Can Asians be creative?

Nov 18, 2014 6:00 PM (GMT+8) The HEAD Foundation 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 Singapore 058416

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OVERVIEW
The ability to think creatively and innovate is critical to individual and organisational success in the 21st century. Yet most pathbreaking innovations in the last decades originate from the West. Academic research also frequently found Asians to be less creative than Westerners. This talk explores how culture influences creativity and what one can do to increase creativity in the Asian context.
 
 
MEET THE SPEAKER
Professor Roy Chua
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Roy Chua is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at the Singapore Management University (SMU) – Lee Kong Chian School of Business. Prior to joining SMU, Roy was on the faculty of Harvard Business School for six years where he taught the core Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD) course in the MBA program as well as the executive education program on talent management.

Roy’s research draws on human psychology to understand important social processes in business organizations. In his primary stream of research, he studies how cultural diversity in a globalized workplace influence creativity and innovation. Roy also has a keen interest in understanding Chinese organizational behavior and management processes. He is an active management scholar and has published in leading academic periodicals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of International Business Studies, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Outside academic research, Roy is active in executive teaching. He has conducted case discussions and given lectures to various companies including Bank of China, Bank of East Asia, SEACEN (South East Asian Central Banks), Shangri La hotel group, A.S. Watson, San Miguel, Hitachi, Barclays, DBS Bank, UOB (United Overseas Bank), Unilab, Deutsche Knowledge Services, Deustsche Bank, Temasek Holdings, and John Clements Consulting.

A native of Singapore, Professor Chua received a BSc with First Class Honors in Computer and Information Sciences from the National University of Singapore and a PhD in Management, focusing on Organizational Behavior, from Columbia Business School.


This free lecture is presented by the HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think-tank devoted to research and policy advice in the fields of higher education and societal development in Asia. 

Can Asians be creative?

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