A new beginning…

Aarti Bhatia talks about the NUS MBA Club elections and celebrating Holi in school. 

Saturday 4th March marked a new beginning of sorts in NUS Business School. Two events were lined up for the day – NUS MBA Face-Off and Holi Celebration. Holi is one of most auspicious day for Hindus and the festival marks the beginning of spring. We, at NUS Business School, celebrate every festival with great enthusiasm and participation. This one was no different. Everything, from food to colors, was authentic and the organizers did a good job of re-creating the festive atmosphere in school.

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NUS MBA CLUB Website

Dear Prospective NUS MBA Candidate,

We are happy to present you with our NUS MBA Club website which would give you comprehensive information about the various clubs here and their activities. Please check out the following links:

NUS MBA Student Council and Clubs 

NUS MBA Student Council Website

You can also contact the anchors to get more details about their club.

Good luck.

NUS MBA Team

13th CEO Unplugged – The Way Ahead!

Hsieh Hu Fua, CEO of the Singapore Stock Exchange, and Owen Ow, CEO Yeo Hiap Seng (Malaysia) Bhd, were guest speakers at the 13th Edition of CEO Unplugged at the NUS Business School. 

The 2007 edition of CEO Unplugged may have started off on a low-note, when we heard that Mr. Jonathan Larsen, CEO, Citibank Singapore would not be joining the event, but once things got started, we were completely captivated by what we heard from the other two CEO guest speakers. Everyone in the audience, who I am sure each cherished a dream of becoming a CEO, was all ears.

Mr. Hsieh Hu Fua, CEO SGX (Singapore Stock Exchange), was the first to get unplugged. In case you are wondering about ‘unplugged’, this event was formatted like the Oprah Show. So, it was more of a personal interaction as an individual, than about vision, mission and strategy. Mr. Hsieh started off in a very interesting note about his first class at the NUS Business School long time ago. This was about modeling the entire management theory using cycling as an analogy. His lecturer spoke about balance, coordination, moving ahead and all other aspects, he said. Interestingly, he left his first class with a negative impression of what lay ahead. Mr. Hsieh kept the audience in a lighter mood all the time. He spoke about how critical it is to be a global person and become a part of the global talent pool which is what companies look for these days. While revealing himself as a lazy person who never had a long-term plan for himself, he was being very frank and laid the connecting platform really well. He mentioned that his greatest fear would be letting down people. His experiences during the early days and the struggles he had gone through carried a strong message to the audience as did his firm note on ‘never-say-die’ attitude which he said is needed for any CEO.

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So you wanna be a consultant?

NUS Consulting Club invites guest speaker Prof. Jochen Wirtz to answer questions and share insights into the field of consulting.

Can an actuarial firm compete in the consulting space? Is it possible for a firm specializing in pension fund audits to extend its relationships with existing clients by offering consulting services?

NUS Consulting Club gathered to find answers to these questions two weeks back. The guest speaker was Associate Professor Jochen Wirtz (Academic Co-Director of UCLA-NUS Executive MBA Program).

Prof. Wirtz, in the classic case-method-teaching-style, asked us to come prepared with a case centered on ‘failed attempts of cross-selling”. The discussion began with “a-day-in-the-life-of-consultant” and then quickly moved to the case discussion in general.

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Corporate Ethics Focus Group

This group includes NUS MBA students and professors who are interested in developing and sharing their perspectives on Corporate Ethics – a critical aspect in today’s business environment.

We are all so engrossed in our functional skill development these days. It is truly important and must be given a high priority. But, one essential aspect of doing any business is being ethical. It earns the due respect for an individual and for an organization, when it is adopted as a culture. We are interested to develop our perspectives on this subject using interactions and discussions with fellow MBAs, Professors and the Industry.

The motive behind this focus group is to share information on a few things:

  1. Role of ethics in business
  2. Ethical practices in contemporary business
  3. Results of unethical practices
  4. Ideas and thoughts on ethics

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