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Faculty & Research


Charles Galunic

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

The Aviva Chaired Professor of Leadership and Responsibility


Additional Information
Research Areas
  • Dynamic Capabilities - The Social Fabric of Innovation and Strategic Processes within Organisations, including Studies at the Organisational Level, focusing on Firm Dynamic Capabilities and at the Actor Level, exploring the Contribution of Human/ Social Capital on managerial innovativeness
  • Social networks in organizations
  • Cultural Change and “Evolution”
  • The Backstage Work of leaders in shaping processes and contexts to help develop strategies and align the organisation
Teaching Areas
  • Core Course in Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Management of Processes
  • Network Theory
  • Various Modules within Executive Education
  • Transition to General Management Programme Director


Charles Galunic is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour and the Aviva Chaired Professor of Leadership and Responsibility at INSEAD. He works within the fields of organisation behaviour and strategy. His research mostly concerns the micro-foundations of strategic advantage (e.g., networks and culture) within organizations, and the role of leaders in shaping the environment within organizations. He also explores leadership transitions, that is how managers develop their leadership skills and identity.

He has published in top academic and practitioner-oriented journals, including the Journal of Managerial and Decision Economics, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Research in Organizational Behaviour. He has served on the editorial board of Strategic Organization and the Strategic Management Journal, as well as a former associate editor of the Academy of Management Annals and departmental editor for the Journal of International Business Studies.

He has been a pioneer of several courses at INSEAD, including the core MBA course in Managing Organizations and the core EMBA course in Leading People and Organizations. He also served as the second Dean of the EMBA program, launching the program in the Chinese market (TIEMBA), which has become one of the highest FT-ranked Global EMBA’s in the world. He has won best case awards and was amongst the top 50 best-selling case authors in the 50 year history of the European Case Clearing House. He also teaches in a variety of INSEAD executive programs, both in Fontainebleau, Middle East, and Asia, and is a program director for one of INSEAD's flagship programs, the Transition to General Management. He has received multiple teaching awards at INSEAD, in the EMBA and EDP teaching and direction, including the INSEAD Excellence Award in Executive Education at INSEAD.

Professor Galunic holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour/Industrial Engineering Stanford University, California; a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Oxford University (Canadian Rhodes Scholar); and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University, Canada. He was also a visiting Fellow of Cambridge University (Judge Business School).

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