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Michael Brimm

Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour


Additional Information
Research Areas
  • Artist-Leaders: The Role of the Chef in Three-Star French Restaurants
  • Organisational Transformation and Leadership
Teaching Areas
  • Organisational Behaviour and Management


Michael Brimm is Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. He has been active as a researcher and consultant in designing strategies for improving individual and organisational performance. In recent years, he focuses on leadership and organisational transformation in large multinational businesses. His current research extends from studies of organisational change to a project that focuses on leadership and innovation in achieving organisational excellence in outstanding French restaurants.

Professor Brimm has been a leader in the design of innovative processes to link organisational change with executive development activities. Working with companies, as well as in consortium programmes at INSEAD and the University of Michigan, he has been active in the development of action learning and other new pedagogical methods. He has also received a number of awards for teaching excellence including INSEAD’s Dominique Heau Award for exceptional dedication to INSEAD's educational mission: reflecting an enduring passion for program delivery, pedagogical innovation, and mentoring of colleagues and managers at different career stages.

Professor Brimm was born in the United States and holds a doctorate from Harvard University. He has lived in France for the past twenty-five years, with the exception of a three-year period when he served as a founding faculty at the Jerusalem Institute of Management. He has also taught at the University of Bordeaux, and, prior to leaving the United States, at Northeastern University and Harvard Business School. Before starting his academic career, he worked as a divisional general manager at Cerro Corporation. Professor Brimm consults a variety of business and governmental organisations on issues of large-scale transformation and serves as a 'coach' to a number of senior business leaders.