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Volume 2, Issue 3 (September 2012)



BSI is pleased to announce that Mr Kwek Mean Luck, in his capacity as Dean & CEO of the Civil Service College, was appointed as member of the BSI Business Advisory Board with effect from 1 June 2012. Mr Kwek is concurrently Deputy Secretary (Development) in the Public Service Division of the Prime Minister's Office. We look forward to working with Mr Kwek on the work of BSI.


Mr Lionel Yeo, who has been a member of the BSI Business Advisory Board since its inception, has stepped down from the Board as he has left his position of Dean & CEO of the Civil Service College to be the CEO of Singapore Tourism Board with effect from 1 June 2012. BSI wishes to express our gratitude to Mr Yeo for his strong support for the work of BSI and advice on the Institute’s strategic directions.


BSI Director Professor David Chan has been appointed as member of the Expert Resource Panel of the National Environment Agency, member of the Board of Directors of the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises, and member of the Governing Board of the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Institute.


Assistant Professor Evelyn Au has been re-appointed as Deputy Director (Academic Affairs) of BSI with effect from 1 July 2012.


Upcoming Event


2 October 2012
The Psychometric Principles of Affect: Are They Ideal? 
Seminar by Louis Tay, PhD
Research Fellow, BSI, SMU


Research Feature


BSI recently sponsored Grace Park Guihyun from SMU School of Social Sciences to attend the American Psychological Association Convention held in Florida and Michael Daniels from SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business to attend the Academy of Management Conference held in Massachusetts. At the respective conferences, Grace presented her research in a paper titled A Process Model of Learning Goal Orientation in Training Contexts and Michael presented a research paper titled Making Work Fun: A Process Model of Goal Concordance at Work.


Insights from Behavioural Sciences



In this issue, our regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences features the research on structural entrepreneurs presented by Professor Don Ferrin (Professor of OBHR at the SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business) at a BSI seminar held in September 2012. Click [here] to read more.


Applications from Behavioural Sciences


In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature recent commentary articles by BSI Director David Chan, published in The Straits Times, on issues of social cohesion, social integration and societal goals in Singapore. In a two-part article, which was also featured in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook, Professor Chan analysed the challenges of cohesion (The 5Cs Challenges of Cohesion) and proposed several ways to manage integration (Five Cs to Manage Integration). In another article published in August 2012, which was a reaction to the National Day Rally speeches by Prime Minister Lee and his three Ministers, Professor Chan discussed the issues of Singapore’s future and the outcomes and processes relating to achieving societal goals (The goals matter, so does the journey). 


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