Bill Fischer


Professor of Technology Management, IMD

 

William Fischer specializes in issues relating to corporate strategy, particularly in technology-related organizations, and in the management of operations and technology at IMD (the International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He has published numerous articles in academic journals and has won awards for teaching and case writing. In 1999, Fischer received the Silver Magnolia Award, Shanghai’s highest award for foreigners. He currently writes a regular column on Chinese business issues for www.cbiz.cn. His most recent book, co-authored with Andy Boynton, is Virtuoso Teams.

An engineer by training, Fischer has worked with a number of leading corporations in both North America and Europe, and has worked in China continuously since 1980. For more than 15 years, he worked with the World Health Organization in strengthening research and development institutes in developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Between 1976 and 1996, he was on the faculty at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, where he was the Dalton L. McMichael Sr. Professor of Business Administration. In 1998 and 1999, he served as the president of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), a 50–50 joint venture between the European Union and China, located in Shanghai.

Fischer holds a DBA from George Washington University.


Faculty Media

  • Podcast # 1 Integrating social media in the executive education classroom

    Most every professional wants to generate ideas that make a difference. In my first episode of FIR on Higher Education, guest Bill Fischer, a professor at IMD business school in Switzerland,...


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  • Becoming More Innovative in 2014

    Organizations don't innovate—people do. Organizations that are admired for being especially innovative don't hire genetically different people than are available to the rest of us. They just make...


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  • Becoming More Innovative in 2014

    Organizations dont innovate, people do. Organizations that are admired for being especially innovative dont hire genetically different people than are available to the rest of us, they just make...


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  • China Needs a New Generation of Dreamers

    China leads the world in population, and probably in sheer numbers of entrepreneurs as well, but does it lead the world in innovative dreams? Dreams power innovation, and innovation is key to all...


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  • Capturing New Ideas

    "Just like any organization, we all face huge change in the world around us and increasingly that change challenges the basis of what we know and, to some extent, how we know it. So I think we are...


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  • You Will Have a Higher Probability of Success When You Allow People to be Small And Independent

    MIT Sloan Professor Bill Fischer isn't your usual business school professor preaching strategy from an ivory tower. Given that he tutors senior management professionals on how to better steer their...


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  • Reinventing Management How one Chinese company revolutionized they way they work

    Our contributing author Bill Fischer is Professor of Innovation Management at IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is what in past times mightve been called an old China hand, since he has worked...


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  • The Reinvention Epidemic

    Reinvention is more than: restructuring [typically an acronym for downsizing], reorganization repositioning, or rebranding. All of these are, all too often, merely ways of closing down, reducing or...


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  • 13 Of The Greatest Idea Hunters Ever

    Stop thinking so hard and start hunting for good ideas. That's the message of The Idea Hunters, a 2011 book by Andy Boynton of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and Bill Fischer of...


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  • The Folly of Trying to Spend Your Way to Innovativeness

    When it comes to innovation, minds matter more than money. Only three of the most innovative companies in the world in 2011 were among the 10 biggest spenders on R&D (Samsung, Microsoft and Toyota)...


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