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 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
Upcoming Event - Save the Date
INSEAD Directors Forum 2019
25-26 February 2019, Singapore
Stay tune for more information coming your way.
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.
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.
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.
Top-100 Corporate Vrouwen 2018
INSEAD Adjunct Professor of Strategy Annet Aris has been ranked number 2 in the Top 100 Corporate Women in the Netherlands.
Management Scope, The Netherlands - June (in Dutch)
How Nokia Embraced the Emotional Side of Strategy
Harvard Business Review, US - 23 May
Quy Huy, INSEAD Professor of Strategy, and his co-author investigate how emotions shape strategy making by studying how Nokia executives dealt with the company’s severe strategic challenges between 2007 and 2013.
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.