Overview

Rigorous standards and strong research ethics by our faculty and students creates a virtuous circle of excellence with diversity at its core
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These are the forces that power INSEAD and connect prolific scholars, high standards of educational culture and innovative ideas.

It is our faculty who generate ideas that attract active learners from so many cultures to INSEAD. It is our faculty who create the classroom experiences to shape responsible leaders with the ambition of transforming businesses and the societies they serve.

 

Over the course of 2017/2018, we recruited a record 17 new resident faculty members to our vibrant intellectual community – the largest ever intake. It took the total number to 155 in September 2018, an all-time high. 

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Yet more striking than the numbers is the sheer quality of both our intake and our output. The latest recruits hold PhDs from the likes of Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Columbia, Wharton and the University of Chicago. Those with post-doctoral experience join us from the world’s top business schools. In 2017/2018, the prestigious ranking of business school research produced by the University of Texas at Dallas to track publication in prominent journals unveiled their results, which reveal our resident faculty have achieved their highest ever position since 2013. At #4, we are the only institution outside North America in the top 20 and the only standalone business school in the top 30.

 

Even more notable than the quantity and quality of our research is its breadth and diversity – as evidenced by the awards won by our faculty in 2017/2018. From our 19 best paper awards across the school, to Yves Doz’s Academy of Management prize for the best book and Pierre Chandon’s #1 spot in the Case Centre’s outstanding teacher competition, we are winning prizes for all categories of publication across every business discipline.

 

In addition we proudly share the multiple lifetime achievement awards received by Luk Van Wassenhove for his work on sustainability and humanitarian operations, as well as the many faculty whose names appear regularly on the annual Case Centre’s top 40 best-selling case writer awards list. Our faculty garner well-deserved recognition at every career level and our pipeline of talent is stronger than it has ever been.

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A Virtuous Circle of Excellence

 

Reflecting on this year’s faculty and research success, it is a truly remarkable achievement that an independent school that is not affiliated with a university, a firm or a government and is only 59 years young should stand shoulder to shoulder with the business schools of the world’s greatest universities. 

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It is also notable that in 2017/2018 we reinforced our strategic alliances with two of the world’s great intellectual powerhouses – the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Sorbonne University Alliance. The partnership with Wharton, founded in 2001, was renewed for a further three years in July 2018. It is underpinned by faculty exchanges and collaborative research, as well as the thriving student exchange. The Sorbonne University Alliance connects us with five of France’s top institutions of higher education and research. INSEAD has already benefitted from this collaboration and the group’s independently managed endowment awarded by the French government, which supports work in fields such as neuroscience and artificial intelligence.

 

Our presence in the top tier of research and our ability to attract the best minds is a testament to the longstanding INSEAD reputation for the quality of teaching and students. There is no doubt that our rigorous standards and strong research ethics are a magnet for faculty talent, which in turn brings even more outstanding students to INSEAD. This virtuous circle of excellence is driven by our founders’ original vision of diversity as a valuable educational principle. Today, many of our achievements rest on the principles of good management. 

 

Management of Faculty and Research

 

September 2018 began the first year with Faculty and Research operating as two administrative departments. Bifurcation has strengthened the two underlying structures, enabling us to create two related but separately resourced strategies. One is focused on attracting, developing and retaining world-class academics, while the other is dedicated to supporting production of world-leading research. With research governed by the Dean of Research, Professor Ziv Carmon and Faculty by the Dean of Faculty, Laurence Capron, the two departments work together to create the dynamic culture of educational excellence that INSEAD endeavours to deliver.

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The appointment of Professor Laurence Capron as Dean of Faculty in January 2018 is significant in that she is the first woman named as Dean at INSEAD. Her appointment enhances our ability to attract female faculty, who represent over a third of the new intake. Ziv Carmon, who was appointed Dean of Research in September 2017, continues to lead our pursuit of research excellence. 

 

This management structure is designed to enhance the institution over the long term. With just 20% female faculty overall, attracting more outstanding women to take up teaching and research careers at INSEAD remains a major strategic priority for the next five years. And even as we celebrate our 2017/2018 achievements, we have our gaze fixed on even greater research success, driven by even greater diversity.

Recognition & Awards

As thought leaders and knowledge creators, our faculty work at the cutting edge of research - and are recognised for their academic contributions
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Faculty are our finest asset, underpinning the INSEAD reputation for research and teaching excellence, combining rigour with relevance.

In June, Luk Van Wassenhove received the Degree of Honorary Doctor of Mechanical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in recognition of his profound and enduring contributions in the scientific domain of Management Science and Engineering.

 

Luk Van Wassenhove was also named Fellow of INFORMS in October for his pioneering work on closed loop supply chains, sustainability, and humanitarian operations, making him the first professor in history to be recognised by five major professional societies.

 

Five INSEAD professors have been named in The Case Centre’s top 40 best-selling authors of academic year 2017/2018, based on sales volume from the preceding year.

 

#7 – W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
#18 – Pierre Chandon
#31 – Wolfgang Ulaga
#37 – David Dubois

 

This year, Pierre Chandon was also named 2018 Outstanding Case Teacher by The Case Centre and was nominated for the 2018 Silver Medal by the French National Centre for Scientific Research.

 

Best Paper Awards

 

Timo Vuori and Quy Huy
2018 Best Paper Award, Strategy as Practice by the Academy of Management
"Shaping Top Managers' Moods: Board Emotion Regulation in the Strategy-Formulation Process”

 

Michael A. Witt
2018 Finalist for the CGIO Best Paper in International Corporate Governance by the Academy of Management
“I Did it My Way: An International Analysis of Deviation from Corporate Governance Norms”


Dimo Ringov, Haibo Liu and Gabriel Szulanski
2018 Best Paper Award by the Strategic Management Society
“Adaptation in Replicating Organizations: How Augmentation and Incomplete Replication Affect Unit Performance”

 

Quy Huy and Timo O. Vuori
2018 Best Paper, Proceedings Strategy as Practice Division at the Academy of Management Meeting
“Shaping Top Managers' Moods: Board Emotion Regulation in the Strategy-Formulation Process”

 

Ivana Naumovska
2017 Runner-up for Best Paper by the Strategic Management Society 
"Who Bears the Brunt When the Books are Cooked?”

 

Felipe Monteiro and Amalia Nilsson
Nominated for the Best Paper Prize by the Strategic Management Society Sao Paulo 
“Headquarters’ Parenting Styles: Examining Headquarters’ Positive & Monitoring Attention to Subsidiaries”

 

Ioana Popescu, Serguei Netessine and Bhavani Shanker Uppari
2018 Finalist at the Doing Good with Good OR Competition by INFORMS
“Inconvenience, Liquidity Constraints, and the Adoption of Off-Grid Lighting Solutions”

 

Christopher Bingham, Kathleen Eisenhardt and Nathan Furr
2017 Best Paper Award by the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
“What Makes a Process a Capability? Heuristics, Strategy, and Effective Capture of Opportunities”

 

Arianna Marchetti and Ithai Stern
2017 Best Paper Award at the 7th Israel Strategy Conference Technion Haifa
“When the Going Gets Tough, Will the Stars Get Going? Investigating the Interdependencies Between Strategic Human Capital Utilization and Retention” 

 

Adrian Buss, Raman Uppal and Grigory Vilkov
2017 Best Paper Award at the China International Conference in Finance
“Financial Innovation and Asset Prices” 

 

Jose Holguin-Veras, William H. Hart, Miguel Jaller, Noel Perez, Tricia Wachtendorf and Luk N. Van Wassenhove
Runner-up for the Jack Meredith Best Paper Award by the Journal of Operations Management
“On the Unique Features of Post-Disaster Humanitarian Logistics”

 

Bhavani Shanker Uppari and Sameer Hasija
2017 Best Working Paper Award, Behavioral Operations by INFORMS
“Modeling Newsvendor Behavior: A Prospect Theory Approach” 

 

Bhavani Shanker Uppari, Ioana Popescu and Serguei Netessine
2017 Best Student Paper Competition Finalist, IBM Service Science by INFORMS 
“Selling Off-Grid Light to Liquidity Constrained Consumers” 

 

Sasa Zorc, Stephen E. Chick and Sameer Hasija
2017 Best Student Paper Competition Finalist, IBM Service Science by INFORMS
“Outcomes-Based Reimbursement Policies for Chronic Care Pathways” 

 

Sasa Zorc, Stephen E. Chick and Sameer Hasija
2017 Pierskalla Best Paper Award Finalist by INFORMS
“Outcomes-Based Reimbursement Policies for Chronic Care Pathways”

 

Balagopal Vissa and Kim Claes
2017 Finalist for the Organization and Management Theory Best Entrepreneurship Paper
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“Is Homophily Always Beneficial? Task-Relevant Homophily and VCs' Valuations and Returns” 

 

Case Awards

 

Joerg Niessing and Pierre Chandon
Best Case Study Award by AFM/CCMP
“Who's #1: INSEAD, Harvard, Wharton, LBS? (A & B)”

 

Felipe Monteiro and Anne-Marie Carrick
2017 Winner, Latin American Business Cases Category at the EFMD Case Writing Competition
“EBX: The Rise and Fall of a Billionaire - Eike Batista”

 

Craig Smith and Erin McCormick
Second Prize at the oikos Case Writing Competition 2018, Corporate Sustainability Track
“Volkswagen's Emissions Scandal: How Could It Happen?”

 

Pierre Chandon, Laura Heely and Nouha Touati
Third Prize at the oikos Case Writing Competition 2018
“Candy Crush? Aligning Health, Business, and Pleasure in the Chocolate Industry”

New Faculty

We are fortunate to have 17 new faculty members from all over the world join INSEAD this year, bolstering our research and teaching excellence
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Annet Aris
Annet Aris
Netherlands
Strategy
Europe Campus

Annet is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Strategy, her area of expertise is the digital transformation of companies. Prior to INSEAD, she was a partner with McKinsey & Co. Annet is a Supervisory Board member of Randstad NV, Rabobank Group, ASML NV and Jungheinrich AG. She was named one of the top 10 most influential board members in The Netherlands in 2018.

Frederico Belo
Frederico Belo
Portugal
Finance
Europe Campus

Frederico joins us from the University of Minnesota. He gained his PhD and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research investigates the economic determinants of firms’ risk. In recent work, he studies how this risk is affected by the interplay between labour market conditions and the characteristics of their labour force

Michaël Bikard
Michaël Bikard
France
Strategy
Europe Campus

Michaël’s research focuses on how individuals and firms use new scientific knowledge as a source of competitive advantage. He was previously on the faculty of the London Business School and completed his PhD at MIT.

Abhishek Borah
Abhishek Borah
India
Marketing
Europe Campus

Abhishek’s interests lie at the intersection of media, technology and human behaviour. He examines how firms use big data to create value and how they manage brand crises. He is a Marketing Science Institute (MSI) Young Scholar – MSI believes he will be among the leaders of the next generation of marketing academics.

Antoine Desir
Antoine Desir
France
Technology & Operations Management
Europe Campus

Antoine’s research focuses on revenue management and choice modelling. After getting his PhD in Operations Research from Columbia University, he spent a year as a post-doctoral researcher at Google NYC. His thesis was recognised by the 2018 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Dissertation prize.

Georgina Hall
Georgina Hall
Canada, France, UK
Decision Sciences
Europe Campus

Prior to joining INSEAD, Georgina obtained her PhD from Princeton University. Georgina’s research focuses on developing algorithms for optimal decision-making and can be applied to a wide range of problems that arise in statistics, machine learning, epidemiology, network theory and pricing.

Sharon Katz
Sharon Katz
Israel, USA
Accounting & Control
Europe Campus

Having previously taught at Columbia and Harvard Universities, Sharon earned his MBA from UCLA and his PhD from Columbia. Prior to his academic career, he worked in Citigroup's New York Investment Banking Division specialising in M&A transactions and worked as a corporate lawyer in Israel. Sharon also served in the Israeli Air Force.

Pavel Kireyev
Pavel Kireyev
USA
Marketing
Europe Campus

Pavel conducts research with data-driven companies and studies innovative marketing technologies and platforms. Prior to INSEAD, he led machine learning projects, formed partnerships with corporate AI labs, and worked with large organisations in the US and Japan. Pavel holds a doctorate from Harvard Business School.

Wesley Koo
Wesley Koo
China, USA
Strategy
Asia Campus

Wesley studies how digitisation affects firm strategy. He is particularly interested in the ‘online-offline interface’ – how a firm's offline environment shapes its online strategy and performance. For instance, he looks at how rural entrepreneurs leverage digital platforms to promote local goods. Wesley obtained his PhD from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

Chengyi Lin
Chengyi Lin
China, USA
Strategy
Europe Campus

Chengyi’s teaching and research focus on digital transformation and innovation. Chengyi is a board member of and adviser to various multinational corporations and start-ups on digital execution. He successfully launched and has grown INSEAD Online Education since 2014. Chengyi holds a PhD from Northwestern University, a certification from Kellogg and a BSc from Tsinghua University.

Ella Miron-Spektor
Ella Miron-Spektor
Israel
Organisational Behaviour
Europe Campus

Ella studies various companies to discover how creativity can be improved and sustained over time, and how managers and entrepreneurs can form effective teams that generate and implement breakthrough ideas. Ella obtained her PhD from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Dimitrije Ruzic
Dimitrije Ruzic
Serbia, USA
Economics
Europe Campus

Dimitrije works to understand how differences across firms shape macroeconomic outcomes. He earned degrees in economics from Harvard and the London School of Economics, and holds a PhD from the University of Michigan. If he cannot be found in his office, he might be bouldering in the Fontainebleau forest.

Victoria Sevcenko
Victoria Sevcenko
Czech Republic, UK
Strategy
Europe Campus

Victoria studies how organisations use labour market frictions to gain competitive advantage from skilled human capital. She has conducted projects examining the behaviour of mutual fund managers, security analysts and federal lobbyists, and is currently studying auction houses and restaurant chefs. She holds a PhD from London Business School.

Lin Tian
Lin Tian
Singapore
Economics
Asia Campus

Lin received her PhD in Economics from Columbia University, having worked as an urban planner with the Singapore planning authority for six years. Her research examines spatial distribution of economic activities, having previously analysed factors that drive productivity in cities and studying the labour market impact of immigration inflows.

Wolfgang Ulaga
Wolfgang Ulaga
Germany
Marketing
Europe Campus

Prior to INSEAD, Wolfgang taught at Arizona State University, HEC Paris and IMD Lausanne. His research focuses on product-to-service transitions and customer solutions in B2B markets and service excellence in B2C and services industries. He gained his PhD from Panthéon-Sorbonne University, his habilitation from Université Paris-Dauphine and an Honorary Doctorate from Turku School of Economics.

Maria Ana Vitorino
Maria Ana Vitorino
Portugal
Marketing
Europe Campus

Having previously taught at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota, Maria Ana earned her MBA and PhD from the University of Chicago. In 2014 she was named one of Exame magazine's ‘Top 40 Portuguese Stars in Business under 40’. Her most recent research investigates price obfuscation strategies used by firms.

Phebo Wibbens
Phebo Wibbens
Netherlands
Strategy
Europe Campus

Following a career in strategy consulting, Phebo completed his PhD at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research uses formal modelling to better understand how companies can build the resources they need to create long-term value.

INSEAD Knowledge

Another amazing year for the digital platform that showcases breakthrough ideas from our own faculty and a wider global network of contributors
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INSEAD Knowledge showcases the latest thought leadership and diverse perspectives from our award-winning faculty and global contributors.
 

After a stellar performance the previous year, the popularity of INSEAD Knowledge continued to grow throughout 2017/2018. The secret of its success lies in the distinctive combination of cutting-edge insights from faculty and the professional skills of our in-house team of editors who know exactly what practitioners want to read.

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Over the course of the year, there was a 20 to 25% increase in two key metrics – unique monthly users is currently up to 120,000 and annual page views  are now over 4 million. The platform also gained 5,000 new social media followers during the year, while the dedicated mobile app was downloaded 74,000 times.

 

Just as satisfying as these metrics is the way in which INSEAD Knowledge was able to support so many of the school’s research and institutional strategic priorities in 2017/2018 – turning them into newsworthy stories and engaging headlines that captured the imagination of a global audience. Small wonder that we were able to attract numerous new editorial partners, including most notably the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Blog.

 

Highlight of the Year - iW50 

 

The undoubted highlight of the year was the iW50 Summit and related events of 2017/2018, which brought together alumni, faculty and leading external experts to address one of the most pressing issues in business – gender equality in organisations. Thanks to solid journalistic work by the Knowledge team, the platform was able to give INSEAD’s ground-breaking research on gender equality an optimistic, practical focus. In this way, INSEAD Knowledge has made its own small contribution to encouraging some long overdue changes in the world of business.

 

Here are the recommended top iW50 articles from the INSEAD Knowledge team, including an article on gender balance that was published on International Women’s Day.

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Alliances & Partnerships

The alliances we maintain with leading schools around the world benefit both INSEAD and our sister institutions through a robust exchange of ideas and perspectives
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The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
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MBA and academic exchange programme launched in 2001
Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management
China
Dual Executive MBA programme launched in 2006
Sorbonne University Alliance
France
INSEAD is a partner in the multi-disciplinary alliance launched in 2012
Fundação Dom Cabral
Brazil
Executive Education programmes launched in 1990
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
USA
Dual Degree MA and MBA launched in 2011
Teachers College at Columbia University
USA
Dual Degree MA and MBA launched in 2014
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
USA
MBA exchange programme launched in 2010
China Europe International Business School
China
MBA exchange programme launched in 2013
Cartier Women's Initiative Awards
International social impact business plan competition for women entrepreneurs – partner since 2006

Institutes, Centres & Initiatives

Our institutes, centres and initiatives advance thinking and research for the benefit of business and society
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INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute
Dedicated to extending research on Blue Ocean Strategy and sharing it with professors, researchers and practitioners everywhere
INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre
Contributing to the knowledge and practice of corporate governance in a changing business environment
The Decision Making and Risk Analysis Centre
Provides multi-disciplinary, practical approaches to research decision-making in business
Centre for Economic Growth
Researches key sustainability and economic topics impacting the Middle East region
INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute
Shares credible and timely information on issues related to business management, economic development and social progress in the emerging economies
INSEAD Gender Initiative
Creating knowledge that advances women leaders and optimises their contributions within and beyond their organisations
The INSEAD Global Leadership Centre
Developing reflective leaders who create results-driven, adaptive and innovative organisations by putting people first
The Global Private Equity Initiative
Conducting research on the asset class in established markets and exploring the new frontiers of emerging markets
INSEAD Healthcare Management Initiative
Making healthcare systems more efficient and sustainable through innovative scientific approaches
The Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society
Equipping leaders to make decisions in ways that deliver positive outcomes for business, communities, people and our planet
The Initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence
Increasing our capability to provide transformative learning experiences through research, faculty development workshops, instructional coaching and public engagement
The INSEAD-Sorbonne University Behavioural Lab
Bringing together behavioural scientists from INSEAD and Sorbonne University in the multidisciplinary research of human behaviour
The INSEAD-Wharton Center for Global Research and Education
Collaborating on research, teaching innovations, and faculty and doctoral student exchanges with The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre for the Study of Wealth Inequality
Generating new insights about inequality problems and harness the power of business to solve them
​​​​​​Randomized Controlled Trials Lab 
Facilitating academic research on the drivers of firm productivity, competitiveness and growth using randomised field experiments
The Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship
Turn INSEAD into a catalyst for entrepreneurship initiatives

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The Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise
Improving long-term performance and sustainability of family enterprises

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We are pleased to provide downloadable versions of Our Year in Review 2017/2018. These downloads include a single page format ('Print'), a booklet format ('Screen') and pullouts of our Finances and Special Features chapters. All downloads are provided as a PDF file.