Albert Chu-Ying Teo is an associate professor in the Department of Management & Organization, Business School, National University of Singapore (NUS). He served as the director of the NUS Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy from July 2008 to June 2011. He has a joint appointment with the NUS University Scholars Programme, and serves as a deputy director of the programme. He set up the NUS Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme in November 2011, and serves as the director of the programme.
Albert received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1992 and 1994, respectively, from the Walter A Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. His current research interests are in the areas of social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, voluntarism, organizational ecology, social networks, and strategic alliances. He has published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Industrial and Corporate Change.
Albert is actively involved in community service. He is a volunteer programme coordinator at Patient Care Center, Communicable Disease Centre. He serves as an advisor to the following non-profit organizations: ASKI Global, BagoSphere, Nusantara Development Initiatives, and Solutions To End Poverty. He also sits on various government-appointed committees that oversee project funding in the social services sector.
Social entrepreneurship presents an alternative approach to community development. It advocates the adoption of innovative solutions (often incorporating market mechanisms) to address social problems. This module discusses the concepts associated with social entrepreneurship, and examines the practices and challenges of social entrepreneurship in the Asian context.