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 Organisational Behaviour
The Mubadala Chair in Corporate Governance and Strategy
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.
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) or International Directors Banking Programme (IDBP).
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.
Interview with Marjolijn van Oordt (IDP-C), International Expert in Crisis Readiness, Capita B.V.
Dealing with crisis can be a nightmare for boards and their organisations. Find out how boards of directors can take the lead in the event of a crisis and be ready to avoid common pitfalls.
by Stanislav Shekshnia; Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise
While board chairs hold an esteemed position of power, relatively little is known about their practices across countries and contexts. Based on an INSEAD Board Chair Research project led by Professor Stanislav Shekshnia, this governance talk provides key insights and reveals the traps hindering board chair effectiveness.
Interview with Kay Formanek, Founder of KAY Diversity and Performance
Discover how boards can play an active role in realizing organizational performance from inclusive diversity.
The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) interviewed Professor Van der Heyden during the recent ICGC visit to Sydney. Tune in to hear Ludo's comments on the emerging governance issues, high performing board and the governance challenges facing Australian boards.
by Andrew Shipilov; The John H. Loudon Chaired Professor of International Management and Professor of Strategy
Find out the extent to which board directors are pushing companies to adapt their strategies in response to the technological opportunities and threats.
by José Santos, Affiliated Professor of Practice in Global Management
The more the world is global, the more the local matters. What advantage do local companies have in comparison to multinational companies? What does it take for multinational companies to succeed in their globalisation strategy?
by Ludo Van der Heyden, INSEAD Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance & Emeritus Professor of Technology and Operations Management
The main challenge to Boards consists in managing dualities and finding a good balance between apparent extremes. Dualities are typically seen as opposites rather than complements. Governance itself is a duality, where the other extreme is execution. Other dualities are finding the right balance between short and long term, between growth and performance, and between the performance of the whole and that of a unit.
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
By creating platforms for discussions and debates, developing new research and development programmes for directors, ICGC seeks to address organisational and boardroom challenges in the pursuit of leading sustainability agenda for long-term economic performance and positive societal impact.
The ICGC has been an active supporter to bridge the gender gap in the boardroom. Through partnership with Women on Boards in 2017 and collaboration with strategic partners and institutions, ICGC continues to demonstrate its commitment to advance the cause for boardroom diversity.
In the spotlight
INSEAD Knowledge - Featured Article on INSEAD Directors Forum 2019
A Corporate Governance Paradigm Shift
Sonia Tatar, Executive Director of the INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre | November 19, 2019
INSEAD Directors Forum 2020 - Save the Date!
Governing Sustainability for Long-Term Impact
30-31 March 2020, Singapore, in collaboration with World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Save the date and join us for a stimulating governance exchange on how board directors can drive long-term sustainability. Stay tune for more details that we announce soon.
Why the Best CEOs Are Already Thinking About Their Exits
by Professor Stanislav Shekshnia, Harvard Business Review
31 October 2019
From Good Intentions to Maximising Your Impact
Jasjit Singh, INSEAD Professor of Strategy | October 17, 2019
A New Framework for Corporate Activism
N. Craig Smith, INSEAD Chaired Professor of Ethics and Social Responsibility | October 9, 2019
Boards Under the Influence
Henrich Greve, INSEAD Professor of Entrepreneurship; Andrew Shipilov, INSEAD Professor of Strategy; and Timothy Rowley, Rotman School of Management Professor of Strategic Management | August 29, 2019
Grands Prix de la Mixité
10 July 2019, Paris
ICGC is proud to be a supporting partner to the 3rd edition of the Grands Prix de la Mixité during which Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden gave an address during the award ceremony.
What's stopping boards from turning sustainability aspirations into action?
by By N. Craig Smith, INSEAD and Ron Soonieus, Camunico, 15 July 2019
A Step Change In Diversity Perspective: The Shifting Sands of Diversity
By Helen Pitcher OBE, Chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence Ltd and President of the INSEAD Directors Network, and Ludo Van der Heyden, Chaired Professor of Corporate Governance at INSEAD, 2 July 2019
Professionalisation of Family Firms
by INSEAD Prof. Morten Bennedsen and Brian Henry, Research Fellow
Leading a Board - Chair Practices Across Europe
by S.Shekshnia and V.Zagieva, Palgrave Macmillan, June 2019
This book represents the first cross-country study of the work of board chairs in Europe. It includes unique data collected through interviews with almost 200 experienced board chairs and their key stakeholders – board members, CEOs and shareholders.
How Board Members Really Feel About ESG, from Deniers to True Believers
N. Craig Smith, INSEAD Chaired Professor of Ethics and Social Responsibility; and Ron Soonieus, INSEAD Executive-in-Residence and Managing Partner at Camunico
The Pivotal Management Challenge of the AI Era
Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries, INSEAD Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development and Organisational Change | July 1, 2019
Corporate Boards Are Perssimistic About Trade Between the U.S. and China
by Michael Witt, 29 March 2019
February/March 2019, New Zealand Institute of Directors Boardroom Magazine
featuring Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden
Leadership in Corporate Sustainability European Report 2018
by Prof. N. Craig Smith and Ron Sooneius with Board Agenda and Mazars
The report reveals that boards accept the critical nature of sustainability, but may struggle with the righ approach to deal with it.