IMD International Institute for Management Development

Research Fellow, Sustainable Development

2024-06-30 (Europe/Zurich)
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Contract Type:  Fixed-term
Location: Lausanne, CH

About IMD

Founded by business executives for business executives, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) is an independent academic institute with campuses in Lausanne and Singapore as well as a Management Development Hub in Shenzhen.
We strive to be the trusted learning partner of choice for ambitious individuals and organizations worldwide. Our executive education and degree programs are consistently ranked among the world’s best by the Financial Times,  Bloomberg, Forbes, and others.
Our leading position in the field is grounded in our unique approach to creating real learning, real impact. Through our research, programs, and advisory work we enable business leaders to find new and better solutions.
Our purpose is Challenging what is and inspiring what could be, we develop leaders and organizations that contribute to a more prosperous, sustainable and inclusive world.

To reinforce our team, we are looking for a

Research Fellow, Sustainable Development

We are looking for a researcher (holding a PhD degree) to help push the school’s research agenda on Sustainable Development, through the lens of social entrepreneurship and civic wealth creation. Social entrepreneurship leverages the tools of creativity and innovation to drive economic, social and environmental value creation, and to advance positive change in our communities, while civic wealth captures the positive benefits and transformative changes that occur when communities, enterprises, and their supporters come together to improve their well-being and vitality through cooperation, kinship, and commerce. The civic wealth creation lens brings a multistakeholder view to social entrepreneurship. It considers that social entrepreneurial efforts are just one part of a collaborative equation that will bring about positive societal impact, along with corporations, philanthropic organizations, local communities leaders, government agencies, and other stakeholders. 

The research will be conducted as part of the newly launched Coca-Cola Foundation Chair in Sustainable Development, embedded in the Center for Social Innovation. The Chair’s purpose is to lead impact-oriented research, create practitioner insights and programs to fuel critical debate, guide new ventures, and inspire next-generation social impact strategies that shape a more sustainable and equitable world. Topics of collective action, community engagement, and economic empowerment will be given particular attention.

The Job’s mission
The Research Fellow will be involved in multiple concurrent research projects within the Coca-Cola Foundation Chair in Sustainable Development. The Research Fellow will work closely with Professor Sophie Bacq, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Lead of the IMD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, and also collaborate with a growing network of inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary researchers which whom Professor Bacq engages on a continuous basis.

The Research Fellow will help developing and conducting novel and relevant research for the coming years, including study design, application of the latest research methodologies, data collection and analysis, as well as the writing of academic- and practitioner-oriented articles, reports, case studies and/or literature reviews, and ensure the successful completion of the publication process in the leading journals of our field. The Research Fellow will also support the integration/transfer of research insights into IMD programs, engagement platforms, and events. 

Key activities & accountabilities

  • Familiarize oneself with latest published research on topics relevant to sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, and civic wealth in timely manners. 
  • Design research projects, theoretical and empirical. 
  • Collect data, both qualitative and quantitative. 
  • Analyze and draw insights from qualitative and quantitative data in a structured manner. The work will range from qualitative case studies to large-scale quantitative studies. 
  • Design interview guides based on the study purpose and latest literature, and conduct interviews. 
  • Write academic articles publishable, and eventually published, in top academic outlets (e.g., FT50).
  • Write practitioner-oriented articles, reports, case studies, and other forms of output. 
  • Work collaboratively with other researchers at IMD.

Ideal profile

  • Ph.D. in Management or Entrepreneurship, and/or other relevant discipline (e.g., Economic Development)
  • Record of ability to publish in top-peer reviewed journals
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and proactively with minimum supervision
  • Collaborative and capable of working in multi-disciplinary environment
  • Deadline- and results-oriented
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Full fluency in English (written and spoken) at a native level or equivalent. Other languages – in particular French – are a plus.


  • 3 Years, Fixed-Term contract with possibilities of extension
  • Please submit your application by 30 June 2024.

How to apply

If you have the above skills and would like to work in our stimulating environment, please send your complete application file (letter of motivation and resume in English, copies of your work certificates and diplomas). 

If you’re a qualified candidate with a disability (such as dyslexia, sight and/or hearing disabilities, etc) and you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for this position, please specify it in your application. 

Job details

Research Fellow, Sustainable Development
Ch. de Bellerive 23 Lausanne, Switzerland
Application deadline
2024-06-30 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)
2024-06-30 23:59 (CET)
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