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Faculty & Research


Thomas Mannarelli

Senior Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour


Additional Information
Research Areas
  • Creativity
  • Personality
  • Leadership
  • Decision-Making
Teaching Areas
  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Influence
  • Change Management
  • Teams
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership Agility
  • General Management
  • Decision-Making
Industry Sectors
  • Banking and Insurance
  • Construction & Building Materials
  • Energy, Oil and Gas
  • Engineering & Machinery
  • Household Goods & Textiles
  • Information Technology
  • Leisure, Entertainment & Hotels
  • Pharmaceuticals and Health
  • Retailing
  • Telecommunication Services


Thomas Mannarelli joined the Organisational Behaviour area at INSEAD in 1997 and specializes in issues related to creativity, change, influence, and leadership in organizations. He has instructed, consulted, conducted seminars and directed executive education programmes with leading international private companies and public organisations across the globe representing a wide range of industries. He obtained his PhD from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and has a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University. He has also held visiting faculty positions at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in China and the University of California, Berkeley in the United States.

Some of the companies he has worked extensively with include Pernod Ricard, Infineon, Lendlease, Standard Chartered Bank, Siam Cement Group, Glaxo-Smith Kline, Mubadala, ASML, NTT, and Pertamina. He has teaching and consulting experience around the world having worked in countries as diverse as the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Vietnam, France, Indonesia, United States, and China.

His research has focused on the different facets of creativity that either facilitate or hinder creative behaviour in organizations and the effects of process and group size on team creativity. He has also studied individual differences (e.g., personalities, motivations, attitudes) and their relationships to physical environments and other thin-slice cues. His work has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as practitioner-oriented outlets such as the Financial Times.

In addition to his primary role of programme director for tailored company specific executive education programmes at INSEAD he also has extensive experience teaching in MBA, EMBA, PhD, and a variety of open-enrolment executive programmes. His courses have covered a wide range of behavioural management topics including leadership, creativity, teams and collaboration, influence and communication, negotiations, decision-making, careers, culture, leadership agility, and managing change. He teaches regularly at each of INSEAD’s campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, and is presently based in Singapore.