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Gianpiero Petriglieri

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour

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Gianpiero Petriglieri (@gpetriglieri) is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. He directs the Management Acceleration Programme, the school’s flagship executive programme for emerging leaders, and the INSEAD initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence. He is also vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on new models of leadership. His interests bridge the domains of leadership, identity, adult development and experiential learning.

Gianpiero’s research explores how and where people develop and sustain the personal foundations and professional abilities to exercise leadership mindfully, effectively and responsibly. He has studied managers’ efforts to craft and maintain their personal and professional identities in the context of mobile careers; the influence of unconscious factors on the development and exercise of leadership; the social and psychological functions of management education in general and leadership development in particular; and the existential dilemmas of “high potentials.” His work on the personal foundations of leaders’ development received the GMAC Award for the most significant contribution to graduate management education and the Outstanding Article Award from the Academy of Management Learning & Education journal.

Gianpiero has contributed to refining a unique approach to experiential leadership development. Alongside the Management Acceleration Programme, he directs customized leadership development programmes for multinationals in a variety of industries. He also consults and speaks widely on the topic of how to develop and exercise leadership in fast-changing, uncertain and diverse workplaces. His work has been featured in a range of media including the Financial Times, The Economist, Business Week and Forbes. He blogs regularly on the Harvard Business Review and is a member of the Wall Street Journal panel of leadership experts. He was shortlisted for the 2013 “Future Thinker” award by Thinkers50, the ranking of the most influential management thinkers in the world.

Gianpiero taught the "Organisational Behaviour I" core course in the INSEAD MBA for five years, receiving the students' Outstanding Teacher Award and the Dean's Commendation for Teaching Excellence. He has held Visiting Professor positions at the Harvard Business School, and at Copenhagen Business School where he received teaching awards in the MBA and Executive MBA. Prior to joining INSEAD, he contributed regularly to executive education programs and to the MBA at IMD in Switzerland. 

Gianpiero holds a Medical Doctorate and a specialization in Psychiatry from the University of Catania Medical School, Italy, and a diploma in Advanced Organizational Consultation from the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London. He has practiced as a psychotherapist and often serves on the staff of group relations conferences in Europe and the United States. He is past President of the International Transactional Analysis Association and a member of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.

Research Areas

Leadership Development; Identity Dynamics; Personal and Professional Development and Change.


Leadership; Team Dynamics; Personal and Professional Development and Change; Coaching and Group Facilitation Skills.

Related Executive Education programme

Professor Gianpiero Petriglieri is directing the following programme: Management Acceleration Programme

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