Accidental Leadership and Innovative Learning

Lisa Lam of Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, Parissa Haghirian of Sophia University, Japan, and Grant Black of Chuo University, Japan, will present “Accidental Leadership and Innovative Learning” at The 13th Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH2022) and The 13th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2022).

The panel presentation will also be available for IAFOR Members to view online. To find out more, please visit the IAFOR Membership page.


Accidental Leadership and Innovative Learning

IAFOR is delighted to host a panel discussion with Lisa Lam, Director of the Centre for Innovative Service Learning at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong; and Parissa Haghirian, Professor of International Management at Sophia University, Japan. The discussion will be chaired by Grant Black, associate professor in the Faculty of Commerce at Chuo University in Tokyo and an IAFOR VP. The discussion will explore ideas around leadership as an accidental occurrence: some may train to be a leader, some are born leaders, but for many of us, circumstances thrust upon us a leadership role. Accidental leadership goes hand in hand with innovative learning because the challenges of an unexpected leadership role require a spirit of innovation and commitment to learning. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

Speaker Biographies

Lisa Lam
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Lisa LamDr Lisa Lam is the Director of the Centre for Innovative Service-Learning (CISL) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). She oversees the development, management, delivery and evaluation of academic service-learning courses and initiatives, as well as the University’s first co-working space, TriAngle, that engages students in the world of social good and innovation through transforming knowledge and empathy into actions. Dr Lam has served on the judging panels of a number of awards and competitions, recent ones included the international Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards 2021, and the City I&T Grand Challenge 2021, which was the first city-wide innovation and technology competition in Hong Kong. Previously, Dr Lam was the Assistant Director of General Education at HKBU and developed and managed the university-wide General Education and University Core curricula. She was also Registrar at the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), and taught courses and managed programmes in the tertiary sector for over 15 years. Dr Lam holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Parissa Haghirian
Sophia University, Japan

Parissa HaghirianParissa Haghirian is Professor of International Management at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She has lived and worked in Japan since 2004 and is an internationally renowned expert in international management practices with a focus on Japan. Professor Haghirian earned an MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Vienna in 1999, followed by an MA and PhD in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in 2000 and 2003 respectively.

In addition to her work at Sophia University, Professor Haghirian has been a visiting professor at HEC Paris (France), Keio University (Japan), Waseda University (Japan), Aalto University (Finland), University of Saint Joseph (Macao), the University of Graz and the University of Vienna (Austria). She held a visiting professorship in Japanese Management at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich, Germany, from 2011 to 2012.

Professor Haghirian has published numerous books, academic papers, and articles on the topic of Japanese management. She is the author of Understanding Japanese Management Practices (Business Expert Press, 2010) and Successful Cross-cultural Management: A Guide for International Managers (Business Expert Press, 2011), and she is also the editor of Japanese Consumer Dynamics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Business and Management (Routledge, 2016). Her latest books are Japanese Management: Market Entry, Crisis and Corporate Growth and Doing GOOD Business in China. Her new book Overcoming Crisis – Case Studies of Asian Multinational Corporations will be published in summer 2022.

In addition to academics and research, Professor Haghirian advises major multinational companies on intercultural understanding and cooperation, and she coaches top global managers for success when working across cultures by providing new perspectives and skills. Professor Haghirian is a regular keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events in Europe, Japan, and Asia.

Grant Black
Chuo University, Japan

Grant BlackDr Grant Black is an associate professor in the Faculty of Commerce at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, where he has taught Global Skills and Global Issues since 2013. Grant is engaged in diverse roles as a global manager, systems builder, executive leader and university professor. His research and teaching areas include global management skills, intercultural intelligence (CQ) and organisational management. He also has taught Japanese Management Theory at J. F. Oberlin University (Japan), and a continuing education course in the Foundations of Japanese Zen Buddhism at Temple University Japan. Previously, he was Chair of the English Section at the Center for Education of Global Communication at the University of Tsukuba where he served in a six-year post in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a BA Highest Honors in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MA in Japanese Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Doctor of Social Science (DSocSci) from the Department of Management in the School of Business at the University of Leicester. Dr Black is a Chartered Manager (CMgr), the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession in the UK. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Grant is President of Black Inc. Consulting (Japan), a business & university global strategic management firm based in Tokyo which helps individuals and organisations achieve their global targets. He is the director of the newly formed Nippon Academic Management Institute (NAMI) and the author of Education Reform Policy at a Japanese Super Global University: Policy Translation, Migration and Mutation (Routledge, 2021). He serves as a Vice-President and Auditor for the International Academic Forum (IAFOR).

Dr Grant Black is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR. He is a member of the Business & Economics section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

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