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Business Dean named Irwin Outstanding Educator

02 May 2013

Prof Yeung is the first person from an Asian institution to receive the prestigious Irwin Outstanding Educator Award

Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor at NUS Business School, has won the prestigious Irwin Outstanding Educator Award, becoming the first person from an Asian institution to receive the honour.

Seen as an illustrious accolade in business education, it is conferred by the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division of the Academy of Management in the US. The award honours each year an eminent strategy scholar who has established a longstanding commitment to, and expertise in, imparting strategic management knowledge or educating others about strategic management.

Past award recipients included Harvard Business School's internationally renowned Professor Roland Christensen, a leading authority on case method teaching; Professor Michael Porter, a leading expert on company strategy; and Professor Pankaj Ghemawat of IESE Business School, a globally respected economist, strategist and author.

By conferring Prof Yeung the award, BPS has reaffirmed the impact that the dedicated educator has brought to the business and financial domains, as well as the lives of his students.

Prof Yeung has had a distinguished career. Before joining NUS in 2008, he was the Abraham Krasnoff Professor in Global Business, Economics and Management at New York University Stern School of Business. In Singapore, he helped steer the economy through his membership of the Economic Strategies Committee, and the Financial Research Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

The BPS awards committee was also impressed by testimonials of his unofficial coaching of both students and junior faculty with whom he has no formal connection. Prof Yeung has been tirelessly mentoring PhD students, a development process encompassing both depth and breadth. He provides constant guidance and valuable input on research, supporting the postgraduates while motivating them to achieve excellence. His incessant push to build a research community with students playing a pivotal role has been demonstrated since his faculty days in the US, and continues in his current position at NUS.

Prof Yeung will be presented with the award at the next Academy of Management meeting in August in Orlando, US.