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Faculty & Research


Paul A. L. Evans

Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour

The Shell Chair of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Emeritus


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Research Areas
  • Global Talent Management (former Academic Director-Global Talent Competitiveness Index)
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Tension Analysis (Duality/Paradox Theory)
Teaching Areas
  • Talent development
  • Multinational Organisational Development (Matrix)
  • Human Resource Management in International Firms
  • Leadership
  • Managing Change


Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Paul Evans also holds The Shell Chair of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Emeritus. Paul Evans has a PhD in Management and Organisational Psychology from MIT, an MBA from INSEAD, and he is a graduate in law from Cambridge University. He was founding Academic Director of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) (2013-18), in partnership with Adecco, HCLI Singapore and Tata Communications; and today he is the Ambassador for the GTCI. For many years, he built up and directed INSEAD's executive education seminars on Management of People and Human Resource Management in Asia, as well as Managerial Skills for International Business. He led for several decades INSEAD's activities in the field of international human resource management, and he has been a Chair of the Organisational Behaviour faculty area for successive periods.

British by nationality, raised in Africa, and international by orientation, he has taught courses at Boston University, MIT,Cornell University, Stockholm School of Economics, l'Université de Montréal, and the University of Zurich, as well as being visiting scholar at the University of Berkeley, University of Southern California and as a Visiting Professor at London Business School. He was a titular professor at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management in Brussels in recognition of his work in building academic networks in Europe.

His current work focuses on corporate and public policy concerning talent competitiveness, working with government ministries of education, city development offices, and corporations. He recently helped create a growing HR Think Tank in South Africa, in partnership with SA's leading management publisher and Univ.Stellenbosch; and he sits on Advisory Boards of two universities in the region. Previously he acted as a corporate advisor and designed/taught leadership programmes with more than 200 international corporations, and he is a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences and conventions.

His research focused originally on adult, career and leadership development. His book with Fernando Bartolomé Must Success Cost so Much? was the result of a study of the relationship between the professional and private lives of over 14,000 executives and was translated into eight languages. His research focus then moved on to strategic talent management and multinational organisational development. His most recent book is The Global Challenge: International Human Resource Management (Chicago Business, 2017, 3rd ed.). With his numerous articles, award-winning cases, a bestselling educational video and e-course on Managing People, he has been described in the press as one of the world's most influential people in the field of international human resource management, and he received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from the INSEAD MBA participants for his teaching in this domain.

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