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Research Associate - Asian Market Specialist

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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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