Professor Philip Anderson has been awarded the 2021 Dominique Heau Award for Inspiring Educational Excellence.
The Dominique Heau Award recognises INSEAD professors who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to INSEAD's educational mission. Its recipients embody Dominique's legacy of enduring passion for programme delivery, pedagogical innovation, and mentoring of colleagues and managers at different career stages.
Professor Anderson, or ”Phil” as he’s known to his colleagues at INSEAD, joined the school in 2001 from the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.
Since then, “he has been instrumental in building entrepreneurship education at INSEAD over the last two decades to an unprecedented level of novelty, rigor and richness. Today the Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise area offers one of the largest selections of entrepreneurship courses, workshops, and boot camps among the top business schools,” said Rose Luo, Professor and Area Chair of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD.
The care and professionalism he puts into every single educational encounter is an inspiration to his peers and his students, said Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD. “We have one of the largest numbers of highly successful and loyal entrepreneur alumni who are eager to give back to the school, in large part thanks to his leadership in the Entrepreneurship area.”
Among his many contributions deserving of the award, Professor Anderson pioneered a model of entrepreneurship education by bringing in Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, designing a research-based and highly practical hands-on curriculum and venture competitions. In the past three years, he has also led the creation of the MBA Capstone and introduced for the first time into the INSEAD MBA curriculum an immersive case that integrates the core curriculum with entrepreneurship education.
“In addition, his innovative design of Executive Education programmes has not only won INSEAD influential corporate clients, but pushed the boundary of pedagogy to encompass greater depth, variety, and flexibility. This is particularly important in today’s fast-changing and uncertain world of Executive Education,” added Professor Luo.
Professor Anderson remarked, “I am humbly honored to receive this award, having personally known Dominique and seen the difference he made. In my twenty years at INSEAD, I have enjoyed a broad license to innovate. I’ve suffered my share of failures and disappointments, but exceptional support from colleagues allows professors to take some chances, reinforce what works, and recombine ideas from others to craft high-impact experiences for our learners.”
Professor Philip Anderson is the fifth recipient of the Dominique Heau Award, after Professors Manfred Kets de Vries, Pierre Chandon, Michael Brimm and Daniel Simonovich and Ithai Stern. Award nominations are solicited yearly from INSEAD staff and faculty to recognise professors who embody and advance Dominique’s legacy of educational excellence at INSEAD.
Philip Anderson is also the INSEAD Alumni Fund Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of the Rudolf and Valerie Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship (ICE).