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Ambicultural Ambassador between East and West: Interview with Dr. Ming-Jer Chen, Leslie E. Grayson Professor (Part II)

Jie Ke (School of Lifelong Learning, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, USA)

Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management

ISSN: 2040-8005

Article publication date: 7 October 2014




This purpose of this article is to report the second part of a recent interview with Dr Ming-Jer Chen. He shares his values, beliefs and philosophies on life, business and scholarship; relates how these philosophies have shaped his approach to teaching, research and service; and outlines his strategies for making important career and professional decisions.


Interview with Dr Ming-Jer Chen.


Dr Ming-Jer Chen’s firm belief in the Oneness (精一) is reflected in his constant pursuit of “making the world smaller” by closing divides of various kinds. During his career journey, Dr Chen has applied the philosophy of “keeping a balanced and integrated view” to tackle professional and career challenges and reinforced that with the wisdom of his ambicultural perspective. His East–West background and beliefs shape his engagements with the research and business communities and his expertise includes management education and decision-making, as well as teaching, research and professional services.

Research limitations/implications

Dr Chen’s unique life and career experiences make him a role model for those who intend to pursue a career in management research. His ambicultural insight and balanced and integrated perspective may help junior scholars to deal with challenges in their professional lives.


The interview profiles a thought leader and strategist in management research and education, whose experience and wisdom may enlighten junior scholars along their career paths.



Ke, J. (2014), "Ambicultural Ambassador between East and West: Interview with Dr. Ming-Jer Chen, Leslie E. Grayson Professor (Part II)", Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 177-185.



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