Building Team Spirit

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
– Henry Ford

My name is Matthias Tschudi, I am 33 years old and I am the local one of the class. I was born in Lausanne and raised in the beautiful vineyard of Lavaux, 10km away.


I always feel at home when enjoying the scenic view of Geneva Lake or when skiing on the snowy slopes of the Alps. But since the beginning of 2018, I feel even more fortunate to welcome all of my awesome MBA classmates in my home town!


Before coming to IMD, I was working in a Swiss company developing automated production machines. The technical challenges were extremely interesting, but my biggest motivation has always been to work with people. I had to manage several projects and development teams, and I always considered that working together was the best way to achieve success.

When I was a teenager, I used to play volleyball. In this sport, you are six on the court, and you have to trust your team. If one of us made a mistake, the point was lost and it was thus mandatory to play together and support each other. We could build a great team spirit over the years, allowing us to become twice in a row vice Swiss champions. These memories always remind me that heading towards the same objective as a team will make outstanding results achievable.

In January, I only had to walk 30 minutes to come to IMD, while some of my classmates had to relocate from more than 15’000km away, but everyone came together to start this journey. We made progress by keeping together during the first days, but we’re now definitely working together toward success – our common success.



What does your online footprint look like?

What does your online footprint look like? How much data do you think companies have accumulated on you over the years you have been googling, shopping, using social media platforms, reading articles and so on? These were all questions that our startup group had never considered before beginning to work on our project together with Continue reading “What does your online footprint look like?”

The Rollercoaster Ride

It starts with anticipation and excitement, plus a bit of dread…

The adrenalin begins to flow – a new country, bonding with classmates, minds stretching with new information and skills, Faculty and guest speakers, off-campus exercises and cases, start-up projects and integrative exercises…

And then comes the peak as realisation hits – this is it! The fast pace, the intensity, the ride is in full swing and suddenly, the swoop towards the first round of exams has arrived.

A mountain of work to revise, three months of finance and accounting, economics and strategy – evening workshops , shared notes, nerves building in anticipation.

And this is where the MBAs are now. Preparing for next week – a week of exams.


But spring is in the air, the exams will be followed by a long weekend break, new classes will start, new Faculty be met, and spring will turn to summer…

And the roller coaster ride continues – a second round of revision and exams, company visits, the program quickly half way over as the pressure builds.

A trip around the world together, summer vacation.

Another module, career search in full swing, a digital lab, ICPs, electives.

The ride is nearing its end, adrenaline levels calm with a certain surprise that it’s over already, goodbyes approach.

But there’s one final swoop – awards and celebrations, the graduation ceremony and family reunions, the rush of success – yes, you did it ! You are an IMD MBA graduate ready for the next stage of your career with 89 lifelong friends to support you along the way.

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Good luck to the class of 2018 on the first round of exams!


Hans the Dutchman

My name is Hans Bergers and I am an Aerospace Engineer by training. This year I am the only Dutchman in class. This means that the responsibility is on my shoulders alone to live up to the stereotypes, such as riding my bike to school every day. In the morning this makes for an easy whizz downhill to the beautiful lakeside. In the evening a bit less so. Among many other things, these little trips emphasize for me the quality of life that you can find here.

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Experiential learning on Entrepreneurship with CoatChecker

When we look at the past two months of our IMD MBA, the start-up engagement project has been a unique learning experience. The IMD MBA provides an unmatched emphasis on learning about the reality of entrepreneurship by letting us engage directly with an early stage start-up and work with them to provide tangible results.

We work with Joris Storskogen (CEO and co-founder) and Nusret Salihi (CTO and co-founder) of CoatChecker Gmbh Continue reading “Experiential learning on Entrepreneurship with CoatChecker”