Diffusing unconscious misbehaviour in the workplace

LEADERSHIP & ORGANISATIONS Manfred Kets de Vries, INSEAD Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development & Organisational Change Cyril, the vice-president of a large retail operation, had a turbulent relationship with his boss, a strong-headed man with a very autocratic leadership style. Cyril’s father had displayed similar characteristics and, as a result, Cyril always found it […]

How marketing can trick our brains

MARKETING Hilke Plassmann, INSEAD Associate Professor of Marketing, and Liane Schmidt, INSEAD Post-Doctoral Fellow Marketing cues can influence the neurobiology underlying our feelings and behaviour. People commonly assume there is an airtight boundary between the psychological impression created by marketing campaigns and consumers’ actual, empirical experiences of products or services. However, a growing body of research […]

The mindset that fosters career agility

CAREER Antoine Tirard, (INSEAD MBA ‘97D), Founder, NexTalent, and Claire Harbour-Lyell, (INSEAD MBA ‘92J), Founder, Culture Pearl In the 1990s, when Subhanu Saxena was about to be promoted PepsiCo’s CFO in Africa, a higher-up asked him if he would consider going to Russia instead. Accepting meant he would shift to a line role for the first […]

How companies can assess their readiness for the circular economy

OPERATIONS Luk Van Wassenhove, INSEAD Professor of Technology and Operations Management and Patricia van Loon, INSEAD Postdoctoral Research Fellow Companies must assess both the financial and environmental feasibility of remanufacturing before jumping into the circular economy. The concept of the circular economy, most recently popularised by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, was first raised by David Pearce […]

Why digital Asia is different

STRATEGY Annet Aris, INSEAD Adjunct Professor of Strategy The digital world is a trending topic across the globe, but in the western world, our attention is mostly absorbed by American internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. This is a shame – developments in Asia are accelerating and are surprisingly different. What will happen when […]

Who is responsible for corporate misconduct?

RESPONSIBILITY N. Craig Smith, INSEAD Chaired Professor of Ethics and Social Responsibility, and Eric W. Orts, Wharton Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics…. VW may have taken a big step towards resolving its emissions scandal in the United States with its recent guilty plea (at a cost of more than US$4.3 billion!), but its […]

Overcoming the misery of mega-project delivery

LEADERSHIP & ORGANISATIONS Vip Vyas, CEO of Distinctive Performance, and Diego Nannicini, Associate Consultant at Distinctive Performance (INSEAD MBA ‘14J) The “people aspect” of projects is more important than ever before. On 20 April 2010 an explosion took place in the Gulf of Mexico that forever altered the lives of many. The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig […]

A 10-point framework for the digital journey

LEADERSHIP & ORGANISATIONS D. Charles Galunic, INSEAD Professor of Organisational Behaviour Digitisation is here to stay so organisations should consider treating it as a long-term investment. In the near future, it may be difficult to imagine a company not involved in some way in digitisation. While Uber, Amazon and Netflix grab headlines for their growth […]

The dark and the darker sides of the market

ECONOMICS & FINANCE Bart Zhou Yueshen, INSEAD Assistant Professor of Finance, with Rachael Noyes, INSEAD Knowledge Europe Editor The nostalgic image of traders standing around on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, shouting at one another, throwing papers around is no more. Now unemotional computers are the traders, basing purchases on a tremendous […]

The role of digital in financial planning

ECONOMICS & FINANCE Lucas Weatherill, CEO & CIO at OnTrack Retirement, and Boris Liedtke, Distinguished Fellow, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute Retirement planning, riddled with uncertainty and consumer biases as it is, may be best handled with a mix of digital and face-to-face advice. Historically, so long as your company and government stayed solvent, you knew […]