Deans, Members and Schools,
It has been a privilege for me to
serve as the President of AAPBS, leading this great network for the past year.
I take great pride in being part of
this growing network and having an effective platform to bring together deans
and administrators of leading institutions, thought leaders and policy makers
of different countries, to foster collaboration and exchange ideas.
In addressing challenges of global
relevance, we have made great strides. With the active participation and the
joint efforts of member schools, we have conducted two major conferences
centered around a pressing issue faced by all economies – the Future of Work.
As technology advances, the global
work force will be significantly affected. Although the future is uncertain, we
as educators have an indispensable role to play in nurturing future talent that
the world is needed. It is essential for not only academia, but also private
and public sectors to explore how best we can work together to support the new
The two conferences, held at the
HKUST Business School in Hong Kong in May and another at the UNSW Business
School in Australia in November, featured expert speakers in two different
regions to discuss what skills will be required in the new digital economy. We
drew on practical experiences and cases from peer institutions.
By harnessing the AAPBS¡¯s culture of
collaboration, we look forward to even greater advances on this horizon. There
are always people elsewhere within our network who have new knowledge and
proven approaches to address different issues.
Over the year, we also exchanged
insights into, for example, faculty recruitment and retention, performance
management, leadership challenges, among others. To support member schools in
grooming future scholars, we conducted the Inductive Research with Multiple
Case Methods Workshop, where the participants were able to learn how to
identify a suitable case to apply inductive research. We have of course also
welcomed new members from different places.
forward, Professor Yokoyama Kenji, Executive Dean of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific
University, will succeed my role as the next President of AAPBS. As a leading
advocator for the development of global talent, I believe Professor Yokoyama
will facilitate our ongoing dialogue on talent development, but also open up
other new opportunities of collaboration for members.
this holiday season, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New
Tam Kar Yan
HKUST Business School