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James Costantini

Senior Affiliate Professor of Strategy


James's research interest is on how firm strategy and industrial organization is affected by the broader institutional environment. James has taught courses on strategy and economics to undergraduates, MBAs and executives.

Before joining INSEAD, James received his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University/Harvard Business School. James's prior education includes a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he graduated Baker Scholar, and a MPhil in Finance and a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, U.K..

James has over a ten years experience as a consultant. James was a management consultant in the London and New York offices of McKinsey & Company from 1991 to 2001, except for the two years to complete his MBA. James advised primarily on issues of business unit strategy and corporate strategy to clients across a range of industries. James has also consulted with ghSmart & Company, with a focus on assessment of senior management teams for private equity investors.

At INSEAD James teaches in the MBA programme and in a range of executive education programmes. Within executive education, James’s programme direction has been with companies from a wide range of sectors and geographies, including KPMG, Toshiba, Amdocs, Orkla, Borregaard, OliverWyman, GERBUS (, NSG, and Ferrovial.

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Life in Start-up Nation: Two Young French Entrepreneurs Speak Out

James Costantini & Dawn Jarisch

In a frantic-paced start-up scene, the primary challenge is building and managing talented teams.