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Gianpiero Petriglieri

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour


Gianpiero Petriglieri is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and an expert on leadership and learning in the workplace. He directs the Management Acceleration Programme , the school’s flagship Executive Education programme for emerging leaders, and is the Academic Director of the INSEAD Initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence .

Gianpiero's award-winning research and teaching focus on what it means, and what it takes, to become a leader. He is particularly interested in the development of responsible leadership in the age of "nomadic professionalism," in which more and more people have deep bonds to work but loose affiliations to institutions, and authenticity and mobility have replaced loyalty and advancement as hallmarks of virtue and success.

Gianpiero's research has appeared in leading academic journals such as the Administrative Science Quarterly , Academy of Management Annals , Academy of Management Journal , Academy of Management Learning & Education , Organization Studies and Organization Theory . He also writes essays regularly for the Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review . His work has been featured in a range of media including the BBC , Financial Times , The Economist , The Guardian , New York Times , Wall Street Journal , Washington Post , Le Figaro , El Pais , and he is listed among the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50 .

Building on this research, Gianpiero has refined a unique approach to experiential learning that aims to accelerate the development of individual leaders as well as to strengthen those leader's bonds with communities within and beyond their organisations. Alongside the Management Acceleration Programme, he designs and directs customized leadership programmes for multinationals in a variety of industries. He also speaks widely on how to lead and learn "on the move" without losing one's roots.

In the INSEAD MBA, Gianpiero teaches the core course "Ethics: Value-based leadership for cosmopolitans," for which he has received the Aspen Institute "Ideas Worth Teaching" award. Prior to that, he taught the "Leading People and Groups" core course for five years, receiving the students' Outstanding Teacher Award. He has earned numerous Dean's Commendations for Teaching Excellence in MBA and Executive Education, and his executive programmes have received industry-wide awards for excellence and innovation in executive education.

A Medical Doctor and Pyschiatrist by training, Gianpiero has worked as an executive coach, practiced as a psychotherapist, and served on the staff of group relations conferences in Europe and the United States. He has held Visiting Professor positions at the Harvard Business School and at the Copenhagen Business School. You can learn more about Gianpiero's work on his webpage , follow him on Twitter , or connect with him on LinkedIn .

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Leading Change in Turbulence: Case of Discovery Inc.

J. Petriglieri, G. Petriglieri, M. Soldi

In this video, Marinella Soldi shares ways to navigate the turbulent waters of digital transformation and why it is important to tackle both the strategic and cultural facets of change.

Leadership & Organisations

INSEAD's Global Thought Leaders: Gianpiero Petriglieri

Gianpiero Petriglieri

INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour Gianpiero Petriglieri, nominated for the Thinkers50 2013 "Future Thinker Award," comments on the crisis of trust facing today's leaders, and how to resolve it.

Leadership & Organisations

Getting Stuck Can Help You Grow

After an accident, there is often a second of calm when you realize that you are seriously hurt. Memory captures the scene in fine detail, as if you’re hovering outside your skin, before pain and confusion pull you right back in.

Leadership & Organisations

Obama’s Inauguration and Why We Still Need Rituals

I have a picture somewhere of my son and I playing in the living room the day of Barack Obama’s first inauguration as 44th President of the United States. My son was five months old, the ceremony on the TV behind us. I had left work early to watch it. That night, we wrote about it in his baby book.

Leadership & Organisations

Finding the Job of Your Life

Let’s face it. We all think about it. At times we think of little else — even if only rarely and in certain settings do we feel free to admit it. The conversation often begins furtively, the question murmured as if slightly shameful or out of place. How can I get more of it at work?

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Are Business Schools Clueless or Evil?

The last decade has been a one of soul-searching for business schools worldwide. Since the collapse of Enron, through the financial crisis, to the insider trading and LIBOR scandals, the question just keeps recurring: How did those institutions of higher learning, whose claim is to develop business leaders, influence the conduct of leaders who let so many people down?