NUS and Tanoto Foundation came together to strengthen regional social sector

 NUS students worked together with top ASEAN social enterprises, to compete for prizes amounting to S$75,000 for the inaugural Crossing the Chasm Challenge held on 16 September 2016.  The inaugural event focused on students working with industry mentors to help social enterprises helping to end poverty devise marketing plans and pitches for success.

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Minister Ong Ye Kung pays a visit

The School recently welcomed Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, on 13 September, 2016 for a dialogue with faculty members and students, as well as a tour of the School’s facilities.

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Professor Michael Frese honoured for lifelong contribution to the field of psychology

Congratulations to Professor Michael Frese, Provost’s Chair and Head of Management and Organisation, for receiving the Distinguished Career Contributions Award by the Leipzig Congress of the German Psychological Society.

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(L-R) Michael Frese, Professor Abele-Brehm, President of the German Psychological Society and Professor Brigitte Rockstroh, who was also honoured for her scientific work

Presented at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the German Psychological Society on Sept 18-22 in Leipzig, Germany, Michael was awarded the honour for his life-long contributions to the field of psychology. He has published over 150 peer reviewed journal articles, 150 book chapters and nearly 30 books and edited special issues till date. He is the most-cited management scholar in Germany and Asia-Pacific region, and among the 10 most-cited organizational behaviour and entrepreneurship researchers worldwide. He is ranked third in lifetime publications among German management professors and is the second most-cited economist in Germany (FAZ Ranking on Research 2015). As a cross-cultural organisational psychologist, Michael’s research interests span across innovation and innovation processes, the psychology of entrepreneurship and error management. He is particularly interested in enhancing the entrepreneurial mind-set of students and entrepreneurs in developing countries.
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MSBA students win ANZ-NUS Financial Services Innovation Challenge

Congratulations our Masters in Business Analytics students Lyu Peijin, Xu Yuwen, Wang Yi, Wang Ji, Sylvia Liaw, Anna Ang and Chen Xiang (Team Finnovation) for winning the ANZ-NUS Financial Services Innovation Challenge.

Team Finnovation (left to right): Lyu Peijin, Xu Yuwen, Wang Yi, Wang Ji, Sylvia Liaw, Anna Ang, Chen Xiang

Team Finnovation (left to right): Lyu Peijin, Xu Yuwen, Wang Yi, Wang Ji, Sylvia Liaw, Anna Ang, Chen Xiang

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Undergrads clinch national championship in UOB-NUS Case Competition

Congratulations to our undergraduates who emerged champions in the national category of this year’s United Overseas Bank-National University of Singapore (UOB-NUS) Case Competition after impressing an independent panel of experts in several grueling rounds.

Organised by NUS Business School’s undergraduates at the NUS Case Consulting Group, the annual event held from 22 August to 2 September 2016 comprised of National and International categories that run in parallel, with a total of 213 teams participate from around the world.

Team Tako, consisting of NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students Chuk Kam Ying Jimmy, Zhang Liting, Li Qing and Khoo Jing Quan finished ahead of some 600 participants from universities across Singapore.

Team Tako (L-R): Chuk Kam Ying Jimmy, Li Qing, Zhang Liting and Khoo Jing Quan

Team Tako (2nd L-R): Chuk Kam Ying Jimmy, Zhang Liting, Li Qing and Khoo Jing Quan

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When research makes a global impact

When Associate Professor Audrey Chia embarked on a study of how social entrepreneurship can make an impact in healthcare, little did she realise that her paper will start a global conversation.

Collaborating with Associate Professor Lim Yee Wei from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, she co-authored a paper titled “Social Entrepreneurship: Improving Global Health” to underscore the growing role and effectiveness of social entrepreneurship in healthcare delivery.  Drawing upon data and case studies of Asian social enterprises, the paper highlights how social enterprises such as Aravind Eye Care System and Kopernik, have risen to the task to meet basic health needs through frugal innovations.

Assoc Prof Audrey Chia taking a class at NUS Business School

Audrey taking a class at NUS Business School

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Redefining how we learn marketing

Art and science have permeated the marketing industry today, with disruptive forces – such as digital media, mobile and gaming – shaping the constant battle for the consumer’s attention.

How has marketing education kept up with these changes? How do aspiring marketers ensure they have the right knowledge, skills and training to succeed in this new-age battleground?

Associate Professor of Marketing Ashok Charan is addressing these challenges, one innovation at a time. His prolific background as a global marketing expert in leading fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies, combined with his passion for relevant and hands-on marketing training, has led him to create an innovative tool for his students that provides real-world training through simulation.

Destiny© is a FMCG business simulator that imparts strategic marketing skills through a virtual consumer panel. By replicating consumer behaviours, it offers a holistic learning experience. Pit against one another, participants have to implement effective marketing and business strategies, and develop an understanding of what drives store choice and brand choice. In doing so, they become proficient in the use of market knowledge and financial data for day-to-day business decisions.

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Professor Michael Frese Recognised for a Lifetime of Dedication to Entrepreneurship

Professor Michael Frese, Provost’s Chair and Head of Management and Organisation, was recently awarded The Dedication to Entrepreneurship Award, the Academy of Management’s highest award in the Entrepreneurship Division . The Award recognises a small number of individuals and organisations who have made extraordinary, long-term contributions that advance the mission and interests of the Division.

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(L-R) Awardees Bill Gartner, Candida Brush, Michael Frese; and Harry Sapienza (Presenter of the award and head of the award committee)

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The young and the influential

Nine of the 18 most influential professors aged 40 and under selected by Singapore Business Review in its annual list are from NUS Business School. This is the second time since 2014 the publication has released such a list to identify young business professors who have shown notable willingness to share their skills, knowledge and expertise in any medium.

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Nominated by various business schools and their colleagues, these young teachers are rising stars, both in the classroom and in cutting-edge research. They are authors of significant publications and are most sought after speakers in various forums.

Youngest on list is 27-year-old Assistant Professor Sam Yam who is also youngest in this year’s Poets & Quants global list of 40 most outstanding “under 40” business professors across the world.

Other young and talented professors nominated and featured from NUS Business School on the list are:

Congratulations to the professors!

 

A project with a difference

Four NUS MBA students chose to spend the first four months of the New Year making a social impact while simultaneously fulfilling their NUS MBA credit requirements.  Under the guidance of Senior Lecturer Wu Pei Chuan, the team worked on a Management Practicum Project with Daughters of Tomorrow (DOT), a non-profit that helps under-privileged women find jobs to support their families. Its mission is to facilitate livelihood opportunities for underprivileged women, and to support them in building financially independent and resilient families.

Doing so requires not only matching women with existing employment opportunities, but also working with corporate partners to develop innovative programs that meet both the companies’ and DOT’s needs.

Team of MBA students with Carrie Tan (in the middle) founder of DOT and Snr Lecturer Wu Pei Chuan (second from left)

Team of MBA students with Carrie Tan (in the middle) founder of DOT and Snr Lecturer Wu Pei Chuan (second from left)

The Challenge

Since 2014, over 289 women have registered with DOT seeking employment opportunities. Continue reading