Research fellow at IMD Business School
I am currently a research fellow at IMD Business School in Lausanne. I am doing academic and applied research driven from business-societal needs and I translate the findings in practitioner outlets and executive teaching programs. In brief, I investigate what would help employees and organizations thrive, and create science-based solutions that can positively impact business and society.
I learned to work with a broad, interdisciplinary mindset, which pushed me [...] to be heard and impactful outside of my field of expertise.
My years of doctoral studies at CISA brought me several benefits. Most importantly, I learned to work with a broad, interdisciplinary mindset, which pushed me to seek out and integrate resources from novel angels. It also helped me to be heard and impactful outside of my field of expertise. That was rather important for my professional career, as it taught me to communicate efficiently with different types of stakeholders (the public, experts, students, clients, investors, etc). I accustomed myself to go out of my “comfort” zone although working in such a diverse community was at times interpersonally challenging. Second, being surrounded by smart and passionate co-workers enriched and motivated me as a scholar. They became a valuable first and solid network that I still engage with today.
Being surrounded by smart and passionate co-workers enriched and motivated me as a scholar.
As my PhD involved fundamental research (i.e., it was not applied per se), my two post-docs were necessary to build the bridge between my field of expertise and the jobs I was interested in. I am currently very happy with my work and find it very rewarding. My various jobs so far, at a tech start-up (VIMA) as well as now at IMD, have always had a scientific grounding where both subject matter knowledge and transversal skills as a PhD contribute to good performance of myself and of the organization. I have an optimistic sense of purpose that my research and advisory work may inspire decision-makers and provide them with science-backed tools to help people thrive at the workplace.
For those who wish to pursue a career in the public or private sector, I strongly recommend finding a mentor in your field of interest and also taking transversal skills courses, such as research project management, business development, and personal career coaching.