London Business School don, Christopher Earley helms NUS Business School
Professor Christopher Earley, department chair of the Organisational Behaviour group at London Business School, has been appointed Dean of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School on a three year term as of 1 June 2005.
NUS President Professor Shih Choon Fong said, “Professor Earley brings with him strong scholastic achievements, extensive involvement in industry and the community, broad management experience, and deep understanding of global issues and perspectives. These strengths will help NUS Business School move forward as a leading business school in the global arena.”
Professor Earley is an expert in cross-cultural differences in how individuals work in organisations, multinational teams, negotiation and conflict, the role of face in organisations, and motivation across cultures. His research interest in cultural intelligence has brought him close to Asia. Since his first visit to China in 1986, Professor Earley has travelled and worked in China, Hong Kong and Singapore for a number of years.
Singapore is especially interesting to him because it “represents a key link between various parts of the Pacific Rim and the western world for business and culture.”
He looks forward to starting the next focus of his career at NUS Business School by tapping on the School’s vast potential: “NUS Business School is a well-established business school, with tremendous potential for greater growth. My challenge is to harness its key assets – a world-class faculty, premier and talented students as well as its rich network of alumni stretching back nearly half a century – to fulfill this potential.”
Professor Earley, who also assumes the NUS Cycle & Carriage Professorship, has written 10 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. These include recent articles and books such as Cultural Intelligence (Harvard Business Review with E. Mosakowski), Cultural Intelligence: Individual Interactions Across Cultures (Stanford University Press with Ang Soon), Multinational Work Teams: A New Perspective (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates with Cristina Gibson), Culture, Self-identity, and Work and The Transplanted Executive: Managing in Different Cultures (Oxford University Press both with Miriam Erez). He is also Editor, Group and Organization Management, consultant, Unilever, Merrill Lynch-Mercury Asset Management.
His experience with the industry includes having taught executives and consulted for companies such as Deutsche Bank, IBM, Islamic Development Bank, General Motors, Unilever, British Aerospace, Mercury Asset Management, Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals in England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, China, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.
He received his PhD in industrial and organisational psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and taught on the faculties of London Business School, Indiana University, University of Arizona, University of Minnesota and University of California, Irvine.
Professor Earley succeeds Professor Lim Chin, who has served as acting dean since July 2004.
Said Professor Shih of Professor Lim: “In his year-long stint as Dean, Professor Lim has consolidated the many initiatives and programmes of his predecessors, particularly in invigorating the School as a close-knit community of dedicated faculty, engaged alumni and passionate students.”
Professor Lim Chin returns to the School’s Department of Business Policy, where he teaches Economics.
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