Our Research Excellence
At INSEAD we pride ourselves on the rigour and relevance of our research. Whether it is academic publications, books, cases, or practitioner-oriented publications, we strive for the highest quality and impact. We produce research that brings new ideas and new knowledge to the world, underpinning pedagogy that is useful to business leaders.
Supported by our strong links with the international business community, our research also benefits from real world testing, feedback and application, creating a powerful academic flywheel. We conduct research in an environment that nurtures intellectual exploration and knowledge creation. We disseminate our research through our teaching and engagement with the world.
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Real World Impact
Lessons from an ant colony. When we think about organisations – groups of people all moving towards a single goal – usually we think about a hierarchy.
The degree of specialisation is the deciding factor. As far as workplace trends go, several topics have dominated popular attention and discussion, from workspace design, digitalisation, Agile methodology, to the pandemic favourite of remote working.
Harvard Business Review
People who work to achieve a sense of personal fulfillment and make the world a better place have been shown to experience stronger work and life satisfaction and feel more successful — but the jury has been out on whether that’s truly the case.
A new approach to uncovering the sum of all the parts of a modern firm. The value of a firm used to be easily calculated on a balance sheet. Assets and losses were physical entities and were tallied accordingly. But over the past 40 years, other, more intangible assets have come into play when we determine the value of a firm. Ideas, such as knowledge and brand assets, are understood to have value – but how much?
An impact-driven intrapreneurial venture can be a useful stepping stone for changing a company’s DNA, but its unintended consequences need to be managed carefully
Boards are committed to addressing climate change, but knowledge and experience gaps in the boardroom may impact ability to drive future change according to new report from INSEAD and Heidrick & Struggles
INSEAD, the business school for the world, and Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ: HSII), a premier provider of global leadership advisory and on-demand talent solutions, released today a new report, Changing the Climate in the Boardroom, that reveals how 301 board members in 43 countries, primarily in North America and Western Europe, view their boards’ action on climate change.
The survey revealed signs of continued progress in corporate commitment to climate change. 75% of boards believe climate change is very, or entirely important, to the strategic success of their companies, with 72% reporting confidence that their company will reach its climate change goals.
At a time when change is the rule and the ability to adapt is essential to the success of any business, a new book by Ben M. Bensaou, Professor of Technology Management and former Dean of Executive Education at INSEAD, offers a practical guide to implementing continuous innovation within your organisation. Previous books on innovation have often focused on the brilliance of individual leaders like Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs. Less has been written about pragmatic ways of integrating innovative practices and ways of thinking throughout an organisation.
Harvard Business Review
The pandemic has profoundly affected how we think about our work. But before we all jump on the Great Resignation bandwagon and make potentially life-altering decisions, a word of caution is in order. We shouldn’t ignore the lessons learned during the pandemic, but we should pressure test these insights against some of the most obvious biases we struggle with and try to avoid getting trapped on the wrong side of a one-way door. The author recommends splitting your focus between two distinct elements by asking yourself: a) How can I improve the data (and interpretation) going into my decision to yield a more accurate outcome?, and b) How can I improve the execution of my decision to reduce the downside risk if my conclusion proves wrong?
Centres & Initiatives
Our Centers, Initiatives and Institutes combine research, impact and knowledge exchange by connecting academia and real-world practice.
Through research, we expand the frontiers of knowledge and shape global business leadership. As such, our researchers actively contribute to the school's ambitions.
INSEAD’s case studies consistently rank among the top global bestsellers. Our world-renowned faculty are notoriously close to the business community, able to unearth the most relevant management insights from deep inside the complex world of international business.
ENGIE: Powering the Energy Transition
The case describes the journey of a large European energy company as it develops data and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. It covers the related organizational changes, technology investments, talent development, and external partnerships.
By Theodoros Evgeniou, Pal Boza
Published 12 Jan 2022
Topic Leadership & Organisations
Pacari Chocolate: Building a Brand that Brings Joy from Tree to Bar
The case describes Carla Barbotó and Santiago Peralta’s journey building a premium, ethical chocolate brand – Pacari – in Ecuador, that has won over 160 awards including “World’s Best Chocolate” for five consecutive years.
By Amitava Chattopadhyay, Fabrizio Noboa, Alexandra Velasco, Anne-Marie Carrick,
Published 15 Mar 2022
Meta: Facebook's Pivot to the Metaverse. A Dystopia or Blue Ocean Utopia?
In October 2021, Facebook changed the parent corporation name to Meta and announced plans to build a metaverse, a 3D virtual world for work and fun. This case explores whether Meta’s metaverse is likely to be a blue ocean utopia for people and society at large or some form of dystopia.
By W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne, Michael Olenick
Published 19 Jan 2022