The Wharton – INSEAD Alliance

The Alliance joins the resources of two world leaders in management education and creates global access to unparalleled business knowledge for students, faculty, and executives worldwide.


The Alliance is a commitment from both schools to enable and encourage mutual collaborative activities for Faculty, MBA, PhD, Research and Development, and Alumni. The Wharton INSEAD Center for Global Research & Education supports the development of innovative programs and teaching materials involving faculty members from the two schools. It enables unique initiatives that neither partner could have undertaken solely. Our strategic alliance has been renewed through June 2025. Watch the video (below) to learn about our extraordinary partnership.

Thomas S. Robertson

The Wharton School is a diverse, multicultural institution that prepares current and future leaders to transform business and society on a global scale. We are incredibly proud of our international community of students, faculty and alumni, and recognize the critical need to exchange ideas and knowledge across cultures as we live, learn and conduct business in an increasingly interconnected global environment. Our alliance with INSEAD furthers our impact by encouraging collaborations among the faculty and students of both schools. It is a unique and valuable partnership that increases the span of our research and the knowledge that we disseminate to the world.

Dean Erika James


Thomas S. Robertson
Executive Director of the Alliance


Erika James
Dean, The Wharton School

The Alliance Vision

Our shared vision is the belief that tomorrow’s market leaders in management research and education must have global reach and be part of a global business education and knowledge network. The enhanced use of information and communication technology as well as state-of-the-art learning technologies will be critical components of that global network.

♦ Develop

Deep collaborative relationships across the two institutions to stimulate faculty and student exchanges, promote world-class research and further enhance globalization of our curricula and learning.

♦ Create

The “best of the best” working in close collaboration, such that when business people anywhere are asked to name a top business program, Wharton-INSEAD are top-of-mind responses.

♦ Enhance

Each school’s abilities to work with top global corporations for management development and research sponsorship.

♦ Excel

Ability to attract outstanding faculty to the two schools and the best students to our programs.

Alliance Milestones

The alliance between the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and INSEAD is a strategic partnership created in March 2001 to establish academic ties between two prestigious business schools based on the shared belief that tomorrow’s market leaders in management education must have global reach and be part of a global business education and knowledge network with a leadership position in America, Europe and Asia. The demands of fast-paced, multinational companies for superior global education was the key driver behind the decision to form this Alliance.

March 2001

of the Wharton-INSEAD Alliance

March 2002

More than 100 MBA students
participated in the first exchange

July 2004

of the Wharton-INSEAD Alliance

July 2007

of the Wharton-INSEAD Alliance

April 2008

Renewal signing
event hosted in New York by Wharton and INSEAD Deans

March 2011

10th Anniversary celebration with Deans
Thomas S. Robertson (Wharton) and Dipak C. Jain (INSEAD)

July 2012

of the Wharton-INSEAD Alliance

July 2015

15th anniversary
of the Alliance. Renewal until June 2018

July 2018

Alliance renews Memorandum of Understanding until 2021

July 2021

Alliance renews Memorandum of Understanding
until June 30, 2022.

July 2022

Alliance renews Memorandum of Understanding until June 30, 2025


Since its creation, more than 2,250 MBA students have participated in the exchange

Alliance Leadership Team


Erika H. James

Dean, The Wharton School
Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise
Professor of Management


Thomas S. Robertson

Executive Director, The Wharton-INSEAD Alliance
Professor of Marketing

MAK Headshot

Michele Anna Klekotka

Associate Director, The Wharton-INSEAD Alliance

Veloso yz2b7ETI-1


Dean of INSEAD
Professor of Strategy


Guillaume Roels

Research Director, The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance
Professor of Technology and Operations Management


Suzanne Sellier Di Sano

Manager, The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance

Celebrating the Alliance

The Alliance’s Anniversary Video