Public Lecture: Building Resilience in the Workplace of Mainland China Putai Jin
- When: 2nd November
- Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
- Location: Room 119, John Goodsell Building
The School of Education is hosting a public lecture by Dr Putai Jin, School of Education, UNSW entitled Building Resilience in the Workplace of Mainland China.
After the end of the disastrous Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), the government in mainland China adopted reforming and opening-up policies. The speedy and steady economic growth in mainland China during the recent three decades has been unprecedented. From a historical perspective, China’s four-stage cycle, “Turbulent times – Concessions, constraints, and reforms of the new regime – Recovery of social productive forces – Prosperity of economy and associated aspects” (TCRP) can also be identified in the golden age of the West Han and Tang Dynasties. Whereas the catalytic functioning of a series of policy changes and initiatives made by the current Chinese government is widely acknowledged, the relatively emancipated Chinese social productive forces should be regarded as one of the crucial factors of recent remarkable economic growth in China. During the rapidly changing period, Chinese workers’ positive motivational states, such as hope, resiliency, and realistic optimism, provide an invaluable psychological capital to act as a buffer zone for coping with work stress and to attain desired progress continuously. Although China faces a number of problems associated with the recent global economic crisis, Chinese workers’ positive psychological capital will play a constructive role in various types of enterprises that are structured and operated in line with the reforming and opening-up measures.
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Putai Jin, a Registered Psychologist in Australia since 1993 as well as an International Affiliate of American Psychological Association since 1995, earned his Master degree of Education and PhD in Psychology. He considers himself extremely fortunate to have the opportunities to directly learn cognitive psychology from Herbert A. Simon (a 1978 Nobel Prize laureate) and factor analysis from Chen Li (the founder of the two-factor theory of intelligence Charles Spearman’s last PhD candidate). He has teaching and research experience in high-ranked universities. His main research interests include applied educational psychology in learning, stress management, organisational diagnosis, and quantitative methods. During his service at UNSW, he has graduated 13 research students (10 with PhD, 2 with EdD, and 1 with Master by Research) and published in high-impact journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. In addition, he has co-authored three books and a number of book chapters. He was Visiting Fellow at National University of Singapore, Anthony Mason Fellow to Peking University, and a recipient of grants from Australian Research Council and overseas funding bodies and the Distinguished Professional Contribution Award by China’s Mental Hygiene Society.
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