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Boards preparing for the future

Seven recommendations for boards to recalibrate their strategies and skill sets.

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How Long-Termism Can Boost Firm Performance

L. Van Wassenhove, K. Aral, E. Giambona

With the freedom to plan across time horizons, executives are more likely to invest in operational capabilities that can bring long-term shareholder value.

Diving in the deep end
Career

Learning to Be Alone

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

Loneliness is a call for deeper connection with ourselves and others.

What Business Leaders Really Think About Generative AI

An INSEAD survey offers insights on who will benefit from AI, how attitudes differ in Europe, America and Asia, and when the AGI future will arrive.

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Strategy

A Simple Phrase for Getting Better Help

K. Kuwabara, Y. Park, K. Nault

Making generalised, not personalised, help requests can improve the quality of help received.

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Leadership & Organisations

Are Boards Forward-Thinking Enough in this Disruption Era?

Ron Soonieus

Seven recommendations for boards to recalibrate their strategies and skill sets.

Operations

How Long-Termism Can Boost Firm Performance

L. Van Wassenhove, K. Aral, E. Giambona

With the freedom to plan across time horizons, executives are more likely to invest in operational capabilities that can bring long-term shareholder value.

Career

Learning to Be Alone

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

Loneliness is a call for deeper connection with ourselves and others.

Leadership & Organisations

What Business Leaders Really Think About Generative AI

Jason P. Davis

An INSEAD survey offers insights on who will benefit from AI, how attitudes differ in Europe, America and Asia, and when the AGI future will arrive.

Strategy

A Simple Phrase for Getting Better Help

K. Kuwabara, Y. Park, K. Nault

Making generalised, not personalised, help requests can improve the quality of help received.

Responsibility

How Utopian Thinking Can Inspire Business Leaders

Marc Le Menestrel

The distance between reality and our dreams is a space for creative solutions.

Responsibility

Green Views for Healthier Diets

P. Chandon, M. Langlois

How natural settings inspire people to make healthier eating choices.

Operations

How Seeing a Regular Doctor Improves Primary Care

Michael Freeman

In primary care, patient-doctor continuity not only brings positive health outcomes, but also productivity benefits.

Leadership & Organisations

Cyberloafing Unplugged: Overcoming Online Distractions in the Workplace

Pawel Korzynski

Cyberloafing can be a response to job dissatisfaction associated with high workload, low self-efficacy and poor time management skills.

Responsibility

The Power of Public-Private Partnerships

W. Ulaga, M. Adade

How both sectors can collaborate to tackle global challenges.

Marketing

Etiquette as a Luxury Brand-Building Tool

D. Dubois, E. Cousteau

How the luxury and prestige industries create immersive experiences to attract and deeply connect with their clients.

Career

The Four Mindsets of Retirement

G. Ward, I. Lebbe

How to smooth the transition and embrace the “third half” of life.
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Marketing

Mine Your Language

Abhishek Borah

How text mining can unearth novel, absorbing and valuable findings.

Strategy

INSEAD Insights: March 2024 Research Picks

Lily Fang

Recent findings on the gender gap in start-ups, conspiracy theories, stock price predictions, improving supply chain networks and more.

Leadership & Organisations

How Leaders Can Avoid the Hubris Trap

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

Overcoming the hubris syndrome requires a dose of reality, humility and humour.

Strategy

Six Principles for Successful Multiparty Negotiations

H. Falcao, N. Ferchachi

What managers can learn from COP28, which resulted in nearly 200 nations endorsing a landmark climate accord.

Operations

How to Boost Health Product Supplies in Developing Regions

Prashant Yadav

Are development banks and philanthropic foundations using the right incentives to encourage global life sciences companies to cater to underserved markets?

Strategy

How to Spot the Next Technology Breakthrough

A. Shipilov, F. Burelli

The three factors that can predict which B2C and B2B technologies are about to take off.

Strategy

Paving the Way for NFTs

P. Zemsky, F. Godart

While specific use cases may warrant regulation, applying broad rules to NFTs would be akin to regulating fire or bricks.

Leadership & Organisations

Winning the Game of Boardroom Chess

M. Jarrett, A. J. Yap, C. LeBaron

How subtle, seemingly innocuous actions can shift the balance of power in your favour.
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Career

Your Dream Job May Not Exist, and That’s Okay

Winnie Jiang

Anyone can grow passion and find fulfilment in a wide range of careers.

Economics & Finance

Will the Shifting Economic Power Balance Topple Democracy?

Ilian Mihov

A view on where global democracy stands and where it’s headed in the new economic world order.

Leadership & Organisations

Leadership Should Be a Team Sport

Graham Ward

Actions speak louder than titles and every voice holds the power to lead.
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Economics & Finance

Key Players in the Indo-Pacific Region

Pushan Dutt

Amid ongoing conflicts, shifting allegiances and incumbents jostling for influence, emerging powers such as India will play an increasingly important role in shaping Indo-Pacific relations.

Career

Grow Your Networks With a Growth Mindset

Ko Kuwabara

What if changing your mindset could take the struggles out of networking?

Leadership & Organisations

INSEAD Insights: February 2024 Research Picks

Lily Fang

Recent findings on time management, family business, herd behaviour, public-private collaborations and cyberloafing.
1 comment

Leadership & Organisations

Business and Politics Should Never Mix – Or Should They?

M. Scholz, C. Smith

When companies have a responsibility to speak out on politics.

Strategy

Chinese Automakers’ Secret to Scaling Up Electric Vehicles

Chengyi Lin

How China’s electric vehicle sector drove to the front of the pack.

Entrepreneurship

Mastering Value Chain Placement for Deep Tech Venture Success

Bill Magill

A guide to optimising your place in the chain and aligning to market power dynamics.

Entrepreneurship

What Female Artists Can Do About Discrimination

Henrich Greve

Participation in residency programmes and access to elite education can enhance the opportunities available to women artists.

Economics & Finance

Bridging Prosperity and Need

Alexandra Roulet

A country's overall economic figures don't always speak to the difficulty of life for many people. Even Singapore needs a food bank.

Economics & Finance

When Firms Behave Irrationally

Lin Tian

The actions of firms in low-income countries don’t always match our assumptions.

Responsibility

Business Case for Sustainability: The Stakeholder Perspective

Atalay Atasu

If the environment were the new business stakeholder, could we still afford to ignore it?

Strategy

To Use AI Tools Smartly, Think Like a Strategist

Phanish Puranam

Consider how specific AI tools will impact your own skills and capabilities.
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Leadership & Organisations

In Praise of Boredom

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

Monotony can ignite creativity, giving rise to new adventures and fresh beginnings.

Leadership & Organisations

Let’s Get Specific About Kindness in Business

Nadav Klein

Being kind in business has its limits – here’s why you shouldn’t go overboard.
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Leadership & Organisations

Are Boards Forward-Thinking Enough in this Disruption Era?

Ron Soonieus

Seven recommendations for boards to recalibrate their strategies and skill sets.

Career

Learning to Be Alone

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

Loneliness is a call for deeper connection with ourselves and others.

Leadership & Organisations

What Business Leaders Really Think About Generative AI

Jason P. Davis

An INSEAD survey offers insights on who will benefit from AI, how attitudes differ in Europe, America and Asia, and when the AGI future will arrive.

Responsibility

How Utopian Thinking Can Inspire Business Leaders

Marc Le Menestrel

The distance between reality and our dreams is a space for creative solutions.

Leadership & Organisations

Cyberloafing Unplugged: Overcoming Online Distractions in the Workplace

Pawel Korzynski

Cyberloafing can be a response to job dissatisfaction associated with high workload, low self-efficacy and poor time management skills.

Strategy

INSEAD Insights: March 2024 Research Picks

Lily Fang

Recent findings on the gender gap in start-ups, conspiracy theories, stock price predictions, improving supply chain networks and more.

Leadership & Organisations

How Leaders Can Avoid the Hubris Trap

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

Overcoming the hubris syndrome requires a dose of reality, humility and humour.

Leadership & Organisations

Winning the Game of Boardroom Chess

M. Jarrett, A. J. Yap, C. LeBaron

How subtle, seemingly innocuous actions can shift the balance of power in your favour.
1 comment

Leadership & Organisations

Leadership Should Be a Team Sport

Graham Ward

Actions speak louder than titles and every voice holds the power to lead.
2 comments

Leadership & Organisations

INSEAD Insights: February 2024 Research Picks

Lily Fang

Recent findings on time management, family business, herd behaviour, public-private collaborations and cyberloafing.
1 comment

Leadership & Organisations

Business and Politics Should Never Mix – Or Should They?

M. Scholz, C. Smith

When companies have a responsibility to speak out on politics.

Leadership & Organisations

In Praise of Boredom

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

Monotony can ignite creativity, giving rise to new adventures and fresh beginnings.

Leadership & Organisations

Let’s Get Specific About Kindness in Business

Nadav Klein

Being kind in business has its limits – here’s why you shouldn’t go overboard.
1 comment

Strategy

Why Some CEOs Are More Likely to Downsize

Guoli Chen

A firm’s decision on whether to downsize when facing performance shortfalls may depend on the CEO’s internal attribution tendency.

Leadership & Organisations

Leadership Challenges When Companies Merge

Andy J. Yap

Lessons from an Indonesian telco merger success: When organisations merge, people must come together.

Career

Can You Bring Your Spirituality to Work?

C. Harbour, A. Tirard, N. Klein

Lessons from executives who integrated their spiritual beliefs into their leadership style.

Leadership & Organisations

How Leaders Can Effect Change by Changing Themselves

Narayan Pant

A four-step framework to help leaders look inwards to better lead organisational change.

Leadership & Organisations

INSEAD Insights: January 2024 Research Picks

Lily Fang

Recent findings on enhancing experiences, gender wage transparency, long-term planning, networks and the dangers of flattery.

Leadership & Organisations

Stop Asking Candidates for Their Last-Drawn Salary

Mark Mortensen

A holistic approach does more to ensure the right fit and boost employee well-being and retention.

Career

How To Align What You Say With What You Do

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

Bridging the divide between best intentions and actual behaviour.

Leadership & Organisations

Three “Bad Boss” Habits to Avoid in 2024

Graham Ward

Resist the urge to emotionally detach, control outcomes or blindly comply.

Career

What 2023 Taught Us: The Rules Are Always Changing

INSEAD Knowledge

This year's top trending articles explore how we can keep pace with a world in flux.

Leadership & Organisations

X-Teams: Three Principles to Guide Today’s Leaders

Henrik Bresman

In a VUCA world that’s gone on steroids, mere internal alignment won’t cut it.

Economics & Finance

INSEAD Insights: December 2023 Research Picks

Lily Fang

Recent findings on consumer confidence, preventing financial runs, competitor information, regulation and gender bias in the workplace.

Strategy

Why We Can Be Quicker to Judge Others Than We Think

N. Klein, R. E. Lim

People tend to violate the thresholds they set for evaluating others, which can have significant consequences for their reputation and relationships.

Career

Why Not Enough Women Are Senior Leaders

A. Roulet, A. Lawson

True parity in the workplace is still a distant goal. INSEAD faculty outline why women aren’t advancing and the role gender stereotypes play.

Strategy

How Overconfidence Affects CEOs’ Investment Decisions

Guoli Chen

In uncertain climates, overconfident CEOs tend to invest less in assets that allow a firm to maintain strategic flexibility compared to non-overconfident CEOs.

Leadership & Organisations

Braggy Bosses Can Boost Their Teams

K. Nault, A. Yap

We love bosses who brag about their accomplishments – and loathe colleagues who do the same.

Leadership & Organisations

OpenAI's Crisis Is Yet Another Wake-Up Call

T. Evgeniou, Y. Lechell, L. Van der Heyden

Effective governance can save AI doomers, accelerationists, altruists and techno-capitalists from themselves.

Entrepreneurship

AI Is Coming for All Our Jobs... Or Is It?

Rachel Eva Lim

How leaders, employees and organisations can better prepare themselves for the impact of AI.

Leadership & Organisations

How Networks Actually Harm Organisations

Jason P. Davis

Digital technologies create digital relationships that limit companies ability to innovate and change.

Leadership & Organisations

Ten Ways Boards Need to Transform

Annet Aris

How governance must pivot in the face of accelerating change.

Leadership & Organisations

INSEAD Insights: November 2023 Research Picks

Lily Fang

Recent findings on human morality, publishing cycles, manufacturing in low-income markets, virtual assessments in acute care services and sarcasm.

Leadership & Organisations

Escape the Grip of Greed and Envy

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

Six steps to overcome the twin terrors of greed and envy and embrace being “good enough”.
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Leadership & Organisations

The Pitfalls of Giving Feedback Across Genders

Erin Meyer

To best navigate gender divides, pay attention to perceived power imbalances.
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Leadership & Organisations

How to Handle Dominant Leaders

Graham Ward

Is your boss acting like a guru? Take charge by asserting yourself and setting clear boundaries.