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Faculty & Research


Gavin Cassar

Dean of Finance and Administration

Professor of Accounting and Control


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Research Areas
  • Forecasting and Business Planning, Risk Management and Internal Controls, Performance Measurement and Incentives, Corporate Governance
Teaching Areas
  • Corporate Governance, Managerial Accounting, Financial Acumen, Strategic Decision Making, Performance Measurement and Evaluation, Management Control


Gavin Cassar is Dean of Finance and Administration of INSEAD and a Professor of Accounting and Control. He is functionally end-responsible for leading the department of Finance, including accounting, treasury, cash management, taxation, and external reporting. Gavin also leads the Financial Planning and Analysis team including being responsible for the management and control of INSEAD's operating and capital budget. In his role, he also leads the Procurement, Legal, Audit, Risk and Compliance function across the school. Gavin is also leading the Business Transformation Office as INSEAD transforms how it works across its many departments. Before joining INSEAD he was a member of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania faculty. 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.

Professor Cassar's research is centered on the role of information, especially financial, in settings of high uncertainty and opacity. In particular, he explores how entrepreneurs and hedge fund managers use information for their decision making needs and contracting with investors. His research has been published in top-tier accounting, finance, management, and entrepreneurship academic journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting & Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Business Venturing. He has served as editor of the Journal of Business Venturing and Management Science and on the editorial boards of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management and Journal of Management Accounting Research.

Professor Cassar teaches management accounting and corporate governance concepts across several programmes and is the recipient of teaching awards including The David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching, which is the most prestigious teaching award at Wharton and INSEAD’s Deans’ Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching on several occasions.

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