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Data regulation -- opportunities in the red tape

05 December 2018 | Nikkei Asian Review

In a commentary, Visiting Senior Fellow Alex Capri says a growing data regulatory landscape has led to the rise of a “RegTech” sector where software is powered by artificial intelligence to manage regulatory processes.

Why staying happy means staying busy

07 December 2018 | The Business Times

In a commentary, Asst Prof Adelle Yang says people work hard towards a purpose as the time they spent generates happiness.

Court grants Hyflux moratorium extension

26 November 2018 | Channel NewsAsia

Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says Hyflux now needs to focus on having its creditors agree to its proposed restructuring plan.

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23 November 2018

Going, going, Ghosn: Does Nissan boss’ downfall signal the end for the Japanese carmaker?

SCMP

In a commentary on Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s arrest, Assoc Prof Audrey Chia says leaders can guard against going astray by seeking feedback, encouraging debate, and even taking breaks to distance themselves from work.

22 November 2018

Brick-and-mortar stores gearing up for Black Friday

The New Paper

Assoc Prof Qian Wenlan says while online sales events are rapidly growing, it does not completely substitute traditional shops as consumers value the ability to see and try out a product before buying it. She expects to see more brick-and-mortar shops jumping onto online events.

16 November 2018

Robotic bartenders and smart hotels: Alibaba’s vision of future consumption

South China Morning Post

Assoc Prof Chu Junhong says the majority of online shoppers in China are millennials who grew up in a time of economic growth and have spending power.

07 November 2018

Singapore looks to digital services to unblock traffic jams

Nikkei Asian Review

Asst Prof Yang Nan says Singapore’s transport operators are keen to consolidate all modes of transport services, including private ride-hailing platforms, onto one app.

01 November 2018

Paralympian is Lancome's new face

The Straits Times

Commenting on the appointment of Paralympian swimmer Yip Pin Xiu as the face of Lancome, Assoc Prof Ang Swee Hoon says the announcement is a sign of changing social sentiments as the younger generation tends to define what beauty is in their way and they are also into pro-social causes, like supporting a Paralympian.

28 October 2018

With Grab’s super app ambitions, who will it eat for lunch?

Channel NewsAsia

In a commentary, Assoc Prof Nitin Pangarkar says Grab face challenges where it might have turn from being a growth-oriented firm to a profitable corporation, as it looks to expand the range of services it provides.

24 October 2018

Bladeless-fan maker Dyson to make electric cars in Singapore

The Straits Times

Prof Andrew Delios says Dyson chose Singapore because of access to skilled labour and a steady business environment, while Assoc Prof Nitin Pangarkar says Dyson could find it a challenge to build cars as the firm lacks the brand reputation and technological expertise.

18 October 2018

Online food delivery and grocery goes physical: is it worth it?

Singapore Business Review

Assoc Prof Chu Junhong says online grocer honestbee could face challenges with its new physical space, including high set-up costs

12 October 2018

Semiconductors -- Beijing versus the West

Nikkei Asian Review

In a commentary, Visiting Senior Fellow Alex Capri says Western semiconductor firms, fearful of technology theft, could disregard China’s huge market and join President Donald Trump’s protectionist measures.

11 October 2018

SMRT’s discount helped increase passenger volume by 12 percent during the early morning period

Lianhe Zaobao

In this front-page article covering his research on public transport operators’ rebate incentives for pre-peak travel, Asst Prof Yang Nan says it would be more cost-effective for SMRT to reward passengers who change their travel habits, instead of giving broad discounts for those who travel at specific times.

10 October 2018

Real outcomes in Singapore suggests inequality index is flawed: MSF

The New Paper

Prof Sumit Agarwal says the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index did not take into account policies such as Silver Support Scheme that redistribute wealth.

02 October 2018

Schools of enterprise: How management consulting firms produce CEOs and entrepreneurs

The Edge

Prof Tsieh Tsun-yan, who worked at consulting firm McKinsey for three decades, says associates’ access to high-level consulting projects give them the confidence to eventually lead the companies they consulted for.

30 September 2018

Finding the right hook: Meet Lerine Yeo, the ‘S hook sales lady’ whose live sales video has gone viral

The Straits Times

Asst Prof Daniel He says Ms Yeo is popular because she can relate to her target audience – Singaporeans.

27 September 2018

Singapore keeps status as leader in Asian business education

Financial Times

Prof Jochen Wirtz says Singapore’s business environment makes it attractive to overseas business schools to set up here. In a video, Assoc Prof Prem Shamdasani says global firms choose Singapore as an innovation testbed, while MBA students Tess Wartanian and John Eakins say they see the city-state as a business hub for the region.

17 September 2018

Views from the top: Double-edge tool

The Business Times

Commenting on the pros and cons of the introduction of dual-class shares in Singapore, Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says that even with the requisite safeguards, it is vital that proper disclosures are made transparently to stakeholders such as investors. The investors can then properly weigh the risks and returns when making their investments.

16 September 2018

Buying opportunity in Asian markets for contrarians, says NUS professor

The Star

Prof Joseph Cherian says the current gross overvaluation of US markets and the corresponding dumping of Asian stocks provides a buying opportunity in this region. The article also mentions the upcoming launch of NUS Business School’s Executive Master of Science in Investments and Portfolio Risk Management (EMIR) graduate programme in April 2019.

14 September 2018

Xiaomi chief executive Lei Jun restructures company to ensure sustainability and develop younger talent

SCMP

Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says the leadership restructuring in Xiaomi and Alibaba could lead to more Chinese companies doing the same as they seek to address corporate governance risks.

14 September 2018

Your colleagues don’t need your passive-aggressive behaviour

Channel NewsAsia

In a commentary, Assoc Prof Sandy Lim says workplace mistreatment can take less overt forms than bullying or physical abuse which can also be highly damaging. These acts of incivility, she says, include rudeness and disregard for others.

13 September 2018

Operating pressures strain SIA-pilots relations

The Straits Times

Commenting on deadlock between Singapore Airlines and its pilots’ union over pay and working conditions, Assoc Prof Nitin Pangarkar says overall staff morale could be affected if both parties do not resolve their differences. He adds that Singapore Airlines management should try its utmost to keep morale high, especially in a competitive and service business.

07 September 2018

A governance code for the future economy

The Business Times

In a commentary, Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says the revised Code of Corporate Governance is to ensure companies do not lose sight of fundamental principles that relate to their sustained, long-term wellbeing.

01 September 2018

Subscribing to a fuss-free lifestyle

The Straits Times

Assoc Prof Leonard Lee says subscription services are particularly appealing to the younger working crowd because they simplify the decision-making process.

31 August 2018

Mixed reactions to DBS' handling of 'ripped Singapore flag' incident

The Straits Times

Professor Vivien Lim says human resource departments need to educate employees about their actions online as there could be implications for their organisations’ identity.

29 August 2018

7 key challenges for the future of ASEAN - and how to solve them

World Economic Forum

In a commentary, Prof Pasha Mahmood says there are several challenges the ASEAN region faces in promoting sustainable economic growth. Having closer coordination and common goals among ASEAN nations, he says, helps promote stability and lessen the possibility of conflicts.

23 August 2018

Most people prefer money as a gift over thoughtful gestures, which well-wishers prefer because they like to see the recipient's reaction

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6091413/Most-people-prefer-money-gift-thoughtful-gestures.html

Article reports on Asst Prof Adelle Yang’s research on gift-giving, which says gift-givers give unsatisfactory elaborate gifts because they are keen to elicit bright smiles or squeals of delight, whereas recipients derive greater value from simpler gifts.

21 August 2018

Suspected China cyberhack on Singapore is a wake-up call for Asia

Nikkei Asian Review

Visiting Senior Fellow Alex Capri says the region faces the challenge of dealing with increased vulnerability due to the spread of the Internet of Things where many devices are connected.

16 August 2018

New RydeSend service may not take off

The Straits Times

Commenting on RydeSend where users can send items via Ryde's pool of drivers for delivery to recipients, Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says the service is part of a trend where ride-hailing providers are encroaching on related business areas like courier services.

11 August 2018

Sales at department stores slump in June despite GSS; Car sales spike

TODAY

Assoc Prof Thompson Teo says GSS (Great Singapore Sale) has lost its novelty and there has been no significant change to the sales campaign for years.

09 August 2018

Malaysia is expected to reverse FDI fall in 2019 — ADB

The Edge Markets

Visiting Professor Filippo Di Mauro says that when attracting foreign direct investments, countries should not focus on specific sectors to grow, but create conditions where firms can be more productive.

08 August 2018

Focus on right measures of income inequality

The Straits Times

In a commentary, Assoc Prof Nitin Pangarkar says zeroing in on the income of the top 10 per cent will yield suggestions of Robin Hood taxes on the rich. However, he says, Singapore should keep to its present approach to income redistribution as inequality has remained stable and the poor are making progress.

31 July 2018

Name-and-Shame Approach Puts More Women on Singapore Boards

Bloomberg

Assoc Prof Marleen Dieleman says there is still a tendency to source new board members from personal and family networks, and to look for people with similar backgrounds, thereby overlooking qualified others, including women.