Peter Zemsky


Deputy Dean
Dean of Innovation
The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation

Professor Zemsky has been a faculty member at INSEAD since 1994 and a member of the school’s leadership team since 2010.  As Deputy Dean, he is responsible for external relations including fundraising, alumni relations and communications.  As Dean of Innovation he is responsible for the school’s digital strategy including the development of its award winning online courses.

Professor Zemsky is a leading scholar in the economics of strategy, where he develops rigorous analysis of topics such as disruptive technologies, the trade-offs between value creation and value capture, and the choice of generalist versus specialist strategies.  His doctoral students and have been recognized three times for having the best dissertation in strategy by the Academy of Management. 

Professor Zemsky is a passionate educator.  He teaches about strategy in the face of technology change and industry dynamics.  He currently offers the popular online executive education course Strategy in an Age of Digital Disruption.  He led the development of large scale customized online courses for leading companies including Accenture, Microsoft and Schneider Electric.  These courses have been recognized with gold medals by the Chief Learning Officer’s Learning in Practice Awards for “Excellence in Blended Technology” and “Excellence in Academic Partnerships”, by Brandon Hall for “Best Results of a Learning Program” and “Best Unique or Innovative L&D Program” and by EFMD for “Excellence in Professional Development”.


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