The journey to senior management for women

The 4th Influential Women in Banking & Investments Forum was held at Pan Pacific Singapore on 16 February.

Some 60 faculty, students, staff and industry experts attended the panel discussion organised by the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI). The theme of the event was “The Golden Touch: Gender Diversity and Firm Performance”.

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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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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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Learning Beyond Classroom

Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This teaching philosophy has inspired one of the School’s core initiatives: the NUS MBA Management Practicum.

Part of the NUS MBA programme, the Management Practicum (MP) is one of the key initiatives for the School. MBA students take many different courses to develop understanding of business fundamentals. But how do they fare, when faced with real-life business challenges? The MP allows our students to apply theories and concepts they learn in the classroom, to real-life business issues, all through extensive, hands‐on consulting projects. Led by Adjunct Professor Sheila Wang, teams of three to four students work with a corporate partner of the School to solve business issues and recommend a business plan, all under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

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China’s Economic Transformation: The Past, Present & Future

Sharing insights about the economic transformation of China, Dr Xiang Bing, founding Dean of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, reflected on how China has become a global, economic powerhouse and what could hamper its future growth.  “China has surpassed Japan, then Germany and, most recently, the US as the largest manufacturing economy in the world,” he said.

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“This is the Century of Asia”: William H. Strong, Morgan Stanley

The Asia-Pacific has weathered the storm of global financial crisis of 2008 well, and with almost half of the world’s total GDP expected to come from the region by 2040, this century is poised to be the century of Asia, according to William H. Strong, Co-CEO, Asia-Pacific, Morgan Stanley. He was speaking at a talk organised by the School as part of Leadership Dialogue Series.

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Journey of an NUS Biz Entrepreneur

Did you know that innovation is a strong feature of our community and a core value of our school? The following is a guest post by Christian Halberg, an NUS MBA student who perfectly embodies the school’s entrepreneurial spirit. His team got global recognition recently for an innovative product. Read more from him:

My work & my passion: Ezmon Technologies

In the age of digital information, people want to know more about their own personal health through quantified statistics. Ezmon – short for “easy monitoring” – is a 100% NUS team with an ambition to develop a wristband device for personal health monitoring.

Ezmon META will be able to measure your heart rate, body temperature, and activity rates (e.g. calorie burn) like many other products currently do. What we are seeking to do differently is to develop a killer app: a new technology which enables the user to measure their blood glucose using infrared light rather than having to prick themselves multiple times a day.

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“Things I Didn’t Learn at Business School”

Richard Howard, the President & CEO of Daimler Financial Services Asia Pacific and Africa, recently visited the School to share leadership lessons to create a winning culture across different cultural environments, as a part of Leadership Dialogue Series.

Daimler Financial Services (DFS) is a global  financial service provider of a comprehensive range of automobile-related financial services. Richard, originally from England and a father of four, has worked with Daimler for over 18 years and has led global teams. He got his MBA from Aston University, UK, and has a BA (Honours) in Business Studies from the University of Central England, UK.

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How to Train a Business Leader

We recently organised Management Communication (MC) Camp for the NUS MBA students to help them become effective leaders. As promised, below is a first-hand account of one of the participants:

Readers of this blog will have read earlier in What You Wish You Were Taught in MBA blog post that the School ran before the inaugural Management Communication (or MC) camp from 29 July to 3 August.

As ever-effervescent faculty leader Huijin Kong told me before the camp kicked off, the week was an intensive ‘trial by fire’ in order to instill quickly in new MBA students “the right skills, mindsets, personalities and qualities” to be catapulted onto the C-suite track most are aiming for. Since being an effective leader is only 20 percent knowledge, with the 80 percent lying in how one influences, this will put the new MBAs into the right frame of mind before they launch into their programme. Continue reading

What You Wish You Were Taught in MBA

Consider this scenario:  You’re a final year MBA student attending an important networking session organized by potential recruiters from a company you’re aspiring to join soon. You prepare yourself, carry your business cards, dress your best and attend the networking session only to find out that there are over 50 other peers at the event who are also vying for the same two minutes of face-time with the recruiters and eventually the job you are aspiring for. How do you make a lasting impression on the recruiter when it’s your turn?

Sounds familiar?  Haven’t we all gone through these kinds of social, critical moments when we don’t know what to do? Those awkward pauses in business conversations when we wished we had said something? Or those countless business meetings or lunches when we missed an opportunity to make our points effectively and regretted later?

This is the kind of stuff that most MBA programmes don’t teach us – and we’re being told that either we know it or we don’t –or we cannot learn it.  Known as management communications, it is the communications skill that is linked to almost all outcomes we desire from an MBA degree – getting that first job, making an impact in a new job, influencing negotiations, becoming an influential leader and achieving our goals. Yet, how many of the top global MBA programmes have management communications as a part of core curriculum? Continue reading