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Professor of Management and Innovation, International Institute for Management Development (IMD)

Howard Yu is the LEGO professor of management and innovation at the IMD Business School in Switzerland and author of LEAP: How Businesses Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied. His research covers areas including change management, organisational design, strategy implementation, digital disruption, big data, technology management and value creation.

Yu delivers customized training programs for major global companies, including Bosch, Mars, Maersk, Electrolux, Daimler, Sanofi, Novartis, and LEGO. A native of Hong Kong with a doctoral degree from Harvard Business School, he writes regularly for Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and the South China Morning Post. He was selected by Poets&Quants in 2015 as one of “The World’s Top 40 Business Professors Under 40,” and in 2018, he appeared on the Thinkers50 Radar list of 30 management thinkers “most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.”

His teaching and research collaboration with organizations in Asia includes China’s TravelSky, China Resources, COFCO, and Tencent; Japan’s Nitto and Recruit Holdings; Singapore’s Temasek. His work in Europe includes ASML, Daimler, Bosch, Electrolux, LEGO, Sanofi, and Novartis. Professor Yu received his doctoral degree in management from Harvard Business School. Prior to his doctorate, he worked in the banking industry in Hong Kong. You can read more of his work at


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    Professor of Management and Innovation, IMD Business School