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David Bach

Dean of Innovation and Programs at The Institute for Management Development (IMD)
David Bach

Political economy expert David Bach brings to IMD a proven track record of creating impactful learning journeys in a dual role as both Professor and Dean.

Through his award-winning teaching and writing, Bach helps managers and senior executives develop a strategic lens for the nexus of business and politics. This enables them to more effectively navigate the myriad political challenges facing business, from corporate diplomacy and resurgent economic nationalism to stakeholder demands for greater sustainability and shaping policies for a post-COVID-19 world. His course “The End of Globalization?” – designed in the aftermath of the Brexit vote and the rise of populist leaders across Western democracies – received the 2018 Ideas Worth Teaching Award from the Aspen Institute.

As former Yale School of Management’s (SOM) Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and member of the senior leadership team, David has played a defining role in globalizing the school and diversifying its program portfolio over the past eight years. He is currently responsible for Yale’s top ranked Executive MBA and its non-degree executive education portfolio, including a set of innovative online programs.

David has a strong track record in helping managers and senior executives develop a strategic lens for the nexus of business and politics through his programs and publications. By enhancing their political acumen, David strengthens global business leaders’ ability to navigate resurgent economic nationalism, meet diverse stakeholder expectations in contentious political environments, and position the enterprise as an enabler of progress on wide-ranging societal challenges, from climate change to poverty alleviation to achieving gender equity. His course “The End of Globalization?” designed in the aftermath of the Brexit vote and the rise of populist leaders across Western democracies, received the 2018 Ideas Worth Teaching Award from the Aspen Institute. 

In management education circles, David is known for his global perspective. He is one of the main architects of the Global Network for Advanced Management, an alliance of 31 top global business schools from five continents, of which IMD has been a member since 2012. Moreover, he played a leading role in the creation of Yale Center Beijing and has overseen its operations since its founding in 2014.

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