Our Vision and Mission
In a rapidly changing business environment disrupted by increased regulatory reforms, digitalisation, societal demands, capital markets and geopolitical shifts, much of the pressure and scrutiny is putting boards under the spotlight. The INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre (ICGC) has been actively engaged in making a distinctive contribution to the knowledge and practice of corporate governance. Our vision is to be the leading centre for research, innovation and impact in the area of corporate governance globally. Through our educational portfolio and advocacy in fostering sustainable high-performance governance practices, the ICGC hopes to build greater trust within the public and stakeholder communities, so that businesses today are a strong force for improvement, not only of economic markets but also for the global societal environment.
The ICGC combines INSEAD’s institutional visibility and exceptional faculty in developing thought leadership and a global educational platform in the area of corporate governance. The centre’s mission is to develop world-class teaching content, promote latest research using innovative scholarly materials and enrich public discourse on corporate governance through forums, conferences, peer-to-peer exchange and expert-to-practitioner dialogue.
Our activities harness INSEAD’s expertise in multiple disciplines across areas such as strategy, risk-management, decision making, finance, economics, family governance and corporate social responsibility for in-depth insights and sustainable responses to the challenges facing directors in today’s increasingly complex and volatile environment. The ICGC brings an unmatched international viewpoint to its activities thanks to INSEAD’s position as The Business School for the World, with its footprint across the Europe, Asia, and Middle East campuses.
Jose Luis Álvarez
Senior Affiliate Professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
Academic Director, INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre
Corporate Governance Expertise at INSEAD
360° feedback for directors
Specifically developed for our programmes, these instruments help our directors understand individual leadership styles. Sessions are led by professional certified coaches from the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre.
Designed by our faculty, our board simulations create a safe environment for role play and productive feedback.
Open and customised programmes
Depending on your needs, INSEAD open and customised corporate governance programmes are designed to equip directors and board members with the insights needed to ensure high performance and value creation in the long and short-term.
INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance
The INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance is a global credential for board members operating internationally – one of the first of its kind offered by an academic institution. The certificate attests to a director’s commitment to continuously develop her or his effectiveness and excellence, by applying and building upon the skills and knowledge acquired through successful attendance of the International Directors Programme (IDP).
INSEAD Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance
The INSEAD Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance is designed for holders of the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance who wish to further pursue their development across core competencies that are key to effective directorship. It provides participants with a personal development plan at board level over multiple years (up to a maximum of five years) that is both stimulating and engaging.
The INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre is grateful to our international partners for their collaboration and engagement in supporting our mission.
by Jaap Winter, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance
How do we make sense of boards? How do they successfully direct companies and stay away from failure?
Interview with Professors Ludo van der Heyden and Jaap Winter
Society is becoming less tolerant towards corporations with selfish and self-serving agendas. What does it take to re-humanise corporations and what is the role of the board in this context?
Building a diverse board is a vital process to motivate new ideas, insights and perspectives. Through our International Directors Programme (participants from 56 different nationalities), we bring together faculty, participants and guest speakers from culturally diverse backgrounds to stimulate exchanges about global governance practices.
Business and society
At the INSEAD Directors Network meeting at Amsterdam in April 2018, Professors Ludo Van der Heyden and Jaap Winter presented their concept paper on "What place for humanity in Business 4.0?" which stimulated a thought-provoking discussion and exchange about best practices and insights.
By collaborating with global partners, we are able to extend our global outreach to board directors in emerging economies such as South Africa and Ukraine.
Diversity in perspectives and skills impacts the quality of decision making in the boardroom. The INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre has been active in promoting boardroom diversity.
In 2017, ICGC forged new partnership with Women on Boards (Australia and UK), an independent, action-oriented social enterprise with a proud history of supporting women to leverage their professional skills and experience into non-executive-director and other board level roles.
The ICGC is also active in supporting iW50 - a yearlong series of events and activities recognising 50 years of women at INSEAD.
In the spotlight
INSEAD Directors Forum 2018
12-13 October 2018, Fontainebleau
This two-day thought-leadership event addresses the latest trends, challenges and opportunities shaping today’s volatile corporate governance landscape.
Agile Boards of Directors: A Fad or the Future?
24 August 2018
Some Agile principles can be counterproductive in the boardroom, while others can help. Veronika Zagieva, Ward Howell Talent Equity Institute Director, and Stanislav Shekshnia, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise share their views on the relevance of Agile philosophy in the boardroom.
Innovation and Growth Programme
9-11 October 2018
Directors must also be able to understand the complexity of governing in a fast-changing world that is driven by digital disruption and speed. They must be able to help the board anticipate and overcome challenges that arise from navigating this new landscape. This programme aims to better equip directors with the strategic capabilities required in such an environment.
The Business Times, Singapore - 4 January 2018
11 Leadership Guidelines for the Digital Age
12 July 2017
The old ways of running a company won't cut it in a digital world. Board Directors need to have the knowledge and awareness to lead digital transformation. The new digital report by Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden and Liri Andersson presents 11 strategic implications and recommendations for Board Directors and Executives.