Prof Rick Smith speaks on...
Aligning Human Capital Systems for Competitive Advantage: The Key to Strategy Execution
(Based on his book: Human Capital and Global Business Strategy)
Is it better to have a great strategy, or better to be able to execute a strategy? Prof Smith's workshop helps organizations consider their human capital system and how they might align their company structure, organization culture, talent management practices, and leadership approach to enable strategy execution.
The Future of Work: Five New Challenges for Managers
(Based on his research on employment trends and outcomes)
The pandemic triggered a number of shifts in employee expectations and HR practices. What are the new hurdles for managers who are facing new complexities in the workplace of the future? A review of the trends associated with flexibility, remote work, non-linear workforces, social engagement, and equality all place new demands on managers in organizations and the need to collectively address the future of work.
Building Effective Organizations: Lessons from Great Workplaces
(Based on research with the Great Place to Work Institute)
How are some organizations able to attract, retain, and engage their workforces while others seem to continuously struggle to keep and motivate their talent? By looking at the trends and analyses across hundreds of companies around the world, we can extract several key elements that separate the best from the rest when it comes to culture, teamwork, inclusion, belonging, wellbeing, and psychological safety.
The Future of Management Education: Time for Disruption?
(Based on his book: Rethinking the Business Models of Business Schools)
How might organizations consider the development of their key leadership talent? What role do educators play in building a pipeline of future managers who will be an asset to society? Is it time to disrupt higher education? By taking a critical look at how we develop and educate people in the areas of business and management, we can begin to re-shape how we leverage business schools, company training programs, and other learning vehicles.
Strategic Human Capital Development: Lessons from Asia
(Based on his book: Strategic Human Capital Development in Asia)
How is it that some regions, countries, and organizations seem to have the right mix of people with the right skills, capabilities, and interests to fuel the needs of business and the economy? By taking a close look at the ecosystems that drive human capital development, we see the direct impact and long-term affects of business success and economic growth.
Speaking Engagements (selected)
Invited Speaker, Society of Medical Administrators Annual Conference, Tampa
Facilitator, Board of Directors Retreat for a Large Banking Organization, New York
Invited Speaker, Corporate Learning and Development Conference, Miami
Workshop Speaker, Professional Services Firm Annual Partners Meeting, Chicago
Invited Keynote Speaker, Great Place to Work Asia Awards, Singapore
Facilitator, Top Management Strategy Workshop for a Global Financial Services Firm, Geneva
Invited Keynote Speaker, AMBA Conference – Asia Pacific, Melbourne
Workshop Facilitator, CEO Team Retreat for a Global Tech Firm, San Francisco
Invited Keynote Speaker, Great Place to Work Singapore Awards, Singapore
Workshop Speaker, Developing Market Leader Conference for a Large Consumer Products Firm, Nairobi
Invited Keynote Speaker, Human Capital Summit, ISB Hyderabad
Facilitator, Top Management Team Retreat for a Global Manufacturing Firm, Tokyo
Keynote Speaker, Conference on National Talent, Ho Chi Mhin City
Invited Speaker, APAC Leadership Conference for Global HR Services Firm, Shanghai
Interview on Channel News Asia, regarding human capital in Asia
Chairman and Host, Asia CEO Forum, invitation-only conference, Singapore
Invited Conference Speaker/Moderator, Singapore Human Capital Summit
Invited Keynote Speaker, India National HRD Conference, Mumbai
Interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” live broadcast on building leadership in Asia
Keynote Speaker, Leadership Summit for Large Professional Services Firm, Kuala Lumpur
Yoshikawa, T., Smith, R., & Uchida, D. (2023). Female CHRO Appointments: A Crack in the Glass Ceiling? Academy of Management 83rd Annual Meeting, Boston. (Selected as one of the Best Papers)
Uchida, D., Smith, R., & Yoshikawa, T. (2021). Gender Diversity in the Executive Suite: How Much is Enough? Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, Toronto.