MIT Faculty Insights Series #1: Prof Roberto Fernandez

In keeping with our vision to develop transformative and principled leaders who will contribute to a better future and advance the emerging world, the Asia School of Business launched the MIT Faculty Insights Series in November 2015. A platform for MIT Faculty visiting our School to share their recent research, participants have the opportunity to tap into faculty expertise, as well as engage in dialogue with their peers. In turn, MIT Faculty have the opportunity to connect with and learn from senior leaders in the Asian region.

Leadership Tools: The Psychology of Getting Things Done

For the inaugural session of the MIT Faculty Insights series, we invited Prof Roberto Fernandez, MIT Sloan Professor of Organization Studies and an organizational sociologist who currently serves as the head of MIT Sloan’s Behavioral and Policy Sciences area. A first for us, and a first for Roberto too as it was his “inaugural” visit to Malaysia.

Attended by more than a hundred senior leaders from the public and private sectors as well as academics, Roberto led a thought-provoking and at times, lighthearted examination of what makes us tick and how we can be better leaders and communicators. He presented research findings in the field of brain science that have yielded important insights on how people behave and make decisions.

Roberto discussed the implications of this research for decision-making under typical conditions of risk and uncertainty – examining the cognitive, psychological and organizational factors that affect our ability to make good decisions, with a focus on its implications for leadership and change management.

We certainly look forward to the engaging conversations that arise from the MIT Faculty Insight series and to welcoming you to all our future events.

For more information on executive education programs, do go to http://www.asb.edu.my/executive-education/

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Roberto M. Fernandez (above right, with Prof Charles Fine, President and Dean of ASB) is an organizational sociologist who currently serves as the head of MIT Sloan’s Behavioral and Policy Sciences area, and as co-director of its Ph.D. program in Economic Sociology. His executive teaching duties include the management of innovation, change, and human resources, negotiations, networks, leadership and power and politics in organizations. He has traveled extensively, lecturing in Abu Dhabi, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Iceland, Singapore, and South Africa. Fernandez has extensive experience doing field research in organizations, including an exhaustive five-year case study of a plant retooling and relocation. He has also served as a consultant to BP and Vale.

The MIT Faculty Insights Series is a platform for MIT Faculty visiting the Asia School of Business to share their recent research as well as participate in a Q&A session with the attendees. Participants will have the opportunity to tap into faculty expertise, as well as experience interactions on cutting-edge topics, which contribute to the Asia School of Business learning culture.

Questions? Just email insights@asb.edu.my