ASB Blog

Life at Asia School of Business is more than academics. Explore some of the stories of how our students have been navigating life in Kuala Lumpur.

  • AACSB Annoucement Asia School of Business (ASB) Recognized as a Full Member of AAPBS - Asia School of Business (ASB) was recognized today as a Full Member of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS) at the 2019 AAPBS Annual Conference, held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. ...
  • Michael Chin Entrepreneur How my MBA made a RM 500K impact on my business - Student and entrepreneur Michael ('20) weighs the costs and benefits to business owners of pursuing an MBA. He shares how, within his first year, the learnings and connections he made at ASB led to a RM 500K impact on his business. ...
  • How My MBA Prepared Me For A Role At Microsoft In Singapore How My MBA Prepared Me For A Role At Microsoft In Singapore - Deepika Mahankali’s MBA showed her the possibilities of Southeast Asia’s exciting tech growth. Now she’s capitalizing on it through her job at Microsoft ...
  • How I used my summer to build an eco-tourism business How I used my summer to build an eco-tourism business - Some MBAs spend their summers working on spreadsheets in air-conditioned offices. Allenie ('20) decided to take an unconventional approach, exploring an eco-tourism business concept on an island in the Philippines. ...
  • How Meiyume is challenging the “Made in China” stigma How Meiyume is challenging the “Made in China” stigma - Though China struggles to be recognized as an innovator in manufacturing, Meiyume and other companies have been taking steps to overcome this stereotype. Amelia ('20) reflects on a summer project she completed with the company. ...
  • An incoming student shares why ASB is "specifically designed" for him An incoming student shares why ASB is “specifically designed” for him - Incoming MBA student Awal Musah ('21) argues that, rather than changing to fit your environment, you should find the place that's right for you. Find out why he thinks ASB was "the right place" for him. ...
  • How My MBA Helped Me Switch from Law to Tech How My MBA Helped Me Switch from Law to Tech - The opportunity to switch career, for many, is tempting but challenging. For Sherilyn Ooi, an MBA gave her the knowledge and experience to finesse it ...
  • An ASB student shares how to become the “world’s best networker” An ASB student shares how to become the “world’s best networker” - Tawanda's ('19) classmates call him the "world's best networker," and though he seems like a natural, he thinks networking is a learned skill. Find out what skills helped him create his post-MBA opportunities. ...
  • Janice Tan Article of MIT Sloan Professor Pozen on Productivity Four ways for MBAs to maximize productivity, according to an MIT Sloan professor - Between back-to-back classes, extracurricular activities and professional pursuits, MBAs have a busy schedule. Robert Pozen of MIT Sloan spoke to ASB student Janice Tan about ways to maximize productivity while reaching goals. ...
  • This summer, I explored business opportunities in coliving. Here’s what I learned This summer, I explored business opportunities in coliving. Here’s what I learned - For Connor Moore's ('20) summer Entrepreneurhip Track, he researched the coliving industry in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Bali. He found that the global opportunities for this new type of living arrangement were even greater than he'd expected. ...
  • Nailing the case interview: how to land a job at McKinsey Nailing the case interview: how to land a job at McKinsey - ASB alumnus Katherine explains how she prepared for her interviews at McKinsey, a prestigious global consulting firm. She now works for the firm in supply chain and service operations, completing projects that take her all over the United States. ...
  • From Malaysia To MIT Sloan: My Experience On An MBA Sponsored By AirAsia From Malaysia To MIT Sloan: My Experience On An MBA Sponsored By AirAsia - Travelling is a lifelong passion for AirAsia manager Allenie, and the chance to study an MBA on two different continents was too good to pass up. ...
  • Four Reasons Why Techies Should Earn an MBA Four Reasons Why Techies Should Earn an MBA - Are you a techie debating whether or not you should earn an MBA? Our recent graduate Deepika ('19) explains four ways that an MBA can bring value to those with technical careers based on her own experience. ...
  • Here’s What It Takes To Get An MBA Job At DiDi—China’s Uber Alternative Here’s What It Takes To Get An MBA Job At DiDi—China’s Uber Alternative - While Uber flopped in China, ride-hailing app DiDi dominates the market. But what does it take get hired by DiDi? Diego Benito ('19) explains how a series of tech-focused Action Learning projects helped pave the way for his upcoming role at the company. ...
  • Why businesspeople need to think about politics (part 2 of 2) Why businesspeople need to think about politics (part 2 of 2) - In the second installment of this article, Renato covers the renewable energy industry as well as how he came to teach at ASB. ...
  • Why businesspeople need to think about politics (part 1 of 2) Why businesspeople need to think about politics (part 1 of 2) - Renato Lima de Oliveira studies the connections between business and politics, claiming that a knowledge of government institutions is critical for business success. This is especially true, he says, in the energy industry. ...
  • At Samsung, it’s brand strength and consumer preferences that matter At Samsung, it’s brand strength and consumer preferences that matter - In today’s globalized world, everyone is competing for the same market, and each company must place great emphasis on its brand, reputation, communication, competition and values to stand out. Find out how our MBA students learned this valuable lesson. ...
  • Thoughts on digital banking from a former Standard Chartered CIO Thoughts on digital banking from a former Standard Chartered CIO - Dato' Ariff is a former Chief Information Officer at Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia. There, he oversaw the full spectrum of Technology and Operations. ...
  • Tapping Into SE Asia’s Technology Boom These MBA Students Are Tapping Into Southeast Asia’s Technology Boom - Southeast Asia is experiencing an unprecedented tech revolution, with opportunities for tech-minded students at Asia School of Business. ...
  • 190416-thai-air-asia-1 How we took Thai AirAsia’s operations to new heights - Since embarking on my MBA journey at Asia School of Business, I have completed two out of five required Action Learning projects. Every project presents an opportunity to apply the toolkits learned in the classroom to real-world environments. ...
  • Quang Nguyen ASB Convocation 2019: Graduate Speaker Quang Nguyen - Why ASB? This question was asked many times before I came here. It was asked many times while I was here and I’m sure it will continue to be asked many more times after today. ...
  • Curriculum The Entrepreneurship Journey Begins At 10, Not 25 - Professor Rajesh Nair is a man on a mission “to reach one million students and create 100,000 entrepreneurs in 10 years". In conjunction with Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre's (MaGIC's) Innovation Week, he delivered a talk entitled "Creating 10x Entrepreneurs in the Future". ...
  • Enough with 'Soft' and 'Hard' Skills—Let’s Get Smart and Sharp Instead Enough with ‘Soft’ and ‘Hard’ Skills—Let’s Get Smart and Sharp Instead - When Loredana Padurean, a co-author of this article, shared her concern that she might not have the right skills to co-lead the startup Asia School of Business (ASB), her former boss responded: “The job is easy; the people are not.” While her initial worry was that she didn’t have enough… ...
  • how-mba-uses-business-school-social-enterprise How one MBA student is using business school to launch a career in social enterprise - As soon as you meet Calvin Woo, it’s easy to tell where his interests lie. As part of ASB’s MBA Class of 2019, Calvin’s unconventional background centers around entrepreneurship and social impact, two of his long-term passions. ...
  • bb-image Why I Swapped The United States For Vietnam After My MBA - “Asia is relationship-driven”, muses Benjamin Archangeli. “If people are going to trust you, you have to show that you are willing to eat their food, to learn their language, and to put in the time, otherwise they won’t take you seriously.” ...
  • Interested in private equity? Here’s how one MBA student broke into the industry Interested in private equity? Here’s how one MBA student broke into the industry - Hailing from India, Raghav has had anything but the standard career trajectory. He has trained and worked as a lawyer, as well as starting his own businesses and even doing a stint at Google. Earning his MBA at ASB was a way to realign his career path with his growing… ...
  • 12-03 BB AirAsia Article Why AirAsia Is Snapping Up MBAs From This Business School - When it comes to running an airline, it doesn’t get much more impressive than AirAsia. Originating in Malaysia, AirAsia was voted the world’s best low-cost airline for the 10th consecutive year in 2018. ...
  • 26-02 Azra How an MBA in Asia builds entrepreneurial confidence - I wanted to gain knowledge and experience by learning from top professionals. I wanted to expose myself to different markets where growth and opportunities are surging. ...
  • Belum Rainforest Summit How four MBA students built a business in the jungles of Malaysia - When I woke up in the middle of a rainforest one month into the MBA program, I knew this wasn’t going to be the typical business school experience. ...
  • MBA Students Get ‘Asia-Ready’ With Projects In Emerging Markets MBA Students Get ‘Asia-Ready’ With Projects In Emerging Markets - According to a recent survey by the Financial Times, the most important skills recruiters look for include the ability to work in diverse teams, the ability to solve complex problems, and time management - all skills which are bolstered by working in a real-life business environment. ...
  • 19-02 BB Admissions Article How to Write an Effective MBA Application? - As admissions representatives, we are sent hundreds of resumes and statements of intent from prospective MBA candidates every year. In this article, we share what makes some exceptional applications stand out while others fall flat. ...
  • Melati Nungsari Finding the perfect match? Focus on fit - ASB Assistant Professor Melati Nungsari began her research of matching markets in an unconventional way: through signing up for dating websites. ...
  • Fiona Traveling Blog 1 Why travel is the best teacher, even in business! - When Fiona O’Leary Sloan arrived in Lima, Peru at 2 AM, she realized that she didn’t have a bed to sleep in. “The only thing I had booked was my flight to Lima and my hostel,” Fiona says, laughing, “and I had booked the wrong days, so really I had… ...
  • ASB New Website Say hello to the new ASB website! - We embarked on this project last year with the intention of creating a more positive digital experience for our website visitors. We wanted a site that would be mobile responsive, that meet the highest standards of accessibility for our audiences around the world, and yet be “light” enough to function… ...
  • Meet The New Business School On The Front-Line Of Asia's Emerging Markets Meet The New Business School On The Front-Line Of Asia’s Emerging Markets - It seems everybody wants to work in a startup these days, and the same goes for business schools. Sean O Ferguson was working as the associate dean of MBA programs at a leading school in Hong Kong when he was offered the chance to join a new business school venture,… ...
  • BB SE Asia Article 5 Reasons Why YOU Should Do Your MBA In Southeast Asia - In the latest ASB blog, Associate Dean Loredana Padurean and MBA '18 alumnus Natalie Ho explain why Southeast Asia should be at the top of your list for places to get an MBA and accelerate your career. ...
  • Opportunity: The upside of Ambiguity Opportunity: The upside of Ambiguity - For many young professionals, pursuing an MBA is tantamount to bringing some level of certainty to one’s life. Whether this is in the form of personal validation, the need for a period in which to find one’s true calling in the world, or just a promise of a promotion, the… ...
  • Why smart people make dumb mistakes: Experiencing system dynamics at MIT Sloan Why smart people make dumb mistakes: Experiencing system dynamics at MIT Sloan - “You think that because you understand “one” that you must therefore understand “two” because one and one make two. But you forget that you must also understand “and” … a simple lesson but one that we often ignore: the behavior of a system cannot be known just by knowing the… ...
  • My life as an MBA Mom My life as an MBA Mom - I have always been someone who constantly strives for self-improvement. As a working mother, I’ve always felt like I want to do more and achieve something bigger. That’s how the journey I am currently on began: with the search for a business school that would not only fulfil my ambition… ...
  • How we celebrated out first MBA wedding with true Indian flair How we celebrated out first MBA wedding with true Indian flair - Last November, fifteen students from the class of MBA 2019 made a trip to Kolkata, India, to celebrate the union of our classmate Mounika Myudukur with Rahul Kanoi, her sweetheart of 11 years. It was the first time an ASB student was getting married during the program, so of course… ...
  • How Hiking Is Likened To Preparing For An MBA How Hiking Is Likened To Preparing For An MBA - Rinjani is an active volcano also known as ‘Child of the Sea’, with a caldera on top which is partially filled by Segara Anak crater. Standing at 3726 metres above sea level, it is also Indonesia’s second highest peak. ...
  • Living in Kuala Lumpur I came, I saw, I drank from the firehose: What I learnt in 4 weeks at MIT Sloan - “Getting an education from MIT is like drinking from a firehose.” When I heard this quote during my first week at ASB, it sounded amusing at first. After two semesters, though, I’ve learned that it was no joke — and it has become my way of life. At MIT Sloan,… ...
  • Lifetime lessons from Myanmar and Cambodia Lifetime lessons from Myanmar and Cambodia - A year ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life: to embark on an MBA journey with the Asia School of Business established in collaboration with MIT Sloan. Having always been fascinated by the different cultures and diversity across South East Asia, I was very excited to… ...
  • How this engineer become a battle-ready corporate soldier How this engineer become a battle-ready corporate soldier - An engineer by training and a successful former manager in the aerospace and aviation defense industry, Jatin Seghal has worked with industry giants including Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd. Recently, as part of his recent Action Learning trek, he fulfilled a dream to work with a company he has always… ...
  • How ASIA changes a VFA Fellow's perspective How ASIA changes a VFA Fellow’s perspective - With a background in the solar energy industry, Alex is passionate about sustainability and using big data, behavioral economics, and process optimization to deliver impact and efficiency. The former Marketing Director was also a Venture for America Fellow, trained in principles of entrepreneurship and holding experience working in a startup.… ...
  • How I learn to tackle business problems from multiple angles How I learn to tackle business problems from multiple angles - Since starting my MBA journey at Asia School of Business, I’ve had the chance to work with people from all walks of life. In fact, ASB’s diversity is inescapable and is one of the school’s defining characteristics. With a class full of students hailing from different backgrounds, every Action Learning… ...
  • What MBA grads and pirates have in common What MBA grads and pirates have in common - With those famous words from Steve Jobs, Bill Aulet, MD of MIT’s Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and author of Disciplined Entrepreneurship, kicked off an exciting week of the Entrepreneurship module for our Class of 2018. Jobs and Aulet are certainly not advocating for people to attack and rob ships… ...
  • Three engineers and a lawyer walk into a bank Three engineers and a lawyer walk into a bank - As an Indian national with an engineering background, my previous work experiences did not involve dealing much with a multicultural team or with business-related challenges. Working with my diverse classmates on Action Learning projects has pushed me beyond my boundaries. My summer Action Learning Project team consisted of three engineers… ...