Assoc Prof Chu Junhong says online grocer honestbee could face challenges with its new physical space, including high set-up costs
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.
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.
Prof Sumit Agarwal says the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index did not take into account policies such as Silver Support Scheme that redistribute wealth.
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.
Asst Prof Daniel He says Ms Yeo is popular because she can relate to her target audience – Singaporeans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Assoc Prof Leonard Lee says subscription services are particularly appealing to the younger working crowd because they simplify the decision-making process.
Professor Vivien Lim says human resource departments need to educate employees about their actions online as there could be implications for their organisations’ identity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a commentary, Senior Lecturer Julie Huan says it is incumbent on non-executive directors (NEDs) to carefully review the specific role that he/she has agreed to undertake with respect to business decision-making.
Visiting Senior Fellow Alex Capri says China might turn to Brazil, India and Russia to source products it originally bought from the US, such as soybeans, wheat, and meat.
Asst Prof Yang Nan says the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore’s upcoming verdict on the Grab-Uber merger could have influenced Grab’s decision to introduce an adjustment period in its rewards programme. He says it might be a sensitive period for Grab to change its prices.
Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says the postponement of the rail project would mean that benefit streams will be delayed while outlays will continue to set in. The overall risk factor will be greater, he says, as political climates can change.
In a commentary, Visiting Senior Fellow Alex Capri says the US-China trade war is only a small component of the intensifying geopolitical rivalry between Washington and Beijing.
Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says the bike-sharing operators are in a Catch-22 where they could lose customers if they impose deposits, or have to deal with errant customers if they do not implement deposits.
In a commentary on his study of new employees building networks in their companies, Assoc Prof Daniel McAllister says recruits with limited or no managerial connections, but who have strong ties with their co-workers and favourable self-evaluations, are just as successful in adjusting to their new roles as those with connections.
The article features a study by Asst Prof Adonis Antoniades that found voters in the US do not always reward politicians for a boom in local credit supply but are quick to punish them when credit is less available.
The article features Asst Prof Adelle Yang’s study on gift-giving, where the recipients tend to react more positively to things of less long-term satisfaction.