ASB Thought Leadership

The ASB Faculty Feed brings you valuable insights and highlights through research, commentaries and interviews from our world-class faculty.

  • Overcoming the Innovation Stigma, Here’s How to Do It…1 Overcoming the Innovation Stigma: Here’s How to Do It… - To be an innovator, you must constantly be asking the question: “What doesn’t make sense?”. Mine was: “Why is innovation such a stigmatized word? Considering how important innovation is to the growth, or survival, of organisations, why do most employees I have met are so turned off by being an… ...
  • Space Noodle Space Noodle - “Another one!” A man in clothes mottled with stains yelled above the congregation. His hand clutched a wrinkled bill as if his life depended on it. “One for us too. Please! …” A gaunt lady fought to keep their place in line. Clung tight to her legs was an undersized… ...
  • How do I Want to be Remembered How do I Want to be Remembered? - The 21st Century is an era of the brain. One of the Nobel Prizes given in 2014 was to a group of three scientists—Dr. John O’Keefe, Dr. May-Britt Moser, and Dr. Edvard I. Moser— for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. As someone who… ...
  • Managing by Freedom Within A Framework1 Managing by Freedom Within A Framework - “Dr Tan, I’m really fascinated by the Freedom Within A Framework idea.” Olivia, a manager who recently attended our Iclif programme shared with me. We were having a follow-up reflection conversation. “But the problem is, I don’t know how to put it into practice.” She continued: “I manage 15 people.… ...
  • Innovating Inside-Out, Why It’s Important to Join the Movement Innovating Inside-Out: Why It’s Important to Join the Movement - Along with appreciating how innovation has changed in the 21st Century, the Innovating Inside-Out programme aims to challenge the top-down and outside-in organisational approaches to innovation. We ignite and grow the inner innovator DNA of employees from within. Participants will be liberated by the ease of innovating and will adopt… ...
  • Get Your Employees a Think Buddy to Capture Innovation1 Get Your Employees a Think Buddy to Capture Innovation - What happened the last time you had a crazy idea? Who did you talk to? What did they say? Here are some possible responses depending on who you chose to share with. You: “I have a crazy idea” Team: “Why don’t YOU do it?” Boss: “What is your implementation plan?”… ...
  • Want to Innovate Faster Focus on the Cream not the Cone1 Want to Innovate Faster? Focus on the Cream not the Cone - Focus on The Cream Not The Cone (FoCre) means to forgo the conventional model of Talent Acquiring and move towards Idea Harvesting when it comes to innovation. We have tried the former for decades with continued challenges, as reviewed later in this piece. FoCre requires, however, an organizational paradigm shift… ...
  • How to Work with an Autocratic Leader How to Work with an Autocratic Leader - In the Wall Street Journal Bestseller Book Open Source Leadership (2017, McGraw-Hill), Rajeev Peshawaria and the Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre make a convincing argument that the breakneck speed of the 21st Century requires a more autocratic style of leadership. An autocratic leadership style is characterized by the decision-making process,… ...
  • Great to Good Great to Good - Yes, you read it right. The title of this piece is ‘Great to Good’. I’m going to talk about how, in the 21st Century, we need ‘Goodness’ more than ‘Greatness’ when it comes to innovation. Between 1996-2001, Jim Collins’ team researched and wrote a bestselling book called Good to Great.… ...
  • BECOMING THE 1% Leading in the Age of Possibilities BECOMING THE 1%: Leading in the Age of Possibilities - 21st Century is an era of fear and hope. Have you ever heard of the 20/80 Rule or 80/20 Rule? In the year 1896, an Italian economist by the name of Vilfredo Pareto found something very interesting. He found out that 20% of the pea pods in his garden are… ...
  • What to do if You still have 60 Years Left After Retirement? What to do if You still have 60 Years Left After Retirement? - A growing trend of the ‘Rich and Lost’ population in the Open Source era Is it possible to be ‘rich’ and be ‘lost’? You bet it is! Among the trends of the 21st Century is leaders who have become successful at an unprecedentedly young age: the so-called billionaire teenagers. ...
  • Why Leaders Should Think Twice Before Saying ‘We Are Family’! Why Leaders Should Think Twice Before Saying ‘We Are Family’! - Is it always a good thing for people in the organisation to be like a family? “I don’t want us to be like family anymore at work. Rather, I want everyone to feel we are a professional football team.” Declared the newly appointed CEO of a large Asian conglomerate during… ...
  • The Power of Propinquity The Power of Propinquity - If you love something; set it free If it comes back, then it’s yours forever If it doesn’t, then it was never yours in the first place Do you agree with the above saying? Is true love a function of proximity? Whether or not this is true for you, brain… ...
  • The Best Way to Create Your Desired Culture: Walk the Talk! The Best Way to Create Your Desired Culture: Walk the Talk! - “I won’t allow it!” Kurt Herwald, a 38-year old former weightlifter CEO of Stevens Aviation said emphatically. “That is our slogan; you can’t just take it. Either call off your campaign or give us proper compensation. Otherwise we’ll see you in court!” In 1992, Southwest Airlines ran into dispute with… ...
  • Critical Conversations Critical Conversations - “Ooops. I spoke too soon. Didn’t I ?” “Yes you did. And I was about to add my thoughts to the list but when I heard you say nitpick, I changed my mind. Why do you like to say things like that?” “I didn’t mean to. I realised I should… ...
  • Playing with Fire Playing with Fire - Want to energize your team? Light a fire under them. Literally. “We must be Motorola; or get out.” Lee Kun Hee— chairman of Samsung Group— made the above statement in early 1990s. It was his vision for the company’s mobile phone division; made amid prominent rivals such as Nokia, Ericsson… ...
  • Are You Popcorned Are You Popcorned - “If you’ve been doing the same thing for more than 2 years, then you might as well be in a coma” Dr David Rock, the founder of the Neuroleadership Institute, an integrated field that merges hard science with soft skills of leadership, stated during the American Society for Training and… ...
  • What Can You do with a Grape? What Can You do with a Grape? - The future depends on leaders getting more from ourselves and our people. “What can you do with a single grape?” asked Professor Richard Wolfson of Middlebury College, arguably the best physics instructor in America. Back in 1998 I was still a premedical undergraduate student. I have since tried the question… ...
  • Feedback or Feel Bad? Feedback or Feel Bad? - The last time I drove the missus to town for our regular weekly shopping trip I actually counted the number of road signs that I saw on my side of the road between my house to the wet market. Admittedly there were a few that I had never noticed before… ...
  • Small business 1 A central bank’s dilemma in a crisis: How to lend to borrowers who lack good collateral - It is not easy for most central banks to lend to small businesses, even when they wish to do so. Indeed, during the COVID-19 crisis, this is something they have been called upon to do. Central banks are geared up to lend to governments and to banks, but not to… ...
  • working-macbook-computer-keyboard-34577 Eight Lessons on Marketing For A New Normal - No firm can accurately predict what the “new normal” will be, but there are ways to get ahead of the curve in finding out what that a new post-COVID reality looks like. ...
  • IEDC Creating Jobs in the Post-Covid World - How can corporations and governments help at this time? Most of these jobs will not return in the same form immediately after the virus is defeated. ...
  • thuns-article-main-image1 Managing by Freedom Within The Framework - “Dr Tan, I’m really fascinated by the Freedom Within The Framework idea.” Olivia, a manager who recently attended our Iclif program shared with me. We were having a follow-up reflection conversation. “But the problem is, I don’t know how to put it into practice.” She continued:“I manage 15 people. I… ...
  • Emotional Responses When Leading In Times Of Crisis Emotional Responses When Leading In Times Of Crisis - The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world - it has shaken governments, businesses, lives. In a world of lockdowns, isolation, and social distancing, we have had to learn to live and work differently, to learn to adapt to a new normal. In such a time of unprecedented change as this,… ...
  • italy-river Italy and the Dangers of High Debts - Asst. Prof Gabriele Ciminelli of the Asia School of Business looks at Italy, one of the nations most affected by COVID-19, and breaks down the country’s economic and financial prospects. He explores the implications of the COVID crisis for the sustainability of Italy’s government debt and extracts lessons that can… ...
  • keepr1 How long will Covid-19 last? The power of good habits and good systems - How long Covid-19 lasts depends on our approach. Ruling out the “herd-immunity” approach, we can flatten the new infections curve. But the flat curve can be years long. Until we have a vaccine or effective treatment, the power is in reducing the reproduction number to below one. That provides a… ...
  • helicopter-money Helicopter Money: How, for What, to Whom, and by Whom? Stimulus packages in a time of crisis. - The term helicopter money, once a metaphor for how monetary policy might be conducted, has become commonplace in the current environment where governments are introducing stimulus measures to counter the devastating effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on economic activity and wellbeing more generally. This note clarifies some of the issues… ...
  • Scmp-article-courtesySMCP ICOs: Knowing the legit from the lemons - It was fall 2017 when everyone was still buzzing from the shock and awe of Bitcoin’s meteoric rise. The sharp ascent of the price looked unstoppable, paving the way for many other Initial Coin Offering (ICO) exercises. Despite the stardom of Bitcoin and a host of seemingly celestial cryptocurrencies such… ...
  • Dr. Mazzelli teaching a class Keeping up with the Kuoks - 70 per cent of family-owned businesses fail, or are sold, before the second generation gets a chance to take over. Why do some family businesses grow and thrive and others fail? ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • MBA 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… ...
  • 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. ...