Undergrads win case competition in Hong Kong

Congratulations to our BBA students who have won the HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition 2016.

Ahamed Marzouq (BBA Year 2), Du Yan (BAC Year 2), Joel Goh Zongwei (BBA Year 4) and Sharyn Poerwanto (BBA Year 2) defeated 23 university teams from 19 countries to snag the top prize for NUS. Associate Professor Lau Geok Theng was the faculty adviser.

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From left: Marzouq, Sharyn, Joel and Du Yan

The team had to go through four rounds of competition, analysing cases involving organisations such as Gravity Payments, Volkswagen, Zuji and UNIQLO. The biggest challenge was the case format – teams had only two and a half hours to analyse each case.

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Rising to the desert challenge

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NUS Provost and Deputy President Academic Affairs Prof Tan Eng Chye (with the flag) crossing the finishing line with fellow NUS participants

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.

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Savvy in Seattle

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.

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From left: Prof Hum, Sean, Jasmine, Fabian and Clayton

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.

Read more about it at http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/nus-team-clinches-global-business-contest

Scoring Singapore

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).

agsc panelThe 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.

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Our Desert Adventures – A Tale of Two Treks

Our 2015 Team

d-gobi flagThe Yashasai, short for the Asia-Pacific Business Schools Desert Adventure Challenge, invites MBA students from top business schools from the Asia-Pacific region. In 2015, our school participated in the race for the first time. Nine students from NUS joined MBA students from 52 schools from all over the world on a 60-km trek across the Tengri Desert, Mongolia, over the May holidays.

This is their photo-journey—in quotes and grunts—in between wiping off copious amounts of sweat and downing big gulps of water.

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Sam Yam makes list of top 40 under 40 Biz School Dons

Sam Yam picCongrats to Asst Prof Sam Yam who made Poets&Quants’ most outstanding 40 under 40 professors at leading business schools. Poets&Quants.com is a news portal devoted to the coverage of all that matters in the graduate business school world.

Every year, Poets&Quants puts out a call for nominations—students, alumni and the schools responded by nominating 75 professors from 40 different business schools from all over the world.

This is how it Poets&Quants describes those that made the list:

  • This year’s 40 Under 40 professors won’t disappoint
  • Rising stars at business schools from around the world
  • An inspiring group of young women and men who are making red hot names for themselves through academic research and classroom teaching
  • 40 of the brightest and youngest minds who serve on the faculty at MBA programs across the globe
  • Young professors who have reached mind-blowing success
  • They’ve accomplished so much in their brief careers and, to think, they’re just getting started

Oh, an additional distinction for Asst Prof Yam – he is the youngest – and the only 20plus – on the list! He is also one of the youngest professors on campus.

Read Sam’s interview with Poets & Quants.

Read Sam’s interview with the Straits Times.

 

 

EMBA Alumni makes Fortune China List

Congratulations to our two EMBA alumni who were nominated to Fortune Magazine’s (China) list of Top 50 Most Influential Business Leaders in China.

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APEX-C alumna Chen Chunhua was ranked 19th on the list. She is Co-chairman & CEO of New Hope Liuhe Co. Ltd. Since she took on its leadership reins in 2013, the share price of New Hope Liuhe has more than doubled from its lowest point in 2013, and now has a market value of 55 billion yuan.

Today, New Hope Group is one of the most diversified agricultural enterprises in both China and the world. A top executive of the rival company commented that Ms Chen Chunhua was instrumental in bringing about the renewal of New Hope Group.

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The Empathetic Leader

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:

Howie Lau mike2I 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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The EE programme that keeps on giving

NUS Business School has been running Executive Education (EE) Programmes since 1981. Our programmes equip senior-level executives utilising a blend of case studies, business simulations and role plays, to prepare them for their next level of corporate advancement. To date, our internationally recognised programmes have attracted over 38,000 senior executives and managers.

Our programme ranks 32nd globally on the 2016 Financial Times Global MBA Rankings and 16th in the 2015 Financial Times ranking for customised programmes. It is also the only Singaporean university ranked for customised EE programmes, which are designed based on company specifications. Such programmes have been delivered for many blue-chip companies in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Colombo, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, Wellington and Bangalore.

EE outWe checked in with a group of participants who attended the recent Advanced Management Programme: Asia in Focus.This flagship programme runs across two weeks and was designed for senior and top executives to grow their management skills, broaden their perspectives on how to build their organisation’s competitive advantage in Asia, as well as interact with fellow leaders from other cultures and industries. We asked why they came and how the programme fared:

Nery Polim, HR Director of PT AKR Corporindo Tbk from Indonesia says she sent her team here based on its reputation for sound teaching, its diverse and international faculty, and the potential for networking. She had heard from friends in the industry that the studies learnt at the course are “applicable”, an important KPI for a HR director sending staff out for training. Its proximity and easy accessibility is another reason that they have sent staff here instead of to programmes further away.

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Revelation – Transformation – Activation!

A paradigm shift is by definition a fundamental change in one’s belief system. The Paradigm Shift Series (PSS) is, in the words of its organisers, “a series of curated sessions that aim to redefine mindsets and challenge people to live out purpose-driven lives.”

The whole idea came about when a group of senior BBA students noticed that many of their peers, and in particular Bizaders, were stressed about getting ahead in life and their future careers. The group set out to pilot a series of talks to share fresh and liberating perspectives on issues pertinent to undergraduates: networking, success and career. Hence the idea for this series of inspirational talks was born, with a starting line-up of five speakers:

PSS_Speaker LineupOrganised by a group of students for students – the PSS team of nine was helmed by Pang Jun Xiang, BBA Accountancy Y3 and Koshae Tan, double degree BBA and BA Y3, with the support of two NUS alumni Lu Jianhao and Joshua Teo.

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