NUS Asian Business Series - Government and Business (Friends or Foes) by Prof Kishore Mahbubani
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Date: Thursday, 20 October 2016
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Hon Sui Sen Memorial
Library Auditorium
NUS Business School
1 Hon Sui Sen Drive
Singapore 117588 (Map)
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Government and Business: Friends or Foes?

In theory, government and business are friends. The role of government is to create a better society, while the function of business is to improve productivity and increase the wealth of society. If both work well together, societies will be better off.

However, in practice, we often notice tensions between government and business. What are the root causes of this constant friction? Is it due to the failure of private companies to recognise some of the significant social costs of their activities, including corruption, pollution and economic crises (as in the 2008/9 global financial crisis)? Or is it due to government’s power play?

The concern that modern societies face is, how should they maintain the right balance between government and business in managing societies? Which model provides the best balance: the American, European, or Singaporean model?

Please join us at our latest Asia Business Series talk with Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy, and a former diplomat as he tackles these thought-provoking topics. Moderating the Q&A session is Assoc Prof Chong Juin Kuan, Vice Dean, PhD and Research at NUS Business School.

Kishore Mahbubani has been the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS since August 2004. Before that, in his thirty-three-year career as a diplomat, he served twice as Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council. He has published articles in leading global journals and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Interest, Financial Times and New York Times. He has also authored five books: Can Asians Think, Beyond the Age of Innocence, The New Asian Hemisphere, The Great Convergence and Can Singapore Survive. The Great Convergence was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013. Professor Mahbubani was listed by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 global thinkers in 2010 and 2011; and by Prospect as one of the top 50 global thinkers in 2014.


For enquiries, please contact (Ms) Cadence Wong from the Dean's Office (Strategic Relations) at or 66012082.

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