What is the Institute for Management Studies?

by Dr. Rick Kirschner on October 26, 2011

Institute for Management Studies logoI’m a faculty member with the Institute for Management Studies.  And there’s a question I’ve been asked about this at least a hundred times over the last few years.  “What is the Institute for Management Studies?”  Today, I’ll answer that question.

But first, I’d like to speak to my relationship with IMS, and the relationship of IMS to member companies.

For me personally, IMS is an extraordinary venue for professional educators like myself – people with something to say of relevance to the business community and wanting to find business persons willing to listen and act on their suggestions.  IMS provides me with professional audiences.  As a result of my association with IMS, and the willingness of some of the wonderful program chairs that manage the various IMS regions, I’ve been able to develop programs at a much more rapid pace than I could do on my own.  Their willingness to give me the opportunity to present material that I’m developing has helped me write books, helped me clarify ideas, and helped me gather information from seminar attendees useful in my other work.

Organizations join IMS because they have developed a commitment to the education and development of their employees. I believe that IMS membership is the most affordable investment an organization can make for the continuous growth and development of their most important resource – people.

I’ve developed some long term friendships and relationships within the IMS system that I cherish and value beyond measure.

What is the Institute for Management Studies?  

Since 1974 IMS has provided its members with the most innovative and cost-effective management development series available. The membership approach allows IMS to bring in top faculty and programs at a cost much lower than individual organizations can typically provide.

The IMS programs offer participants the opportunity to interact with, and learn from, some of the world’s leading management thinkers on an ongoing basis.  The result:  Employees become more effective in their actions and improve their decision-making skills.

Today over 400 major organizations worldwide, many of them Fortune 500 companies, include IMS as a key component of their overall development strategy. Over 20,000 people attend IMS programs each year. Perhaps it is time for your organization to join them!

IMS membership benefits include:
• Format – One day programs provide maximum impact with minimum time investment.
• Faculty – Direct access and exposure to our World-Class business school faculty and practitioners, renowned for their contributions to management practice and theory.
• Continuity – Monthly programs offer continuous learning and development opportunities.
• Input – The IMS members shape their curriculum and provide direct input on programs and faculty selection.
• Convenience and Cost – Local programs reduce travel costs and time away from the office.
• Audience – IMS groups are more homogenous than what is found in public programs, maximizing the peer interaction across industries.
• Access – With 24 locations in the US, Canada and Europe there is a monthly IMS program near most headquarters and field offices.

More recently, IMS has added Leveraged Learning to the mix, giving attendees at IMS programs 30 days to log in to a web site, view videos from and interact with faculty members regarding the topics of the training programs they’ve attended.  Not every organization meets the membership criteria.  But if yours does, you may want to consider joining.

I’ve been a faculty member with IMS for many years, and look forward to many more years to come.

Be well,



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