“I don’t want any regrets when I look back at my life”: Leonard Lee

A computer programmer at the age of 14, then a PhD scholar at MIT and a marketing professor. Not exactly a typical career progression. Dean’s Chair and Associate Professor Leonard Lee explains his unconventional career decisions in an interview with Outside-In:

Early Years

“I was 14 when my dad brought home our first computer and I quickly developed a passion for programming,” recalls Leonard of his interest in technology in the early years. After junior college, he was awarded a scholarship from the National Computer Board (NCB), (now known as the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). After completing a BSc in Computer and Information Science at NUS and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford, he returned to Singapore to join the IDA. “I used to work with a lot of organisations and government agencies, and in the midst of the dot.com boom in the late 1990s, everyone seemed to be scrambling to find his or her own identity in the emerging cyber era,” he recalls.  He admits that even though he knew he wanted to be an academic, he wasn’t sure of what area he was specifically interested in or wanted to pursue.

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NUS Business School Faculty Awards & Appointments

Congratulations to the following faculty members who have won various faculty teaching awards at NUS Business School:

Li xiupingYoung Researcher Award

Assoc Prof Li Xiuping has won the Faculty’s Young Researcher Award. Also a nominee for Young Researcher at the University level, Xiuping works in the area of behavioural decision theory, focusing her research questions with theoretical and practical impact. This is an important stream of research especially in consumer behaviour.

Due to the relevance of her research to industry marketing practices, her work has generated a high level of media interest, and has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, CBS, WSJ, and various regional and local media platforms. Her research has also been published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Outstanding Educators

We’re also pleased to announce that nine of our faculty members have won the School’s Teaching Awards, which recognise exceptional commitment to excellent teaching:

NUS Outstanding Educators Awards

In addition, we congratulate the new faculty appointees: Professor Sumit Agarwal will serve as Vice Dean of PhD & Research, Professor Kulwant Singh will serve as Head of the Department of Strategy & Policy and Associate Professor Leonard Lee has been appointed Dean’s Chair for a period of three years.

Congratulations to all the faculty members!


When Service becomes Passion

It is not every day that one is recognised nationally for outstanding service to society. But when the School’s Deputy Dean and Associate Professor Hum Sin Hoon was among the select NUS members to be awarded the Public Administration Bronze Medal in this year’s 49th National Day Awards, he humbly reminds that there are many who are equally or more deserving.

Besides a striking humility and a passion for his work, Sin Hoon’s selfless service to NUS, as well as to Singapore’s overall education sector, makes him a worthy recipient.


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Ex-Dean and notable Economist Prof Lim Chin passes away

It is with great regret and sadness that we receive the news that Professor Lim Chin from the Department of Strategy and Policy passed away today after a courageous battle with cancer.

RS1261_Dr Lim Chin_08 (2)Professor Lim served the School for more than 25 years. He was the Head of the Department of Strategy and Policy and has held various appointments including Acting Dean (2004 – 2005); Vice Dean (2001 – 2003); and Head of Department of Business Policy (1988-1990).

An Economics scholar of international repute, Professor Lim was frequently cited by economists in the Social Science Citation Index and was listed twice in “Who`s Who in Economics: A Biographic Dictionary of Major Economists, 1700-1986″(Mark Blaug, second and third editions).

In addition, Professor Lim  has been a key contributor to Singapore’s economic development. He was a member of the National Economic Planning Committee that charted the Strategic Economic Plan for Singapore. He was also a member of many professional associations, including the Advisory Committee of the Economic Development Board`s Enterprise Promotion Centre, which provides support services to small and medium enterprises. Most recently, he was a member of the Market Surveillance Compliance Panel that is responsible for monitoring and ensuring system security, efficiency and fairness in Singapore’s electricity market.

In spite of his illness, Professor Lim continued to perform his duties diligently with great success.  He was a devoted teacher and scholar and touched many as a friend, colleague and mentor, with his wit and caring ways.

We will miss Professor Lim dearly. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go to Professor Lim’s  family.



Faculty Promotions and Appointments

New academic year brings new appointments and promotions. Congratulations to the following professors for their appointments and promotions!

sumit aggarwalProfessor Sumit Agarwal has been appointed as the Low Tuck Kwong Professor, with effect from 7 July, for a term of five years. Donated by Dato’ Low Tuck Kwong, Founder and Chairman of PT Bayan Resources, the endowed professorship was established to appoint a leading academic who has demonstrated excellence and has been internationally recognised in the fields of finance, accounting or business strategy. In addition to excelling in finance, Professor Sumit also has a strong interest in sustainability and how it applies to urban planning. He has attained international visibility due to his comprehensive research output, as well as his interesting, rigorous and relevant scholarship.
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Dr Michael Frese selected as a Fellow at AOM

We’re extremely proud of Professor Michael Frese from the School’s Management and Organisation department, who has been selected as a Fellow at the Academy of Management (AOM).

The fellowship recognises and honours members of the AOM who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management. Dr Frese will be inducted at the Academy’s annual dinner in Philadelphia the US in early August.

Prof Michael Frese

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Marketing Professor Surendra Rajiv passes away

It is with great regret and sadness that we receive the news that Professor Surendra Rajiv from the Department of Marketing passed away earlier this week.

Surendra RajivProfessor Rajiv was a key member of the School for 11 years before he resigned last year. He joined us as a tenured professor of marketing in 2002 and held several appointments including Assistant Dean of Research and PhD programmes, as well as Provost’s Chair.

Before joining NUS, he was a visiting professor at the Haas School of Business and was also a faculty member at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He obtained his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and earlier degrees from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Patna University.

His contributions to the field of quantitative marketing are invaluable and his extensive work has been published in many reputed journals.

We have lost a scholar, mentor and devoted member of our community and will miss him dearly. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family.

Faculty member wins research award

Assistant Professor Wenlan Qian in the Department of Finance has won the Best Paper in Asset Pricing award in the 2014 Society of Financial Studies (SFS) Cavalcade conference for her paper, “How Constraining are Limits to Arbitrage?”

Wenlan Quin

Professor Wenlan and her co-author Professor Alexander Ljungqvist examine the role of limits to arbitrage in asset pricing and behavioural finance, and propose an innovative arbitrage strategy.

The SFS Cavalcade is a joint project between the Review of Financial StudiesReview of Corporate Finance Studies, and the Review of Asset Pricing Studies. This year, 653 submissions were received for the conference, with an acceptance rate of 11.5%.

Professor Wenlan joined NUS in 2008 after obtaining her PhD in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also affiliated with the Institute of Real Estate Studies and Risk Management Institute at National University of Singapore.

She is the recipient of several research grants and has won the best paper awards at several other international conferences. Her work appears in Real Estate Economics and the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

Congratulations, Professor Wenlan!

Faculty Awards

Five faculty members of the School have won the University’s Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) for the Academic Year 2012/13.

The ATEA is a prestigious teaching award at NUS that recognises faculty members who have  demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to, and achievement of, good teaching.

The winners received their awards at the ATEA ceremony held on 12 May 2014.

Our heartiest congratulations to the faculty members!

Faculty awards