By: Tuck School of Business Communications Posted: Oct 15th, 2014

For Immediate Release: October 15, 2014
Contact: Alessandro Sofia, Head of Communications, IMD
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IMD and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth announced a new collaboration that will help global organizations develop their talent pipeline to ensure a competitive edge. IMD’s popular Transition to Business Leadership (TBL) executive education program will be offered in two modules, alternating between IMD located on the shores of Lake Geneva and Tuck’s Ivy League campus in Hanover, N.H., starting in spring 2015.

IMD launched the program, designed to help experienced functional managers make the shift to business leadership positions, earlier this year and it has quickly become one of the Swiss-based school’s most sought-after global leadership programs. The new collaboration brings together some of the top thought leaders in management practice from Tuck and IMD, pairing best-in-class teaching with real-world expertise. Participants will be issued a dual certificate of completion from both Tuck and IMD – a highly desirable distinction in any leader’s career development journey.

TBL is designed for experienced functional managers who have transitioned—or will soon transition—into business leadership positions. The program takes executives on a personalized journey during which they come to understand the common challenges and pitfalls that accompany any transition into a leadership role.

“Tuck Executive Education has a proven track record of developing strategic leaders and we are thrilled to be collaborating with them on this important program,” remarks program co-director Stewart Black of IMD. “TBL is a terrific way to complement experience and abilities and to ensure that executives are successful at making what, for most people, is one of the most difficult transitions in their entire career.”

TBL consists of two modules of two weeks: Understanding the Business Leader Role and Leading Change. Module 1 takes place March 2-13 at IMD in Lausanne. Module 2 will be held at the Tuck School on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover from April 20 to May 1. The program includes pre-program, inter-module, and post-program distance learning.

TBL is led by IMD professors and program co-directors Stewart Black and Michael Watkins. Sydney Finkelstein, Associate Dean for Executive Education at Tuck, is working in close collaboration with Black and Watkins and also serves as the faculty director for the Tuck module.

“There’s a global shortage of capable leaders and for global organizations who want that competitive edge, it’s a race for talent. Our collaboration with IMD will help close the gap,” said Finkelstein.

Read more about the IMD- Tuck TBL offering here.

IMD and Tuck will soon announce the launch of a joint program called “The Job of the CEO” which will help soon-to-be or recently promoted CEOs make the transition.

About IMD

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About the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Founded in 1900 as the first graduate school of management, the Tuck School of Business is recognized among the leading business schools in the world. In the recent Economist’s worldwide ranking of full-time MBA programs, Tuck placed #2 worldwide. Tuck creates an environment of engaged learning that strengthens strategic leadership and accelerates organizational impact. Tuck Executive Education – where the business of learning is personal. (

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