Ithai Stern

Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD Business School


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Ithai Stern is an Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD. His research career is devoted to advancing the field of behavioural strategy by studying the social and psychological processes underlying executive behaviours, firm-level decisions, and organisational performance. His studies are aimed at understanding how factors such as status, ingratiation, feedback, and public image influence managerial decisions, particularly in the domain of corporate governance. His work has been published in leading management journals including the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, and Strategic Management Journal. His research has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television outlets including BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, US News and World Report, CNN, CNBC, and Fast Company.

Before joining INSEAD, Professor Stern was a standing faculty member at Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University. He has taught MBA, EMBA and executive education courses in the United States, Israel, Singapore, and Italy. He serves on the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal, and has been involved in editorial and reviewing roles for the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, and the Organization Science.

Professor Stern has cofounded and chaired several international conferences including the Strategic Management Society Special Conference on Startup and Restart Strategies, the Israel Strategy Conference, the Midwest Strategy Meetings (MSM), and the Strategic Management Society Initiative for Academic Collaboration in the Middle East and North Africa (IACMENA).


  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - Within-business Diversification in Technology-intensive Industries - Strategic Management Journal
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - Selection-Based Learning: The Coevolution of Internal and External Selection in High-Velocity Environments - Administrative Science Quarterly
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - The Other Pathway to the Boardroom: Interpersonal Influence Behavior as a Substitute for Elite Credentials and Majority Status in Obtaining Board Appointments - Administrative Science Quarterly
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - Flattery Will Get You Everywhere (Especially If You Are A Male Caucasian): How Ingratiation, Boardroom Behavior, And Demographic Minority Status Affect Additional Board Appointments at U.S. Companies - Academy of Management Journal
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - When do Firms Change Technology-sourcing Vehicles? The Role of Poor Innovative Performance and Financial Slack - Strategic Management Journal
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - Set up for a Fall The Insidious Effects of Flattery and Opinion Conformity toward Corporate Leaders - Administrative Science Quarterly
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - Unmixed Signals: How Reputation and Status Affect Alliance Formation - Strategic Management Journal
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - Whom are you Promoting? Positive Voluntary Public Disclosures and Executive Turnover - Strategic Management Journal
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES - Stealthy Footsteps to the Boardroom: Executives' Backgrounds, Sophisticated Interpersonal Influence Behavior, and Board Appointments - Administrative Science Quarterly


Behavioural Strategy, Corporate Governance, Strategic Decision Making, Organisational Learning and Adaptation


Strategic Management, Strategy Implementation, Change Management


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