INSEAD Business School

Awareness, Vision, Imagination, Role, Action (AVIRA)

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May 6—11, 2020
6 days
Fontainebleau, France
EUR 20950 ≈USD 23875
EUR 3491 per day
Sep 16—21, 2020
6 days
SGD 31000 ≈USD 23477
SGD 5166 per day


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About the course

Transform your organisation, your world, your self

Today, leaders must operate in a world characterised by greater uncertainty about the future, a trust deficit, and opposing economic patterns constituted by static and worrisome trends in the established economies and dynamic trends in the emerging economies.

This challenging environment notwithstanding, leaders at the top of organisations are responsible for the performance of the organisation and the health of the organisation - especially in terms of developing and deepening talent and their own learning, reflection, and growth. Further, leaders at the top of organisations must be able to distinguish and grapple with both challenges that require changes in technology and those that require changes in behaviour.

AVIRA: Awareness, Vision, Imagination, Role, Action is a unique invitation to set aside the urgent to consider the important. It provides a forum for you (leaders at the top of organisations) to learn, reflect, and grow. Facilitated by experienced session leaders, you will explore and discuss the characteristics of effective top executives and high performance organisations. You will widen your international network of colleagues. Reflecting the motto of “little teaching, lots of learning,” the spirit and format of AVIRA is peer-led.

Key Benefits

  • Discuss and understand where the world is coming from, where it seems headed, and what the implications might be for your leadership and organisation
  • Appreciate and learn the habits of effective leaders, and the practices of high performance organisations
  • Reflect on your organisations’ performance, your role and influence therein, and depart with a concrete personal action plan for you to lead and deliver more effectively
  • Hone your judgement and tune your decision instincts


AVIRA is a peer-led seminar, raising questions and contesting alternatives through group and plenary interaction, as well as active exchange with session leaders. Beyond information and knowledge, the programme includes a transformational module based on peer coaching, facilitated by a professional coach and including post-programme follow-up.

Condensed into five intensive days, the programme is fully residential and takes place on campus.


  • What are the shifts and trends in the world economy and where it is headed?
  • What is the role of business in society (climate change, inequality, gender disparity and water security)?
  • What is your professional identity and leadership style?


  • What is your organisation’s aspiration? Will it inspire performance and attract financial, intellectual and human capital resources?
  • How does your organisation fit in the world? In what world does your organisation fit?
  • How future-proof in an ever-changing environment is your vision and strategy?


  • What is the role of imagination in framing and choosing goals?
  • How to think outside the box and create alternative business models?
  • What is the role of imagination in non-market strategy?


  • What is the leader’s role?
  • What does it take to transform an organisation?
  • How do you assure the organisation’s future and develop intellectual, human and social capital?
  • What is your accountability and stewardship for nature’s ecosystem – where to start and where to stop?


  • How to be a leader of transformation and not only a manager of turnaround?
  • How to close the knowing-doing gap?
  • What is the logic of collaboration and architecture of partnerships?

Who should attend

This programme is designed for top executives who hold significant responsibility and who are grappling with dilemas of organisational and personal transformation. Typical participants includes CEOs, Managing Directors, C-suite Executives, Executive Vice Presidents, Board Members or Chairpersons.

Trust the experts

Philip Anderson

Philip Anderson is the INSEAD Alumni Fund Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. He currently teaches courses in strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, and change, and has written over 120 original case studies and teaching notes for these ...


Enrico Diecidue

Enrico Diecidue is a Professor of Decision Sciences at INSEAD. In 1996 he obtained his degree in Economics, with a specialisation in Mathematical Economics, from Bocconi University, Italy. He then joined the CentER (Center for Economic Research), Tilburg University, the Netherlands, where he rece...


Antonio Fatas

Antonio Fatás is a Professor of Economics at INSEAD. He received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic and Policy Research in London and has worked as an external consultant for international organisations such as the International Moneta...


Ilian Mihov

Professor Ilian Mihov was appointed Dean of INSEAD on October 1, 2013. Prior to his appointment as Dean, Professor Mihov served as Interim Dean and as Deputy Dean for Faculty and Research. Professor Mihov joined the INSEAD economics area in 1996. He has taught macroeconomics and econometrics in...


Subramanian Rangan

Subi Rangan received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University. His current work explores the future of capitalism and in particular how enterprises may better integrate performance and progress. In 2013 he initiated the Society for P...


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