Shanghai CKGSB MBA Professor Talk — Leadership and Innovation

Innovation has become the engine of business success that defines some of the great business leaders of the last 50 years. Companies like Google, Apple, 3M, Singapore Airlines, Baidu are known for the brilliance of their products and the creative drive built into their culture. These businesses have a unique ability to inspire creativity and ignited the imaginations of their employees to drive innovation. This talent has become incredibly valuable as companies must compete to distinguish themselves from their rivals in a complex, global marketplace.

Shalom Saar, Professor of Managerial Practice at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, will explore the role of leadership in encouraging creativity and innovation. Focusing on the dynamics of the mind and the need to balance the left brain (logic and quantitative thinking) and right brain (creative and qualitative thinking), the talk will allow participants to assess their level of creativity and examine strategies on how to enhance creative thinking.

Event details

Time: Jan. 22nd (Tuesday), 19:30 – 21:00 (Registration starts at 19:00)
Address: Dalian & Changchun banquet hall, 2F, PuDong Shangri-la Hotel (33 Fu Cheng Lu, Pudong, Shanghai)
Entrance Fee: FREE, Early registration Required.

Professor Profile


Professor of Managerial Practice at CKGSB

M.P.A. and Ph.D., Harvard University

Dr. Shalom Saada Saar is currently teaching leadership and management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, China. He has worked with organizations all over the world on articulating strategic direction, identifying core competencies, designing and delivering learning initiatives, and providing coaching to executives. His clients have included global corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

He has trained executives on leadership effectiveness and implementation strategies. He has managed executive education for universities and corporations, and developed workshops on managing change, motivating and influencing others, thinking strategically, and leading in adverse environments.

Dr. Saar’s research focuses on strategies aimed at enhancing leadership competencies and teamwork. His book “Leading with Conviction” will be published by Wiley in February 2013.

In addition to teaching at MIT and CKGSB, Dr. Saar has taught at Harvard University, State University of New York, Southern Methodist University (SMU), Luiss University in Rome, and the University of Vienna, Austria. He has presented papers on leadership development and has been a speaker at civic, industry, and professional associations throughout the United States and abroad. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from Swarthmore College; and Master and Doctoral degrees in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University.

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