Faculty & Research
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Over the course of academic year 2018/2019, INSEAD recruited yet another outstanding new intake of faculty, all with PhDs and experience from top institutions. The 11 new professors welcomed in September 2019, along with three more due to arrive in 2020, will take our number of resident faculty to an all-time high of 167 as of January 2020. We are particularly pleased too that we have more female faculty than ever before, 34 in total.
Small wonder, therefore, that the quality of INSEAD scholarship has reached exceptional levels. Our current #5 position in the UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings™ makes us the only school outside North America in the top 20 and the only standalone business school in the top 40. The lists of publications and awards on the following pages provide ample evidence of our stature as a research institution to rival the very best in the world.
The quantity and quality of our faculty and their output clearly reflect the strength of our new strategies for both Faculty and Research under the leadership of Professors Laurence Capron and Ziv Carmon respectively. That we are able to compete with the business schools of the world’s great universities testifies to the power of our focus on academic excellence and allows us to explore business as a force for good.
Another factor in our success is undoubtedly the PhD programme, which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary. Managed jointly by the Faculty and Research departments, its founding in 1989 marked INSEAD’s arrival as a research institution with a great future.
In 2019, we were particularly delighted to welcome back Professor Atalay Atasu PhD’07 as the holder of the new Bianca and James Pitt Chair in Environmental Sustainability, a first in its field. Created thanks to a generous donation from James Pitt MBA’94D and his wife Bianca, the post will enable Professor Atasu to pursue his highly regarded research in sustainable operations and support INSEAD’s commitment to address critical environmental issues facing business and society.
In academic year 2018/2019 Luk Van Wassenhove gained more plaudits for his work on humanitarian operations and sustainable supply chains. Professor Van Wassenhove is now the first in the world to be recognised by all five major academic organisations in technology and operations management.
The Humanitarian Research Group, or HRG, led by Professor Van Wassenhove has recently been involved in a number of important projects, including a detailed and large-scale evaluation of fleet management practices for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The work included extensive field research in Chad, Ethiopia and Uganda. The Group has also embarked on new research to improve the efficiency and reach of healthcare delivery such as family planning services using novel data sets and technologies. In addition, HRG co-organised the Health and Humanitarian Logistics conference in Kigali, Rwanda, which brought together more than 200 representatives from governments, NGOs, foundations, businesses and academia, all seeking to achieve greater impact.
Other research highlights from academic year 2018/2019 that reflect INSEAD as a force for good are two projects supported by INSEAD’s Emerging Markets Institute, or EMI, the first on the strategic challenges faced by a social enterprise working on blindness prevention in Egypt and the second on the impacts of food delivery services in Indonesia. These represent just a small sample from the EMI’s research and teaching to advance social and economic progress.
Our Gender Initiative built on the success of last year’s iW50 celebration of the graduation of our first women MBA students by co-hosting the first Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference at Columbia Business School in New York. The DEI Conference is a collaboration between some of the world’s top business schools to share the best pedagogical practices, with a focus on diversity among leaders of the future.
The Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship was similarly involved in initiatives to support women leaders. In September 2018 it worked with the Women’s Forum in Singapore to provide training and mentoring for female business founders.
As well as carrying out research, this large centre also supports student initiatives, such as the regular Venture Competition. This year’s winner was INSEACT, a business producing insect-based fish feed to help provide a safer, healthier, cheaper and greener source of nutrition.
The sixth edition of the Global Talent Competitive Index, devoted to the theme of Entrepreneurial Talent, successfully launched in Davos in January 2019. The 1,055 media articles shared around the globe on cutting edge GTCI research led by INSEAD and the launch event in Davos on the eve of the World Economic Forum gave the school great visibility and led to increased digital engagement.
Like the PhD programme and our multidisciplinary centres, our campus libraries demonstrate our commitment to produce quality research and cultivate the best faculty. In May 2019 the Tanoto Library in Singapore was proud to host the 18th annual conference of the Asia-Pacific Business School Librarians’ Group, an organisation that INSEAD helped to found back in 2002. Inspired by the Campaign for INSEAD: A Force for Good, the theme was “Libraries Collaborate: Catalysts for Impactful and Responsible Research”. Speakers included our own Dean of Research, Ziv Carmon, who is responsible for all INSEAD libraries.
This year, our faculty received recognition for their work from their peers in academia and practitioners working in the field on critical issues.
Two of our longstanding faculty members added to their lists of awards. Dean of Faculty, Professor Laurence Capron, was made a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society at the organisation’s conference, and Professor Luk Van Wassenhove received a Certificate of Recognition for “longstanding dedication to, and support of, the aid and development sector” during the Fleet Forum Conference.
Recent additions to our faculty have received significant recognition, pointing to a bright future for the school:
In the force for good space, Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management, Andre Calmon, and adjunct colleague, Jackie Stenson, received the Page Prize for Excellence in Sustainable Business Education for their innovative approach in two MBA courses – Business Sustainability and the SDG Bootcamp, which focuses on solutions that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
2018 Best Paper Award at the European Financial Management Association Conference for “On the Time-Varying Stock-Bond Correlation: Deciphering Heterogeneous Expectations”
Naveen Gondhi and Jesse Davis
Best Paper Award in Finance at the CAF ISB Summer Research Conference for “Feedback Effect and Investor Information Acquisition: Implications for Agency Problems”
Henning Piezunka, Linus Dahlander
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 2018 Best Paper Award in Innovation Management for “Idea Rejected, Tie Formed: Organizations’ Feedback on Crowdsourced Ideas”
Jasjit Singh, Arzi Adbi
Best Proposal Award in the Globalization and Emerging Markets Track at the Strategic Management Society 2018 India Conference for “Vulnerability of Base-of-Pyramid Business to Policy Shocks: Impact of Demonetization on Microfinance in India”
Matthew Lee, Arzi Adbi and Jasjit Singh
Best Proposal Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Track at the Strategic Management Society 2018 India Conference for “Categorical Cognition and Outcome Efficiency in Impact Investing Decisions”
2019 Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management for “Resource Competition, Amplification, and the Evolution of Performance Differences”
Max Bruche, John Kuong
2019 SIX Best Paper Award at the Swiss Society for Financial Market Research SGF Conference for “Agency Frictions Dealer Funding and Market Liquidity”
Jasjit Singh and Pushan Dutt
Best Paper Award at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Conference 2019 for "Microfinance and Entrepreneurship at the Base of the Pyramid"
Ella Miron-Spektor, Dana Vashdi and Hadas Gopher
Best Paper Proceedings at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2019 for “Improving Creativity Over time: Goal Orientation and Procedural Justice Impact Creative Endurance”
Best Conference Paper Award at the Society for Business Ethics Annual Conference 2019 for "Why Investors Are Not, and Should Not Be, Morally Responsible”
The Case Centre’s top 40 bestselling authors
All of the INSEAD professors achieved higher places this year than last and 13 INSEAD case studies were official bestsellers. Bestselling case authors include:
#6 Professors Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
"The Evolution of the Circus Industry (A), The Marvel Way: Restoring a Blue Ocean, Even a Clown Can Do It: Cirque du Soleil Recreates Live Entertainment (B)"
#10 Professor Pierre Chandon
"Unilever in Brazil (1997-2007): Marketing Strategies for Low-Income Consumers, Renova Toilet Paper: Avant-Garde Marketing in a Commoditized Category, L’Oréal in China: Marketing Strategies for Turning Around Chinese Luxury Cosmetic Brand Yue Sai"
#15 Professor Wolfgang Ulaga
"Procter & Gamble’s Tide Dry Cleaners (A): Leveraging the Brand to Provide a 'Wow' Experience, Procter & Gamble’s Tide Dry Cleaners (B): Bringing the Guest Experience to Life with a Disruptive Business Model, From Concrete to a Flooring Solution: Holcim Mexico - Selling a Commodity That Isn't"
#29 Professor David Dubois
"AccorHotels and the Digital Transformation: Enriching Experiences Through Content Strategies Along the Customer Journey, Ombre, Tie-Dye, Splat Hair: Trends of Fads? “Pull” and “Push” Social Media Strategies at L’Oréal Paris, Managing Creativity in Luxury Fashion Houses: Raf Simons at Dior"
Five category awards were given to INSEAD faculty in April during the 2018 European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Case Writing Competition. INSEAD was the biggest overall winner of the competition, as our professors received the largest number of awards for a single business school this year. The winners are:
Pierre Chandon, Shilaan Alzahawi
Entrepreneurship category for "The Carrot Rewards Wellness App: Innovating in the Behaviour Change Market"
N. Craig Smith, Erin McCormickr
Corporate Social Responsibility category for "Tata Motors (A): A History of Service in a New Era of Corporate Social Responsibility - Tata Motors (B): More from Less for More"
Felipe Monteiro, Katia Kachan
MENA Business Cases category for “Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD): Digitally Transforming the Fashion Industry?”
Gianpiero Petriglieri, Jaimie Stettin
Responsible Leadership category for "Google and Project Maven - (A) Big Tech, Government and the AI Arms Race - (B) An Eventful Week in June"
Jasjit Singh, Joost Bilkes
Entrepreneurship category for "Credit Suisse: Building an Impact Investing Business in Asia"
Professor N. Craig Smith was recognized with a third win in the Ethics and Social Responsibility category for “Uber and the Ethics of Sharing: Exploring the Societal Promises and Responsibilities of the Sharing Economy”
Atalay joins INSEAD from Georgia Tech to continue his award-winning research on socially and environmentally responsible operations management, with particular interests that include topics related to a sustainable future such as the circular economy, extended producer responsibility and environmental regulation.
Boris joins INSEAD after a postdoctoral position at Caltech, a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a JD from Harvard Law School. Before that, he was a lawyer in Los Angeles, representing major companies and entertainment studios, as well as investors in complex securities litigation following the 2008 financial crisis. His research interests include the ethics of decision-making via artificial intelligence and the regulatory architecture for medical machine-learning systems.
Amit holds a PhD from Wharton and joins INSEAD from the Rotterdam School of Management. His research lies at the intersection of moral judgement, economic reasoning, cultural beliefs and consumer well-being. He uses experimental methods to investigate how consumers navigate the moral and social backdrop of the marketplace.
So Yeon joins us from Georgetown University. Her data-driven research focuses on customer loyalty reward programmes, revenue management and risk management in a range of sectors. In addition to a PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology, she holds several industry patents for demand analysis and decision support systems.
Dylan’s most recent projects have involved studying the effects of discrimination, the impacts of changing organisational recruiting and the relationship between geographical mobility and unemployment. He is also investigating how the rich perceive wealth inequality and questions of redistribution. No stranger to INSEAD, he was previously an INSEAD postdoctoral researcher following his PhD from Sciences Po.
Dan’s research lies at the interface of operations, finance and risk management. A recent area of focus is the design of better procurement, payment and financing solutions in global supply chains that impact the environment and the lives of millions of people. He holds degrees from Yale and Harvard Universities, a PhD from MIT and has taught at Wharton and Stanford.
Winnie seeks to answer pressing questions with research. How do people find, pursue and sustain meaning through their work in complex and rapidly changing social systems? How does the individual quest for meaning in work influence organisations? How can organisations cultivate meaningful work experiences and career growth that also benefit themselves and society? Winnie recently completed a PhD at Yale University.
Nadav’s widely published research deals with the basic processes of judgement by which people make decisions, process information and evaluate both others and themselves. He explores issues such as the surprising reputational benefits of being a little bit nice, the ability of groups to detect lies and people's overestimation of how much information they use to make decisions. A former consultant, he joins INSEAD after a PhD and post-doctoral post at the University of Chicago.
Michael studies innovative approaches to building organisations and teams using ethnographic methods, experiments and surveys. His research explores the dynamics of radically decentralised systems and how organisations can facilitate greater self-management without sacrificing coordination. He also investigates how teams can foster positive relational dynamics. Before gaining a PhD at Harvard, he was a management consultant working on issues such as social impact. He has a special interest in meditation.
Marc teaches and coaches senior executives and board directors on high-level performance, leadership and the exercise of wise power in governance, sustainability, anti-corruption and risk management. As a decision scientist, his research focuses on the theory of choice; rational thinking and ethical values in decision making; and use of mathematical theories to articulate human behaviour. Marc holds a PhD in Decision Sciences from INSEAD.
Lin’s research addresses coordination problems and policy-relevant issues in banking, corporate finance and political economy. Her most recent financial system research investigates the impact of capital flows on the credit supply to the real economy and the design of government intervention policies to resolve panic-based bank runs and other coordination failures. Before joining INSEAD, she obtained a PhD in Finance from Wharton.
Anthony’s research centres on the effects of uncertainty and innovation in markets. Organisations tend to react to uncertainty by pursuing risky innovations, which complicates the environment for their competitors, changes the market landscape and even creates whole new markets. He holds a PhD in Organisational Behavior from Stanford University and degrees in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Chicago.
Prashant joins INSEAD from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the boards of several multinational organisations and social enterprises, and has acted as an expert witness on medical supply chains for the US Congress and legislative bodies in other countries. His award-winning research has been featured in peer-reviewed journals and global media. He holds a PhD from the University of Alabama and lectures at Harvard Medical School.
Junyuan’s research interests lie broadly in market microstructure, corporate finance and financial fragility. More specifically, his recent work investigates the relationship between information acquisition and market liquidity in over-the-counter markets. He joins INSEAD following a PhD in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and degrees in Economics, Mathematics and Physics from Tsinghua University.
Our global team of in-house editors are responsible for presenting INSEAD research in a reader-friendly format across a wide range of media from the briefest of tweets to in-depth articles and video interviews. Thanks to their expertise, the mobile app had more than 75,000 active users between September 2018 and August 2019 and the platform’s official accounts garnered some 8 million social media impressions.
It was also a busy year internally for the team, which was restructured as part of INSEAD Communications to leverage the effectiveness of this team’s outreach, enhance the school’s reputation for excellence in research and teaching and increase visibility in the media. INSEAD Knowledge is now part of the new Research Communications and Media Relations team. The team engages the global media to highlight groundbreaking research and news from around the school, while performing the editorial work to publish INSEAD Knowledge content.
This reorganisation is already bearing fruit. INSEAD has seen an uptick of news coverage in key markets and research content produced by Knowledge has been extensively positioned in some of the most impactful management publications, including HBR, HBR France, HBR China, The Conversation, Les Echos (France), China Daily, Forbes France and Forbes India.
Academic year 2018/2019 articles from INSEAD Knowledge, ranked by page views