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Distinguished Professor, Executive Director, Centre for Creativity and Innovation, Boise State University

Napier is Distinguished Professor of Strategy, Director of the Centre for Creativity and Innovation at Boise State University (USA) and an Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University (Denmark). Her research has included such areas as organizational creativity/innovation, management and innovation in emerging economies, especially Vietnam, and international management. Napier has published several books, including What we see, why we worry, why we hope: Vietnam Going Forward, Wise Beyond Your Field, Insight: Encouraging Aha! Moments for Organizational Success and The Creative Discipline: Mastering the Art and Science of Innovation. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Creativity and Innovation Management, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, Journal of Management Inquiry, Human Resource Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of International Business Studies. From 1994-2003, she managed Boise State’s involvement in an $8.5 million capacity building project at the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam, funded by the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency and USAID; in 2011, she was awarded Vietnam’s Medal of Honor for contribution to education. For six years, she was co-creator and host of Idaho Business Matters, a weekday radio program on NPR News 91 and appeared as a regular guest on KTVB Channel 7’s Noon News. She writes a column for Business Insider for the Idaho Statesman, is a guest blogger for Psychology Today and is a guest columnist for Forbes Vietnam.


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    Distinguished Professor, Executive Director, Centre for Creativity and Innovation , Boise State University