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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.

Are Wage Inequalities Fair?

Klaus Wertenbroch, INSEAD Professor of Marketing, Douglas Frank, INSEAD Adjunct Professor of Strategy and William Maddux, INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behavior

INSEAD Knowledge, 13 October, 2015
Pay-for-performance or collective bargaining: The pay system we prefer says as much about the way we view the world as the economic conditions in which we find ourselves.

INSEAD press release

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 INSEAD faculty on European competitiveness


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.

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

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

Le groupe L'Occitane, l'internationalisation avec un supplément d'âme

Le Journal des Grandes Ecoles, France, 8 February 2016
Reinold Geiger, INSEAD MBA 76' and President of L'Occitane, explains the international success of his company.

Être audacieux pour maintenir l’attractivité

Paperjam, Luxemburg, 3 February 2016
INSEAD Professor of Organisational Behaviour Paul Evans talks about “Investing in talent: how to attract, grow and retain them”. Could Luxembourg be more successful in attracting talent according to the Global Talent Competitiveness Index?

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”.

Successful Digital Transformation Starts With the Customer
Joerg Niessing, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Marketing and Hilke Plassmann, INSEAD Associate Professor of Marketing; INSEAD Knowledge, 3 February 2016

Customer-centricity made it possible for a telco firm to revolutionise the banking industry in Serbia.

AB InBev’s Acquisition Formula
Laurence Capron, INSEAD Professor of Strategy; INSEAD Knowledge, 12 January 2016

The beer giant applies three core principles to swallowing its competitors.


Please see the latest IECI news

INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe
Business As a Force For Good?

3-4 June 2016, London, United Kingdom

Prominent thinkers from the INSEAD faculty will join Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP; Douglas Alexander, former Shadow Foreign Secretary; Anne Richards, CEO of M&G Investments; Richard Deverell, Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship at KPMG; and Emma Walsley, CEO of GSK Consumer Healthcare. The Forum is the signature annual event for INSEAD alumni living in Europe and up to 500 people from Europe and around the world are expected to attend. Please consult the article "Business and Political Leaders to Speak at INSEAD Alumni Forum Europe" (Bloomberg, US).

Global Business Leaders Conference Europe: What Works!

10 November 2015, Vienna, Austria

Industrial Excellence Award

29-30 September 2015 Ludwigsburg/Stuttgart, Germany

Bentley Motors Ltd. in Crewe, UK, crowned European Industrial Excellence Award Champion 2015

The European Champion of the Indistrial Excellence Award was announced at the 12th WirtschaftsWoche conference.

Please consult the upcoming events