Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Research Excellence and 2015/2016 Teaching Excellence Awards at the Faculty level. These awards honour and recognise members of our community who, through their performance and commitment, set new benchmarks in research and teaching.
Some 50 NUS Asia-Pacific EMBA (Chinese) (APEX-C) students, along with more than 10 faculty, staff and alumni, took part in the 11th edition of the Business School Gobi Desert Challenge from 22 to 24 May. NUS was one of 40 schools competing in the gruelling 112-km race, where the competitors battled with harsh elements and arid terrain in the Mo-Kia-Yen Gobi Desert.
“We encourage everyone to participate as part of our transformational learning initiative,” said Ms Brenda Cao, Head of APEX-C & Master in Public Administration and Management at NUS Business. NUS was presented with the Shackleton Award, which honours teams with 100 per cent completion rate. NUS had won the award in 2013 and 2014, and the hat-trick is a testament to the strong bonds of cooperation within the team.
Congratulations to Clayton Chu (BBA Year 2), Fabian Kho (BBA Hons Year 4), Jasmine Lim (BBA Year 3) and Sean Ling (BBA Hons Year 4) who came in first at the prestigious Global Business Case Competition in Seattle, organised by the University of Washington’s Forster School of Business. We are the first Singaporean team to do so in the competition’s 17 year history.
Our team scored with their in-depth analysis and wide-ranging set of recommendations for the business case on the embattled Volkswagen Group. Participants were given 48 hours to prepare.
Deputy Dean Professor Hum Sin Hoon who was the faculty adviser to the team said in a Straits Times article: “The judges were impressed not only by the sheer volume and completeness of the team’s presentation, but when questioned, the students were also able to immediately cite the exact page to illustrate their answers.”
They defeated teams from 11 other universities, which included the University of California Berkeley, Portugal’s Universidade do Porto, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Australia’s Queensland University of Technology.
Close to 300 directors and top management attended the Launch of the Board Risk Committee Guide and ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS) 2016 event organized by Singapore Institute of Directors (SID).
The ACGS is an initiative of the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum and the Asian Development Bank to create a common tool for assessing the corporate governance of publicly listed companies in the ASEAN countries. The participating countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The 2015 ACGS results are based on companies’ disclosures on websites and annual reports with financial year end between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015.
As Chief Marketing Officer at StarHub, Alumni Howie Lau leads the branding and marketing strategy of one of Singapore’s largest telcos. It is a challenging task given the dynamic and fast-paced nature of the industry and the diverse needs of his customers. What are some of the tools he keeps in his kit to motivate his team? Howie shares his experiences and views with us:
I heard someone say once: “The beating will only stop when morale improves”. That is not a constructive way to lead. Nobody wakes up wanting to do badly at work. To bring out the best in people, a leader needs to set the environment for the team to perform.
For me, this is where empathy comes in. Empathy involves placing oneself in the position of others. This does not mean giving up one’s viewpoint. It is about finding a common ground to move forward. Used correctly, an empathetic leader can gain the respect and trust of his staff.
Empathy works in at least three areas – goal setting, understanding the business and leadership collaboration.
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When he graduated in 1976, his family’s business in passenger transportation had lost 90 per cent of its business. He had only just graduated but faced the daunting task of looking for ways to keep the firm alive.
He spent countless hours exploring opportunities.
And there it was: With the rise of Singapore as one of the world’s busiest container ports, cargo transportation presented itself as a synergistic alternative that his family business could venture into.
Eight months at the NUS Business School have been action packed! I have met the most talented people, experienced the fast pace of global business and created memories of a lifetime.
One of the most defining experiences so far has been representing NUS Business School at the MBA World Summit 2016.
Legislative action drives up sustainability reporting. The positive impact by regulatory action becomes more obvious when there are higher levels of disclosure in indicators that require mandatory reporting, according to the Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO).
This result was presented in a recent session where CGIO gave an update on its report on sustainability reporting to companies including ACCA, Capitaland, City Development Limited, Ernst and Young, Global Compact Network Singapore, Keppel Land, KPMG, Paia Consulting, Singtel and Suntory Beverage and Food Asia.
Classes where professors hold court and engage in one-way information flow is becoming passe. Today, progressive education engage in “experiential learning”.
Assoc Prof Lau Geok Theng of Marketing says students should participate more actively in such programmes: “Employers are now looking at work experience in resumes, not just academic results. The internship or the new start-up that a student helps to pioneer will demonstrate the skills honed during these stints, and indicate how well he will perform in real-life challenging environments.”
“It is a great opportunity for the students to showcase their research to the entire business school community. By exposing the students to a wider audience, they improve their work through feedback from diverse perspectives. Furthermore, the event inspires them to embark on fresh research ideas and encourage collaboration across departments,” said Sumit Agarwal, Vice-Dean (PhD and Research) and Low Tuck Kwong Professor.
At the heart of the event is the poster competition held in the MRB atrium where students (second year and above) get to present a visual summary of their research topic in a poster, including the methodology and key findings. Judged by a committee of six faculty members, the posters are assessed based on factors such as originality of the research and the ability to connect to a wider audience.
There are also morning sessions where nominated first-year students present their research works in various seminar rooms.
This year’s winners are:
Department of Finance: 1st prize: Zhang Jian; 2nd prize: Zou Qiqi; 3rd Price: Zhang Changhao