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Ithai Stern

Associate Professor of Strategy


Ithai Stern is an Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD. His research career is devoted to advancing the field of behavioural strategy by studying the social and psychological processes underlying executive behaviours, firm-level decisions, and organisational performance. His studies are aimed at understanding how factors such as status, ingratiation, feedback, and public image influence managerial decisions, particularly in the domain of corporate governance. His work has been published in leading management journals including the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, and Strategic Management Journal. His research has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television outlets including BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, US News and World Report, CNN, CNBC, and Fast Company.

Before joining INSEAD, Professor Stern was a standing faculty member at Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University. He has taught MBA, EMBA and executive education courses in the United States, Israel, Singapore, and Italy. He serves on the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal, and has been involved in editorial and reviewing roles for the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, and the Organization Science.

Professor Stern has cofounded and chaired several international conferences including the Strategic Management Society Special Conference on Startup and Restart Strategies, the Israel Strategy Conference, the Midwest Strategy Meetings (MSM), and the Strategic Management Society Initiative for Academic Collaboration in the Middle East and North Africa (IACMENA).

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How the “Butterfly Effect” Can Harm Firm Performance

I. Stern, G. Chen

Firms need to develop appropriate HR risk management strategies to lessen the impact of unanticipated employee departures.
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Forming Corporate Alliances That Get Results

A. Shipilov, I. Stern

Four principles that describe how well-chosen and well-managed alliances boost financial performance.
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Are You Making Your Employees Attractive to Competitors?

Trumpeting your firm’s achievements makes your top managers more attractive to competitors and gives them a leg up in the labor market. Greater care should be taken with media splashes to hold on to your talent.