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A governance code for the future economy

07 September 2018 | 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.

Subscribing to a fuss-free lifestyle

01 September 2018 | 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.

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

31 August 2018 | 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.

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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.

31 July 2018

Non-executive directors ought to exercise discretion

The Business Times

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.

25 July 2018

The world's major emerging economies could end up benefiting from global trade tensions

CNBC

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.

24 July 2018

Changes to Grab's points system and membership policy upset users

The New Paper

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.

19 July 2018

Malaysia must make clear its plan for KL-S’pore high-speed rail, further delay could hurt both sides: Analysts

TODAY

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.

11 July 2018

We may be in the early stages of a new Cold War

Channel NewsAsia

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.

07 July 2018

No more errantly parked bikes? New regime promising, but requires some pain

TODAY

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.

06 July 2018

How to get ahead in your job when you don't know anyone

The Business Times

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.

03 July 2018

How mortgages have a critical impact on presidential elections

The Washington Post

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.

28 June 2018

A paradox at the heart of gift-giving

The Economist

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.

26 June 2018

The not-so-Great Singapore Sale — after 25 years, once-premier shopping event is now left in the dust

Channel NewsAsia

Assoc Prof Prem Shamdasani says the Great Singapore Sale organisers should integrate the offline and online shopping experience to offer greater convenience, value, variety and services to shoppers. This, he says, would attract more millennial and international shoppers and help drive shopper traffic to the stores and malls, which can further differentiate themselves by organising thematic promotional events.

21 June 2018

Hyflux founder-CEO Olivia Lum to attend townhall meetings with shareholders next month

Channel NewsAsia

Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says investors attending the meetings should focus on asking Hyflux’s plans to resolve its debt situation.

19 June 2018

How to get more women on Asia’s boards? Go beyond number counting

Forbes

In a commentary, Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says that findings from the Singapore report of the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard indicate that the number of female independent directors increases when the average tenure of independent directors goes down. He adds that boards with longer tenure tend to be those composed of “old-boy networks”, which lead to a strong male presence.

14 June 2018

Grab to get $1.34b from lead investor Toyota

The New Paper

Assoc Prof Lawrence Loh says Toyota’s investment in Grab is a collaboration where both parties get to enhance their business interests, with the Japanese giant venturing to new areas and the latter gaining capital.

14 June 2018

Commentary: Why humble narcissists make the most effective leaders

Channel NewsAsia

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.

07 June 2018

Commentary: When Go-Jek enters Singapore, what consumers, drivers and delivery services can expect

Channel NewsAsia

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.

07 June 2018

South Koreans in Singapore want Trump-Kim summit success, end to Korean War

Channel NewsAsia

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.

31 May 2018

Singaporeans less satisfied with quality of life and democratic rights: survey

Yahoo News Singapore

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.

29 May 2018

Another price war seen in ride-hailing market

The Business Times

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.

25 May 2018

What ails Singapore Airlines?

The Business Times

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.

23 May 2018

Hard truths, tough choices ahead after Malaysia’s scrapping of the GST

Channel NewsAsia

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.

16 May 2018

On track towards the next crypto regulatory frontier

The Business Times

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.

15 May 2018

How sworn enemies toppled Najib but now pose a new risk to Malaysia

Bloomberg

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.