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Timothy Rowley

Visiting Professor of Strategy


Tim is faculty member at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and a Visiting Scholar at INSEAD. His research interests include corporate governance, strategic alliances and stakeholder and social issues management. His publications appear in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly and Organization Science. Recently, Tim and his co-author Shawn Berman were awarded “Business & Society Article of Decade 2000-2010,” from the International Association for Business and Society. He is also the Co-Editor of the journal Strategic Organizations. Tim Rowley directs the Leading from the Chair Programme, and the International Directors Programme.

Tim is also the Canadian National Academic Director of the Institute for Corporate Directors’ various Governance Programs, developing and overseeing governance training for over 3,000 directors in five Canadian cities. He is also the Director of the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness. At INSEAD, he is the Co-Director of the International Directors Program.

Honours and Awards include: Best Paper Award at the Annual Academy of Management Conference 2003, Deloitte and Touche Professor of Strategy, Social Science and Humanities Research Council Grant - $110,000,1999, Connaught New Faculty Research Grant, University of Toronto and 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 Rotman School Teaching Excellence Award.

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Leadership & Organisations

How Boards Are Coping With Covid-19

Enrico Diecidue & Timothy Rowley

A new survey provides a snapshot of corporate boards’ resilience to challenges and risks posed by the pandemic.


Boards Under the Influence

H. Greve, A. Shipilov, T. Rowley

Directors need to carefully manage their reactions to what they read in the business press.

Leadership & Organisations

European Board Directors Lag North American Counterparts

Survey of board directors in Europe uncovers startling shortcomings that could be undermining their effectiveness.

Leadership & Organisations

What Makes a Good Chairman?

Good chairs know whom they are accountable to and it’s not shareholders or employees.

Economics & Finance

Improving European Board Effectiveness – insights from participants of the INSEAD International Directors Programme

Timothy Rowley

A healthy capital system is an important ingredient for European competitiveness. Indeed, investors look for stability and predictability, which leads to the necessary flow of capital into our markets. Besides the key role government plays in creating confidence, there are three main actors in the capital system: “owners” who supply financial resources, managers who apply their expertise to build attractive returns on the owners’ investments, and boards of directors that oversee the process. The entire system relies on each actor contributing such that economic value is created.