Strategy and Management
Zooming in on the Foreign Direct Investment Landscape in Asian Emerging Markets
Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows, an integral component of Asia’s strong economic performance over the last few decades, also facilitated the spread of regional production networks. This report explores the location and sectoral FDI in Asia and adds insights on the evolution of motives for shifts in greenfield FDI inflows into each country of the region.
Competition in Southeast Asia’s Digital Economy
The digital markets of Southeast Asia are dynamic and vibrant, with global, regional, and local digital companies battling fiercely. Find out more about the economic development and growth prospects of Southeast Asia, as well as the digital economy trends in the region.
Can the comfort zone encourage risk-taking?
Taking risks never feels comfortable, but it is unavoidable and necessary for anyone who aspires to achieve greater goals and for any society where innovation is essential for growth.
Research and entrepreneurship can be bedfellows
With the knowledge-based economy depending on research, innovation and enterprise to thrive, many universities around the world have become increasingly involved in a third mission: Engaging in entrepreneurship activities.
Have you got the EMO for success?
Why do some entrepreneurs manage to overcome problems and setbacks to create improved products or start new ventures, while others decide it is better for them to throw in the towel?
Fending Off Disruption: Incumbent Strategies for Digital Transformation
With all the hype about technological disruption, companies are scrambling to jump onto the digital transformation bandwagon. An international Ernst & Young survey, conducted on over 900 companies in 2017, shows that 90% of these companies are elevating digital priorities in their strategic planning over the next two years.
Keeping keen eye out for business ventures
Business opportunity identification is a significant event that spurs entrepreneurial activity. It increases the chances of developing a viable business model for startup companies and SMEs.
Why soft skills matter
LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace Learning Report which surveyed 4,000 professionals globally found that training for soft skills is the top priority for them.
Why boredom at work may not be all bad after all
“I am bored!” “This piece of work is so boring.” Many of us at work are familiar with these sentiments expressed by colleagues at work. Indeed, some companies like Google Singapore and Zappos have gone out of their way to let their employees have fun at work.
Curiosity does not kill the cat
Ma Yun and friends were googling for beer when he realised he could not find Chinese beer. It prompted him to create a home page in Chinese.
People in More Diverse Neighbourhoods are More Prosocial
When people from diverse racial groups live together in the same neighbourhood, each individual might be constantly reminded of their own group membership, and of the differences between their own group and other groups living around them.
Talent in the age of Innovation
If Singapore’s economy in its first 50 years could be described as an age of industrialisation, driven by technical professionals, managers and technocrats, the next half-century will witness an age of innovation requiring a mix of entrepreneurial talent alongside professional/technical and managerial/leadership skills.
Will foreign banks be beneficial for Ethiopia?
In June 2018, Ethiopia’s new prime minister Abiy Ahmed survived an apparent assassination attempt. The attack was not entirely surprising. Ahmed has been ruffling quite a lot of feathers.
What Grab could do better in its recent acquisition of Uber
Grab announced its acquisition of Uber business in Southeast Asia on 26 March 2018. Following the announcement, there were several articles by Singapore mainstream news broadcasters highlighting that the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) were not notified about the deal, hundreds of Uber staff were told to pack up and leave within 2 hours, Uber drivers are worried about their car rental contracts, and etc.
How much do you know about millennial leaders
According to Aon Hewitt, millennials are currently the largest generation in Singapore workforce. Last year, they make up more than 30 percent of Singapore labour market based on the Labour Force Participation Rate published by the Singapore Department of Statistic.
That one bad apple…
Is misbehaving contagious? While our research looked at financial misconduct, and the degree of its contagion, this has implications for any other setting, where people are grouped together after misconduct.
Cultural adaptability affects companies’ success overseas
The success of companies who venture abroad hinges on how they adapt to local cultures and address cultural differences. Those that have a strong and distinct organisational culture have historically been more vulnerable to cultural conflicts in foreign countries.
Can German Mittelstand make America great again
In the past decades, US economic growth has been achieved by driving down costs through outsourcing and by keeping wages low through globalisation. A harsh lesson learnt during the 2008 crisis was that lowering costs alone cannot fuel the economy.
When employees enable an untrustworthy leader
What happens when a leader behaves unethically? The follower’s perceptions about the leader’s trustworthiness and their future interactions with said leader become strained and trust is eroded. It seems intuitive.
Choosing the next CEO – It’s in the face
Volkswagen has agreed to pay almost US$15 billion (S$20 billion) in the US for cheating on its emissions tests; but beyond the hefty fines, firms which are embroiled in such trust-violation situations – big names like Enron and Worldcom; and closer home, institutions like National Kidney Foundation, City Harvest church and the 1MDB - have the urgent task of proactively restoring their damaged reputation.
SME be nimble, SME be quick
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often lack resources and are buffeted by unpredictable events. But their very smallness means they can also be nimble.
Giving Is Not a Zero-Sum Game
When was the last time you voluntarily lent a hand to a co-worker? If it is not something you do very often, it is time to start.
Emerging Impediments to Managerial Decision-making
From drawing up strategy plans to executing operations, raising capital to planning budgets, defining products and structuring sales channels, corporate management decision-making has always been a challenging one.
Ageing Singapore, Ageing Leaders Does It Have To Be
Singapore will grow older faster than nearly every other society in the world, warned Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his speech at the Singapore Management University’s Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia lecture last year.
One percent inspiration….
New brooms sweep clean… a common refrain for hobbies, new appliances, but as our research shows, applies to entrepreneurs too.
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