMD Online - Turn digital disruption into opportunity
IMD Online - Turn digital disruption into opportunity
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IMD business school class: Playing the digitization piano
IMD business school class: Playing the digitization piano
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Institute of Banking Studies - Kuwait

A great learning experience and an excellent presentation by Professor Wade. He provided a real eye opener on digital transformation.

Head
CFAO

We loved the way he made complex topics not only simple to understand but also very funny.

Richard Bielle
President and Director General
SAP Campus Basel

Professor Wade gave a great speech and we received superb feedback from his keynote.

Sylvia Lindblom
Universal Postal Union

Professor Wade's skill in moderating the forum and in driving discussions substantially enriched the event and was very much appreciated by all the delegates. We learned a great deal about the ground breaking changes taking place in the industry.

Bishar A. Hussein
Director General

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