Jasjit Singh

Professor of Strategy
The Paul Dubrule Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development

Jasjit has been an INSEAD professor since 2004. His expertise includes Strategy, Innovation, Sustainable Development, Purpose-Driven Business, Impact Investing and Impact Evaluation. He regularly speaks on these topics, and also advises entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors and organizations on how to best manage their societal impact.

Jasjit has written numerous articles for leading journals and case studies that have won prestigious awards. He earned a PhD in Business Economics (Strategy) at Harvard Business School and an MA in Economics at Harvard University, having earlier obtained a BTech in Computer Science & Engineering at IIT Delhi and a double-MS at Georgia Tech.

Awards

Deans' Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching (2020-2021)

Deans' Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching (2018-2019)

Selected for the Best Paper Proceedings of the 2019 Academy of Management Meeting, Boston

Winner of the 2018 EFMD Case Writing Competition (“Finance and Banking” category)

Winner, Best Proposal Award for CSR and Sustainability track, SMS 2018 India Conference

Winner, Best Proposal Award for Globalization and Emerging Markets track, SMS 2018 India Conference

Finalist, GSJ Best Paper Award, Strategic Management Society 2018 India Conference

Awarded the Paul Dubrule Chair in Sustainable Development at INSEAD, 2018

Promoted to Professor of Strategy at INSEAD 2018

Appointed the Akzo Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management at INSEAD, 2017

Deans’ Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching (2016-2017)

Finalist for the Best Paper Award at the Strategic Management Society 2016 Annual Conference

Finalist for the Carolyn Dexter Award at the Academy of Management 2016 Annual Conference

Deans’ Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching (2015-2016)

Runner-up, 2015 Best Paper Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship papers published in INFORMS journals in 2010

Best Case Award in Strategy and General Management, Case Centre (formerly ecch) Awards 2014

Awarded the Shell Fellowship in Business and the Environment, 2012

Highly Commended Case, EFMD Case Writing Competition 2012

Meritorious Associate Editor Award 2012, Management Science

Finalist, Best Paper Award at Strategic Management Society Singapore Conference, 2012

Promoted to Associate Professor of Strategy (with tenure) at INSEAD, 2011

Thomson ScienceWatch “Emerging Research Fronts Paper” in Economics & Business, 2010

Winner, Best Paper Award at DRUID Summer Conference 2006, Copenhagen.

Winner, Richman Best Dissertation Award in International Management, AOM 2005, Honolulu.

Finalist, Best Dissertation Award in Business Policy and Strategy, AOM 2005, Honolulu.

Finalist, Best Dissertation Award in Technology & Innovation Management, AOM 2005, Honolulu.

Winner, Haynes Best Paper Prize, Academy of International Business 2005, Quebec City

Winner, Newman Best Paper Award in Business Policy and Strategy, AOM 2004, New Orleans

Working Papers

Unintended Consequences of Regulating Corporate Philanthropy: Evidence from the 2013 Indian Companies Act (with Arzi Adbi and Devanshee Shukla).

Peer Influence, Strategic Discretion and Loan Defaults in Community Lending: Evidence from Indian Demonetization (with Arzi Adbi & Matthew Lee). [Winner of Best Proposal Award for Globalization and Emerging Markets track and Finalist for GSJ Best Paper Award at SMS India 2018.]

Academic Articles

[Citation statistics available via Google Scholar]

Up to No Good? Gender, Social Impact Work and Employee Promotions (with Christiane Bode & Michelle Rogan). Administrative Science Quarterly, forthcoming. [A short article related to this research has appeared in INSEAD Knowledge.]

Women’s Disempowerment and Preferences for Skin Lightening Products that Reinforce Colorism: Experimental Evidence from India (with Arzi Adbi, Chirantan Chatterjee, Clarissa Cortland & Zoe Kinias). Psychology of Women Quarterly 45(2), June 2021: 178-193. [A short article related to this research has appeared in INSEAD Knowledge.]

Microfinance and Entrepreneurship at the Base of the Pyramid (with Pushan Dutt & Arzi Adbi). Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, forthcoming. [An earlier version of this paper has appeared with the same title in the Best Paper Proceedings of the 2019 Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston. Short articles related to this research have appeared in Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange and INSEAD Knowledge.]

Does Design Thinking Training Increase Creativity? Results from a Field Experiment with Middle-School Students (with Hayagreeva Rao & Phanish Puranam). Innovation: Organization & Management, forthcoming. [A short article related to this research has appeared in INSEAD Knowledge.]

Categorical Cognition and Outcome Efficiency in Impact Investing Decisions (with Matthew Lee & Arzi Adbi). Strategic Management Journal 41(1), January 2020: 86-107. [Winner of Best Proposal Award for CSR and Sustainability track at SMS India 2018. Short articles related to this research have appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review Online and INSEAD Knowledge.]

Sustainable Cross-Sector Collaboration: Building a Global Platform for Social Impact (with Christiane Bode & Michelle Rogan). Academy of Management Discoveries (special issue on “Sustainable Development for a Better World”) 5(4), December 2019: 396-414. [For a summary of an earlier version of this paper in Stanford Social Innovation Review, click here.]

Philanthropic Campaigns and Customer Behavior: Field Experiments on an Online Taxi Booking Platform (with Nina Teng & Serguei Netessine). Management Science 65(2), February 2019: 913-932. [For a summary of this paper appearing at INSEAD Knowledge, click here. Nominated for the Best Paper Award at SMS 2016 Conference and the Carolyn Dexter Award at AOM 2016 Conference.]

Taking a Hit to Save the World? Employee Participation in a Corporate Social Initiative (with Christiane Bode). Strategic Management Journal 39(4), February 2018: 1003-1030. [For a summary of this paper appearing at INSEAD Knowledge, click here. For a strategy+business piece that features this paper, click here.]

Corporate Social Initiatives and Employee Retention (with Christiane Bode & Michelle Rogan). Organization Science 26(6), Nov-Dec 2015, pp. 1702-1720.
[For a summary of this paper appearing at INSEAD Knowledge, click here. An earlier version of this article appeared as “Deep Dive and Back: Social Impact Projects and Employee Retention” in Academy of Management Proceedings 2014 (1), 15437]

Regional Disadvantage? Employee Non-Compete Agreements and Brain Drain (with Matt Marx & Lee Fleming). Research Policy, 44(2), March 2015, pp 394-404. [For a summary of this paper appearing at INSEAD Knowledge, click here.]

Geographic Constraints on Knowledge Spillovers: Political Borders vs. Spatial Proximity (with Matt Marx). Management Science 59(9), September 2013, pp. 2056-2078. [For a summary of this paper appearing in MIT News, click here.]”

Not With My Own: Long-Term Effects of Cross-Country Collaboration on Subsidiary Innovation in Emerging Economies versus Advanced Economies (with Tufool Alnuami and Gerard George), Journal of Economic Geography 12(5), September 2012, pp. 943-968. [This paper was a finalist for the Best Paper Award at SMS Singapore Conference 2012.]

Recruiting for Ideas: How Firms Exploit the Prior Inventions of New Hires (with Ajay Agrawal), Management Science 57(1), January 2011, pp. 129-150.

The World is Not Small for Everyone: Inequity in Searching for Information in Organizations (with Morten Hansen and Joel Podolny), Management Science 56(9), September 2010, pp. 1415-1438. [To read a feature on this paper as appearing in Sloan Management Review (Spring 2008), click here]

Lone Inventors as Sources of Breakthroughs: Myth or Reality? (with Lee Fleming), Management Science 56(1), January 2010, pp. 41-56. [This paper was the runner-up for the 2015 Best Paper Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship papers published in INFORMS journals in 2010.]

Distributed R&D, Cross-Regional Knowledge Integration and Quality of Innovative Output, Research Policy 37(1), February 2008, pp. 77-96. [This paper won the Best Paper Award at DRUID 2006 Conference and also the Haynes Best Paper Prize at the AIB 2005 meetings.]

Asymmetry of Knowledge Spillovers between MNCs and Host Country Firms, Journal of International Business Studies 38(5), September 2007, pp. 764-786. [An earlier version appeared as “Multinational Firms and Knowledge Diffusion: Evidence using Patent Citation Data” in D.H. Nagao (Ed.), Best Paper Proceedings of the 2004 Meeting of the Academy of Management, and also won the Newman Best Paper Award that year for the Business Policy and Strategy Division.]

Science, Social Networks and Spillovers (with Olav Sorenson), Industry and Innovation, 14(2), May 2007, pp. 219-238.

Collaborative Networks as Determinants of Knowledge Diffusion Patterns Management Science 51(5), May 2005, pp. 756-770. [This paper was nominated by Thomson ScienceWatch as an “Emerging Research Fronts Paper” in Economics & Business in 2010 based on its 5-year citation impact]

Agency Costs in a Supply Chain with Demand Uncertainty and Price Competition (with V.G. Narayanan and Ananth Raman). Management Science 51(1), Jan 2005, pp. 120-132. [Click here for online supplement with detailed proofs not in the paper.]

The Effect of Repeated Interaction on Contract Choice: Evidence from Offshore Drilling (with Ken Corts). Journal Of Law, Economics & Organization 20(1), Spring 2004, pp. 230-260.

Technological Dynamism in Asia (with Ishtiaq P. Mahmood). Research Policy 32(6), June 2003, pp. 1032-1054

Practitioner Articles

Using Corporate Social Initiatives to Build a Purpose-Driven Organisation (with Christiane Bode and Michelle Rogan). 2021. INSEAD Knowledge.

What Does the Microfinance Debate Imply for Impact Investing (with Pushan Dutt)? 2021. INSEAD Knowledge.

From Band-Aid to Deep Impact: Building Effective Social Sector Organisations. 2021. INSEAD Knowledge.

The Three Dimensions of Social Impact. 2021. INSEAD Knowledge.

A ‘Lab in the Field’ Approach to Evidence-Based Management (with Phanish Puranam and Hayagreeva Rao). 2021. INSEAD Knowledge.

When Does Microfinance Do the Most Good (with Pushan Dutt and Arzi Adbi)? 2021. Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange.

How Disempowerment Drives Demand for Risky Skin-Lightening Products (With Zoe Kinias). 2021. INSEAD Knowledge.

How to Overcome ‘Warm Glow’ and Other Barriers to Effective Impact Investment Decisions (with M Lee). 2020. Stanford Social Innovation Review (Online).

What Lies Ahead for the Class of 2020 (with Winnie Jiang)? 2020. INSEAD Knowledge.

Maximising Outcomes in Impact Investing. 2020. INSEAD Knowledge.

The Force for Good Spectrum: Using Business as a Tool. 2020. INSEAD Knowledge.

Why Social Enterprises Still Matter in an Age of “Win-Win". 2020. INSEAD Knowledge.

From Good Intentions to Maximising Your Impact. 2019. INSEAD Knowledge.

Kiva Reinvents Itself. 2019. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Crowdfunding for Impact? 2019. INSEAD Knowledge.

Sustainable Biz Protects Firms from Future Risks (by Bo-eun Kim based on an interview with me). 2019. The Korea Times.

Using Innovative Finance to Scale Up Corporate Base-of-Pyramid Initiatives (with Jayanth Bhuvaraghan). 2019. INSEAD Knowledge.

The Private Benefits of Corporate Social Initiatives (summary by Marilyn Harris of my research with Christiane Bode). 2019. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Reflections on Kiva’s Impact Journey (with Premal Shah). 2018. Medium.

Building an Impact Investing Business that Makes a Real Difference. 2018. INSEAD Knowledge.

The Balancing Act of Corporate Social Responsibility Programs (summary by Matt Palmquist of my research with Christiane Bode). 2018. Strategy+Business.

Bottom-Up Corporate Social Responsibility (summary by Marilyn Harris of my research with Christiane Bode). 2018. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

What Employees Get Out of Giving Back (with Christiane Bode). 2017. INSEAD Knowledge.

Is Your Social Enterprise Creating the Impact You Want? 2017. DBS Foundation.

Ad Hoc Promotions Can’t Buy Customer Loyalty (with Serguei Netessine). 2016. INSEAD Knowledge.

Engaging Employees through Corporate Social Initiatives (with Christiane Bode). 2016. The Huffington Post.

Corporate Sustainability Is More than Just Ticking the Regulatory Box. 2015. South China Morning Post.

Corporate Social Impact Initiatives Make Employees More Loyal. 2015. INSEAD Knowledge.

Why Non-Compete Agreements Are Not Always Good for Business. 2015. INSEAD Knowledge.

Study Details the Quirky Geography of Knowledge-Sharing (summary by Peter Dizikes of my research with Matt Marx). 2013. MIT News.

The World Might be Small, But Not for Everyone (summary by Alden Hayash of my research with Morten Hansen and Joel Podolny). 2008. Sloan Management Review.

Case Studies

[Available from Case Centre]

Aline Sara and NaTakallam (with Devanshee Shukla), INSEAD 2020

Jacqueline Novogratz and Acumen, INSEAD 2019

Kiva’s Impact Strategy (with Eva Wu), INSEAD 2018

Patrimonio Hoy: A Scalable Business Model for Inclusive Housing? (with Arzi Adbi), INSEAD 2018

Credit Suisse: Building an Impact Investing Business in Asia (with Joost Bilkes), INSEAD 2017 [Winner of the 2018 EFMD Case Writing Competition (“Finance and Banking” category)]

Impact Evaluation of the Perry Preschool Programme, INSEAD 2017

Gib Bulloch and Accenture, INSEAD 2017

Trevor Field and the PlayPump, INSEAD 2017

John Wood and Room to Read, INSEAD 2017

Unilever in Vietnam: The ‘Perfect Village’ Initiative (with Helen Duce), INSEAD 2015

Impact Assessment Exercise, INSEAD 2015

LOLC Micro Credit (with Pushan Dutt), INSEAD 2013

Schneider Electric in Rural India: Integrating Social Responsibility with BOP Strategy (with Christiane Bode), INSEAD 2012. [Highly Commended Case, EFMD Case Writing Competition 2012]

Schneider Electric in India: Power Backup Products (with Christiane Bode), INSEAD 2012

Singapore’s Economic Development Strategy and the Biomedical Sciences Cluster, INSEAD 2011

GE Healthcare (A): Innovating for Emerging Markets, INSEAD 2011. [Best Case Award in Strategy and General Management, Case Centre (formerly ecch) Awards 2014]

GE Healthcare (B): A CSR Dilemma, INSEAD 2011

i2 Technologies, Inc. (with Ananth Raman), HBS 1998

Videos

[Also see Jasjit’s YouTube channel]

Keynote Speech on “Impact through Venture Capital & Private Equity: Making Money Responsibly” at LPEA Insights Conference, Luxembourg (2021)

Masterclass on “Social Entrepreneurship: Employing Business as a Force for Good” at the [email protected] Youth Ideathon organized for high school students by ThinkStartup (2021)

Panel Discussion on “Entrepreneurship in the Elderly Care Sector” with Priya Anant and Anant Kumar (Life Circle Health Services) as guests in INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme (2021)

Panel Discussion on “Employing Business as a Force for Good in Africa” with Danielle Treharne (WorldRemit), Dayo Odulate-Ademola (Branch International), Saskia van der Mast (DOB Equity) and Matthew Hodgkinson (Satya Capital) as guests in my INSEAD EMBA elective “Strategy and Investing for Impact” (2021)

Lecture on “Corporate Governance: Preserving Mission in Impact Ventures” for INSEAD MBA students (2021)

Panel Discussion on “The Promise of Alternative Proteins in Fighting Climate Change” with Gautam Godhwani and Jayesh Parekh (Managing Partners at Good Startup/Good Protein Fund I) as guest speakers in my INSEAD elective “Strategy and Investing for Impact” (2021)

Panel Discussion on “Pursuing Impactful Careers” with Jessie Coates (EY; ISEP 2017), Katya Akulinicheva (ZeroAvia; MBA 2015) and Lisa Wei (The Global Fund; MBA 2017) as guest speakers in my INSEAD elective “Strategy and Investing for Impact” (2021)

Conversation on realizing the full potential of Impact Investing with Sir Graham Wrigley (Chairman of CDC Group), organized by INSEAD’s INDEVOR Global Impact Network (2021)

Panel Discussion on “Social Intrapreneurship” co-organized by Yunus Social Business and INSEAD’s Hoffman Institute of Business & Society (2021)

Invited Lecture on “Pursuing Impactful Careers in Technology” at Plaksha, India (2021)

Lecture on “Investing for Impact” for INSEAD MBA students (2020)

Masterclass on “Investing for Impact” at Arthan India online conference “Future of Work” (2020)

Webinar on “Pursuing Impactful Careers” organized by ISEP alumni and Skill Lab Nepal (2020)

Panel Discussion on “Reviving Livelihoods Post-COVID: Leveraging Innovative Finance” at an Asian Venture Philanthropy Network webinar (2020)

Power Talk on “Growing a Business with Impact” at Euro-Med Scale Up Innovation Day (2020)

Panel Discussion on “Humanitarian Entrepreneurship: The NaTakallam Story” with Aline Sara, CEO of NaTakallam, at INSEAD SDG Week (2020)

Masterclass on “Thinking Strategically about Impact” at Arthan Online Conference “Investing for Impact: Building Civil Society Organizations of the Future” (2020)

Webinar on “Thinking Strategically about Impact” at INSEAD Online Event “Family Business: A Force for Good?” (2020)

Conversation about “Impact Investing during and after the Covid-19 Crisis” with Mark Florman, CEO at Time Partners and Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative (2020)

INSEAD Knowledge Podcast titled “Getting Real about Social Impact: How Business can Make a Difference” (2020)

Conversation about “Why Do We Need Social Enterprises?” with Debbie Aung Din and Jim Taylor, co-founders of Proximity Designs Myanmar (2019)

Panel Discussion about “Pursuing Impactful Careers” with Carmina Bayombong (InvestEd), Larissa Sidarto (HARA), Priya Prakash (HealthSetGo) and Sara Khurram (Sehat Kahani), participants of INSEAD Social Enterprise Programme (2019)

Masterclass on “Thinking Strategically about Impact” in Seoul at World Knowledge Forum (2019)

Keynote speech on “Thinking Strategically about Impact” in Geneva at INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe (2019)

Conversation about Sustainable Development with Paul Polman (former CEO of Unilever) at INSEAD’s Singapore campus (2019)

Conversation about Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD Social Impact Summit (2018)

Video accompanying INSEAD case study Credit Suisse: Building an Impact Investing Business in Asia (2018)

Video accompanying INSEAD case study Unilever in Vietnam: The ‘Perfect Village’ Initiative (2015)

Contact

Jasjit Singh
Professor of Strategy
INSEAD Asia Campus
1 Ayer Rajah Avenue
Singapore 138676

Tel: +65 6799 5341

Assistant: Nadiah Abdul Razak
Tel: +65 6799 7149
Email: [email protected]

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