The title of Tauber Leadership Speaker Series was “Soft Power and Business Competitiveness: From Lao-tze to Technology Innovations.”
Delivering the presentation was Prof. Otto Lin, a world-known leader in innovation and industry technology, with entrepreneurship success in Asia.
Prof. Otto Lin was President of Industrial Technology Research Institute, the largest institution dedicated to development and transfer of industrial technology in Taiwan. In 1997, he was appointed Vice President for Research and Development of the Hong Kong University of Science and technology and contributed to making HKUST a fast rising world-class university. Upon retirement from HKUST, he was CEO of the China Nansha Technology Enterprises Ltd.
He received his BS from the National Taiwan University, and MA and PhD from Columbia University (1963 & 67). Then, he completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.
His interests include management of technology and innovation, science and technology policy, knowledge transfer, science and technology parks, and more recently, soft power in innovations and entrepreneurship. His oral history: “Otto C. C. Lin: Promoting Education, Innovation and Chinese Culture in the Era of Globalization” was undertaken by the Bancroft Library, University of California- Berkeley, 2010.
In TLSS, he will discuss soft power from the disciplines of Laotze and Confucius in Chinese culture and how it creates values for technology products and enterprises. By examples of global technology companies, he suggests that software power attributes are of fundamental importance for corporate sustainability.
The Leadership Speaker Series is a student-organized initiative to bring in top leaders from industry to the University of Michigan. These high-level executives are invited to share insights on their own careers, the qualities needed in today's global economy for strong leadership, and tangible steps to achieve excellence in one's own career path.