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CHIA Audrey

Audrey is Associate Professor of Management & Organization, NUS Business School. She holds a joint appointment at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore. Using leadership and change as theoretical foundations, she studies how social and health problems can be addressed by social entrepreneurship and innovative philanthropy. She is interested in multi-sector collaborations that address social and health challenges. She co-directs the NIHA (NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia) Healthcare Leadership Programme for senior leaders in the public, private and NGO sectors from 15 countries across Asia. In her position on the faculty of the UCLA-NUS Executive MBA program, she led a module on International Management Strategies. Her health-related research includes studies on improving health at work and evaluation of a pilot of a public-private collaboration for integrated care.

Audrey’s work on social innovation and philanthropy has been presented at meetings of the Asian Development Bank(ADB), OECD, United Nations and the European Union. She has also presented at conferences such as the Academy of Management and the World Health Summit.

Audrey has consulted for, given talks and conducted executive training on Leadership, Change, Managing in Asia and Diversity & Inclusiveness to international organisations such as AES, Bridgestone, Dentsu, Deutsche Bahn-Schenker, Total, Catalyst, DHL, Jones Lang LaSalle, L’Oreal, McDonald’s, Maersk, Mitsui, Panasonic, Samsung, Telenor, Royal Brunei Airlines, PT Astra, Temasek Foundation, the Government of Brunei and Unilever. Audrey also directs NUS Business School’s Leadership Development Programme, which attracts participants from five continents. She has received three University awards, two Faculty awards and numerous commendations for excellence in teaching.


  • Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Joint)
  • Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the NUS Business School (Primary)

Education Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Management (Organisation Science), University of Texas at Austin, 1995
  • B.A. Hons., National University of Singapore

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Co-Director, National University of Singapore Asia Centre for Social Enterprise & Philanthropy, 2011 - date
  • Vice Dean, University Scholars Programme, NUS, 2002
  • Assistant Dean, University Scholars Programme, 2000 - 2001
  • Sub-Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, National University of Singapore, 1998 - 1999
  • Acting Director, American Studies Centre, National University of Singapore, 1997 - 1998
  • Deputy Director, American Studies Centre, National University of Singapore, 1995 - 1997
  • Lecturer, National University of Singapore, 1995 - 1998
  • Senior Tutor, National University of Singapore, 1988 - 1995

Selected Publications:

Journal Articles

  • The Effects of Moral Intensity on Moral Issue Recognition, with Lim,S.M., Journal of Business Ethics 27, 255-269, 2000
  • Singapore’s Economic Internationalisation and its Effects on Work and Family, SOJOURN 15(1), 123—138, 2000
  • Seeing and Believing: The Variety of Scientists’ Responses to Data, Science Communication, 19 (4), 366—391., 1998
  • The Random Match Probability error in DNA evidence: Irrelevant and prejudicial?, with Koehler, J. J., and Lindsey, S., Jurimetrics: A journal of law, science and technology, 35(2), 201 — 219, 1995
  • Prevention is the best cure for ethical dilemmas, with Beyer, J. M., Academy of Management Executive, 6(2), 91 — 94., 1992

Conference Papers

  • Duke-NUS Medical School: Toward a successful Educational Transplant, with Khoo Hwee Sing, Academy of Management Meeting, 2011
  • Country perspectives on diversity and equal treatment policies and practices: lessons from 16 countries, with Alain Klarsfeld; Marloes van Engen; Rana Haq; Eddy Ng; Jawad Syed, International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management, 2010
  • Ethical decision making: Application of an integrated model of individual difference variables and a modified theory of planned behaviour., with Chia Nah Nah, International Congress of Applied Psychology, 2002
  • The influence of frequent business travel on family, with James Weichun Zhu, Society of Industrial and Applied Psychology, 2002
  • Effects of business travel on work, family and health, International Congress of Applied Psychology, 2002
  • Globalisation and the experiences of frequent business travellers: The case of Singapore, with Yeo, W.L., Management Research News 23(2/3/4) 64—65., 2000

Books/Monographs Authored

  • Singapore: Equality and Fair Employment, with A. Lim, International Handbook on Diversity Management at Work: Country Perspectives on Diversity and Equal Treatment, 2010
  • Antecedents and Consequences of Cultural Intelligence among Short Term Business Travelers, with Cheryl Tay, Mina Westman, Handbook of cultural Intelligence, 2008
  • Regionalisation: Policy Issues for Singapore, with Campbell, K., Campbell, D., In L. Low & D. Johnston (eds.) Singapore Inc. Singapore: Times Academic Press., 2001
  • The Three Paradoxes: Working Women in Singapore., with Lee, J., Campbell, K., Singapore: AWARE., 1999
  • Culture and Management: A casebook., with Putti, J. M., ingapore : McGraw-Hill Book Company., 1990
  • Ethics and Management, In C. Pan (ed.) Ethics and Self-Interest. Singapore: Institute of East Asian Philosophies., 1990

Editorial Work On Books

  • Sustainability Matters: Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Management in Asia, with Lye, L.H. Chou, L.M, Gunawansa, A. Kua, H.W., Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2011

Chapters In Books

  • DBS Bank: Keeping the faith, with Richard Que; James Chan, Contemporary Strategic Management : an Australasian perspective, 2011
  • Alexandra Hospital, Singapore: Realizing the value of older workers, with Angeline Lim, Academy of Management HR Ambassadors Casebook, 2011

Published Reports

  • Good Intentions Gone Awry at The National Kidney Foundation, with Khoo Hwee Sing; Vivien Lim, Ivey Business Publishing, 2010

Working Papers

  • Towards a Carbon-Neutral Bra: MAS Intimates factory in Thurulie, Sri Lanka, with Carrie B. Candeto, 2011

Membership And Professional Activities

  • Academy of Management

Consultation and Executive Experience

  • NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia: Healthcare Leadership Program Director
  • Bridgestone, Programme Director
  • Catalyst
  • DHL
  • Jones Lang Lasalle, Programme Director
  • Maersk
  • McDonald's, Programme Director
  • AES Corporation
  • Asahi Glass
  • Dentsu
  • Elf Aquitane (now Total Fina Elf)
  • Leadership Development Programme (Public Programme), Director
  • Mitsui & Co.
  • National University of Singapore Senior Management Leadership Programme, Program Director
  • Panasonic
  • PT Astra, Programme Director
  • Schenker-Bax Global
  • Stanford-NUS Executive Management Programme
  • Advanced Management Programme
  • Exel (now DHL-Exel)
  • General Management Programme (Public Programme)
  • Samsung
  • Telenor
  • Royal Brunei Airlines

Research Interests

  • Workplace health and healthcare leadership: Integration of workplace health and safety
  • Social and ethical issues in management: Responding to social and health problems through public, private and NGO partnerships
  • Leadership & Change: Leading transformation and transition in organisations
  • Diversity in organisations: Special focus on gender



  • University Teaching Excellence Award, 2008
  • Outstanding Educator Award (BIZ faculty), 2007
  • University GEM incentive award, 2006
  • Outstanding Educator Award (MNO), 2005
  • University Achievement Award, 1997
  • University Achievement Award, 1998
  • Teaching Excellence Award, 1998
  • US Govt International Visitor Programme Grant, 1996

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