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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.

Luxury’s Talent Factories

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

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.

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.

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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.

The Case Centre’s bestselling authors

European Competitiveness Champions

Markus Christen, Ludo Van der Heyden, Karel Cool and Charles Galunic are featured among Case Centre's bestselling authors over the past four decades.  Find out why Karel Cool teaches only his own cases – and now takes as long, if not longer, to write them as he did a decade ago.

Bestselling authors
Latest Research

Consult the latest research by INSEAD faculty on European competitiveness


Insead's 1-year MBA tops FT rankings
Financial Times, UK, 24 January 2016

Devant Harvard, le meilleur MBA du monde est… français

Le Monde, France, 26 Jan 2016 – In French

German Supermarket Metro Finds Growth at Home

The Wall Street Journal, US, 21 January 2016
German retailer Metro AG's global reach across 30 countries was supposed to insulate it from market swings. Instead, turmoil around the world has battered the company, forcing the chain to retrench and refocus on Europe. INSEAD Professor of Marketing Paddy Padmanabhan comments on the topic and explains Metro’s business model, with big exposure to emerging markets that could be a "huge success" in the long term.

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”.

Comment le géant de la bière réussit à avaler tous ses concurrents

LinkedIn France, 11 January 2016
LinkedIn France chose 30 additional key influencers to launch its new platform in French on January 6, 2016. INSEAD Professor of Strategy Laurence Capron is part of this exclusive list, alongside Clara Gaymard, Laurence Parisot, Frédéric Mazzela, Jean-Paul Tricoire, Emmanuel Macron or Thierry Breton among others. Professor Capron posted her first article regarding InBev’s acquisition formula, based on her research on growth patterns: build (organic growth), borrow (alliances) and buy (acquisitions). – In French

Nicolas Houzé's Strategy for the Future of Galeries Lafayette

The Business of Fashion, UK, 15 December 2015
INSEAD Alumnus Nicolas Houzé (MBA 06J), Chief Executive of Galeries Lafayette, shares his plans for the revered French department store in today's turbulent, globalised, wired world.

Fiscal Consolidations Make Crises Worse
Antonio Fatás, INSEAD Professor of Economics, INSEAD faculty blog, 10 December 2015

Post-crisis fiscal consolidations can have persistent and permanent effects on growth. More aggressive fiscal and monetary policy is needed, not less.

VW’s Board Needed More Outsiders

Harvard Business Review, USA, 17 November 2015
INSEAD Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance and Strategy Ludo Van der Heyden commented that companies which separate the roles of CEO and chairman and appoint strong outsiders to the latter position may have one advantage: they are more likely to benefit from strong governance. The article also refers to Volkswagen company’s crisis, which just like other big crises reminds us how expensive weak governance can be.


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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.

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