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.
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 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 contributes to building sustainable businesses that benefit the global societial environment.
The ICGC has been an active supporter to bridge the gender gap in the boardroom. Through partnership with Women on Boards (Australia and UK) in 2017 and participation in the iW50, yearlong series of events and activities recognizing 50 years of women at INSEAD, ICGC continues to demonstrate its commitment to advance the cause for boardroom diversity.
In the spotlight
How Board Members Really Feel About ESG, from Deniers to True Believers
Harvard Business Review, 19 April 2019
by N. Craig Smith and Ron Soonieus
Driving sustainable business practices in companies requires involvement from boards of directors. And there is some evidence that sustainability is rising up the board agenda. Many board members today have the right aspirations, but there is a substantial gap between those aspirations and the capacity of their boards and firms to deliver.
Towards Sustainability: A New Curriculum for Boards Conference
8-9 April 2019, Fontainebleau
Held by the INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre (ICGC), the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society (GIBS) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Sonia Tatar, Executive Director, INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre shares her view on how geopolitical power shifts is shaping corporate governance.
Eurofins Says Rent Paid to CEO’s Family Presents No Conflict (1)
Bloomberg Law, 5 March 2019
Ludo Van der Heyden, INSEAD Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance commented on the gaps in Eurofin's corporate governance.
Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden commented on the dualities of governance and why governance education is important for board directors who wish to transit effectiveness from executive to governance role.
Event - INSEAD Directors Forum 2019
25-26 February 2019, Singapore
Visit the website for highlights of the event and get access to the slides and photo gallery.
For the Truth About How Bosses Behave, Ask Their Assistants
30 January 2019
Erik van de Loo, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Kees Cools, Tilburg University former Professor of Corporate Finance and Governance comment on the corporate cultural and ethical leadership.
Finance as a Force for Good
9 Januray 2019
Lucie Tepla, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Finance, shares her view on the growing demand on sustainable finance.
What Women on the Board Need to Know
7 November 2018
Annet Aris, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Strategy with two other INSEAD alumnae shares her journey from executive to board director.
Why fair play underpins good governance in the digital age
The National Business Review, New Zealand - 12 November
Professor Ludo Van der Heyden comments on the complexity of governance in the digital era and how fair play unpins good governance.
Board directors are supposed to have broad knowledge, but are they also narrow experts?
LSE Business Review, UK - 6 August
Henrich R. Greve, Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, and his co-author elaborate that a study of Chinese directors and their acquisition decisions shows that experience gives expertise but also blinders. When the experience of directors influences their actions strongly, the result is often politics to create a winning coalition.