The course aims to provide participants with the basic theoretical knowledge, skills, and sensitivities that will help them deal effectively with key management issues and challenges in today’s global business environment. We intend to explore the major issues and challenges facing companies with worldwide operations as seen by the managers themselves.
Each of these areas poses the multi-disciplinary issues that are the hallmark of the general manager’s job. The course will offer plenty of opportunities for students to: bring their diverse perspectives and experiences; solve complex business problems; and build on the knowledge acquired in several previous functional courses.
Venture capital and private equity has grown dramatically over the past several decades. According to the National Venture Capital Association, there were 358 US VC firms that managed $28.7 billion in 1992. By 2012 this has grown to 841 firms with total capital under management of $199.2 billion. The promise of exceptional returns that VC firms supposedly generate attracts investments from pension funds, university endowments and even corporations. The expansion is not restricted to the US as developing economies and their governments also embrace VC for its ability to encourage entrepreneurship and create world-class companies.
This course seeks to give students a deep understanding of the VC industry by examining the incentives of the participants in the VC ecosystem. These organizations and individuals include the VC fund, investors in VC funds (limited partners) and the entrepreneur.
The purpose of this unit is to provide an overview and understanding of business and economic environments in Asia. Globalization, economic development and growth, as well as, business strategies on doing business in Asia will be covered. Issues discussed include macroeconomic fundamentals, international trade and investment, public and industrial policies, economic integration and global institutions. The course will also examine how the political, cultural and ethical differences shape the Asian business environment. In depth discussions on region or country specific issues will be conducted through case studies and group project. Guest speakers may be arranged for selected topics to provide insights on business strategies in the Asian business environment.
This course provides a foundation for business sustainability and achieving a triple bottom line – economic success through Environment, Social (Labour/Human Rights) and Governance (“ESG”) actions that current and future leaders can drive and embed within their organizations – established corporations, start-up ventures, family owned businesses, consulting firms, for profit, not for profit, SMEs etc.
Students will take the knowledge and skills of this seminar and use it as a platform for ethical decision making and risk management.
This module explores the link between macroeconomics, financial markets and policy in Asia, drawing on many analytical tools of macroeconomics and international finance. Topics covered include: capital flows in Asia and policy challenges, foreign exchange hedging and speculation, real exchange rate adjustment and macroeconomic imbalances, Asian financial crisis and its legacies, and opportunities and policy challenges posed by globalization, regional integration and cross-border transmission of shocks.
The course introduces students to the development of industrial relations and labour laws in Singapore. Students will be able to understand why labour relations are the way they are in Singapore. However, the course is not purely historical. A substantial part of the course is aimed at looking at the current legal problems faced by employees and employers in Singapore. The objective of the course is that at the end of it, students while appreciating the history of industrial relations and labour laws in Singapore would be able to confidently make informed decisions concerning current employment issues without falling into legal pitfalls. This course will be of general relevance to all, as students are either employees or employers.