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Research Associate - Asian Market Specialist

IMD - International Institute for Management Development

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Research Associate - Asian Market Specialist

About IMD
IMD is a Swiss foundation, based on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland,
dedicated to the development of international business executives at each stage in their
careers. Our unique environment enables us to maintain our position as a world leader in
Executive Development, and recruiting the best people will help us continue to meet our
objectives. To reinforce our team, we are looking for a

Research Associate – Asian Market Specialist (100%)

The Job’s mission
Work with Faculty on diverse assignments related to research and development activities
to help generate quality material that is relevant to furthering executive education. The
assignments could result in a variety of outputs, including case studies, newspaper and
magazine articles, journal articles, books and learning materials that Faculty members can
use in academic settings or IMD programs. The work is carried out independently, with
direction and varying degrees of collaboration provided by a Faculty member.

More specifically, we are looking for candidates with a strong experience of the Asian

market (China, Japan, South East Asia) in one or more of the following functional areas:

 Finance & Accounting
 Innovation & Entrepreneurship
 Leadership & Organizational Behavior
 Strategy
 Supply Chain & Operations Management
 Technology Management & IT

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Key activities & accountabilities
R&D activities at IMD range from academic research (for “A” journals) to highly applied,
practice-oriented research culminating in the development of tailor-made learning
materials. Assignments typically include data searches, as well as analyzing and
synthesizing research materials, drawing conclusions and writing formal documents. The
work includes both primary and secondary research using different research
methodologies (qualitative or quantitative) and includes interaction with executives through
interviews and surveys. The Research Associate may be involved in any one or several of

the following types of activities, depending on his or her capabilities:

 ACADEMIC RESEARCH: Conducting literature reviews, gathering data from
secondary sources, creating hypotheses and research questions for the research
project, determining data gathering approaches, creating surveys/questionnaires,
managing or coordinating surveys or interviews, analyzing data (qualitative or
quantitative analysis), creating insights, and writing working papers, conference
papers and academic articles.

 DATA ANALYSIS: Gathering data from qualitative sources, interviews and
analysing information from diverse public sources.

various types of media (print, web-based, etc.) relevant to practicing managers
based on earlier research. Working with the Communications team or with external

 DEVELOPMENT OF CASE STUDIES: Gathering data from secondary sources and
conducting interviews with senior executive in the case company. Structuring and
writing the case study. Managing the relationships with the case company
throughout the process, including receiving final sign-off to use the case in the

 OTHER LEARNING MATERIALS: Developing research-based presentations or
exercises to be used in the classroom.

 PROGRAMS: Sometimes the Research Associate is involved in supporting
programs, either by developing tailor-made material or by managing/coordinating
project teams between the modules. This is not a core part of the role.

Reporting directly to the Research Resources Manager, the Research Associate works
with Faculty members on research and development projects that lead to multiple types of
written and/or audiovisual output. Although the research agenda is determined by the
Faculty members, the Research Associate has a high level of responsibility for driving the

project. The role includes the following key aspects:

 Delivering quality output that is in line with Faculty members’ expectations and
IMD’s standards by making sure that output is delivered on time and by driving the
project throughout the research assignment.
 Providing proactive ideas and suggestions that will lead to new ways of thinking or
new ways of presenting research material.
 Building good working relationship with internal clients, primarily Faculty members,
as well as external clients such as executives at senior levels of companies
involved in a research project (for example, case companies).

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Ideal profile
 MBA or equivalent
 Minimum 3 to 5 years of business experience after education, typically in a role
requiring analytical, writing and conceptual skills
 Strong Asian market expertise (China, Japan, South East Asia)
 Strong international exposure
 Managerial experience is an asset
 Research competencies (e.g. having produced output such as reports, statistical
output for articles, books, presentations) and exposure to academic work are
 Experience in a management consulting or business development role is an asset.
 Strong research skills (data gathering, interviewing, hypothesis building, analysis,
use of online sources such as ProQuest, Factiva, etc.)
 Ability to work independently, to take the initiative and to drive projects forward
 Effective and excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to interact
with a broad range of often senior stakeholders (R&D team, Faculty, general
managers, etc.) across multiple parallel assignments
 Strong organizational skills
 Video script writing and editing skills are an advantage
 Excellent written and spoken English is a must; Fluent in one of several Asian

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

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