In a commentary, Asst Prof Amy Ou says humble narcissists have high opinions of themselves and enjoy the limelight, but they also know their weaknesses and appreciate the capabilities of other people. These leaders, she says, win more supporters, make wiser decisions and deliver sustainable performance for a collective good.
In a commentary, Assoc Prof Nitin Pangarkar says it is most likely Go-Jek will avoid clashing head on with Grab in price wars and even partner local firms to provide on-demand services such as housekeeping and fixing, to compete effectively in Singapore.
Prof Sumit Agarwal says he expects a joint declaration of an end to the Korean War, but cautions that eliminating nuclear weapons from the peninsula and unification are far-fetched dreams at this point.
Coverage of the Happiness, Wellbeing and Society – What matters for Singaporeans book launch. Co-authors Assoc Prof Tan Soo Jiuan and Assoc Prof Tambyah Siok Kuan examine how happiness and wellbeing have evolved over the past 20 years in Singapore. Assoc Prof Tan says Singaporeans are increasingly upset about the affordability of cars and properties.
Asst Prof Yang Nan says Grab would most likely find itself caught up in another price war with Go-Jek’s impending entry, even if it had wanted to focus on innovation.
In a commentary, Assoc Prof Nitin Pangarkar says Singapore Airlines need to continuously reinvent itself by adding new competencies, in order to maintain its differentiation against rivals.
In a commentary, Assoc Prof Simon Poh says the scrapping of Malaysia’s Goods and Services tax might lead to growth in the long term but it cannot escape a widening fiscal deficit in the short term, which has knock-on effects for Malaysia’s competitiveness.
In a commentary, Visiting Senior Research Fellow Emir Hrnjic says that for regulations to be effective, regulators will need to coordinate their efforts globally as crypto businesses tend to relocate to countries where the rules are more relaxed.
Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says Malaysia's political field needs to be careful in sustaining the harmony given the strong personalities and differing ideologies of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim.
Instead of opening up stock markets for foreign capital flow, Assoc Prof Johan Sulaeman says countries compromise by setting up trading links as they allow for offshore independence while maintaining capital controls.
Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s immediate priority is to restore public confidence in national governance.
Senior Visiting Fellow Alex Capri says the revenue model of social media platforms may evolve from advertising to paid subscription — prompting advertisers to explore other communication channels.
In a commentary on Micron Technology’s expansion plans, Assoc Prof Nitin Pangarkar says the company’s investment could have a multiplier effect on Singapore’s economy and attract future investments in semiconductor manufacturing.
Coverage of the spat between Noble Group and investor Goldilocks Investment Company. Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says the case exposed a dilemma for regulator Singapore Exchange – at what point to step in, especially as it is not clear whether Noble has violated any rules.
To combat falling attendance, Assoc Prof Leonard Lee says cinema operators could introduce more attractive loyalty schemes for customers.
Instead of ordering Uber to continue running, Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh (Director, CGIO) says regulators should focus on setting the conditions for new ride-hailing competitors to enter Singapore.
In a commentary featuring his research on some 5000 HDB households over a three-year period, Visiting Prof Sumit Agarwal (Dept of Finance) found that families, who shut their windows and turn on air conditioners in response to noise from nearby construction work, tend to keep the machines running even when construction has ended.
Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh (Director, CGIO) says leadership credentials and experience are key for the SMRT post, and Mr Neo has a strong record from his time in the military and public service.
In a commentary, Assoc Prof Nitin Pangarkar (Dept of Strategy & Policy) says ride-hailing might be a cheap and popular transport option, but the high usage of private transport in a land-constrained Singapore might not be an appropriate long-term strategy.
Commenting on how companies should comply to Singapore Exchange’s new sustainability reporting guidelines, Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh (Director, CGIO) says firms should assess which ESG (environmental, social and governance) aspects are material to how they run their organisations. For instance, a healthcare business might look to the governance and social arenas, such as ethical practices and employee safety.
Coverage of the 2018 ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard Singapore rankings. Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh (Director, CGIO) says there is a widening gap between large-cap companies and the rest in areas such as disclosure and transparency, as well as treatment and roles of stakeholders.
In a commentary on Uber’s proposed sale to Grab, Asst Prof Yang Nan (Dept of Strategy & Policy) says the Competition Commission of Singapore should require Uber to divest some of its assets to another firm than Grab to maintain a significant competitive pressure on Grab in the ride-hailing market.
In a commentary, Assoc Prof Nitin Pangarkar (Dept of Strategy & Policy) says consumers should not be alarmed as there is a cap to how the “new Grab” can raise prices, especially in a small country like Singapore. He says that even if there are monopolistic prices, consumers will respond by switching to public transport and taxis.
In a commentary, Asst Prof He Long (Dept of Analytics & Operations) and Asst Prof Yang Nan (Dept of Strategy & Policy) say LTA’s new licensing regime could move operators away from the mind-set of always looking to adding bicycles and to focus more on managing their fleets efficiently. This could even be the key to a sustainable success for the operators.
In a commentary, Prof Vivien Lim says workplace aggression can cost employees their mental health and even their livelihoods. It can also lead to low morale, frequent absenteeism and high turnover of staff.
Commenting on the challenges central business district malls face in drawing shoppers, Adjunct Senior Lecturer Regina Yeo says shoppers may not want to travel all the way there if what they want can be found at suburban malls.
In a commentary, Visiting Senior Fellow Emir Hrnjic says blockchain technology has revolutionary potential, as it enables the transfer of value from one user to another without the need for an intermediary like a bank.
In a commentary, Assoc Prof Leonard Lee asks if minimalism is about how we want to live or how we want to be seen.
Commenting on the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says the trade pact comes at a crucial time especially when the US is going against the grain of free trade with its tariffs on steel and aluminium. Visiting Senior Fellow Alex Capri says the agreement is a repudiation of China’s regional ambitions and a validation of the need for a rules-based trading system.
In a commentary, Visiting Prof Sumit Agarwal and Assoc Prof Qian Wenlan discuss research findings that women are more likely to serve on the board of directors in low-female-representation industries if they play golf.
In a commentary on the upcoming Singapore and Malaysia stock market trading link, Associate Professor Yeo Wee Yong, Assistant Professor Zsuzsa Huszar and Dr Emir Hrnjic say the regulators of both countries need to need to work out issues such as settlement and custodian services for the link to be successful.
In a commentary, Provost’s Chair and Prof Allaudeen Hameed, Cycle & Carriage Professor of Finance Duan Jin-Chuan and Senior Lecturer Zhang Weina (all Dept of Finance) say the Singapore government's plan to provide guarantees on long-term borrowings for infrastructure projects will lower the cost of borrowing and infuse projects with private sector due diligence.