18 h 00 min - 19 h 30 min
Harnessing the Strengths of One’s Cultural Selves: Multicultural Identities at Work with Yih-Teen Lee [in English]
As human movement and technological advancement result in the creation of a world that is increasingly interconnected, individuals more easily acquire multicultural experiences and develop multicultural identities. Identity is the subjective concept of oneself as a person, encompassing the whole set of knowledge, meanings, and experiences that are self-defining. Identities are central to individuals’ existence and experiences in work contexts, as they shape those individuals’ perceptions and sense-making of the worlds they inhabit. When individuals identify strongly with specific culture, they see things from that cultural group’s perspective, feel at one with the cultural group, and act according to the norms of the cultural group. However, individuals may not always hold a clear sense of their cultural selves in terms of cultural identities, hence are not necessarily conscious of the unique strengths and resources they may possess as a result of their unique form of cultural selves.
This session aims to offer an overview of multicultural identities at work, including the development, forms, and activation of multicultural identities, followed by key resources related to multicultural identities and the agency and legitimacy of these cultural selves. I will present approaches for individuals to be mindful in shaping their cultural selves so as to harness the strengths and resources associated with their cultural selves to achieve better work performance in work settings.
Yih-Teen Lee is Full Professor at IESE Business School in Barcelona. He specializes in leadership, fit, cultural identities, and leading global collaboration in his roles as educator, researcher, and advisor. He is particularly passionate in the concept of dynamic balancing and its application in leadership and bridging cultural differences. His research in these themes has appeared in leading scientific journals such as Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of Management, and Personnel Psychology. In addition to degree programs (MBA, EMBA, and global EMBA), he contributes regularly to executive educations and works closely with multinational organizations in their leadership development. Yih-Teen earned his Ph.D. from HEC, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and his bachelor and master degree from National Taiwan University. Raised in a Chinese cultural context, he has been living in Europe for over 20 years, and is fluent in Chinese, English, French, and Spanish.