Dr. Yves Pigneur is a management professor at the University of Lausanne and the Georgia State University, Hong Kong University and the University of British Columbia. Pigneur obtained his doctorate in Information Systems in 1984 at the University of Namur. He had started his academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Namur in 1977. After graduation, he was appointed Professor of Information Systems Management at the University of Lausanne in 1984. He was a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore in 2012 at HEC Montréal in 2013 at Georgia State University and at the University of British Columbia. Pigneur has authored and co-authored many books and articles since the 1980s and became globally known as co-author with Alexander Osterwalder of the 2010 Business Model Generation book. Pigneur and Osterwalder are considered one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world. They ranked 15th in The Thinkers50 Ranking 2015, a list drawn up every two years and described by The Financial Times as the "Oscar for Management Thinking." They also received one of 11 Distinguished Achievement Awards (in the "Strategy" category) in 2015.
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