David De Cremer

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Renowned Behavioural Scientist Focused on Managing and Leading Individual and Organizational Transformations in the 21st Century; Provost Chair and Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School; Director and Founder, Centre on AI Technology for Humankind at NUS Business School; Fellow, Cambridge Judge Business School and St. Edmunds College, Cambridge University; Research Member, The Justice Collaboratory, Yale Law School

Biography

David De Cremer is Provost Chair and Professor in Management and Organisation at NUS Business School. Before moving to NUS, he was the KPMG endowed Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) and a fellow at St. Edmunds College, Cambridge University (UK). He is the director and founder of the corporate-sponsored “Centre on AI Technology for Humankind (AiTH)” at NUS Business School. Currently, his external affiliations include an honorary fellowship at CJBS, fellow at St. Edmunds College at Cambridge University and a research affiliate at the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School, Yale University. He is also a scientific advisor to several multinational companies. He received his Ph.D. (Behavioral Economics and Psychology) from the University of Southampton, England, an M.A. from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc in Psychology and B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He was a faculty member and (visiting) professor at London Business School (LBS), China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Harvard University, Stanford University and Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). He has taken up several senior leadership roles including director and founder of two research centres at NUS and RSM, head of department, school leadership team and academic directorships at Cambridge University, NUS and CEIBS, and Vice-president (Internationalization) at Wenzhou College of Business.

He has published extensively in the fields of economics, management, and psychology by applying behavioral approaches (over more than 300 academic publications). As a best-selling author, his book “Huawei: Leadership, Culture and Connectivity” (awarded the 2018 PwC Best Business Book in Russia) has sold over 1,000,000 copies and is to date still the number 1 best-selling book in the Asian-Pacific Region in the category business and management. His book “Leadership by Algorithm: Who Leads and Who Follows in the AI Era?” has topped the charts of the kindle version at amazon.com, has been referred to as one of the best 15 leadership books to read in 2020 by Wharton and his thought leadership in this area has been picked up by the World Economic Forum. De Cremer’s work has been discussed in international media including the Scientific American, Bloomberg News, The Economist, Forbes, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, China Daily, South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, The Business Times and many more. With considerable experience in executive teaching and corporate consultancy, he has provided consultancy to, among others, Novartis, Barclays, AB Inbev, HSBC, Bank of Singapore, Apple, Bosch, the Flemish government, Vodafone, Solvay, Nestle, Exmar, Citigroup, IBM, Standard Chartered Bank, Jardines, Nestle, Rabobank, ING, Bayer, Cisco, DSM, Astrazeneca, and Huawei.

In 2005, he received the honor to become a fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science. In 2009-2010, he was named the most influential (behavioral) economist in the Netherlands (Top 40 of economists), and then in 2016 was voted one of the Top Thought Leaders in Trust by Trust Across America (alongside the late management guru Stephen Covey; and Richard Edelman, President and CEO of Edelman, and Publisher of the annual Edelman Trust Barometer) whose annual list recognizes people for efforts “in elevating societal trust.” In 2020 he was named one of the 30 Global Gurus and Speakers in management by the organization GlobalGurus, included in the World’s top 2% of scientists and in 2021, he was named to the Thinkers50 Radar, which is an annual ranking by the organization Thinkers50 to identify 30 minds globally to watch. He was also nominated for the distinguished Digital Thinking Award by Thinkers50 (The Financial Times referred to this gala event as the “Oscars of Management Thinking”). He is also the recipient of many scientific awards including the British Psychology Society award for “Outstanding Ph.D. thesis in Social Psychology”, the “Jos Jaspars Early Career award for outstanding contributions to Social Psychology,” the “Comenius European Young Psychologist award,” and the “International Society for Justice Research Early Career Contribution Award.” In 2013, he was awarded the CEIBS Research Excellence Award (Shanghai, China), and in 2015 received the mid-career award from the British Psychology Society for his contributions to the field of Social Psychology.

Born in Belgium (Leuven), De Cremer has extensive global experience having lived and worked in Europe, UK, US, Middle-East and Asia. He is a very experienced and highly awarded educator in executive education and for MBA programs and a much sought after consultant.

He is an expert in defining, designing and implementing the behavioral foundations of what makes leaders and organizations effective in empowering their leadership, work teams and adoption of intelligent technologies in human-centered ways. His course “Leading Organizations with AI” is one of the most anticipated and popular requests to date.

Other expertise includes:

  • Developing pro-active leadership and the ability to work with what you do not know and see (yet)
  • Behavioral approaches to promoting the leader you are within (featuring his acclaimed “AEI-model of leadership” and development of the “purpose-driven business card”)
  • Conceptualization and implementation of integrity-based compliance thinking (contrary to rule-based compliance)
  • Building trustworthy work climates and promoting leader’s ability to repair trust
  • The future of work and designing a world/organization for machine and humans

David De Cremer is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Both Moral And Digital Upskilling Equally Vital

August 3, 2021

The New World of Work: You Plus AI

July 5, 2021

Can Robots Transform Offshore Energy Standardization? Regulations and Workforce Are The Keys.

April 15, 2021

AI Should Augment Human Intelligence, Not Replace It

March 18, 2021

Viewpoint: AI Can Enhance Human Intelligence Instead of Replacing It

March 18, 2021

A Special Report on AI and Humans

January 15, 2021

Artificial Intelligence: Just Who Is In Charge Around Here?

January 15, 2021

Artificial Intelligence Is Great For Day-To-Day Stuff, But It Can’t Build A Business

December 28, 2020

Leadership By Algorithm: An Interview With David De Cremer

December 22, 2020

Artificial Intelligence Will Change How We Think About Leadership

November 2, 2020

What Does Building a Fair AI Really Entail?

September 3, 2020

What COVID-19 Teaches Us About the Importance of Trust at Work

June 9, 2020

FT Business Books: April to June Edition

June 5, 2020

Commentary: Brexit Is Just Not Worth It Anymore

April 11, 2019

Lessons From Huawei: When Chinese Companies Go Global

April 16, 2018

Why You Should Never Copy Your Boss In On Work Emails (And How CC-ing Can 'Poison' A Work Environment)

May 3, 2017

'Ego Mail': Growing Number of Men CC'ing Bosses Into Emails To Get Ahead At Work

April 27, 2017

How To Make Everyone Hate You On Email

April 26, 2017

This Simple Email Mistake Could Make Everyone In Your Office Hate You

April 26, 2017

CC’ing the Boss on Email Makes Employees Feel Less Trusted

April 20, 2017

Cambridge Judge Professor Talks Ethics in the Workplace

January 27, 2017

When Transparency Backfires, and How to Prevent It

July 21, 2016

How To Foster A Speaking Up Culture At Work

October 28, 2016

Huawei’s Culture Is the Key to Its Success

June 11, 2015

The Economist logo

Taming The Irrational Executive

June 10, 2015

Compliance Alone Won’t Make Your Company Safe

May 18, 2015

Why Our Trust in Banks Hasn’t Been Restored

March 3, 2015

Understanding Trust, In China and the West

February 11, 2015

A Dilemma for China's Business Schools ($)

October 12, 2014

Breaking The Corruption Habit

November 25, 2013

Fixing Bonuses

October 2, 2013

Trust Deficit

September 9, 2013

Leaders Need A Lesson In Crisis Management

January 22, 2012

Chinese Business Schools Face A Crucial But Difficult Task

September 30, 2012

Experience Needs To Be Blended With Theory

May 15, 2011

Something For The Weekend

January 28, 2011

Apologies Fail to Live Up to Our Expectations

January 25, 2011

The Economist logo

The Bonus Myth

March 23, 2010

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De Cremer, David

Biography

David De Cremer is Provost Chair and Professor in Management and Organisation at NUS Business School. Before moving to NUS, he was the KPMG endowed Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) and a fellow at St. Edmunds College, Cambridge University (UK). He is the director and founder of the corporate-sponsored “Centre on AI Technology for Humankind (AiTH)” at NUS Business School. Currently, his external affiliations include an honorary fellowship at CJBS, fellow at St. Edmunds College at Cambridge University and a research affiliate at the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School, Yale University. He is also a scientific advisor to several multinational companies. He received his Ph.D. (Behavioral Economics and Psychology) from the University of Southampton, England, an M.A. from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc in Psychology and B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He was a faculty member and (visiting) professor at London Business School (LBS), China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Harvard University, Stanford University and Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). He has taken up several senior leadership roles including director and founder of two research centres at NUS and RSM, head of department, school leadership team and academic directorships at Cambridge University, NUS and CEIBS, and Vice-president (Internationalization) at Wenzhou College of Business.

He has published extensively in the fields of economics, management, and psychology by applying behavioral approaches (over more than 300 academic publications). As a best-selling author, his book “Huawei: Leadership, Culture and Connectivity” (awarded the 2018 PwC Best Business Book in Russia) has sold over 1,000,000 copies and is to date still the number 1 best-selling book in the Asian-Pacific Region in the category business and management. His book “Leadership by Algorithm: Who Leads and Who Follows in the AI Era?” has topped the charts of the kindle version at amazon.com, has been referred to as one of the best 15 leadership books to read in 2020 by Wharton and his thought leadership in this area has been picked up by the World Economic Forum. De Cremer’s work has been discussed in international media including the Scientific American, Bloomberg News, The Economist, Forbes, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, China Daily, South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, The Business Times and many more. With considerable experience in executive teaching and corporate consultancy, he has provided consultancy to, among others, Novartis, Barclays, AB Inbev, HSBC, Bank of Singapore, Apple, Bosch, the Flemish government, Vodafone, Solvay, Nestle, Exmar, Citigroup, IBM, Standard Chartered Bank, Jardines, Nestle, Rabobank, ING, Bayer, Cisco, DSM, Astrazeneca, and Huawei.

In 2005, he received the honor to become a fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science. In 2009-2010, he was named the most influential (behavioral) economist in the Netherlands (Top 40 of economists), and then in 2016 was voted one of the Top Thought Leaders in Trust by Trust Across America (alongside the late management guru Stephen Covey; and Richard Edelman, President and CEO of Edelman, and Publisher of the annual Edelman Trust Barometer) whose annual list recognizes people for efforts “in elevating societal trust.” In 2020 he was named one of the 30 Global Gurus and Speakers in management by the organization GlobalGurus, included in the World’s top 2% of scientists and in 2021, he was named to the Thinkers50 Radar, which is an annual ranking by the organization Thinkers50 to identify 30 minds globally to watch. He was also nominated for the distinguished Digital Thinking Award by Thinkers50 (The Financial Times referred to this gala event as the “Oscars of Management Thinking”). He is also the recipient of many scientific awards including the British Psychology Society award for “Outstanding Ph.D. thesis in Social Psychology”, the “Jos Jaspars Early Career award for outstanding contributions to Social Psychology,” the “Comenius European Young Psychologist award,” and the “International Society for Justice Research Early Career Contribution Award.” In 2013, he was awarded the CEIBS Research Excellence Award (Shanghai, China), and in 2015 received the mid-career award from the British Psychology Society for his contributions to the field of Social Psychology.

Born in Belgium (Leuven), De Cremer has extensive global experience having lived and worked in Europe, UK, US, Middle-East and Asia. He is a very experienced and highly awarded educator in executive education and for MBA programs and a much sought after consultant.

He is an expert in defining, designing and implementing the behavioral foundations of what makes leaders and organizations effective in empowering their leadership, work teams and adoption of intelligent technologies in human-centered ways. His course “Leading Organizations with AI” is one of the most anticipated and popular requests to date.

Other expertise includes:

  • Developing pro-active leadership and the ability to work with what you do not know and see (yet)
  • Behavioral approaches to promoting the leader you are within (featuring his acclaimed “AEI-model of leadership” and development of the “purpose-driven business card”)
  • Conceptualization and implementation of integrity-based compliance thinking (contrary to rule-based compliance)
  • Building trustworthy work climates and promoting leader’s ability to repair trust
  • The future of work and designing a world/organization for machine and humans

David De Cremer is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

  • Triple AI: Building Organizations for Machine and Humans
  • The AI Ethics-Paradox
  • Leading Organizations in the AI Era: Challenges and Opportunities That You Cannot Ignore
  • The Circle of Irony in People Analytics
  • The Three Laws of Leadership
  • Leadership by Algorithm
  • The Psychology of Vulnerable Leadership
  • Making Trust Work For You in Good and Bad Times
  • Asian Global Leadership

David De Cremer is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Recommendations

“Prof. David De Cremer has provided in-house training and education seminars for the executive committee of Exmar Shipmanagement nv since 2013. He was instrumental in developing the necessary strategic tools to grow in our position as a market leader in offering complex but elegant logistic solutions to the oil and gas industry. Apart from being a well-published and astute academic he’s also a fun person to be with. His thought-provoking insights are a must-have for every company involved in value-based entrepreneurship.”

– Capt. Marc Nuytemans, FNI – CEO Exmar Shipmanagement NV – Member of the executive committee of EXMAR NV (EXM:BRU)

Praise for “Leadership By Algorithm”

“Will your next boss be a robot? In case you haven’t pondered your AI future, David De Cremer―one of the ‘World’s Top 30 Management Gurus’―has done it for you in his fascinating book, ‘Leadership By Algorithm.’ Read your future today.”

– James Bradley, Three-times New York Times bestseller and author of “Flags of Our Fathers”

“David De Cremer, one of the top gurus in corporate culture, provides unique insight in ‘Leadership by Algorithm’ as to what leadership means in the AI age. Ignore at your peril!”

– Alexandros Papaspyridis, Director Higher Education at Microsoft Asia Pacific Japan

“The tech revolution is happening. But what we need now is a revolution in leadership and in organisations. David De Cremer expertly maps out how this can and must happen.”

– Stuart Crainer, Co-founder Thinkers50

“Everyone is talking about artificial intelligence, but no one has a clue how it will affect the way organizations are managed… until now. David De Cremer, a leading expert, has written the most informative book I’ve read on how algorithms will change leadership―and which parts are unlikely to be replaced by a machine.”

– Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of ‘Originals’ and ‘Give and Take,’ and host of the chart-topping TED podcast WorkLife

“Over the course of the last quarter century, Huawei has become one of the most important telecommunications companies in the world and, arguably, one of the most powerful Chinese companies in the global economy. Yet, there is much that is not known about Huawei and much that is misunderstood. As the foremost authority on Huawei in the world, Tian Tao brings deep knowledge and unprecedented access to help pull back the veil on one of the world’s most enigmatic companies. This book will be essential reading for politicians, pundits, and anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of this important company.”

– Dr. Doug Guthrie, Professor and Former Dean at the George Washington School of Business and Author of “Dragon in a Three-piece Suit”

Praise for “The Proactive Leader”

“Why do our leaders often fail to take up responsibility and make decisions in a timely fashion? David De Cremer uses behavioral analyses to explain this important leadership failure and what to do about it.”

– John a. Quelch, Distinguished Professor of International Management, Co-Chair of the International Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Academic Council at CEIBS and Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

“An excellent guide for leaders who want to get their followers, as well as themselves, to follow through.”

– Piers Steel, Author of the Bestselling Book “The Procrastination Equation” and Distinguished Research Chair in Advanced Business Leadership at Haskyne School of Business

“David De Cremer’s book provides excellent insights on the direct impact of a timely decision on the performance of a business team. A must-read for any business leader, especially in emerging markets.”

– Mark Goyens, President, Bekaert Asia

“Most leaders are concerned about how to make timely, precise and accurate decisions and often suffer from the failures in meeting these personal ambitions. In his brilliant book, David De Cremer uses various techniques in analyzing how people make decisions and in what way procrastination plays a role. With excellent behavioral analyses and examples, leaders will gain knowledge from understanding the roots and consequences of procrastination and learn how to mitigate the negative effects. A must-read for all leaders!”

– Michael Thurow, Senior Advisor, InterChina Consulting

“You have got to read this book! It is easy to read and there are tons of practical tips and tricks to help you, the modern multcultural leader, become more efficient and effective. David De Cremer’s book is an inspiration to those of us wondering why leaders hesitate to take decisions that seem to be so obvious. Once you get started, you won’t put it down!”

– Bjarne Lemmich, Head of Finance College, Novartis Pharmaceutical

“Why do we delay the decisions we know that we need to make? Is it because we are afraid to fail? David De Cremer’s book gives an answer to this critical question that in our current complex global world is more and more present. After reading this book, you will not have any more excuses to delay your decisions.”

– José Martínez-Adam, General Manager Corporate Center Talent, Solvay S.A.

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