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 Ludo Van der Herden, 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
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
How the Board Can Make the Most of Blockchain
15 October 2018
The boardroom will never be the same after the rise of blockchain, nor should it. Read the latest blog post by Hagen Schweinitz, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry International (INSEAD IDP 25 cohort).
Upcoming Event - Save the Date
INSEAD Directors Forum 2019
25-26 February 2019, Singapore
Stay tune for more information coming your way.
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.
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.
10 Nov 2017
There appears to be a significant discrepency between what board directors believe and what happens in practice.