On campus program
Orchestrating Winning Performance

Meeting Uncertainty with Resilience

On campus program

Orchestrating Winning Performance

Meeting Uncertainty with Resilience

Location Lausanne
Length 5 days
Fee CH 10,900
Next program starts 24 June 2024

Meet uncertainty with resilience at OWP Lausanne 2024

How do you meet uncertainty with resilience? Orchestrating Winning Performance 2024 provides you with the unique opportunity to understand the complexity, ambiguity and interdependence needed to meet uncertainty with resilience. You will learn how to positively embrace uncertainty, to strengthen your leadership, in order to build business and societal resilience. Together we will envision a bold, confident future.

Guided by IMD expert faculty, you will explore these topics and more, benefiting from the latest insights and applied research. Keynote speakers will motivate you to take ambitious action with their bold, compelling stories. You will deepen your learnings across industries and geographies by learning from, and connecting with, hundreds of peer executives who will join you in high-impact, highly energizing sessions. We warmly welcome you to Orchestrating Winning Performance 2024.

Who you’ll meet at OWP Lausanne

The fully customizable design of OWP makes it ideal for individuals and teams at all career stages and every industry. Joining as a team offers you exceptional opportunities to further tailor your experience with a custom team journey around your key corporate strategic/leadership challenges.


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See inside OWP Lausanne

OWP is IMD’s signature program. The Lausanne 2023 edition attracted about 450 decision-makers to grow their networks and explore the latest thinking on today’s critical business challenges and opportunities.

Customize your week

As an individual
Pick the most relevant topics and streams to solve your challenges and drive your business forward. Take back tools and strategies that you can implement immediately.

As a team
OWP is the ideal environment for your teams to regroup, plan ahead and build highly effective collaborations. A wide range of options enable teams to work together on post-pandemic challenges and develop specific solutions at the corporate level. Team members can also work on individual development needs to effectively lead and collaborate in the new normal.

Insight sessions

Power start your day with a 1-hour insight session into a critical business issue or opportunity.


Gain in-depth knowledge of the on market opportunities and innovations that most interest you.

Special topics

Focus on a special topic such as an integrative case study, personal leadership assessment, or business simulation.

Keynote speakers

Be inspired by stories of success in challenging environments and reminded why you should never give up!


Connect with the people that matter to you and grow your network.

What’s on the OWP schedule?

Get ready to debate with award-winning faculty and industry speakers who will share their latest research, insights and relevant cases. Highly interactive streams, insight sessions and special topics will keep you engaged and inspired throughout the week. Sessions are organized around three themes:

  • Individual/Self
  • Organization
  • Society

See a sample of previous sessions below.

Individual/Self: leadership & people management
Techniques and technologies to boost workplace wellbeing

Professor Alyson Meister

Explore the foundations of healthy brains and minds at work. Practice strategies to manage your own mental health, support the mental health of others, and create a thriving team culture. Turn theory into practice with the latest tools, tips, technologies.

Leading under uncertainty – VR simulation

Professors Winter Nie & David Bolton

Join this VR simulation to illustrate leading under uncertainty. Using rational sense making and emotional sense making, you will experience different roles which mimic the organizational structure.

Future of work: lead your team in a hybrid world

Professor Robert Hooijberg

How do you keep the best of new practices and not fall into old ways of working? Explore what work is best done virtually and what work is best done in-person. Delve deeper into the leadership competencies associated with each mode of working.

Positive practice: overcoming the negativity bias

Professor John Weeks

We are wired to be more sensitive to loss than gain, more easily triggered by fear than hope, more likely to discount positive feedback. Discover practical ways to balance the negativity bias, be more objective and have a positive impact.

Keys to successful empowerment: share your power for people development and agility

Professors Jennifer Jordan & Michael Wade

Empowerment is a buzz word. Explore when it is (not) appropriate to empower. Discover a company that chose to undergo an employee empowerment transformation and learn from their successes and challenges.

The enduring pillars of leadership

Professors Albrecht Enders & Michael Watkins

Fundamental principles of leadership remain constant and provide you with a secure base . Explore two journeys – the inner and outer journeys of a leader – to achieve sustained high performance in turbulent times.

Insight sessions
It’s all about peers: understand and unlock the power of peers

Professor Patrick Reinmoeller

Team feedback and deep dives receive much attention. How does peer influence work? Can you leverage it to drive company growth. Discover latest research and new case studies for actionable insights on how to unlock the power of peers.

Special topics
Leading with your voice

Professor Albrecht Anders & guest speaker: Robin de Haas, CEO, MDH Breath & Voice Solutions

Your voice plays a critical role in how you communicate. Explore the challenges of using your voice and breath and learn how both can become powerful assets during high-impact leadership situations.

Organization: strategy, operations, digital, innovation
AI For business impact

Professors Öykü Işık and Amit Joshi

Demystify AI and understand ML and how it creates business value. Consider the dark side of AI, negative implications and mitigation. Consider the role of regulations in this fast-changing technology landscape.

Growing profitably in today’s landscape

Professor Niccolò Pisani

Even the most successful companies encounter challenges to maintain alignment. Get latest data on the growth trajectories of the world’s leading companies and derive best practices to drive growth successfully.

Open enterprise

Professors Mark Greeven & Patrick Reinmoeller

Gain insights based on case studies of emerging innovators that successfully deploy an alternative model of enterprise in different industries, countries and growth stages. We outline the design principles of this new model of open enterprise.

Revenue growth vectors and pricing

Professor Stefan Michel

Using latest global cases, reflect on opportunities to identify and create new growth vectors in a language that helps you communicate novel approaches throughout your organization. Explore pricing excellence in this context.

The future of competitive strategy

Professor Mohan Subramaniam

Discover how to chart a future for your competitive strategy that unleashes the power of data and digital ecosystems.

Solvable – a simple solution to complex problems

Professors Arnaud Chevallier & Albrecht Enders

Based on the book, Solvable, learn three simple steps to structure how you make difficult decisions. Get concrete tools to improve your effectiveness in solving complex problems.

Navigating your family business into the future

Professor Peter Vogel

This stream is dedicated to family businesses.

Insight sessions
Shades of innovation

Professor Louise Muhdi

Innovating in multiple areas can help you create more value and increase your chance of success. Broaden your view of innovation and identify where to focus for meaningful and sustainable growth.

Special topics
Corporate venture: how do you succeed?

Professor Salvatore Cantale & guest speaker: Sune Stilling, Managing Partner, Nine Realms

Want to start or revamp your corporate venture capital? Gain practical insights into trade-offs between an independent venture capital fund (IVC) and a corporate venture capital fund (CVC). Using the case study of Nine Realms, a global and new supply-chain venture capital company, explore two approaches in terms of investment, time horizon, start-up benefits, talent profiles and work environment.

Society: geopolitics, environmental
Navigating geopolitics

Professor David Bach

Recent events have catapulted geopolitics to the top of the executive agenda. What are the implications? How do you adapt your strategy? What organizational capabilities and leadership competencies are needed? Find answers in this stream.

Talking the walk: driving and communicating sustainability

Professors Julia Binder & Heather Cairns-Lee

Communicating about your sustainability efforts is a balancing act between communicating too much or too little. How do you strike the right balance? Discover how you can take the initiative to influence, frame and communicate sustainability solutions.

Leading into the new world of mandatory sustainability reporting

Professor Florian Hoos

Mandatory sustainability reporting standards will soon be applied to the traditional financial reporting standards. How do you use this change to gain competitive advantage? Explore its impact on strategy, KPIs and reporting.

The supply-chain reconstruction

Professor Carlos Cordon

Explore best practices to create supply chains focused on profitability and revenues rather than low cost. Improvements in sustainability also lie in supply chain. See how companies like Henkel drive the sustainability agenda through supply-chain digitization.

Achieve growth through a competitive climate strategy

Professor Francisco Szekely

Gain deep insights into current climate change policy, attitudes of consumers and investors towards climate and green finance, how to be included in an ESG portfolio and strategies to grow and become more competitive financially.

special topics
Culture change and stakeholder engagement: Rio Tinto confronts the past to enable the future

Professors David Bach & Alyson Meister

In 2022, Rio Tinto was reeling from a public relations disaster. Anchored on a new multimedia case, explore the role that confronting your past plays in driving culture change, transforming organizational dynamics while ushering in a new phase of stakeholder engagement.

World competitiveness

Professor Arturo Bris

Competitiveness refers to the ability of nations to generate welfare and employment. This session focuses on the competitiveness model of countries and four complementary strategies that nations have followed.

Individuals and teams review their week

We came to OWP with our full management team. It’s a great team experience offering a relaxed yet professional atmosphere. You are together to do some professional learning, while you at the same time get the chance to talk about stuff that is important in your own team.

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Søren Brandi Managing Partner Hildebrandt & Brandi

OWP is a learning pallet for business leaders to discover the latest management thinking, as well as an opportunity for the broader executive team to connect in person.

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Jens Bjerg Sørensen CEO, Schouw & Co, Denmark

In these very uncertain times, it is extremely valuable to be able to network with such smart, brilliant people from all over the world, to interact with the faculty, and to learn the latest on what’s happening out there.

Adelina Toader Director, Structured Commodities Finance, ING, Switzerland

OWP Lausanne is fantastic. It developed my leadership in terms of leading myself, leading others, leading strategy and how to contribute more to my organization and country.

Raed AlRashed Senior General Manager, NWC, Saudi Arabia

I got great insights on how to manage our environmental impact as a company. Super interesting learning with very dynamic professors and participants from a wide diversity of

Karine Le Heiget Global HR Division, Deputy Head of Training & Development, TDK Corporation, France
Two Danish firms strengthen their top teams at OWP

Schouw & Co, an industrial conglomerate and Hildebrandt and Brandi, a management consultancy firm, explain how Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) helps their top teams gain ‘outside-in’ inspiration and sets the direction for the next year.

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Schouw team celebrates OWP

IMD’s first face-to-face Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) in three years provided “a learning pallet” for business leaders to discover the latest management thinking, as well as an opportunity for the broader executive team to connect in person, said Jens Bjerg Sørensen, CEO at Schouw & Co, a Danish industrial conglomerate that owns six companies in the B2B segment.

“You get a lot of insights and food for thought,” he said of the week-long customizable program. “It’s difficult to organize a program like this yourself; you can’t find the inspiration in the same way. It’s super good to combine the IMD professionalism with our own small breakout groups. We get good inspiration and meet up in small groups and have broader company insights,” he added.

Having attended OWP five times previously, this year Sørensen brought the management teams from all six of Schouw & Co’s holding companies – the first time the team of 40 people was able to come together since the pandemic. Each of the holding companies had their own breakout room at IMD, and at 7.30 am each day, Sørensen ran a chairman session with the different function heads from each firm to use their insights to drill down into what is going on at each company. insights on a whiteboard to help him visualize the broader trends that will shape the company’s strategy.

“Last time, in 2019, we really realized that sustainability was knocking on the door,” he said. “I took a lot of decisions based on that. I took a picture of the whiteboard, and I’ve been using it over the past few years to set direction. And one word came out of that was ‘responsible’.”

Following that OWP, Schouw & Co established a corporate center of sustainability and ESG and came up with some new ideas around how to digitalize.

One of his key takeaways this year is that volatility is here to stay. “The world is not as easy as it used to be. I learned that you need to keep and stick to a clear strategic direction,” he said.

To cope with this increasing uncertainty, Sørensen believes it is more important than ever to invest in his company’s people. OWP not only brings fresh insights and a chance to network across the broader group, but also a different mindset, he said.

Søren Brandi at OWP Lausanne

This is a belief shared by fellow Dane Søren Brandi, Managing Partner at management consultancy firm Hildebrandt & Brandi, who came to OWP this year with a team of 20 people, including his fellow partners as well as the company’s future talent.

“It’s a great team experience to be here in a relaxed yet professional atmosphere. You are together to do some professional learning, while you at the same time get the chance to talk about stuff that is important in your own team,”he said.

His number one priority at OWP is to fuel the inspiration, motivation, and engagement for individual learning on topics as diverse as sustainability, future readiness, and complex leadership challenges. “We didn’t put any restrictions or guidelines on which streams and insight sessions they should use. Instead, we told them to pick what they find most relevant,” he said. “We believe the systems learning will come through the individual’s learning.”

Once back in Denmark, Brandi believes the company will the reap the spillover effects of knowledge sharing. “The number two priority is that the company gets stronger, and we will grow through the people,” he said. Both Brandi and Sørensen praised the energy at this year’s OWP and the importance of being able to connect with executives from around the world, many of whom are facing similar challenges and some of whom may go on to become future business partners.

“One of the very important messages from OWP is, to quote US President Eisenhower, ‘plans are nothing, planning is everything’,” said Brandi. “To be future ready and more prepared,I think that’s a very important message and it is reflected in many of the classes this week.  It’s not so much about the plans and the strategies, it’s about being able to cope and adapt.”

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Lausanne vibrant innovation hub

IMD is uniquely situated in the vibrant innovation hub of Lausanne in western Switzerland.

Drawing inspiration from its close partnerships with neighboring top technology institute EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and design university ECAL (Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne), IMD thrives at the center of the one of the world’s most exciting innovative nations.

Recently cited as the most innovative country in the world by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) for the last eight years, and #1 ranking for discovering best talents by the IMD World Competitiveness Report, Switzerland is not only a top global innovation nation but also one of the most competitive places to be.

Next start & fee

Length: 5 days at IMD Campus in Lausanne or Singapore

24 Jun – 28 Jun 2024
5 days
CHF 10,900
CHF 9,900 (Early bird)

CHF 8,900 For IMD alumni
SPECIAL TEAM OFFER: Every 5th participant joins OWP for free