Dr. David Oliver
David Oliver is an Associate Professor of Management at HEC Montreal, Canada. He holds a PhD in management from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He teaches strategy and management skills to MBA and Executive audiences, and his research focuses in particular on organizational identity and its link to the practice of strategy in management teams.
An experienced executive teacher, David has designed and delivered executive development programs on strategy both in Canada and internationally, including China, the Netherlands, Finland, Romania, and Tunisia.
A Canadian citizen, David has also lived in Sweden, France, New Zealand and Switzerland. Prior to joining HEC Montreal, David was co-founder of the Swiss-based Imagination Lab Foundation, where he spent five years working with management teams to help them with their strategic thinking processes and with specific organizational challenges they were facing. At the same time, he also refined strategic thinking techniques involving 3D materials for use in exploring issues related to strategy, identity, and organizational preparedness. Some of these organizations included Microsoft, Orange UK, Tetra Pak, Banque Cantonale de Genève, Philip Morris, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Before joining the Imagination Lab, David conducted research in the areas of organizational change and complexity theory at the IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland.
David’s research has appeared in leading journals including Organization Studies, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Human Relations and the Financial Times, and he is co-author (with Johan Roos) of the book Striking a Balance: Complexity and Knowledge Landscapes (McGraw-Hill, 2000). David was awarded 1st prize in the 2009 Oikos Foundation Global Case Writing Competition.