Podcasts | 23 Aug 2018

Episode 10: Asian Innovation and Creativity

Listen to this final podcast featuring Prof Roy Chua who shares with us how to increase creativity and innovation whilst considering and capitalising on the cultural dynamics in Asia.

DIAN Decade Thought Leadership Podcast Series features a number of leading D&I experts that we have worked with over the years with Asian market knowledge. Each podcast will address a different topic, depending on the expertise of the featured expert.

Professor Roy Chua of Singapore Management University is known for his research on social processes in business organisations, particularly on how cultural diversity in a globalised workplace impacts creativity and innovation. He talks us through the key challenges that Asian talent face in terms of creativity and innovation. We also talk tactics: how can companies operating in Asia think more strategically around increasing creativity and innovation considering and capitalising on the cultural dynamics in Asia.

Prof. Roy Chua

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, Director of PhD Programmes, Singapore Management University

Roy Chua is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour 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 Organisational Behavior (LEAD) course in the MBA programme as well as the executive education programme on talent management.


Roy’s research draws on human psychology to understand important social processes in business organisations. In his primary stream of research, he studies how cultural diversity in a globalised workplace influence creativity and innovation. Roy also has a keen interest in understanding Chinese organisational behaviour and management processes. He is an active management scholar and has published in leading academic periodicals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organisational Behaviour 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, Deutsche 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 Organisational Behavior, from Columbia Business School, Columbia University (New York).

Prof. Roy Chua | Singapore Management University

Supporting Partner

We are grateful to Sean Gu from AudioLabHK for their production support.