Leading Chinese businessman becomes NUS Professor

The chairman and founder of China’s top real estate firm, Vanke, is now an NUS-practice track professor. Wang Shi, a visiting scholar at Harvard, joins other prominent practice-track professors at NUS Business School, such as former CapitaLand chief executive Liew Mun Leong.

The announcement was made at a joint seminar organised by the School and NUS Department of Real Estate.

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A Family Business Showcase

The Centre for Governance, Institutions & Organisations, or CGIO, played host to leading academics from around the world who were in Singapore to participate in the Family Business Conference.

Keynote speaker professor Ruth V.Aguilera from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was among the scholars from the US, Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia who presented their research and participated in roundtable discussions on ownership, governance and networks in family firms.

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Faculty Interview: Andrew Delios and Zhijian Wu

An integral part of our School community, our faculty members run on such a tight schedule that it’s rare to have one slow down long enough to speak with us. So we were pleased as punch when we got a chance to speak to Professor Andrew Delios, a renowned name not only within the School but outside as well.

A veteran of the School, Prof Andrew is a thought leader and expert in global business strategies and competition issues in emerging economies. He has not only authored six books, but also co-authored more than 80 published journal articles, case studies and book chapters.

For his latest book, Prof Delios had teamed up with NUS MBA alumnus Zhijian Wu and journalist Phillip Day. Here are excerpts from our interview with Andrew and Zhijian on ‘China 88: The Real China and How to Deal With It’ :

Q1. Please tell us a little about yourself and your association with NUS Business School.

AD: I’m a Canadian citizen and have been living in Singapore for 13 years. I joined NUS Business School as an Associate Professor when I first came to Singapore, and am now a full Professor. I teach international business and corporate strategy to PhD, EMBA and MBA students of the School.

ZW: I’m currently the CEO of Woodsford Capital Management Pte Ltd, a quantitative macro fund management company based in Singapore, which I co-founded in 2010. I’m originally from China and have been living in Singapore for more than 10 years. I graduated with a Masters degree from NUS Business School.

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NUS Open Day 2014: Showcasing the NUS BBA experience

NUS welcomed some 21,250 visitors at its Open Day held on March 15, one of the largest gatherings to date for this annual event. As in previous years, the School’s deanery, faculty members, staff and undergraduate team turned out in full force to lend their support to the event, and to showcase and share the NUS BBA experience.

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Team NUS Selects A “FuerteVentura” at VCIC East Asia Round

The following is a guest post by our NUS MBA student, Neil Mehta, who was among the first runners-up team of NUS MBA students participating in the East Asia round of the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) organised by Nanyang Business School.

The first thing about any business case competition is a business plan. So when an email popped into our inbox asking us to evaluate business plans from real entrepreneurs instead, some of us began to scratch our heads. “Hmm…what’s it like to be on the other side of the table?” The uniqueness of this proposition coupled with a desire to get a taste of the world of venture capitalists(VCs), entrepreneurs and billion dollar start-ups drew some of us from the NUS MBA programme to form team “FuerteVentura”. Loosely translated, it means “promising ventures”, which captures the quintessence of our mission.

(L-R) Chenyin Ge, Christian Halberg, Ryoko Nagano, Jude Nilendra and Neil Mehta
(L-R)  Christian Halberg,Chenyin Ge, Ryoko Nagano, Jude Nilendra and Neil Mehta

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More wins by undergrads

Our students have continued to do us proud in national and international competitions.

Our BBA team of Chan Yi, Eleanor Low, Fahmi Hamzah and Jerome Tan beat 11 other global teams, to win the Sauder Summit Global Case Competition.

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Latest talk on ‘Chindia Rising’

To succeed in two of the fastest growing economies of the world, China and India, companies need to think local and act global, instead of vice versa, according to the best-selling author, thought leader and a renowned expert on ‘Chindia’, Dr Jagdish Sheth.

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Networking on the Green

For 20 alumni from the Eastern China Alumni Network (ECAN) Golf Club and their families, the first get-together for 2014 was naturally another opportunity for the golf enthusiasts to brush up on their technique for the game. They met at the Shanghai Golf Training Center to learn from professional coaches, and swap golfing tips with each other.

Chen Wei, head of ECAN and APEX-C 2012 alumnus, aptly summed up the session, “Playing golf is about having fun with like-minded people. With strong support from our alumni, this club is a perfect place for sowing the seeds of friendship.”

Here are some pictures from the gathering:

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Getting to Know: Christopher Chong

In our ‘Getting To Know’ Series, we regularly feature staff, students, and other community members of NUS Business School, who make us who we are – you know, the ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to our culture. 

It is no secret that communication between the media and organisations has assumed much greater importance in today’s day and age, due to the evolving media landscape. This is why Christopher Chong tries to keep his mobile phone close at all times, even after dinner and on weekends.

As a senior manager of media relations in the School’s Corporate Communications office, Christopher serves as the main point of contact between the School and journalists, playing one of the key PR roles in the Corporate Communications team. This lesser-known employee (well, not anymore) is responsible for making many at the School famous by getting them media coverage.

We could go on and on, but at the risk of sounding biased (he is, after all, one of our team mates), let us hear directly from Christopher. And, ‘no comment’ was not an option in our interview.

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