Happy New Year! INSEAD in the NEWS

Making Business Count – INSEAD Pushes for Gender Equality 
Nida Januskis, Associate Dean of Advancement at INSEAD, discusses with Annette Young at France24 TV the challenges in making the corporate world more female friendly. In 1967, INSEAD became one of the first business schools in the world to admit women to its MBA programme. To honour this 50-year milestone, the school is launching iW50, a year long celebration in which the school will honour the past, present and future of women at INSEAD. FRANCE24 TV
France – December 2017

Asia firms’ sentiment rises to highest in almost seven years: Thomson Reuters/INSEAD
Business confidence among Asian companies rose in October-December to the highest in almost seven years due to robust consumption and global trade, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed.  “The index shows that the slow strengthening that we have seen in the world economy has lifted business sentiment in Asia,” said Antonio Fatas, a Singapore-based economics professor at global business school INSEAD. Media Coverage
International – 20 December

Big data, better decisions?
According to David Dubois, INSEAD Associate Professor of Marketing, big data is instrumental in transforming brands through customer-centric strategies.  Indian Management
India –  December issue

Free Webinars for NAA Members

INSEAD Alumnae Panel: Championing Gender Balance 

31 January 2018, 13:30 – 14:30 CET

Since 1967, generations of INSEAD alumnae have graduated from the school and gone on to leadership roles in organisations across the world. This INSEAD webinar brings together distinguished alumnae leaders from around the world to consider their journey to the top and how they address issues of gender balance in their own organisations.


Monique Valcour on Avoiding Burnout and Building Resilience

8 February 2018, 18:30 to 19:45 (GMT)

Relentless stress at work threatens not only our wellbeing and performance but also our health and career.  In this webinar Monique Valcour, management professor and author, presents the current research into the causes of burnout, shows how to judge if we are at risk, and proposes a range of strategies we can use to escape toxic environments and improve our situations. 


All participants receive: 

  • Access to the webinar and the chance to ask Monique Valcour questions live
  • Video recording for download after the event
  • Access to bonus materials resource pack.

New Retail, Luxury & Consumer Goods Club Event – Save the date!

Jan-Feb – Retail, Luxury & Consumer Goods Club Event – Save the date!

We are pleased to announce that we will be kicking off 2018 with a lot of exciting events from our very active Clubs in Singapore. Including a Retail, Luxury & Consumer Goods session in Jan-Feb. 

If you are interested to be part of INSEAD’s Singapore Retail, Luxury & Consumer Goods (RLCG) Club, please sign up for the Club email list by sending a note to Aymeric Lacroix & Alumni Association and let us know about your interest in the RLCG Club in Singapore.


Financial Times
UK – 14 December

The best thing I read all year — 2017
Business school professors and FT writers share the books and articles that changed their outlook at work. Professor Maria Guadalupe, INSEAD Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science, shares one of her best reads — the autobiography of Laurence Debray (available in French) called “Fille de Révolutionnaires” (Daughter of Revolutionaries). 

USA – 13 December

The Best MBA Programs In Europe? The Ranking Of MBA Rankings 2017  
INSEAD ranks #1 in the Fortuna Ranking of MBA Rankings 2017 for European Business Schools after an impressive year that saw the school maintain its place at the top of the Financial Times MBA ranking and being ranked #1 in Bloomberg Businessweek’s international MBA ranking. Fortuna Ranking of MBA Rankings is based on aggregating the results of all four global rankings of European schools. View Fortuna’s ranking here.  


Excerpt from post from Dean Ilian Mihov

Save the Date for the iW50 Summit to be held on Friday, 29 June 2018 on our campus in Fontainebleau. The Summit will reflect all that we have learned during our year-long celebrations and focus on #INSEADWomen: A force beyond limits. This event will be highly interactive, including keynote addresses by government and business leaders, CEO roundtables, faculty lectures, workshops, discussions in the world café format, as well as inspiring talks from alumni. Find out more.
iW50 and Gender Initiative actions since the launch

  • INSEAD Gender Initiative website – Your one-stop resource for gender balance at INSEAD with information on research, events, programmes, and more. 
  • Limitless – A targeted marketing campaign was launched to attract more female applicants into our programmes. The campaign features successful INSEAD alumnae who, via their stories will inspire more women to apply for our Masters’ programmes. As a reminder, we aim to have 40% women in the MBA programme within the next five years.
  • MBA admissions – we refined our process to better incorporate women’s perspectives and work against bias by having one female and one male alumnus interviewer per applicant.
  • Gender climate survey – 45% of our 2017 MBA students participated and shared their experiences and perspectives on gender balance. The results of this survey showed that 82% are interested in improving the gender climate and also identified areas upon which we are focusing.
  • Alumni impact survey – the survey recently closed with over 10% of our alumni (over 15% of MBA alumni) participating. The survey results will increase our understanding of the diversity, depth and breadth of our alumni’s experiences and contributions to business and society. The richness of responses are still being explored, but we have already noted that over 27% of our global female alumnae serve on boards.
  • Women Leaders Programme – This new Executive Education programme, aimed at women with 15 years of experience or more, is designed to equip businesswomen with the tools they need to increase their leadership impact and create lasting personal and professional change.
  • INSEAD cases – we have coded cases taught in core MBA courses and found 20% of featured protagonists are female. We are working with the International Community of Case Publishers and INSEAD faculty to increase this number.
  • Scholarships – we are working with alumni and friends to fund more scholarships for women.

Salamander iW50 special issue
Please watch out for the next issue of Salamander magazine which will honour our amazing #INSEADWomen and offer thoughtful views on how we can address gender balance in companies and communities.
iW50 Ambassadors
Finally, many of you have expressed an interest in playing an active role this special year. Thank you for stepping forward, you are our best ambassadors. Find out more about how you can get involved.


INSEAD MBA programme ranks first in Asia and Europe and second globally in the inaugural QS Global MBA Rankings 2018
INSEAD MBA programme is ranked first in Asia and Europe and second globally in the inaugural QS Global MBA Rankings 2018. INSEAD’s strong standing out of 232 schools across the globe is a result of its exceptional scores across key considered indicators and takes the distinctive INSEAD Advantage to another level.  Media Coverage
International – November

The world’s top management gurus in 2017
Biennial Thinkers50 awards rank the world’s 50 most influential business thinkers based on their insights into leadership, strategy, innovation and the impact of digital. Professors W Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne were ranked number 4. The co-authors just launched their latest book Blue Ocean Shift: Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth. Global Intelligence for the CIO UK – 28 November


How To Outsmart The Car Dealers’ Tricks
Reprinted from INSEAD Knowledge

INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences Horacio Falcao and MBA and INSEAD MBA 12D’ Alena Komaromi, financial services professional, explain how salespeople can exploit your psychological shortcomings or emotional reflexes to compel you to act according to their desires. There are ways to protect yourself from the unethical use of Cialdini’s influence principles. Poets & Quants USA – 28 November 


PE Investments in Emerging Markets
Private Equity in Action takes readers on a tour of the PE investment world through a series of case studies written by INSEAD faculty and taught at the world’s leading business schools. This article features an excerpt from a case study on PE investments in Asia. The book is authored by Claudia Zeisberger, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise and Academic Director of INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI), together with Michael Prahl, Distinguished Fellow, GPEI, and Bowen White, Centre Director, GPEI. The Edge Malaysia Malaysia – November 


The 3 Es of effective board leadership
Reprinted from INSEAD Knowledge 
Stanislav Shekshnia, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, conducted a study on successful board chairs across countries to find out how they engage, enable and encourage boards.  Forbes India
India – 27 November


What is social selling and how can you use it to build your client relationships?
INSEAD Professor of Marketing David Dubois explains why social media is a client attraction tool and why personal brands are becoming as powerful as corporate brands. Influencers are carrying more and more weight due to the viral nature of social media.The business of wealth management has become similar to the business of luxury brands. City A.M.
UK – 27 November 


Artificial intelligence powers Lenovo’s business transformation
The world’s second-largest personal computer supplier expects AI technology to foster new services that will enhance the experience of using its products. Arthur Hu, the Chief Information Officer at Lenovo, says that the great thing about AI is that it’s a general-purpose technology, so it can be used everywhere. Mr. Hu was speaking at the INSEAD Alumni Forum held in Hong Kong.  South China Morning Post
Hong Kong – 26 November