Leif Sjöblom

Professor of Financial Management

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Leif Sjöblom is Professor of Financial Management. His areas of special interest include the restructuring of the telecommunications industry, performance measurement and shareholder value creation, and micro-entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining IMD, Sjöblom worked in marketing, production, and the telecommunications industry. His teaching experience includes a range of courses for the telecommunications industry as well as general management courses in performance management and financial analysis. Since joining IMD he has directed the Program for Executive Development (PED) and the Building on Talent (BOT) program. He is also actively working with African entrepreneurs and universities to develop their capabilities.

Sjöblom has a PhD in business and MS in statistics from Stanford University, an MBA from Helsinki School of Economics, and a BSc in electrical engineering. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Fulbright Fellow.

Academic publications
Article
James Singh: Leading Nestlé’s house of finance
Jim Singh joined Nestlé in 1977 and over the next 23 years progressed from financial analyst to executive vice president and chief financial officer of Nestlé Canada. During that time, he became a ...
Published 1 September 2011
Article
Commercializing technology: Why is it so difficult to be disciplined?
This article proposes a road map for evaluating strategic opportunities - where to apply the technology and how to handle partnerships optimally - and for running the projects discipline.
Published 1 February 2004
Insight for Executives
Is Africa the land of business opportunity or pain?
Article
Is Africa the land of business opportunity or pain?
Africa offers some of the highest growth rates in the world, but most Western companies don’t know how to capitalize.
Published 7 September 2016
Article
Success lies one step ahead of the consumer
The increased competition that is driving globalisation will always produce both winners and losers. It is therefore not surprising that some managers see current trends as a great threat while oth...
Published 6 February 1998