About the Dispatcher

Bill Fischer is a Professor at IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has been involved throughout his career in technology management as an engineer, academic and manager. At IMD, he co-directs the Driving Strategic Innovation program, which is run in an alliance with the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Prior to joining IMD, Bill was the Dalton L. McMichael Sr. Professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill.

In addition to his day job, Bill has had a second life working on, and in, China. He first moved to China in 1980, to be part of the U.S. faculty at the National Center for Industrial Science & Technology Development, at Dalian, P.R.C.. He has subsequently worked in China, in some capacity, each succeeding year. From November 1997 through December 1999, he was at the China-Europe International Business School [CEIBS], in Shanghai, where he was Executive President and Dean. For several years, he wrote a "Sunday Column" for www.cbiz.cn, and is presently writing a monthly column for China Entrepreneur magazine.
In 2005, he coauthored Virtuoso Teams [FT/Prentice Hall] with Andy Boynton, and in April 2011 a 2nd book entitled The Idea Hunter [also with Andy Boynton, and with William Bole, published by Jossey-Bass].
Bill was born in Brooklyn, New York, lives with his wife Marie in Lausanne, Switzerland, and has three children and four grandchildren living in the U.S.