Senior Lecturer, Operations Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
William Fischer specializes in issues relating to corporate strategy, particularly in technology-related organizations.
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 books are Virtuoso Teams (co-authored with Andy Boynton) and Reinventing Giants (with Umberto Lago and Fang Liu).
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. From 2000 to 2020, he taught at IMD (the International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Fischer holds a DBA from George Washington University.