Faculty and Research
With international backgrounds and diverse outlooks, our faculty nurture a global perspective and richness of debate that no other school can match. Ultimately, our faculty are how we make an impact on the rapidly evolving world of business.
INSEAD’s continued growth and high rankings are possible only thanks to our professors and the discoveries they make. Research output and PhD programme performance were both key criteria in maintaining our #1 position in the Financial Times global MBA ranking for a second consecutive year in 2017. And in the influential UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings, produced by the University of Texas to track publication in prominent journals, we remained the leading business school outside the United States.
After a major recruitment push throughout the academic year, we were delighted to welcome 11 outstanding new resident faculty members (pages 16-19) in September 2017. We also have six new postdoctoral researchers, an expanding community that reflects our commitment to scholarship in the field of business management. Our challenge now is to continue growing both our faculty body and research output, without compromising the quality for which we have become known.
Reflecting the importance of this strategic goal, the decision was taken in 2016/2017 to appoint a second dean responsible for this area. As of September 2017, Timothy Van Zandt remains Dean of Faculty, while Ziv Carmon, INSEAD Chaired Professor of Marketing in Memory of Erin Anderson, joins him on the Executive Committee as Dean of Research.
In September 2017, the publication of Professors Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim’s Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing, the follow-up to Blue Ocean Strategy, immediately garnered worldwide attention. Another highlight of the year was the recognition of four INSEAD faculty members who were among The Case Centre’s 40 best-selling case authors for 2016/2017: Professors Mauborgne and Kim at #8, Pierre Chandon (#10) and Ben M. Bensaou (#39). Elsewhere, numerous other faculty awards (see page 12) provide cause for celebration.
True to our guiding principle of maximising diversity throughout the school, our faculty come from every corner of the world to influence and inspire – in and out of the classroom.
Centres of Excellence
We now have 20 dynamic Centres of Excellence, which build bridges between research and practice, as well as between disciplines. Here, faculty from different academic areas, practitioners, professional researchers, visiting scholars and other experts collaborate to generate insights with true global impact.
Two new Centres were created this year. The INSEAD Gender Initiative builds on INSEAD’s core institutional value of diversity and decades of efforts to empower women. At INSEAD, we have long recognised that gender imbalance has significant consequences for both business and society. By seeking to understand its dynamics, causes and consequences, we hope to engage the full potential and contribution of both women and men in organisations across the world. Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour Zoe Kinias will lead these efforts as Academic Director of Gender Initiative.
The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre for the Study of Wealth Inequality was established in recognition of a generous gift to the school. Led by Mark Stabile, INSEAD Professor of Economics and the Stone Chaired Professor of Wealth Inequality, the Centre was launched to focus on a phenomenon that the World Economic Forum has identified as a major global risk.
By convening an international, interdisciplinary team of scholars from across and beyond the school, the Centre will take a novel approach to examining the impact of the ‘top one percent’ around the world. The findings will feed directly into new courses at INSEAD – a significant step in helping to change the way future business leaders address one of the most significant issues of our time.