Programme Director

Daniel A. Bens

Programme Director

Professor of Accounting and Control

Daniel Bens is an Associate Professor of Accounting and Control at INSEAD, which he joined in August 2012. He has served as Area Chair for the department since 2015. He was a member of the University of Arizona faculty from 2005 to 2012, serving as Associate Dean of MBA programs for the last three years. Daniel was on faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 1999 to 2005. His research focuses on the determinants and effects of discretionary disclosure in financial reports. That is, why do some firms just disclose the minimum of information as required by securities laws while others voluntarily exceed that benchmark considerably? Further, are there tangible financial effects from these decisions? He also examines real economic effects that firms may experience when they make seemingly cosmetic accounting choices. For example, he has studied how firms alter their share repurchase strategies to improve earnings per share (EPS) performance, while at the same time cutting long-term investments to finance the strategy.

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Faculty

Gavin Cassar

Professor of Accounting and Control
Research Director of the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance

Gavin Cassar is a Professor of Accounting and Control at INSEAD. Before joining INSEAD he was a member of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania faculty and is currently the Research Director of the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance. Gavin received his PhD in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and his Bachelor of Commerce (with First Class Honours) from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

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Steven Monahan

Associate Professor of Accounting and Control

Steve Monahan is an Associate Professor of Accounting and Control at INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD in September 2003, he was a member of the University of Chicago faculty. He received his PhD in Accounting from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, a Masters of Accounting from the University of Iowa, and a BA in Economics from the University of Northern Iowa. He received the 1993 Elijah Watt Sells Award – Bronze Medal (third highest score in the United States on the uniform Certified Public Accountant exam) and served as a compensation and benefits consultant in the tax division of Arthur Andersen before pursuing his PhD.

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Learning coaches, led by INSEAD alumni, are available throughout the programme to help participants achieve their learning objectives, as well as help move the discussion forward and exchange ideas with them.

Experienced and successful business professionals from diverse industries, our learning coaches guide the participants in their learning journey, especially their Action Learning Project (ALP), to bring the learning alive in the participants’ business context. They work closely with the participants and help them design an ALP that focuses on their personal development goals, provide feedback and keep them moving in the right direction.

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