Peter Zemsky

Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation and Professor, INSEAD


Peter Zemsky is the Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation, and Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation at INSEAD. Professor Zemsky has been a faculty member at INSEAD since 1994 and a member of the school’s leadership team since 2010. Since his Ph.D. studies at Stanford University in the early 1990s, Professor Zemsky has been deeply interested in the impact of technology change on industry dynamics and company strategy. As Dean of Innovation he is responsible for the school’s digital strategy including the development of its award-winning online courses, its new facility in San Francisco, and its LaunchPad at Station F. As Deputy Dean, he is responsible for external relations including fundraising, alumni relations, communications and the school’s ME Campus.

A passionate educator, Professor Zemsky teaches about strategy in the face of technology change. He currently offers the popular online executive education course Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption and is featured in Microsoft’s AI Business School, where he provides the lectures on the business value of AI. He co-directs the new INSEAD and Singularity University joint programme The Future of AI: Seizing the Opportunity.

As Dean of Innovation, he led the development of large scale customized online solutions for leading companies including Accenture, Microsoft and Schneider Electric. These courses have been recognized with gold medals by the Chief Learning Officer’s Learning in Practice Awards for “Excellence in Blended Technology” and “Excellence in Academic Partnerships”, by Brandon Hall for “Best Results of a Learning Program” and “Best Unique or Innovative L&D Program” and by EFMD for “Excellence in Professional Development”.

Professor Zemsky is a leading scholar in the economics of strategy and helped pioneer the modern focus on value creation and value capture in the field of business strategy. His doctoral students have been recognized three times for having the best PhD dissertation in strategy by the Academy of Management.