Les Joynes, PhD

Scholar on Management and Creativity


Dr. Les Joynes has global experience in over 40 countries advising Fortune 500 clients in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Specialized in competitive intelligence, Les has served as co-chair of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) in New York. As a consultant focused in strategy and competitor analysis he has led multi country research projects for global clients including Du Pont, 3M, General Electric, General Motors, Dow, and Braun working with culturally diverse teams. 

Specialized in creativity in management Les is educated in the US, UK, Japan and Brazil. Les is a graduate of the Boston University - Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. He specialized in technology transfer during his MBA at California State University. He is an alumnus of the New York University Coaching Program and an International Coaching Federation Membership Ambassador. Les is Visiting Faculty at Peking University Institute for Creative Industries and coaches MBAs and EMBAs as a leadership coach at Columbia Business School in New York.


Research Focus

    Creativity in Management Decision-making

    Transnational and Intercultural Collaboration 

    Cross cultural programming and integration in creative industries

    Curriculum Design for Creativity in Management

My vision is to lead and participate in cross-cultural research projects liaising universities with multi-national organizations to explore creativity in management and its impact on ideation, idea selection and implementation. I seek to identify value in creative modes of thinking and to develop approaches that build value in not only product development but also new progressive forms of knowledge management.

Coaching Across Cultures for MBA Programs

MBA cross-over programs into art and design thinking

Education in Management 

1987-1989    MBA  

1986-1988    M.Sc Management

Global Strategy and Consulting

Global Management  

Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences

California Polytechnic State University, US

Boston University, Boston, US   

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Education in Creativity

2015-2017     Post-Doctorate  

2008-2012     PhD

1999-2001     MA

1996-1996     MA

1991-1996     BA (Honours) 

1984-1986     BA (Cum Laude)

School of Communication and Arts

Art, Environment and Technology

Specialization in Asian Art and Culture

Art and Theory, Goldsmiths College

Central Saint Martins College of Art 

History (European)

University of São Paulo, Brazil

Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

University of London, London, UK

University of the Arts London, UK

Boston University, Boston, US

Other Training

2020-2020    Personal Leadership

2019-2019    Certified Coach 

2019-2019    Project Management 

2017-2018    Academic Scholar 

2017-2018    Academic Scholar

2017-2017    Taiwan Scholar

1999-2001    Research Scholar

1999-2001    Japanese Language

1995-1995    Erasmus Scholar

1985-1985    Japanese Sociology

Columbia Business School

Leadership Coaching in Management 

US Public Diplomacy Workshop Training 

Arts, Philosophy and Management 

Advanced Curriculum Design

Chinese Mandarin Language Scholar

Japanese Art and Culture

Japan MeXT Scholar

Multi-Media Practices

Sociology and History

Columbia University, New York, US 

New York University, New York, US

ZERO1/ US Department of State, US

Columbia University, New York, US

Teachers College, New York, US 

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

University of Electro Communications, Tokyo, Japan 

Ecole Normale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris, France 

Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Fellowships and Awards

Fulbright-Nehru ‍Academic ‍and ‍Professional ‍Excellence ‍Award (2021)

US Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Grant for Colombia (2020)

US American Arts Incubator ZERO1: Art and Technology Artist (2019)

Fulbright ‍US ‍Public ‍Diplomacy ‍Award ‍for ‍China (2017)

CEC ArtsLink Foundation Grant, Russia (2017)

Renmin University of China Merit Award for Teaching, Beijing (2017)

Taiwan Huayu Scholar, National Cheng Kung University (2016)

Wheatley Foundation Fellow, Birmingham City University, UK (2016)

Research Fellow, American Center for Mongolian Studies (2016)

Research Fellow, University of the Arts London (UAL) (2015)

Fulbright ‍US ‍Public ‍Diplomacy ‍Award Mongolia ‍(2014)

CEC ArtsLink Foundation Grant New York, Mongolia (2014)

The Nordic Artists Center Fellowship, Norway (2008)

Queenstown Council Singapore Citation Award, Singapore (2009)

Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship, New York (2009)

Fellow, Bauhaus Foundation Fellow, Dessau, Germany (2009)

Musashino Art University Selection Award (2001)

Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture Scholar (Monbusho) 

Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture Japanese Language Scholar 

Erasmus Scholars, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris (1995)

King Sturge Award, London (1995)

‍                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (image, Les delivering keynote to Peking University doctoral program 2017) 

Academic Appointments

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award 2020 - 2021

Fulbright Research Fellow

Visva-Bharati University, Santiniriken, West Bengal, India

Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award 2020 - 2021

Visiting Fellow in Art and Aesthetics

Renmin University of China, Beijing, China

Visiting Assistant Professor and Professor of Record  2013 - present

New Media and Experimental Art (Practice) and comparative contemporary art histories 


University of the Arts London (UAL) London, UK

Research Fellow, Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) 2015

Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

BA Tutor and Research Scholar 1998 - 2001                

Secondary Academic Appointments

Columbia University in the City of New York, New York, NY

Academic Scholar (2008-2020)

Teachers College (2016-2018)

Research on Advanced Curriculum Design                   

Peking University Beijing, China

Global Engagement Liaison, Peking University Department of Postdoctoral Affairs 2018-present 

Visiting Professor, Peking University Cultural Industries Program 2018

Minzu University of China, Beijing, China

Visiting Professor in the Arts (upcoming)    

California State Polytechnic University,  San Luis Obispo, CA                                                                                                       

Post-graduate researcher on Technology Transfer Models, 1988-1989

Published Dankook University Press, Seoul, 1990. 


Boston University and Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) Brussels, Belgium

BU Graduate Programs and VUB Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences 1987-1988    

Research on International Management in Education 

Other Experience

Journal Reviewer, Journal for Artistic Research (JAR), Switzerland (2020)

Editorial Board, Project Anywhere, University of Melbourne, Australia and The New School for Social Research, New York (2015-present)

Scholar Advanced Curriculum Design, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (2017)

Founder and Director, FormLAB - nomadic experimental laboratory in museums (1999-present)

Core Member, CPI Institute for Cultural Ecology, New York (2016-present) 

Visiting Professor in Art and Cultural Industries, Peking University, China (2018) 

Assistant Professor, Summer Program, Renmin University, Beijing, China (2013-present

Research Fellow in Transnational Art and Identity, University of the Arts London (2015)

Scholar of Art and Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Columbia University (2010-2011)

Scholar in Contemporary Art, School of Arts, Columbia University (2008-2010)

Art Criticism, Art in America (New York), Flash Art (Milan), Springer (Vienna) 


Workshops and Lectures

US Department of State American Arts Incubator (upcoming)

The New School for Social Research, New York  (2018) 

US-China intercultural collaboration, Columbia University Global Center Beijing, (2017)

Co-Author, Museum 2050, Long Museum, Shanghai, China (2018)

FormLAB China, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China (2017)

Pulse/ Play, Pulse Art Fair and The Cultivist, New York (2016)

Co-Chair Young Researchers Forum, Mongolia (2016)

College Arts Association Conference (2016)                

Cambridge University, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (2015)

Creativity as intercultural interface, Columbia University Teachers College (2015)

Mongolian National University of Education, (2015)

Mongolian National University for Art and Culture, Ulaanbaatar (2015)

Masterclass Leader: Transdisciplinary Art, University of the Arts London (2015)

Zanabazar National Museum of Art, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2014)        

National Art Museum of China , Beijing, China (2014)

College Arts Association Conference, Chicago (2014) 

US Embassy, Mongolia (presentation (2014)     

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Brazil, (2013)

Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2012) 

Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul, South Korea (2012) 

Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, Columbia University  (2011)

FormLAB France, Treignac-Project, France (2010)             

Nanyang Academy and LaSalle College of Art (2009)

University of California Santa Barbara (2005, 2006)

Kookmin University, Seoul (2012)

Lasalle College of Art, Singapore and National University of Singapore (2009)

Inaugural Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan (1998)

Selected Publications

‍    Joynes, L. (2019) “The Artist-centric model in museums” in Looking to New Institutional Models: China’s Cultural Landscape by Mid-Century

Ching, N and Tanner, L, (eds), Long Museum, Shanghai

‍    Joynes, L Vu, T et al (2018). DrawnOver: Contemporary Drawing, Vojvodina Serbia: Museum of Contemporary Art [catalogue].

‍    Joynes, L. (2018). “The Artist as Explorer,” in Going Beyond: Art as Adventure. O’Neill , R and Werner, J (eds.), Newcastle, UK: 

Cambridge Scholars. [peer-reviewed]


‍    Joynes, L (2015). “FormLAB” in Anywhere v.1.(2015). Lowry, S. and Douglas, S. (eds.), Melbourne, Australia: 

University of Melbourne and New York: Parsons School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons, New School for Design, New York. [peer-reviewed]

‍    Joynes, L. (2016). “The Artist Explorer: FormLaboratory: Geographically Dispersed Performance 

‍    in Brazil (2012-2013) and Mongolia (2014)” Sao Paulo, Brazil: Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo [thesis].


‍    Joynes, L. (2015). “Arts research, Global Identity and Cooperation,” London: Research 

‍    Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN), University of the Arts, London.


‍    Joynes, L (2015). “Shapeshifter” [video], Pulse/Play, Pulse Art Fair and The Cultivist, New York.


‍    Joynes, L. (2015) “US-Mongolian collaborative arts research in Mongolia,” The Young 

‍    Researcher’s Forum, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: Mongolian National University of Education.


‍    Joynes, L. (2015) “The Artist as Explorer,” Washington D.C.: College Arts Association Conference.


‍    Joynes, L and Vu, T. (2015) Les joynes and Thomas Vu in Interview” in Draw: Artists from China at Inside Out Art Museum, New York: 

LeRoy Neiman Foundation [catalogue].


‍    Joynes, L. (2014) “Nomadic and Geographically Dispersed Practice,” Chicago: College Arts Association Conference.    


‍    Joynes, L (2014) “FormLaboratory” in Art and Research at the Outermost Limits of Site 

‍    Specificity (2014) Lowry, S and Douglas, S. (eds.). Newcastle, Australia: Univ. of Newcastle.


‍    Joynes, L. and Basu, S (2011) “The Invisible and the Transvisible in contemporary 

‍    art in Singapore,” in Octopus, Journal for Visual Culture. Irvine: University of California Irvine.

‍    Joynes (2008)" Multi-spatial Performance: at Bauhaus-Dessau, November 2008: 

‍    record dances, Bühnenstudios der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau [Internet]. https://recorddances.wordpress.com


‍    Joynes, L (2001) “Yuichi Higashionna at NADIF Tokyo,” Milan:   Flash Art.


‍    Joynes, L. (1999)  “Some Say They Did: Some Say They Didn’t, Contemporary Art of Yoshitomo Nara at Ginza Art Space,” 

New York: Art in America.


‍    Joynes, L. (1998) “The New Pathetic. Contemporary British art in the 1990s,”Vienna: Springer.


‍    Joynes, L (1998) “Explorations of the Uncanny in Contemporary American Art: Paul McCarthy, 

‍    Mike Kelly and  David Lynch.”London: Goldsmiths, University of London [Dissertation].


In Progress

Joynes (2020) Review of Reclaiming Artists Research (Cotter et al) Journal of Artistic Research, Basel. 

Joynes, L et al (2020). Emerging models for teaching, evaluation and curriculum, development, New York: Critical Practices. 

Joynes, L (2020). “Arts in Higher Education in Mongolia,” Philadelphia: American Center for Mongolian Studies.

Recent Podcasts

Joynes (2017) “Collaborative Models in Art and Higher Education, Columbia University Global Center, Beijing



‍    ISEA International Symposium of Electronic Art, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea

‍    Session-Chair, ProjectAnywhere Conference, Parson School of Art, New School, New York. (2018) 

‍    Plenary Keynote Speaker on PhD research, School of Art, Peking University, Beijing (2018) 

‍    Artist-centric practices within the museum, Museum2050, Long Museum, Shanghai (2018)

‍    Co-Chair, Young Researcher Conference, Mongolia (2016)

‍    International Committee, College Art Association conference (2015-present)

‍    Japan Startup NYC, Microsoft, New York (2016)

‍    Presidents Forum on Higher Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (2016)

‍    Keynote Speaker, Young Researcher Conference Mongolia, 

‍    National University of Education and the American Center for Mongolian Studies (2015)

‍    Royal Geographical Society Conference, London (2013)

‍    Editorial Committee, ProjectAnywhere Conference, Parsons/ New School, New York (2015)

‍    Panelist, Artists’ Workspaces: Portability, Contingency, Virtuality, College Art Association conference, Chicago (2014)

‍    Panelist Going Beyond: Art as Adventure (CAA, Washington, DC) (2018) 

‍    European League of Institutes in the Arts (ELIA) conferences, Seoul (2012) and Vienna (2013).

Images: from top: Les chairing Young Researchers Forum, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2016); US-Brazilian performance exploring US-Brazilian collaboration using syncretic traditions and ritual (2012) Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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