Cerebration 2013: Bigger, Better and Bolder!

As an organizing committee member of one of the largest student-run MBA Case competitions happening on November 13-14, you might be wondering why am I writing this blog post when I should be busy finalising event details.

I felt the need to update you all and give you a peek into all the hype about Cerebration 2013. For those of you who still don’t know what Cerebration is (is there anyone who still doesn’t know?), Cerebration is the largest student-run MBA case competition organised by MBA students of NUS Business School. MBA student teams from all over the world compete to solve challenging business cases submitted by world leading organizations. After two qualifying rounds, top nine semi-finalist teams are flown to Singapore (with all-paid expenses). One winner is selected from top three final teams by judges and awarded SGD $10,000.

So, what is so special about this year’s Cerebration?

First off, we have a very impressive line-up of events mixed with networking opportunities for the participating teams with top executives of sponsor companies, the School’s faculty and students. For the semi-finals (to be held on Nov 13th) and finals (to be held on Nov 14th), nine teams selected across each of the three cases of the competition are being flown into Singapore.

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Spotlight: Family Business Management

What’s the value of an MBA for family business management? In this post, Harry Santoso shares why he decided it was time to get an MBA, how he got his family board to see the value in this decision, how he’s been managing his time, and what he’s learned so far.

Family Business MBA Story

Harry, could you share about your family business & background?

My family is in the scrap metal trading (Examples of commodities that we deal with include aluminium scrap, copper scrap, stainless steel scrap, etc) and aluminium ingot manufacturing business. Our main export markets are Asian countries (e.g. China, India, Japan, Middle East, South Korea).

After I completed my undergraduate studies in accounting and finance, I immediately joined the family business. Since it was a family business, some job functions were customized and there is sometimes no clear-cut separation of duties. I was more involved in the general management, logistic planning, and marketing, because those three responsibilities are the core of the business. As the job functions imply, it involves frequent travel, overtime, and dealing with various kind of people, from warehouse staff right up to government officials or top management. While technical accounting and finance skills were useful to evaluate reports, certain soft-skills, such as influence, negotiation, communication, effective wielding of authority are very important too.

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Which MBA to Choose? Simplify Your Decision-Making With this Tip

How do you decide which MBA programme is right for you? In the second in a series aimed at helping those considering an MBA, the NUS MBA Blog has a radical idea to inspire your MBA research and decision-making process.

Evaluating MBA Options

WHICH MBA PROGRAMME IS RIGHT FOR ME?

You’ve done all your groundwork, crunching numbers, combing through countless MBA websites and prospectuses, talking to trusted advisers, and collecting as much information as you can about the different MBA programmes out there. You’ve scrutinised the ins and outs of your personal preferences. Still the biggest question remains unanswered: How do you know if the MBA programme you’re considering is right for you? Continue reading

Spotlight: The MBA in Healthcare Management

How does an MBA in Healthcare Management benefit a health administrator? Lim Hong Yee, a pharmacist by training, has been in the healthcare industry for 13 years. In this post, she shares her MBA story, and even how she got her company to sponsor her MBA with a scholarship.

Why Healthcare MBA

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シンガポールでMBAを取得する魅力

NUS MBA Blogをご覧の皆様、はじめまして2011年度に入学した小杉史生と申します。このNUS MBA Blogは通常は英語で書かれていますが、私ともう一人同じく今年度入学した毛利初夏さんの二人で交代で、定期的に日本語でも記事を発信することになりました。

記念すべき第1回目のテーマは、「シンガポールでMBAを取得する魅力」について書きたいと思います。

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近年少しずつアジアのMBAへの関心が高まってきたとは言え、やはり日本人MBA希望者の多くは欧米、特にアメリカに目を向けているのは実情だと思います。

そうした中で欧米のMBAにはない魅力が、ここシンガポールにはあると思います。ここでは大きく以下の3つの視点から、シンガポールでMBAを取得するメリットについて触れたいと思います。

1. アジア経済のハブ

21世紀は「アジアの時代」であるということは恐らく異論のないところだと思います。恐らく日本企業も、今後は今まで以上にアジア地域への進出を加速していくものと予想されます。

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NUS MBA Full Time Students, Class of 2012

このような状況下で、アジア経済のハブであるシンガポールでMBAを取得することは、MBAの知識そのもののみならず、アジア・ビジネスへの精通及び人脈拡大の観点から非常に魅力的であると感じます。

事実、クラスメートを見ても、今後経済大国になるであろう中国やインドから多く集まるほか、シンガポールという場所柄シンガポール及びその周辺地域からも多くの生徒が集まってきています。

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