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

Research Insights February 2024

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

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When companies have a responsibility to speak out on politics.

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

Responsibility

Four Global Trends in Business and Society in 2024

K. Le Goulven, M. Stabile, F. Veloso

Climate change, geopolitical crises, social instability and income and wealth inequality are threats to business – but they also pose opportunities for impact.

Strategy

Boeing’s Tragedy: The Fall of an American Icon

Y. Doz, K. Wilson

The recent Alaska Airlines incident is just the latest in a string of sometimes tragic mishaps by the aircraft manufacturer – where did it all go wrong?

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.

Economics & Finance

The World Economy in 2024: Are We Back on Track?

INSEAD Knowledge

Professor Antonio Fatás explores the long and short-term trends shaping the global economic landscape.

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.

Responsibility

The Risks and Rewards of Community-Driven Business Models

J. Singh, A. Adbi and M. Lee

Understanding the hidden dangers of leveraging social capital in low-income communities.

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.

Operations

To Bundle or Not to Bundle

Guillaume Roels

Bundling isn’t just a pricing tactic. It’s a strategic way of designing product offerings.

Marketing

To Counter Misinformation, Strengthen Human Connection

David Dubois

How boosting social bonds can reduce belief in conspiracy theories and the spreading of dangerous lies.

Strategy

Leave Intuition to the Machines

A. Lawson, M. Lobo, P. Puranam

Is it time for System 3 thinking by humans?

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.

Economics & Finance

When Information Won’t Reduce Stock Price Volatility Immediately

J. W. Bae, F. Belo, J. Li, X. Lin, X. Zhao

Where company disclosures are concerned, “the more the merrier” doesn’t always apply; complexity and timing matter too.

Leadership & Organisations

Three “Bad Boss” Habits to Avoid in 2024

Graham Ward

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

Economics & Finance

How Web3 and AI Will Transform Finance

J. Davis, J. Kasko

Artificial intelligence and crypto are not only reinventing financial products and delivery, but also influencing who gets to participate.

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.

Career

The Pitfalls of Giving Feedback Across Generations

Erin Meyer

Bridging generational divides may involve discomfort but can push a team towards excellence.

Career

Effective Networking Is About Giving, Not Just Taking

Charles Galunic

Developing professional relationships starts with adding value to others’ lives.
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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.

Economics & Finance

Thawing US-China Relations: Competition Meets Interdependence

Pushan Dutt

What are the biggest wins from the Biden-Xi meeting on the sidelines of the APEC Forum?

Leadership & Organisations

INSEAD Insights: February 2024 Research Picks

Lily Fang

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

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.

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.

Leadership & Organisations

Why You’re Missing Out on the Best Ideas

S.Park, H. Piezunka, L. Dahlander

Businesses and leaders influence the kinds of ideas they receive without even realising it.

Strategy

How Does Self-Serving Attribution Affect Strategic Decisions?

Ji-Yub (Jay) Kim

How a firm evaluates its past alliance performance can influence its choice between future alliances and acquisitions.

Leadership & Organisations

How to Handle Foolish People

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

Exploring the roots of stupidity and strategies to combat the ignorance of others.
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Leadership & Organisations

Making Stress Work for Organisations

F. J. Nitsch, L. V. Wassenhove

Moderate stress boosts performance. But can companies determine “optimal" stress levels for their employees?
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Leadership & Organisations

Giving Feedback Across Cultures

Erin Meyer

A direct approach that’s welcomed at home can be easily misinterpreted as aggressive elsewhere.

Leadership & Organisations

How Leadership Shapes Sustainability Governance

Ron Soonieus

Amid regulatory and societal pressures to meet sustainability standards, strong personal leadership in the boardroom is needed to ensure competitive advantage and corporate longevity.

Career

Are Multiple Job Interview Rounds Really Necessary?

Chengyi Lin

How companies can simplify the process without compromising their evaluation of candidates.

Strategy

A Simple Corporate Strategy for a Better Political Game

Xiaowei Rose Luo

Even within the same government, different branches may have divergent goals. Here’s how firms can play this to their advantage.

Leadership & Organisations

Strategies for Building and Boosting Psychological Safety

M. Mortensen, M. Guadalupe, N. Furr, H. Bresman

INSEAD research highlights practical approaches to integrate psychological safety into team dynamics.