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Governance Reports


Through discussion of critical topics, Governance Meetings fulfill the need improve the effectiveness of boards in the current corporate governance context.


Board Chairs' Practices across Countries: Commonalities, Differences and Future Trends

INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative and Ward Howell Talent Equity Institute Survey

by Prof. Stanislav Shekshnia and Project Manager Veronika Zaviega

In this new survey report, the research team conducted interviews with professional chairs in different parts of the world to identify and compare specific practices and instruments used in different countries. The report gives insights into pertinent issues surrounding the work of the chair across different countries and development of future trends over the next decade.


Directing Digitalisation
Guidelines for Boards and Executives


by Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden, INSEAD and Liri Andersson, this fluid world

February 2017


This new ICGI report analyses the need for digitalization and its impact on boards and senior executives, with the aim of enlightening and supporting leaders in their digital journey, and gives 11 key implications and recommendations taking into account the external and internal environments.


The Real Impact of Digital - as seen from the "Virtual" Coalface

INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative and thisfluidworld by Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden and Liri Andersson

This study is challenging some of the common assumptions and beliefs about the positioning of “digital”. the study approaches the issue of digital from a fresh direction: the real perceptions and experiences of managers on the ground and “in the coalface” of business. the results, as well as 21 insights and recommendations for the 21st century, are highlighted in the report ‘The Real Impact of Digital – As Seen from The “Virtual Coalface”’


Driving Digital

The Smart Manager, India, 1 July 2016

(Available upon request, please contact our team at to get access)

In an exclusive interview with The Smart Manager, Professor Ludo Van der Heyden, INSEAD and co-researcher Liri Andersson, founder of this fluid world, highlight some of the key insights, and show how digital transition should be the
responsibility of everyone, and not just one segregated department.


Going digital with a clear destination

The Business Times, Singapore, 21 June 2016

By Liri Andersson & Professor Ludo Van der Heyden

Companies are told to digitalise or risk getting left behind, but the precept may be unclear for those eager to act.

Chair of the board of Directors: Findings from a Global Survey

INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative and Ward Howell Talent Equity Institute Survey

by Prof. Stanislav Shekshnia and Project Manager Veronika Zaviega

This survey sheds light on this little-known actor in the boardroom and find answers to the following questions:

  • Who is in the Chair of today’s corporate boards?
  • How does one become a Chair? What motivates this choice?
  • What do Chairs actually do in and outside the boardroom?
  • What challenges do they face and how do they overcome them?
  • What contribution does the Chair make to the organization?
  • How do company characteristics (type of ownership, life-cycle, size, geography) impact the choice and the work of the Chair?



Why Do Women Find It So Difficult to Access Top Executive Jobs and Why Does Change Take So Long? By Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden


INSEAD Directors Forum
Risk Oversight in the Boardroom

27-28 April 2014, Luxemburg


How can Good Corporate Governance contribute to the image of Luxemburg's Financial Centre?
INSEAD Alumni conference-roundtable in cooperation with EY and ILA

Luxemburg, April 30 2014

ICGI and the Clarkson Center for Board Effectiveness release a new Survey

Benchmarking Boards: Europe and North America

Our benchmarking survey of nearly 300 European directors from 20 countries reveals that European directors lag their Canadian peers in terms of governance practice. Overall, the survey examined nearly a dozen factors deemed to impede director performance.

The survey’s primary conclusions are that European directors demonstrate a lack of understanding of their company’s industry and act too much like managers instead of board members. In this 'EU-Canada Ryder Cup in Governance Effectiveness' comparison there is one bright spot for the Europeans: higher confidence of European Directors in alignment of CEO pay with performance.

Comments on the Português Corporate Governance Code

Lisbon, April 2, 2013

Women on Boards - Webinar

December 14, 2012

Managing Crisis from a Board Perspective

October 13, 2012

Submission to EU Call for Public Consultation on Gender Imbalance in Corporate Boards in the EU

May 28, 2012

The Governance of Joint Ventures

Abu Dhabi, February 1, 2012

Leveraging Diversity at Board Level

MEDEF, Paris, June 15, 2011

In search of the Best Practice ?

Abu Dhabi, November 28, 2010

CEO Remuneration: The Way Ahead

London, June 14, 2010