A gracious and kind Singapore

The spirit of philanthropy is strong in Singapore.

While an earlier survey found that Singaporeans view their society as materialistic, the truth is that the sense of community has been strong and enduring since the end of World War Two, according to Pauline Tan, co-author of Philanthropy on the Road to Nationhood in Singapore.

Co-author Pauline Tan

Co-author Pauline Tan

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Business School teams up with Chinese government and incubator to cultivate innovation

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-tech Innovation Centre (HTIC) and Shanghai ISPACE Investment Management Group Co. Ltd (ISPACE).

Dean Bernard Yeung, with HTIC and ISPACE officials, at the signing ceremony of the MoU.

This partnership will result in the development of mutually beneficial programmes, projects and activities that promote new inventions and business ideas.

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Family feud drama in the Business School

Students in the family business course with Assoc Prof Marleen Dieleman (Strategy & Policy) got creative when asked to study an Asian family business feud and distil lessons from it.

The team was an international mix, including BBA student Keith Ong and exchange students Juan Dader (Universidad de Navarra), Lee Hyoseop (Korea University), Keith Ong (NUS) and Lina Sadovskaja (Stockholm University).

Picking India’s well-known Hiranandani family business, they came up with this wonderful and entertaining video clip that lays out the drama, its antecedents and the lessons family firms can learn from it.

The writer, Juan Dader, is an exchange student. 

Making numbers count

Many students will say it is a dry subject. And Dr Liu agrees it can be hard to engage the students, especially for those with a phobia of numbers.

Yet Dr Liu Qi Zhang of Decisions Sciences has managed to win an Outstanding Educator Award for his work with students. This award recognises dedicated and innovative teachers who set new benchmarks in teaching.

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What is decision science? Dr Liu says, simply, that it is the “science of making decisions”. Every day, managers have to make many decisions.  They are faced with a mountain of data. If they know which data to collate and analyse, they can use the insights gained to make optimal decisions for their companies.

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Visit to ARC Children’s Centre

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To cap off our year-long Bizad50 celebrations with a heart of festive cheer, a group of fortunate staff and faculty visited the ARC Children’s Centre. After all, that is what Christmas is about – sharing and caring.

Not daunted by the torrential thunderstorm, the children cheered as they greeted us with their broad smiles.

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NUS Team wins Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition

The NUS Team, comprising Eleanor Low, Eugenia Lee, Nigel Toe and Shaun Chong, wowed the judges with their thorough analyses and polished presentations to emerge champions at the end of a gruelling week of challenges.

The Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition is a joint initiative by the Queensland University of Technology Business School, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia Business School and the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics.

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Faculty Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014/2015 Outstanding Researcher and Outstanding Educator Award at the Faculty level. These awards honour and recognise members of the NUS Business School community who, through their performance and commitment, set new benchmarks in the areas of research and teaching.

Outstanding Researcher Award

Young Researcher Award

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Assistant Professor Wenlan Qian from the Department of Finance has published numerous studies in top journals over the past two years. Recently, she was nominated to serve as a fellow of the Homer Hoyt Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics. Wenlan also serves on the editorial board of Real Estate Economics. In addition, her work has earned research grants from external associations, as well as international awards at some of the world’s most prestigious conferences. Recently, she won the award for best paper in asset pricing at Society of Financial Studies (SFS) Cavalcade, and also the BlackRock research award for best paper on capital markets at the Australasian Banking and Finance Conference.

Outstanding Researcher Award

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Professor Remus Ilies from the Department of Management and Organisation has research published or accepted for publication in top tier journals. Remus’ research addresses issues that are highly relevant for organisations and society. A remarkable feature of Remus’ work is his creativity in combining significance with outstanding theoretical and methodological sophistication. He has enhanced the reputation of NUS by publishing impactful research, as reflected in the number of citations (over 4000 citations in ISI and more than 11000 on Google Scholar) and numerous international research awards. Recently, he won the Center for Creative Leadership Award for best paper on Leadership for 2013 and 2014 at the European Association Of Work and Organizational Psychology Congress in Oslo.

Outstanding Researcher Award

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Professor Allaudeen Hameed from the Department of Finance has published extensively in influential finance journals. In 2015 alone, he had five papers published, or accepted for publication in Journal of Financial Economics(JFE), Review of Financial Studies(RFS) and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis(JFQA). This recent achievement puts him among the most productive researchers in the field of global finance. His research achievements have elevated the standing of our finance department. Besides being an active research mentor in the department advising many junior faculty and PhD students, Allaudeen has also been integral in exploring opportunities for joint Finance Masters programmes with other universities.

Outstanding Educator Award

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Financial Literacy – an opportunity for women to take charge

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Members of the Panel: Prof Ang Swee Hoon (moderator), Ms Baljeet Kaur Grewal, Ms Andress Goh, Dr Owi S. Ruivivar, Dr Qian Wenlan

When it comes to female financial literacy, there is good news and bad.

The bad news is that women are falling behind men, especially in an increasingly complex financial world.  The good news is women are more aware of this shortcoming and can take action to bridge this gap.

During the Centre for Asset Management Research and Investments’ 3rd Women in Banking and Investments forum, the four panelists discussed issues pertaining to financial literacy and gender diversity, as well as shared their anecdotes about how they learnt to be financially savvy. The unanimous personality that all of them highlighted as their first financial mentor was their mothers, emphasizing the vital role women play in ensuring the transmission of financial literacy to their children.

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Poster Competition strikes a chord with students

Posters dotted the Business School foyer on the day of the Decision Sciences Undergraduate Poster Competition. For the students, it was the culmination of several weeks of discussions to find solutions to a real-life business problem, based on theories learnt in the classroom over the past few years. It was also a chance to articulate to judges, and argue too, the rationale of their business proposals.

While judges were faculty members, members of the companies they were analysing also came by to watch the presentations and offer valuable practical feedback on the business plans presented.

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More than just selling xiao long bao

Service is everything at Taiwan’s Din Tai Fung restaurant group. For instance, employees at its branch in Xinyi, Taiwan, spent over an hour to help a customer from France recover his lost mobile phone from a taxi.

The service spirit CEO Warren Yang wants every Din Tai Fung employee to have is to “treat every customer as you would treat your family member, and genuinely show them your care and concern”, according to Associate Professor Brian Hwarng, Department of Decision Sciences.

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