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Javier Gimeno (Professor at INSEAD)

Javier Gimeno

Professor at INSEAD

Javier Gimeno is Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, in France, where he holds the Aon Dirk Verbeek Chair in International Risk and Strategic Management.

A Spanish national, he holds a PhD degree in strategic management from Purdue University. Since 2001, he has taught strategy and industry and competitive analysis at INSEAD at all levels – MBA, Executive MBA, Ph.D., and executive programmes for leading global companies. From 2009 to 2011, he also served as Dean of Executive MBA programmes at INSEAD. Javier served as Chair of the Strategy department at INSEAD, and as Academic Director of the INSEAD European Competitiveness Initiative, a broad initiative by INSEAD faculty to understand and improve business competitiveness in Europe.

Javier's research focuses on understanding competitive strategy decisions, and how these decisions lead to competitive interactions and performance consequences. He has done research and developed pedagogical materials in industries such as travel and transportation (airlines), mobile telecommunication services, energy, and computer equipment. His current research integrates a risk management perspective on the analysis of strategic opportunities.

Javier’s research has been published in the top academic journals in strategy and management, and has received numerous awards from leading academic and practitioner associations. For instance, his dissertation on multi-market competition in the US airline industry received the prize to the best doctoral dissertation in strategy in its year. He received several Best Paper Awards from the Academy of Management for his research on entrepreneurship, and the Blackrock/National Association of Corporate Directors Best Paper Award for research on strategy and corporate governance.

Javier has been a leader in several major professional associations. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management), an association of over 18,000 management academics worldwide. He chaired the Academy’s Business Policy and Strategy division - the largest organisation of strategy academics and practitioners, with over 5,000 members worldwide, and the Chairman of the Strategic Management Society Conference in 2006. He served on the Board of Directors of the Strategic Management Society (a global association of strategy academics, practitioners and consultants) from 2010-2015, and is currently the President-Elect of the Society.

Javier lives in Fontainebleau with his wife, and has one daughter at University. In his free time, Javier enjoys running in the Fontainebleau forest, scuba diving anywhere warm, reading, learning new things, and good company and conversation.