Mar 8

Exploring Eastern and Western Creativity: Q and A with Michael W. Morris – by Jennifer Olayon

Michael Morris and Jennifer Olayon. Photo by JET alum Francis Lee.

Here’s a JET-relevant interview titled Exploring Eastern and Western Creativity:  Q & A with Michael W. Morris that appeared recently in magazine and was conducted and written by former JETAANY President Jennifer Olayon.

Jennifer is a Contributing Editor for magazine and previously served as a Senior Program Officer at Columbia Business School’s Center on Japanese Economy and Business.  She is currently open to work and consulting opportunities in Human Capital Management and Diversity and Inclusion areas.

Michael W. Morris is the Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership and Director of Program on Social Intelligence at Columbia Business School and leading expert on relationships, conflict resolution, decision-making, and creativity, with a special interest in the role of culture.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“There is a popular stereotype that Easterners are less creative; that they are imitative rather than inventive. While this stereotype is heard in the West, it is heard even more so in East Asia, which surprised me when I first began studying this topic. The creativity problem is a central topic in the social discourse of many East Asian nations, worried about making the transition from manufacturing economies to design and innovation-based economies. In bestsellers with titles like Can Asians Think? Asian polemicists have advanced theories about ways that Asian culture, language, socialization and schooling stunt creativity through hindering abstract critical thinking and molding conformist characters. This sells books, but I think it’s inaccurate.”

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