Topic:Leadership in Uncertain Times
Speaker: Prof. Chris Rowley, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
Time: 16:00-17:15, 6th August, 2020 (Chinese Standard Time)
Zoom Meeting ID：397 295 6970
With the Covid-19 pandemic emerging suddenly this year, it is an appropriate opportunity to look at the challenges faced by leadership during these uncertain times. The crisis caused by this particular situation extends widely to many areas of society, as it not only impacts the lives of individuals but also undermines the political and economic systems of our society. The initial simplicity of leadership strategy and tactics have metamorphosed and have now become more nuanced. In order to illustrate how to practice leadership during uncertain times effectively in the political, scientific, medical, and economic spheres, we need to start with a process of introspection of the ways of our thinking. Critical thinking is requisite to deal with uncertain situations in our lives. Thus, it is necessary to explore how to exercise critical thinking as much as possible, especially in uncertain times. Furthermore, with the changes engendered by uncertainty, we should recognize that the meaning of leadership and leadership types should be re-evaluated. Leaders need to be aware of variations in leadership styles and be ‘sensitive’ to the implications.
Professor Rowley, a leading figure in the study of employment and human resource management and business and management, has over 30 years of work experience. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Warwick and got his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He has published over 700 articles, books, chapters, and practitioner reports and is a frequent guest speaker for a range of organizations and universities. He is the editor of the leading academic cross-disciplinary journal on Asia, Asia Pacific Business Review, and the Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management and serves on many other journal editorial boards. He also is the Book Series Editor of Working in Asia (Routledge), Asian Studies (Elsevier), and Asian Business and Management Studies (World Scientific Press). Professor Rowley has won several international grants and awards for his research on management in Asia and has held some external and visiting appointments at universities around the world.