Thought Leadership Lecture Series in November 2014
Hitotsubashi ICS held the 4th session of IBS Thought Leadership Lecture Series featuring Professor Charlan Nemeth from UC Berkeley on Friday, November 21, 2014.
Charlan Jeanne Nemeth is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley. Her background includes a B.A. in Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Psychology from Cornell University. Her faculty appointments include the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia and the University of British Columbia with visiting appointments in Bristol (England), Paris (France), Trento (Italy) and Mannheim(Germany). In 2004-5, she was the Leverhulme Trust Fellow at Aston Business School in Birmingham, UK and in 2005-2009 was Visiting Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School.
Her specialties are influence, creativity and small group decision making with a particular emphasis on the value of properly managed dissent for stimulating thought and creativity. Her work has been broadly applied, most notably in the managing of innovation in organizational settings and jury decision-making. Professor Nemeth is a well-established teacher of executive education and a consultant on innovation and jury decision making. She has given invited addresses at Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Northwestern, Yale, Aston, UC Berkeley and London Business Schools on teams, entrepreneurs, creativity and mechanisms for increasing innovation. She has also given numerous addresses to attorneys and judges, including an invited address to the Oregon Bar Association.
Topic covered in this lecture were:
Assumptions about harmony
Experiments on the value of dissent
Applications to cults and corporate cultures
How majorities shape and confine our thinking; How minorities "open" our thinking with demonstrations from specific experimental studies.
Rather than one-way lecture format for large groups, was carried out in a easy to take the interaction and participant number.
For this reason, target participants were only university faculty and students. There was a participation of 20 several people than expected.