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The Road to Brexit and What it Would Mean

Douglas Webber, INSEAD Professor of Political Science, INSEAD Knowledge, 29 February 2016

The United Kingdom may vote to leave the European Union on June 23. The implications of this – for the EU as well as the U.K. - are important … and overwhelmingly negative.

Reforming Europe: It’s Time to Accept Differences

Antonio Fatás, INSEAD Professor of Economics, INSEAD Knowledge

Reforms are happening where they’re needed in Europe, but their effects are not as big as planned and they’re not always happening fast enough. To accelerate the reform process, national approaches are needed.

Keep Europe Borderless

Douglas Webber, INSEAD Professor of Political Science; INSEAD Knowledge, 18 December 2015

The Schengen Accord is one of the most tangible achievements of European integration and a boon for cross-border business. Resurrecting border controls will be politically and economically costly.

Luxury’s Talent Factories

Andrew Shipilov, Frederic Godart
Harvard Business Review 93, 6 (2015) 98-104

European competitiveness: the key is innovation

Interactions, May 2015

Interview with Professor Javier Gimeno discussing the results of the INSEAD European Competitiveness Alumni Survey, the first edition

Collaborating to Compete

Maria Guadalupe, INSEAD Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science

INSEAD Knowledge, 1 December 2015

The Dutch flower cluster shows how much value can be found in a commoditised sector that collaborates before it competes.

Latest articles and opinion pieces

European Competitiveness Case Study Collection

The featured case studies by INSEAD faculty explore and help to understand the long-term global competitiveness of Europe-based companies, as well as identify current trends in the European business landscape. Please consult the leaflet

Micromanaging European Reforms is Showing Disunity

Antonio Fatás, INSEAD Professor of Economics, INSEAD Knowledge, July 2015

“More Europe” is not necessarily the solution to ensuring a robust domestic reform agenda in member states.

Who Killed Nokia? Nokia Did

Quy Huy, INSEAD Professor of Strategy and Timo Vuori, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Aalto University, INSEAD Knowledge, 25 September 2015

Despite being an exemplar of strategic agility, the fearful emotional climate prevailing at Nokia during the rise of the iPhone froze coordination between top and middle managers terrified of losing status and resources from management. The company was wounded before the battle began.

How likely is it that the European Union will disintegrate? A critical analysis of competing theoretical perspectives

Douglas Webber, Professor of Political Science
European Journal of International Relations June 2014 vol. 20 no. 2 341-365

Europe’s Solution Factories

Article by Stephen E. Chick, Arnd Huchzermeier and Serguei Netessine

Harvard Business Review, The April 2014 Issue

Even in Non-Corrupt Countries, Political Power Pays Off

Morten Bennedsen, INSEAD Professor of Economics and Political Science, 10 December 2015

Illegal rent-seeking may be rarer in Western developed nations, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be concerned with transparency.

Latest Research

Consult the latest research by the INSEAD faculty on European competitiveness


The Best-Case Scenario for Avoiding Brexit
Jonathan Story, INSEAD Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy, INSEAD Knowledge, 18 April 2016

The Brexit referendum could be a knockout victory for Cameron and Whitehall, if they adopted this simple solution.

Consécration de deux licornes françaises aujourd'hui

BFM Business France, 8 April 2016
INSEAD MBA'07 Alumnus and BlaBlaCar founder, Frederic Mazzella, received the National Order of Merit on April 8th, 2016. On this occasion, Frederic Mazzella shared his views regarding unicorns on the BFM 'Good Morning Business' TV show.

ECB's credibility is being challenged

CNBC Asia "Capital Connection", Singapore, 1 April 2016
"As much as the ECB says inflation will hit its 2 percent target, markets are telling the central bank otherwise", points out INSEAD Professor of Economics Antonio Fatas.

General Electric finds success in Florence’s ‘tough neighbourhood’

South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, 1 April 2016
GE’s Italian operations teach three lessons: a buy-in from top management; key customers should be brought into the R&D process at an early stage; innovation can come through company-wide programmes, according to research by INSEAD Professor of Marketing Joerg Niessing.

Central Banks Need to Get Real (Not Nominal)
Antonio Fatas, INSEAD Professor of Economics, INSEAD Knowledge, 31 March 2016

To benefit the economy in the long–term, central banks need to reassess their attitude to short-term nominal interest rates.

Volkswagen: Still Too Much Power with Majority Shareholders?
Laurence Capron, INSEAD Professor of Strategy, 24 February 2016

Regulations protecting minority shareholders are not enough. States must enforce them.

How business schools are helping to shape Europe’s financial future

The Times, UK, 14 January 2016
Today’s MBA and finance graduates are tomorrow’s investment bankers – and, quite possibly, the industry’s policymakers and regulators. This means that business schools have a substantial role to play in shaping the future of Europe’s capital markets. INSEAD Professor of Finance Theo Vermaelen commented on the topic in an article published in The Times series entitled “Understanding European Capital Markets”.