Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for more upcoming events.

Online
14th May 2022, Saturday

Virtual MBA-WP Coffee Chat with Shamir and Mohit

Join this event for a personalized meeting with MBA-WP students and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Online
25th May 2022, Wednesday

MBA Student Panel: Why the ASB MBA Is the Best Move I Made in an Uncertain Workscape

Join current ASB students as they discuss their transformative experiences in the ASB MBA Full Time (MBA-FT) and Working Professionals (MBA-WP) programs. Hear them discuss topics including how they prepared and applied for the MBA, their favorite Action Learning projects, balancing work and life, as well as the value they continually gain from the program.

Online

26th May 2022, Thursday

MBA-WP Coffee Chat with Mohit at ASB

Join this event for a personalized meeting with Mohit, an MBA-WP student and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Past Events
Location and Date
Details
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Online

Ongoing throughout February and March

MBA-WP Coffee Chat with Juliana Roth

Join this event for a personalized meeting with admissions team and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Online
31st March 2022, Thursday
Meet the Admissions Team at the Virtual MBA Tour in North America – West/Mountain

Join this event for a personalized meeting with admissions team and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Online
29th March 2022, Tuesday
Meet the Admissions Team at the Virtual MBA Tour in North America – Eastern

Join this event for a personalized meeting with admissions team and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Online
24th March 2022, Thursday
Meet the Admissions Team at the Virtual MBA Tour in Europe

Join this event for a personalized meeting with admissions team and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Online
17th March 2022, Thursday
Meet the Admissions Team at the Virtual MBA Tour in Middle East & Central Asia

Join this event for a personalized meeting with admissions team and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Online
15th March 2022, Tuesday
Meet the Admissions Team at the Virtual MBA Tour in Africa

Join this event for a personalized meeting with admissions team and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Online
9th March 2022, Wednesday
Meet the Admissions Team at the Virtual MBA Tour in Latin America

Join this event for a personalized meeting with admissions team and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Online
1st March 2022, Tuesday
Meet the Admissions Team at the Virtual MBA Tour in Southeast Asia

Join this event for a personalized meeting with admissions team and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Online
24th February 2022, Thursday
Meet the Admissions Team at the Virtual MBA Tour in North Asia

Join this event for a personalized meeting with admissions team and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Online
16th February 2022, Wednesday
Meet the Admissions Team at the Virtual MBA Tour in India & South Asia

Join this event for a personalized meeting with admissions team and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Online
13th January 2022, Thursday
Meet the Admissions Team at the Access Online Regional MBA Event – Asia

Join this event for a personalized meeting with admissions team and get all the information you need in your MBA search.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for more upcoming events.

Date/Time
Venue
Details

16 – 19 November 2020
Monday – Thursday

A Digital Conference

Leadership Energy Summit Asia 2020
For seven years, Leadership Energy Summit Asia has brought together the most respected, forward-thinking minds across industries to share the best leadership strategies. LESA has played a pivotal role in delivering valuable insights and fostering crucial connections that have helped leaders develop empowered teams to maximize innovation, productivity, and engagement in their organizations.

This year, LESA 2020 goes digital to bring you even more experts, so you’ll get deeper insights on how to tackle today’s most pressing leadership issues.

Past Events
Date/Time
Venue
Details

3rd June 2020
Wednesday
11:00am – 11:45am

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Creating Jobs In The Post-Covid World
Every nation is facing challenges in unemployment, business closure, and income loss. Stimulus plans proposed are primarily focusing on helping companies to retain their employees and to offer unemployment benefits to those who lost their jobs. But what is the long game? Will jobs return and will they be the same jobs? How can new jobs be created? And who can do it?

A Kauffman Foundation study shows that startups make a significant source of new jobs. Can we create enough entrepreneurs to create startups and make a difference in the unemployment number? If so how do we scale this to not just today’s need, but help build thriving startups environment that addresses the future needs of the nation?

20th May 2020
Wednesday
2:45pm – 3:30pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Digital Platforms and The New World
It is becoming clearer that there may be no quick solution to end the Covid-19 pandemic. To survive, stabilize and re-grow, individuals and organizations must transform how they have strategized and operated, i.e. adapt to a new normal. One way forward is to become even more collaborative, more creative, and cleverer in leveraging existing resources.

This webinar instalment focuses on platform strategy. What is a platform and how is it different from a traditional business value chain? How do platforms create value by connecting and solving critical operation bottlenecks? Most importantly, in context of Covid-19, how are the different platforms contributing to our collaborative efforts to emerge from this pandemic? How might the model even be an opportunity going forward after the storm has passed?

13th May 2020
Wednesday
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Flatten the Curve: Then What?
Flatten the curve. Then what? No one can really predict what happens next, while uncertainty and the competing demands of health and the economy make planning challenging.

This webinar considers the importance of goal clarity. A clear goal can simplify decision making, unite us in our planning and spur innovation. In the next instalment of The Day After Tomorrow series of dialogues, we delve into planning for the long haul while hoping for a vaccine. While the Government plays a fundamental role in testing, contact tracing and isolation, how are firms planning for the future of their operations?

8th April 2020
Friday
11:00am – 11:45am

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Building Security in an Unsecure World
How do you build a secure future in an unsecure world? Covid-19 has made the term we knew as VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, chaos, and ambiguity – more real than ever before. In its 6th instalment of The Day After Tomorrow dialogue series, we will focus on planning towards a new future. What may change? What may not?

29th April 2020
Wednesday
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Marketing For A New Normal
No firm can really predict what the New Normal will be, but it can be among the firsts to find out what that new reality looks like. In this webinar, we will discuss the new ways to get market feedback as fast as possible allowing us to explore New Normal for business and their customers. The goal of our webinar is to stimulate thoughts and offer new perspectives to look at today’s marketing situation.

We have leaders in customer intelligence join us for this unique webinar: IPSOS and ADA. The panel will share their views on:

  1. Consumers staying at home: what is going on? What does the data tell us?
  2. Post-COVID when they come out of their homes: will there be a New Normal: yes or no?
  3. How should companies respond?

23rd April 2020
Thursday
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Managing by Freedom Within The Framework Post Covid-19
What permanent changes will Covid-19 leave the way we live, work, and interact?

Unfortunately, the recent movement restrictions across the world, prompted by this pandemic, became the catalyst that propels a reality that there will be no more ‘business as usual’. Physical distancing to flatten the curve has forced most employees to work from home; away from their usual oversight, rules, and processes. And many organizations are caught unprepared to deal with the sudden shift to an unprecedented degree of freedom for employees.

This is the focal point of the 4th session of our series.

15th April 2020
Wednesday
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: COVID-19 and Critical Supply Chains: Medical Services and Food
It began in China, now Covid-19 has interrupted business cycles in Europe, Americas, and all of Asia. Amongst other challenges that leaders around the world juggle, ensuring that supplies meet demands is a critical piece of this puzzle to humanity.

For companies whose operations have been impacted, if not by the virus itself then by actions to contain the spread, steps may include enhancing their production scheduling agility, activate their secondary supply network, or even prepare for the reality of plant closures. While there is no silver-bullet answer, finding your solution starts by asking, and thinking about, some key questions.

8th April 2020
Wednesday
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: A Balancing Act: Supporting Your People and Your Business
Covid-19 has triggered a human crisis and a business crisis. Some companies have responded with aggressive layoffs, abandoning many of their vulnerable workers to try to save the core business.

Others have focused on maximizing the well-being of their employees, recognizing that the short-term financial cost of maintaining salaries and benefits will be high in the face of plummeting revenues.

In this session, we will focus on human resources. How do we maintain the health and well-being of the human capital of our organizations and nation, while adapting business models for survival and eventually re-growth.

30 March 2020
Monday
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Online

Webinar: COVID-19: The Day After Tomorrow – Sharing Asian Leadership Practices During A Time Of Crisis

Being the leading nation in ASEAN affected by COVID-19, Malaysia has had a head start in seeing the impact of this virus on individuals as well as the business and economic consequences of drastic steps taken to flatten the curve.

As a n institution based in Malaysia for Asia the Iclif Executive Education Center at Asia School of Business is in a unique position to draw from real-life and real-time lessons from leaders who are living, surviving, and succeeding the repercussions of COVID-19, and to enhance that learning with academic rigors of our global faculty.

TBC

TBC

ASB Convocation Class of 2020 [POSTPONED]
Students of MBA 2020 graduate from our ASB MBA program.

20 February 2020
Wednesday

Found8, KL Sentral

Digital Potluck #4
This Digital Potluck is a meetup held to discuss new ideas and trends surrounding the digital space, transition and change by leaders of the industry. This Digital Potluck featured both Audra Pakalnyte, Head of Strategic Initiatives and PR at Fave and Aditya Tuli, Chief Digital Officer, Sime Darby Plantation.

15 January 2020
Wednesday

MindValley, Bangsar

Digital Potluck #3
This Digital Potluck is a meetup held to discuss new ideas and trends surrounding the digital space by leaders of the industry. The 2019 Digital Potluck will feature both Thomas Couronne, Head of Data Science at AirAsia as well as Sudhansh Jadon, Head of Digital Strategy & Performance Media at Dentsu Aegis Network.

10 January 2020
Friday

8.30AM – 12PM

Sasana Kijang

Talent Connect 2020
Talent Connect 2020 is designed for employers to broaden their network by connecting with ASB’s market-ready talents on campus and discovering the value that they bring to an organization. This event will also feature keynote speaker Professor Emillio Castilla, NTU Professor of Management and a Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

31 October 2019
Thursday

Sasana Kijang
(Forum, Level 1)

2019 IMF World Economic Outlook
Giovanni Melina, economist at the IMF Research Department will be giving a presentation on:

  • Global Prospects and Policies (Ch. 1)
  • Reigniting Growth in Low-Income and Emerging Market Economies: What Role Can Structural Reforms Play? (Ch. 3)

The presentation will be followed by a discussion by Norman Loayza, Lead Economist of the Asia Hub of the World Bank Research Group.

27 November 2019
Wednesday

Perdana Botanical Garden (Lake Gardens Kuala Lumpur)

The Edge Kuala Lumpur Rat Race
Come cheer for Team ASB at The Edge Kuala Lumpur Rat Race®. Inspired by the Carey Wall St Rat Race in New York, it’s one of the annual highlights of the Malaysian Corporate Calendar.

23 October 2019
Wednesday

Sasana Kijang

Exclusive Class Preview – Financial Accounting with Prof. John E. Core
Learn how accounting functions as an information development and communication system that supports economic decision making and provides value to entities and society. Discover the uses and limitations of financial statements and related information and apply analytical tools in making both business and financial decisions.

25 – 26 Sept 2019
Wednesday – Thursday

Alof Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Learning & Development Asia
Come see our very own ASB panelist speak at the 2-day conference that aim to bridge the gaps between the industrial change makers and the HR profession through transformational knowledge-sharing and implementation of cutting-edge strategies and programs. Do stop by at our booth to find out more.

25 August 2019
Sunday

White Box @ Publika

RYSE Showcase 2019
The RYSE Showcase is a full day event that marks the end of the RYSE pilot program. Selected participants will be showcasing their business idea to the public at the RYSE Marketplace and the top 10 teams will be chosen to pitch for funding.

29 July – 2nd Aug 2019
Monday – Friday

Sasana Kijang

EPGM 7
MIT Sloan’s Executive Program in General Management (EPGM) offsite immersion in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The EPGM program introduces mid-career managers and leaders to the latest in MIT thought leadership on innovation, strategy, decision-making, and leadership.

23 – 24 July 2019
Tuesday & Wednesday

Sasana Kijang

The ASB-UNHCR Research Workshop on Refugee Issues and Forced Migration
The purpose of this research workshop is to serve as a platform to connect scholars in hopes of expanding the body of ethical, well-informed, and evidence-based academic literature surrounding refugee studies and forced migration in Southeast Asia.

8 – 9 July 2019
Monday & Tuesday

Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching, Sarawak

International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak 2019
The Sarawak State Government is proud to host the 3rd International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak, IDECS.

6 July 2019
Saturday

Sasasa Kijang

Future of Work Conference by Alumni Alliance
A conference with more than 15 speakers to cover four exciting panels which include Public Policy, Technology, Economics and Human Capital.

2nd July 2019
Tuesday

Sasasa Kijang

Hari Raya Celebration
ASB Annual Hari Raya celebration for students, staff and partners.

14 April 2019
Sunday

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

MBA Graduation 2019
Students of MBA 2019 graduate from their program.

28 – 31 March 2019
Thursday – Sunday

Sasana Kijang/ Lanai Kijang

Admit Weekend
Exclusively for admitted students, this weekend features a preview class, networking with students and faculty, and a tour of Kuala Lumpur.

15 February 2019
Friday

Sasana Kijang

Summer Fair
The Career Fair looks into Summer Associate Programs for Class of 2020.

11 – 15 February 2019
Monday – Friday

Kuala Lumpur

EPGM 6
MIT Sloan’s Executive Program in General Management (EPGM) offsite immersion in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The EPGM program introduces mid-career managers and leaders to the latest in MIT thought leadership on innovation, strategy, decision-making, and leadership.

10 January 2019
Thursday

Sasana Kijang

Full-Time Career Fair
The Career Fair focuses on full time employment prospects for the graduating class of 2019.

10 January 2019
Thursday

Sasana Kijang

MIT Insights Series
ASB’s signature Faculty Insights Series see MIT Sloan faculty share their expertise and knowledge with Asia’s business community right here in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

14 December 2018
Friday

RedQ

Innovation Intervention Bootcamp with AirAsia: Follow-Up Session
Follow-up on the progress of the participants from 3 corporate development training programs organized for AirAsia.

13 December 2018
Thursday

Sasana Kijang

Christmas Celebration
ASB Annual Christmas celebration for students, staff and partners.

11 December 2018
Tuesday

Sasana Kijang

Action Learning Symposium
Students present their Action Learning Projects and Learnings to their Host Companies.

8 December 2018
Sunday

Sasana Kijang

Lean In Malaysia’s unConference 2018
Lean In Malaysia’s unConference 2018 is an annual flagship event that gathers speakers from various backgrounds and industries to discuss a wide range of progressive ideas that focuses on adjustments or differences that women can take to be more empowered in their professional decisions.

5 – 7 December 2018
Wednesday – Friday

RedQ

3rd Innovation Intervention Bootcamp with AirAsia
Corporate development training for AirAsia staff aimed at improving innovation mindsets.

22 November 2018
Thursday

Sasana Kijang

CCB-Iclif-ASB Training
An ASB and Iclif jointly-organized training program for the executives of China Cooperation Bank.

21 November 2018
Wednesday

Sasana Kijang

Dilwali Celebration
ASB Annual Diwali celebration for students, staff and partners.

17 – 18 November 2018
Saturday – Sunday

Sasana Kijang

Eco Biz 3: Stage 2 Workshop
2-day bootcamp for the Top 10 teams of Alliance Bank and GreenTech’s Eco Biz Challenge 2018.

9 November 2018
Friday

Sasana Kijang

Preview Day
Interested students are welcome to come visit us on campus, meet our students and faculty, and sit in for a few test classes.

8 November 2018
Thursday

Sasana Kijang

Powering the Future
The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) in collaboration with ASB discuss Malaysia’s energy policy challenges based on the paper written by our Ass. Professor Renato Lima de Oliveira in this close door seminar for the players in the energy industry.

2 – 4 November 2018
Friday – Sunday

Lanai Kijang

Data Unchained Malaysia 2018
AXIATA Group partners with ASB to host Data Unchained Malaysia 2018, Malaysia’s largest datathon with the aim of helping to build capacity and talent in the field of data sciences and analytics.

29 October 2018
Monday

Intercontinental

Eco Biz 3: Stage 1 Workshop
Design Thinking workshop for 100 University students from 25 Universities across Malaysia who are semifinalists of Alliance Bank and GreenTech’s Eco Biz Challenge 2018.

15 – 17 October 2018
Monday – Wednesday

RedQ

2nd Innovation Intervention Bootcamp with AirAsia
Corporate development training for AirAsia staff aimed at improving the mindset of innovation.

12 October 2018
Friday

Sasana Kijang

Making the Marketing Pitch
Our students try to take home the marketing pitch trophy once again! Come for the pitch and let industry experts be the judge of your marketing campaign!

8 – 11 October 2018
Monday – Thursday

DoubleTree by Hilton and Sasana Kijang

Innovation Intervention Bootcamp with UOB
Corporate development training for UOB staff from 6 country offices aimed at improving innovation mindsets and developing talent.

3 October 2018
Wednesday

Sasana Kijang

Global Development Agenda: from MDGs to SDGsb
Join us for an overview of the international development space and a snapshot history of how the sustainability agenda has evolved.

25 September 2018
Tuesday

Sasana Kijang

KL Info Session
Meet our admissions team at out first KL info session for the year as our applications are launched.

14 – 15 September 2018
Friday – Saturday

Sasana Kijang

Makerfest
MBA – Jaya

13 September 2018
Thursday

Sasana Kijang

Design Thinking Class
MBA2020 Students

12 September 2018
Wednesday

Sasana Kijang

Action Learning Meet & Greet
Our students and Action Learning Partners meet for the first time before their project kick-off.

3 September 2018
Monday

Sasana Kijang

MBA 19 Kick-Off
MBA Class of 2019 is back from their Summer Action Learning Projects to start their final year.

3 September 2018
Monday

Renaissance Hotel KL

3rd Liberalism Conference 2018
Come join Prof. Renato to a panel that will discuss the role of state-owned companies (GLCs) in the economy and Malaysia’s recent political changes.

23 – 25 August 2018
Thursday – Saturday

Lanai Kijang

ASB MakerFest
As part of the MBA Immersion program, the ASB MBA Class of 2020 participated in the MakerFest run by ASB IEC.

23 – 31 July 2018
Monday – Tuesday

QIUP campus, Ipoh

4th Social Venture Youth Exchange
A program aimed at encouraging youth to be social entrepreneurs, organized with 3 Korean Universities: Hanyang University, Korea Polytechnic University, Ajou University and 1 Malaysian University: QIUP.

25 – 27 June 2018
Monday – Wednesday

RedQ

1st Innovation Intervention Bootcamp with AirAsia
Corporate development training for AirAsia staff aimed at improving innovation mindsets.

3 – 5 May 2018
Thursday – Saturday

QIUP campus, Ipoh

ASB-QIUP MakerFest
MakerFest as a start of a year-long cooperation with QIUP to build their University’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

7 February 2018
Wednesday

Kuala Lumpur

Masterclass with Professor Loredana Padurean: Diversity in Education
The Masterclass showcases what the MBA classroom experience is like and it’s an amazing opportunity to see how classes are run and content is shaped in an engaging learning environment.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for more upcoming events.

Date/Time
Venue
Details

15 – 17 December 2020
Tuesday – Thursday

Ahmedabad, India

Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC)-ASIA CHAPTER

Past Events
Date/Time
Venue
Details

6th June 2020
Saturday

Hong Kong

Making Hong Kong’s Future Work | AmCham Hong Kong
ASB partners with AmCham Hong Kong to host the Future of Work Forum. Network and hear best-in-class practices from transformational and innovative executives of leading companies.

3rd June 2020
Wednesday
11:00am – 11:45am

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Creating Jobs In The Post-Covid World
Every nation is facing challenges in unemployment, business closure, and income loss. Stimulus plans proposed are primarily focusing on helping companies to retain their employees and to offer unemployment benefits to those who lost their jobs. But what is the long game? Will jobs return and will they be the same jobs? How can new jobs be created? And who can do it?

A Kauffman Foundation study shows that startups make a significant source of new jobs. Can we create enough entrepreneurs to create startups and make a difference in the unemployment number? If so how do we scale this to not just today’s need, but help build thriving startups environment that addresses the future needs of the nation?

20th May 2020
Wednesday
2:45pm – 3:30pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Digital Platforms and The New World
It is becoming clearer that there may be no quick solution to end the Covid-19 pandemic. To survive, stabilize and re-grow, individuals and organizations must transform how they have strategized and operated, i.e. adapt to a new normal. One way forward is to become even more collaborative, more creative, and cleverer in leveraging existing resources.

This webinar instalment focuses on platform strategy. What is a platform and how is it different from a traditional business value chain? How do platforms create value by connecting and solving critical operation bottlenecks? Most importantly, in context of Covid-19, how are the different platforms contributing to our collaborative efforts to emerge from this pandemic? How might the model even be an opportunity going forward after the storm has passed?

13th May 2020
Wednesday
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Flatten the Curve: Then What?
Flatten the curve. Then what? No one can really predict what happens next, while uncertainty and the competing demands of health and the economy make planning challenging.

This webinar considers the importance of goal clarity. A clear goal can simplify decision making, unite us in our planning and spur innovation. In the next instalment of The Day After Tomorrow series of dialogues, we delve into planning for the long haul while hoping for a vaccine. While the Government plays a fundamental role in testing, contact tracing and isolation, how are firms planning for the future of their operations?

8th April 2020
Friday
11:00am – 11:45am

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Building Security in an Unsecure World
How do you build a secure future in an unsecure world? Covid-19 has made the term we knew as VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, chaos, and ambiguity – more real than ever before. In its 6th instalment of The Day After Tomorrow dialogue series, we will focus on planning towards a new future. What may change? What may not?

29th April 2020
Wednesday
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Marketing For A New Normal
No firm can really predict what the New Normal will be, but it can be among the firsts to find out what that new reality looks like. In this webinar, we will discuss the new ways to get market feedback as fast as possible allowing us to explore New Normal for business and their customers. The goal of our webinar is to stimulate thoughts and offer new perspectives to look at today’s marketing situation.

We have leaders in customer intelligence join us for this unique webinar: IPSOS and ADA. The panel will share their views on:

  1. Consumers staying at home: what is going on? What does the data tell us?
  2. Post-COVID when they come out of their homes: will there be a New Normal: yes or no?
  3. How should companies respond?

23rd April 2020
Thursday
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: Managing by Freedom Within The Framework Post Covid-19
What permanent changes will Covid-19 leave the way we live, work, and interact?

Unfortunately, the recent movement restrictions across the world, prompted by this pandemic, became the catalyst that propels a reality that there will be no more ‘business as usual’. Physical distancing to flatten the curve has forced most employees to work from home; away from their usual oversight, rules, and processes. And many organizations are caught unprepared to deal with the sudden shift to an unprecedented degree of freedom for employees.

This is the focal point of the 4th session of our series.

15th April 2020
Wednesday
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: COVID-19 and Critical Supply Chains: Medical Services and Food
It began in China, now Covid-19 has interrupted business cycles in Europe, Americas, and all of Asia. Amongst other challenges that leaders around the world juggle, ensuring that supplies meet demands is a critical piece of this puzzle to humanity.

For companies whose operations have been impacted, if not by the virus itself then by actions to contain the spread, steps may include enhancing their production scheduling agility, activate their secondary supply network, or even prepare for the reality of plant closures. While there is no silver-bullet answer, finding your solution starts by asking, and thinking about, some key questions.

9th April 2020,
Thursday

Online

Virtual Masterclass: The All ASEAN Brands
This Virtual Masterclass will discuss which are the new ASEAN-born digital brands taking on the international entrants from China and the US.

8th April 2020
Wednesday
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Online – Zoom

Webinar: A Balancing Act: Supporting Your People and Your Business
Covid-19 has triggered a human crisis and a business crisis. Some companies have responded with aggressive layoffs, abandoning many of their vulnerable workers to try to save the core business.

Others have focused on maximizing the well-being of their employees, recognizing that the short-term financial cost of maintaining salaries and benefits will be high in the face of plummeting revenues.

In this session, we will focus on human resources. How do we maintain the health and well-being of the human capital of our organizations and nation, while adapting business models for survival and eventually re-growth.

11th March 2020
Wednesday

Online

Virtual Masterclass: Financing Your Business with Fintech
This Virtual Masterclass will explore the different funding options available and provide a methodology for determining which alternative financing methods are right for your business.

13 February 2020
Thursday

Online

Virtual Masterclass: Family Business Strategy with Prof. Ambra Mazzelli
This Virtual Masterclass for insights on how you, and your children and grandchildren, can grow your family business profitably over the long term.

With a family net worth of $16.6 billion, the Kuoks have become the 15th richest family in Asia, rising from humble beginnings operating a trading post in Johor Bahru. But the Kuoks are the exception rather than the rule, as 70% of family-owned businesses fail or are sold before the second generation has the chance to take over.

Why do some family businesses grow and others fail?
Asia School of Business Assistant Professor Ambra Mazzelli explores the dynamics that shape these unique companies in our latest Virtual Masterclass.

12 – 14 November 2019
Tuesday – Thursday

Jakarta

14th IFSB SUMMIT 2019
The 14th IFSB Summit will be held from 12 to 14 November 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Bank Indonesia will be the host for this year’s Summit, now a biennial event for the IFSB. This year’s topic is “Islamic Finance for Sustainable Development in the Era of Technological Innovations”.
More info: https://ifsbindonesia2019.com

23 – 25 November 2019
Saturday – Monday

Dubai

Dubai Trek

20 – 22 October 2019
Sunday – Tuesday

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Trek

14 – 19 October 2019
Monday – Saturday

Shanghai & Shenzen

China Trek

16 September 2019
Monday

Singapore

Singapore Trek

20 – 22 November 2018
Tuesday – Thursday

Dubai

Dubai Trek
Theme focused – “A Balance Play.”

25 – 26 October 2018
Thursday – Friday

Pt. Douglas, Australia

CX Leaders Council 2018 – Asia Pacific
The CX Leaders Council is an annual, invitation-only gathering of leading customer experience executives from around the world.

10 – 12 October 2018
Wednesday – Friday

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Trek
Theme focused – “Professional Services, Boutique Finance and Start-Up Ecosystem.”

20 – 22 September 2018
Thursday – Saturday

Jakarta

ASB-Habibie Festival MakerFest
MakerFest for 50 youth from different schools and Universities in Jakarta.

10 – 11 September 2018
Monday – Tuesday

Singapore

Singapore Trek
Theme focused – “Technology and Start-Ups.”

13 – 14 August 2018
Monday – Tuesday

Hanyang University campus

Asia Pacific Youth Exchange
Organized a MakerFest for 120 youth from 30 countries in Asia.

13 – 14 August 2018
Monday – Tuesday

Chicago, USA

2018 Academy of Management Annual Meeting
Despite the benefits of international expansion, family firms are commonly portrayed as being conservative, risk averse, and therefore unwilling to assume the risks associated with international markets. Yet, many of the world’s largest and most dynamic multinational companies are family firms. In order to understand this paradox and reconcile previous mixed empirical results, we conducted longitudinal analyses of international market entry and survival on 2,344 Spanish manufacturing firms corresponding to 14,584 firm-year observations from 2001-2012.

8 – 12 August 2018
Wednesday – Sunday

Incheon, Korea

6th Asian Youth Forum
Focused on the theme youth employment and skills development, supported ADB in organizing the largest youth conference in Asia.

3 – 5 August 2018
Friday – Sunday

San Francisco

International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces 2018
ASB IEC presented its work at the biggest international academic conference on makerspaces.

24 – 25 July 2018
Tuesday – Wednesday

Bangkok, Thailand

MIT Sloan-Sasin Action Learning Conference
At the MIT Sloan-Sasin Action Learning Educating Leaders to Drive Real Change Conference, you will learn from distinguished speakers about how Action Learning is being used to shape education, improve leadership practices in corporations, and drive social change in the Asia-Pacific region.

12 – 13 July 2018
Thursday – Friday

Detroit, USA

Venture for America Training Camp
Training Camp is five weeks of learning new skills, getting to know your Fellow class, and beginning to think like an entrepreneur. At Training Camp, you’ll probably work harder than you did throughout four years in college, but in the end, you’ll come out stronger, energized and knowing you have your entire Fellow class beside you.

1 – 7 July 2018
Sunday – Saturday

Barcelona, Spain

2018 International Teachers Program – Module 2
Co-taught with faculty from LBS-London, HEC-Paris, Bocconi-Milan, IMD-Lausanne, and SSE-Stockholm in the 2018 International Teachers Program, Module 2 held in Barcelona, Spain, as a follow-up to Module 1 that was held in January 2018 in IAE Aix-en-Provence, France.

27 – 28 June 2018
Wednesday – Thursday

Manila, Philippines

The AACSB Assurance of Learning Seminar
Two day seminar, co-taught with Professor Renee Kim (Hanyang University, S. Korea) on the topic of designing and measuring goals and objectives of business degree programs. Target audience: faculty, directors and deans of Asia-Pacific business schools.

9 – 10 March 2018
Friday – Saturday

Singapore

The AACSB Art and Science of Teaching Workshop
Two day seminar, co-taught with Professor David Sharp (Ivey School of Business, Canada) on the science of learning and its application in the classroom, curriculum design, student engagement and management, technology for the classroom, and case teaching and case writing.

7 – 8 March 2018
Wednesday – Thursday

Singapore

The AACSB Assurance of Learning Seminar
Two day seminar, co-taught with Professor Renee Kim (Hanyang University, S. Korea) on the topic of designing and measuring goals and objectives of business degree programs. Target audience: faculty, directors and deans of Asia-Pacific business schools.

 

Central Banking Initiatives @ ASB

Our Central Banking Initiatives @ ASB include talks, webinars, forums and other events on topics of interest to central banks. Currently, we are running three series. Our Conversations on Central Banking webinar series, draws on the experience of our Advisory Board Members, comprising former central bank Governors from around the world, and the expertise of our MIT and other faculty members on topical issues in central banking. Our Macro, Finance and Emerging Economies webinar series, hosted jointly with the SEACEN Centre, provides a forum for policy-relevant work on topics in macroeconomics, finance and their nexus, and especially work relevant to the challenges confronting emerging economies. We feature selected sessions from our ASB Research Seminars, on topics related to macroeconomics, finance and central banking. Finally, we provide a platform for special events, such as presentations by international organisations on policy initiatives and regional/global publications. All events are open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Scroll down to see upcoming and past initiatives, including registration links.

Applications for the September 2022 Master of Central Banking (MCB) intake are now open. Visit Master of Central Banking to know more or download the brochure.

PAST INITIATIVES

Asia School of Business in collaboration with The SEACEN Centre is organizing a joint seminar for IMF Launch of World Economic Outlook Analytical Chapters.

  • Global Trade and Value Chains in the Pandemicby Davide Malacrino – Economist, IMF Research Department 

When COVID-19 hit, the combined supply and demand shock was expected to lead to a dramatic collapse in trade. However, trade in goods bounced back quite rapidly—faster than it has in previous global slowdowns like the global financial crisis. But trade in services still remains sluggish. And some sectors that participate heavily in global value chains, such as automobiles, experienced larger and longer disruptions. Along with on-going disruptions in supply chain logistics, this has prompted calls among policy makers to bring more production on-shore, which would lead to permanent changes in the structure of global value chains. In this context, the chapter investigates the following questions: (1) what were the main drivers of trade in the pandemic; in particular domestic pandemic intensity and pandemic containment policies, as well as international spillovers on trade from pandemic containment policies; (2) how did key GVCs adapt to the pandemic; and (3) what can governments do to help strengthen global value chains against future disruptions, which may arise not just from future health crises, but also from conflict, cyberattacks, or from climate-related weather events? 

  • Private Sector Debt and the Global Recovery by Jean-Marc Natal – Deputy Division Chief, IMF Research Department

During the pandemic, and in particular its most acute phase, government policies helped maintain private access to credit, staving off a deeper recession in 2020. This chapter examines whether the resulting increase in leverage may affect the pace of the recovery. As countries prepare to normalize monetary policy, assessing how leverage is distributed and its interaction with countercyclical policies is key to forecasting the pace of the recovery and calibrating the unwinding of pandemic-time support. Analyzes based on micro-level data show that the recovery is likely to be slower in countries where (1) leverage is concentrated among vulnerable firms and low-income households, (2) insolvency procedures are inefficient, (3) public and private deleveraging coincide and (4) monetary policy must be tightened rapidly. 

  • IMF’s Asia and Pacific Regional Outlook – Spring 2022 by Nour Tawk

While the growth outlook for Asia and the Pacific has been downgraded for 2022, the region remains the world’s most dynamic. Headwinds to the region’s recovery include trade and commodity price spillovers from the Ukraine war, the tightening of financial conditions amid US monetary policy normalization, and COVID developments in some countries. High global food and fuel prices have added inflationary pressure in much of Asia, hurting the poor the most. Medium-term scarring from the pandemic in emerging and developing Asia is expected to be significant. Risks are tilted to the downside and include further escalation of the war in Ukraine, new COVID waves, a larger than expected slowdown in China, and tighter global financial conditions. Over the medium term, the potential fragmentation of supply chains and geopolitical tensions is a big risk to a region that has benefitted from globalization over the last few decades. Rising inflation and slowing growth are worsening an already-difficult tradeoff facing policymakers. With output gaps still large in many countries, the withdrawal of fiscal policy stimulus will need to be well calibrated to support the post-Covid recovery, structural transformation, and protect the vulnerable from rising food and fuel prices while the pace of consolidation is articulated in medium term fiscal frameworks focused on maintaining debt sustainability. In countries with more advanced recoveries, signs of de-anchoring of inflation expectations and/or external pressures, continued tightening of monetary policy will be required.

VICTORIA IVASHINA
Lovett-learned Professor of Finance
Head of the Finance Unit
Harvard Business School

VICTORIA IVASHINA ON WHY IS DOLLAR DEBT CHEAPER?

5 April 2022 – 6.00pm MYT (GMT + 8)

In this seminar Professor Ivashina will present her recent paper (joint with Bryan Gutierrez and Juliana Salomao) that explores the interest rate differential for lending rates is closely matched by the differential in the deposit market using the evidence in Peru. The findings highlight that the preference for dollar loans is rooted on the local household preference for dollar savings and a banking sector that is closely matching its foreign assets and liabilities. It is also discovered that borrower competitive pressure increases the pass-through of this differential.

This event is part of our Macro, Finance and Emerging Economies Webinar Series, hosted in collaboration with the SEACEN Centre.

ANUSHA CHARI
Professor of Economics and Adjunct Professor of Finance
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

ANUSHA CHARI ON SPILLOVERS AT THE EXTREME

2 March 2022 – 9.00pm MYT (GMT + 8)
In this seminar Professor Chari will present her recent paper (joint with Karlye Dilts Stedman, Kristin Forbes) that explores the relationship between macroprudential stance and vulnerability to the global financial cycle by using a policy-shocks approach that corrects for reverse causality by combining high-frequency risk measures with weekly data on portfolio investment and a new measure of macroprudential regulations that captures the intensity of policy stances. The findings highlight that macroprudential regulation can reduce the volume and volatility of bank flows but shift risks in ways that aggravate vulnerabilities in other parts of the financial system.

This event is part of our Macro, Finance and Emerging Economies Webinar Series, hosted in collaboration with the SEACEN Centre.

DIGITAL DISRUPTION AND INCLUSION: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES 

26 – 28 January 2022 – 8.00pm MYT (GMT + 8)

Digital technology has long held the great promise of putting within reach the goal of financial inclusion. The achievements of digital technology seem to have gone beyond the low-hanging fruit of mobile payments and into micro-savings and micro-credit. Nonetheless, these remarkable technological advances seem to have yet to transform the lives of most of the poor.

This conference will bring together some of the leading thinkers in digital technology and financial inclusion. The discussions will assess where we stand and allow an exchange of views on the best ways of moving forward.

 

PROGRAM:

Day 1: Models of digital inclusive finance and stories of success 

This session will discuss the frontier in digital payments and digital credit in achieving financial inclusion. What models are working? What can we learn from China and India as leading models? What are the key elements of successful digital innovation?

 

Day 2: Financial resilience in the large and in the small 

This session will consider financial resilience at two levels – the level of the individual household and the level of the economy at large. To what extent does increased access to credit translate into unsustainable indebtedness? How does low financial literacy interact with transparency and ethical practices such as sales tactics, fee structures and detailed terms and conditions?

 

Day 3: Central Banks as Enablers 

This session will be about creating an environment that fosters both digital financial inclusion and financial stability. What enabling role should central banks have in digital infrastructure, building trust, mitigating risks, education, and working with other regulators?

ASB Research Series

The ASB Research Seminar Series (RSS) provides a forum for academics from a broad range of disciplines to present their research work. ASB RSS are now virtual and are usually held on Wednesdays at lunchtime. If you would like to present at and/or attend the ASB RSS please contact Ambra Mazzelli (ambra.mazzelli@asb.edu.my) or Ikuo Takei (ikuo.takei@asb.edu.my).

Upcoming Talks

Stay tuned for more upcoming talks.

Date/Time
Speaker
Title & Abstract
16 February 2022
Wednesday
Zhan Siran
UNSW / NUS
Rethinking the personality-entrepreneurship link: Can entrepreneurship change your personality?
02 March 2022
Wednesday
Joel Bothello
Concordia University
The morality of informality: Exploring binary oppositions in counterfeit markets.
16 March 2022
Wednesday
Tava Olsen
University of Auckland Business School
Quoting Lead Times When Quotes Directly Affect Customer Satisfaction.
23 March 2022
Wednesday
Jackson Lu
MIT Sloan
Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling with Debate Training: A Longitudinal Field Experiment
25 March 2022
Wednesday
Joseph Cherian
NUS
“Replicas: Have Hedge Funds Re-Resurrected as Traditional Beta?” (co-authored with C. Kon and Z. Li)
30 March 2022
Wednesday
Shardul Phadnis
ASB
Market Expansion through Online-buying to Store-pickup (O2S): Implications for End-to-end Supply Chain Strategy, Shardul Phadnis, Charles Fine
20 April 2022
Wednesday
Mahak Nagpal
NUS
TBC
27 April 2022
Wednesday
Atalay Atasu
INSEAD
TBC
04 May 2022
Wednesday
Ivan Miroshnychenko
IMD
TBC
11 May 2022
Wednesday
Taisuke Nakata
University of Tokyo
TBC
Past Talks
Date/Time
Speaker
Title & Abstract
17 November 2021
Wednesday
Wang Tao
Kyoto University
Navigating the maze: How professionals manage interdependence
Management
6 October 2021
Wednesday
Dimas Mateus Fazio
National University of Singapore
Housing Collateral Reform and Economic Reallocation
Economics & Finance
22 September 2021
Wednesday
Po-Shen Loh
Carnegie Mellon University
A New Approach for Fighting Infectious Disease, Combining Game Theory and Network Theory
Economics & Finance
6 January 2021
Monday
Anella Munro
Asia School of Business
The Original Sin Redux: A Model Based Evaluation
Macroeconomics/Finance
11 November 2020
Wednesday
Willem Smit
Asia School of Business
The Streetlight Effect on a Global Scale: Analysis of Empirical Contexts in Internationalization Research
Marketing
4 November 2020
Wednesday
Lys Kulamadayl
Free University of Amsterdam
Systemic Corruption and International Instruments
International Law
28 October 2020
Wednesday
Juanuan Zhang
MIT Sloan
Genes and Sales
Marketing
14 October 2020
Wednesday
Michael Frese
Asia School of Business
Publishing in high impact journals for social scientists
Management
7 October 2020
Wednesday
Laura Knopfel
King’s College London
Transnational Law as a Bridge Between Legal and Social Structures
International Law
30 September 2020
Wednesday
Stefano Puntoni
RSM Erasmus Universiteit
Consumers and autonomous technology: An emerging framework
Marketing

23 September 2020
Wednesday
Ahsan Ullah
University of Brunei
Xenophobia in the receiving countries: How do migrants deal with it
Sociology

8 Apr 2020
Wednesday
Neha Tripathi
National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School
Impact of COVID-19 on employees’ daily work outcomes
Organizational behavior

26 Feb 2020
Wednesday
Travers Child
China Europe International Business School (Shanghai)
Aid Fragmentation, Corruption, and Conflict
Field: Development economics

20 Jan 2020
Monday
Jansen Calamita
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Investment Law and Corporate Governance (TBC)
Field: International Investment Law

15 Jan 2020
Wednesday
Rodrigo Bandeira-de-Mello
Marrimack College (US), Université Paris-Dauphine
Untitled
Field: Strategy

27 Nov 2019
Wednesday
Kathryn Hochstetler
LSE, UK
Global Environmental Governance and International Development
Field: International Development

20 Nov 2019
Wednesday
Wei Yu
NUS, Industrial Systems Engineering and Management
Does Childhood Adversities Create Great Entrepreneurs? A Systematic Investigation of Childhood Adversity, Resilience and Entrepreneurs’ Career Success
Field: Entrepreneurship

13 Nov 2019
Wednesday
Cristiano Bellavitis
The University of Auckland
Untitled
Field: Entrepreneurial finance

30 Oct 2019
Wednesday
Mike Mai
NUS Business School
When does gender matter for creativity in groups? Examining the interactive effect of gender composition and perspective variety on group creativity
Field: Organizational Behavior

9 Oct 2019
Wednesday
Ralf van der Lans
HKUST
Seeding of Viral Marketing Campaigns in Social Networks
Field: Marketing

2 Oct 2019
Wednesday
James Yetman
CIS
Contagion Risk Among Big Global Banks
Field: Finance

25 Sept 2019
Wednesday
Alessandro Fergnani
NUS Business School
Corporate Foresight: A New Frontier for Strategy and Managment
Field:Future studies

18 Sept 2019
Wednesday
Jeremy Goh
Singapore Management University
Corporate Governance and Bond Evaluation
Field: Finance

11 April 2019
Thursday
Tuan Phan
Associate Professor,
NUS, Singapore
Shopping or Dining? Analyzing User Behavior due to Flight Delays

Flight delays are costly to passengers, the air travel industry, businesses, and the overall economy. Yet, there is little empirical evidence on how passengers behave and spend their time as a result of given time due to schedule disruptions. In this study, we use a large proprietary dataset on passengers’ indoor movements from a major airport and publicly available flight delay data to study how flyers spend their time due to flight delays.

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We find that, on average, for every ten minutes of delay, passengers spend twenty additional seconds near shops and 8 seconds near dining establishments.

Furthermore, we find that passengers at lower rated airlines are more likely to spend time at dining establishment. Our findings can aid airlines and airports to better manage passengers satisfaction due to service disruptions.

27 March 2019
Wednesday
Anella Munro
Senior Advisor,
Reserve Bank of New Zeland, New Zealand
A Prudential Stable Funding Requirement and Monetary Policy, in a Small Open Economy
Post crisis, we have introduced regulation to make the financial system safer. Do these regulations prevent the build-up of risk or shift the point of risk? How do they interact with monetary policy? This presentation looks at the stable funding requirement (SFR), part of the Basel III liquidity regulation that came into effect in 2018, and part of the liquidity policy introduced in New Zealand, in 2010.

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The first part of the presentation is focused on a paper that examines the interaction of the SFR and monetary policy, in a macroeconomic model. To incorporate the policy in a macroeconomic model, we need a bank with richly specified liabilities, which requires innovations to the model structure. The model is estimated using New Zealand data, the effect of the policy in the macro-economy is explored, and its impact on monetary policy trade-offs is evaluated. A higher SFR amplifies a bond funding spread shock, but is passive in the transmission of other model shocks, only affecting the composition of funding. Overall, monetary policy trade-offs are only slightly worsened, but are worsened in states when the zero lower bound is likely to bind. Trade-offs can be improved when monetary policy leans against credit growth.

The second part of the presentation considers broader implications of the paper, and challenges for financial stability policy, including the risk that unstable funding has just changed its name.

20 March 2019
Wednesday
Asad Ata
Associate Professor,
MISI, Malaysia
Sustainability for Certification or Certification for Sustainability: The Palm Oil Paradox
Field: Sustainability

With local and international pressures, there is race towards benchmarking palm oil against local and global sustainability standards. Amidst record-low prices and restrictive export criteria how does it affect the Independent Small Holder farmer for Oil Palm contributing most upstream in the palm oil supply chain? The risk of being the first one to be culled out in the name of sustainability is real. How do we enable ethical and responsible sourcing while safeguarding the interest of some of the many small players in the supply chain who may live day to day on a mere subsistence level and are furthest away from any endorsement to sustainability.

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Dr. Ata has been working with the small farmers in state of Johor in Malaysia for the past 5 years where their concentration is the highest and the land size very small. Dr. Ata’s talk will be about – how do we translate global commitments to sustainability through successful supply chain engagement into true partnerships and meaningful collaboration across stakeholders.

13 March 2019
Wednesday
Andrew Coleman
Senior Lecturer,
University of Otago, New Zealand Productivity Commission, and New Zealand Treasury, New Zealand
When I’m 64, am I an age apart
Field: Macroeconomics

WHEN I’M 64:WHAT DO NEW ZEALANDERS WANT IN A RETIREMENT INCOME POLICY?

In this paper we describe how multi-criteria decision analysis was used to investigate the preferences of a nationally representative sample of New Zealanders with respect to retirement income policies. Using the estimates of individual preferences over seven different aspects of retirement income policy, we find that a policy which raises taxes to prefund the government retirement income scheme is supported by a majority of people of all ages and income groups. Our results suggest that multi-criteria decision has considerable potential in helping policy makers identify and develop policies that are aligned with people’s preferences.

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AN AGE APART? PENSIONS, PUBLIC OPINION, AND THE PREFERENCES OF POLICY-MAKERS.

There is growing evidence of a disconnect between the preferences of the general public and those of policy making ‘elites’. This paper uses a new technique based on multiple-criteria decision-making surveys to compare the range of preferences held by the general public and the staff of a major New Zealand government policy-making agency to ascertain the extent the preferences of the staff members systematically differ from those of the general public. The survey concerns the
relative importance of seven aspects of retirement income policy. We show a large proportion of the agency’s staff held minority viewpoints, and few had preferences similar to those held by the largest public subgroups. By identifying these differences, management of a policy-making organisation can ensure the diversity of views held by the public are not ignored simply because the views of the organisation’s staff are insufficiently diverse.

11 March 2019
Monday
Maria Teresa Punzi
Assistant Professor,
Webster University Vienna, Austria
Environmental Risk and Financial Stability
Field: Macroeconomics

This project connects environmental problems with fields of economics and finance, by highlighting how climate change policy affects the economy through the banking channel. Financial instability arises from: (i) environmental policy affects entrepreneurs’ profitability and firms’ liquidity; (ii) banks price climate change risk by charging higher lending rates.

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As a result, firms’ default increases in the non-green sector. Such environmental risk reveals a spillover effect from the non-green to the green sector through bank capital and bank funding channels: banks charge higher lending rates to all sectors in order to restore the balance sheet due to the foregone loans, thus contributing to lower demand and supply of funds.

Central banks and financial regulators can play an active role in promoting investment, while maintaining their mandate of stable inflation and financial stability.

14 February 2019
Thursday
Anurag Singh
PhD Candidate,
Columbia University, USA
Clustered Sovereign Defaults
Field: Macroeconomics and international trade

Clustered sovereign defaults, where multiple countries default in a relatively short period of time, is a recurring phenomenon, yet there is a lack of quantitative models designed to study them. This paper builds a quantitative framework to study clustered defaults, and investigates the nature of shocks and the mechanism through which these shocks lead countries to clustered defaults. The paper begins with a joint estimation of structural parameters that drive the output process of 24 countries and a process for the world interest rate.

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The postulated output process includes transitory and permanent global components, as well as transitory and permanent country-specific components. The paper then builds a sovereign default model augmented with financial frictions at the firm level. The model and the estimation process of driving forces are validated jointly when the shocks, estimated independently of the model or of default data, are fed into the model and the model reproduces the clustered default of 1982. The two main findings of the paper are: (1) the primary driver of clustered defaults is global shock to the transitory component of output; and (2) contrary to what is commonly believed, the Volcker interest rate hike was not a decisive factor for the 1982 developing country debt crisis.
13 February 2019
Wednesday
Gabriele Ciminelli
Projects Officer,
IMF, USA
Policy Guidance and the International Transmission of Macro News: Evidence from Investment Funds
Field: International finance, applied macroeconomics

Cross-border portfolio capital flows have been shown to depend, in part, on risk perceptions and U.S. monetary policy. This paper contends that U.S. macroeconomic data releases are another important ‘global’ factor driving cross-border flows and that their effect depends on the guidance provided by the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed). I source data on allocations into investment funds and study the response of U.S. investors to domestic employment news, focusing on the period following the Great Financial Crisis.

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I show that, when the Fed complemented its zero-rate policy with calendar-based forward guidance, monetary policy expectations were insensitive to macro releases. Absent implications for future policy, positive news increased confidence about the economy, lowered uncertainty and led investors to re-balance their portfolios toward faster growing and riskier countries. On the other hand, as the Fed progressively changed guidance to signal that it was ready to withdraw policy accommodation, investors perceived the same positive news to bring forward the moment of policy normalization and reacted by reducing their foreign market exposures. Countries with better institutions experienced less negative inflows, while those with a more open capital account fared worse. These findings highlight an important role of central bank guidance in determining how investors shift capital across countries in response to shocks. They also provide novel evidence of investors risk-taking abroad, following positive shocks at home, during periods of accommodative policy guidance.
8 February 2019
Friday
Triwit Ariyathugun
PhD Candidate,
University of Chicago, USA
Asset Pricing Implications of the Interest on Reserves Policy
Field: Macroeconomics

Since October 2008, the Federal Reserve System began paying interest on reserves balances held by financial institutions. My work examines the effects of this monetary policy on asset prices and macroeconomic outcomes. To do so, I develop a dynamic heterogeneous-agent asset pricing model in which banks take leverage by borrowing from households. Banks have a choice of depositing reserves with the government. The government collects taxes from households to pay the interest on reserves. This policy reduces banks’ risk-taking, interpretable as less risky lending made to the real economy. Banks’ net worth becomes less volatile.

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The risky loan commands a higher risk premium. The cumulative return process on risky loan faces both higher mean and higher volatility. The policy further generates macroeconomic effects through a reduction in the price of capital, which results in lower investment and growth. My work generates testable implications of the impact of reserves policy on bank lending, loan pricing and loan quality. Commercial banks in Japan may face asset management challenges in an environment with positive interest on excess reserves and negative nominal interest rate.
23 Jan 2019
Wednesday
Prasanna Karhade
Assistant Professor,
The University of Hong Kong, SAR Hong Kong China
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Multi-Level Theory for Restaurant Participation on Food Delivery Platforms in India
Field: Macroeconomics

Food delivery platforms are a source of great value and are promising to grow dramatically in the next few years. Given the tremendous growth potential in food delivery platforms in India, platform providers need to understand the factors that restaurants consider before participating on platforms. We draw on multiple theoretical perspectives to model restaurant’s decision to participate on food delivery platforms.

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We argue that multi-level theorizing is necessary to explain combinations of criteria that constitute the complex, yet boundedly rational decision of platform participation. The population of 95,735 restaurants, serving a total of 135 total different cuisines, located in the 37 largest cities of India, forms the dataset for developing our multi-level theory. Our tree induction methodology, which employs high levels of pruning, empowers us to discover patterns that serve as credible approximations of the decision flows tacitly used by restaurants in deciding to participate on platforms. We identify six unique combinations of predictors across three theoretical levels, that are situated in at least four theoretical perspectives, to explain platform participation. Detailed implications for theory, practice and policy are developed.
17 Jan 2019
Thursday
Hans Genberg
Executive Director,
The SEACEN center, Malaysia
Monetary Policy Dilemmas in Emerging Markets
Field: Macroeconomics

Following the two decades of steady non-inflationary economic expansion during the Great Moderation, inflation targeting and a freely floating exchange rate was declared ‘international best practice’ in monetary policy. Many central banks, particularly in advanced economies, adopted it as their strategy. In addition, the prevailing view among a majority of academics and central bankers was that sharp movements in asset prices and financial imbalances should not influence central bank policy.

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The financial crisis that started in 2007-08 led to a reassessment of this conventional view. Now there is a growing consensus that financial stability should be added as an objective pursued by central banks. In many emerging market economies, central banks are also concerned with volatility of capital flows and associated exchange rate fluctuations. This raises a number of issues that will be discussed in the presentation:

– Do central banks have enough policy instruments to deal with a multitude of objectives?
– Are these instruments effective in the context of increasing integration of international financial markets?
– How can we ensure that policies to achieve multiple objectives to not end up operating at cross-purposes?
– Should central banks use the policy interest rate to deal with financial imbalances in the economy?
– Should central banks lean against changes in exchange rates?
– Is there a role for capital controls as a policy tool?
– Is there a risk of overburdening the central bank with too many objectives? Should some have precedence over others?

These are all questions that central banks, particularly in emerging markets, are struggling to find answers to. The presentation will discuss them both from a conceptual perspective and with reference to actual practice in some South-East Asian central banks.

Webinars & Talks
Upcoming Webinars/Talks

Stay tuned for more upcoming webinars/talks.

Past Webinars/Talks
Date/Time
Webinar/Talk
Details

3rd June 2020
Wednesday
11:00am – 11:45am

Webinar

Every nation is facing challenges in unemployment, business closure, and income loss. Stimulus plans proposed are primarily focusing on helping companies to retain their employees and to offer unemployment benefits to those who lost their jobs. But what is the long game? Will jobs return and will they be the same jobs? How can new jobs be created? And who can do it?

A Kauffman Foundation study shows that startups make a significant source of new jobs. Can we create enough entrepreneurs to create startups and make a difference in the unemployment number? If so how do we scale this to not just today’s need, but help build thriving startups environment that addresses the future needs of the nation?

20th May 2020
Wednesday
2:45pm – 3:30pm

Webinar

It is becoming clearer that there may be no quick solution to end the Covid-19 pandemic. To survive, stabilize and re-grow, individuals and organizations must transform how they have strategized and operated, i.e. adapt to a new normal. One way forward is to become even more collaborative, more creative, and cleverer in leveraging existing resources.

This webinar instalment focuses on platform strategy. What is a platform and how is it different from a traditional business value chain? How do platforms create value by connecting and solving critical operation bottlenecks? Most importantly, in context of Covid-19, how are the different platforms contributing to our collaborative efforts to emerge from this pandemic? How might the model even be an opportunity going forward after the storm has passed?

13th May 2020
Wednesday
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Webinar

Flatten the curve. Then what? No one can really predict what happens next, while uncertainty and the competing demands of health and the economy make planning challenging.

This webinar considers the importance of goal clarity. A clear goal can simplify decision making, unite us in our planning and spur innovation. In the next instalment of The Day After Tomorrow series of dialogues, we delve into planning for the long haul while hoping for a vaccine. While the Government plays a fundamental role in testing, contact tracing and isolation, how are firms planning for the future of their operations?

8th April 2020
Wednesday
11:00am – 11:45am

Webinar

How do you build a secure future in an unsecure world? Covid-19 has made the term we knew as VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, chaos, and ambiguity – more real than ever before. In its 6th instalment of The Day After Tomorrow dialogue series, we will focus on planning towards a new future. What may change? What may not?

29th April 2020
Wednesday
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Webinar

No firm can really predict what the New Normal will be, but it can be among the firsts to find out what that new reality looks like. In this webinar, we will discuss the new ways to get market feedback as fast as possible allowing us to explore New Normal for business and their customers. The goal of our webinar is to stimulate thoughts and offer new perspectives to look at today’s marketing situation.

We have leaders in customer intelligence join us for this unique webinar: IPSOS and ADA. The panel will share their views on:

  1. Consumers staying at home: what is going on? What does the data tell us?
  2. Post-COVID when they come out of their homes: will there be a New Normal: yes or no?
  3. How should companies respond?

23rd April 2020
Thursday
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Webinar

What permanent changes will Covid-19 leave the way we live, work, and interact?

Unfortunately, the recent movement restrictions across the world, prompted by this pandemic, became the catalyst that propels a reality that there will be no more ‘business as usual’. Physical distancing to flatten the curve has forced most employees to work from home; away from their usual oversight, rules, and processes. And many organizations are caught unprepared to deal with the sudden shift to an unprecedented degree of freedom for employees.

This is the focal point of the 4th session of our series.

15th April 2020
Wednesday
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Webinar

It began in China, now Covid-19 has interrupted business cycles in Europe, Americas, and all of Asia. Amongst other challenges that leaders around the world juggle, ensuring that supplies meet demands is a critical piece of this puzzle to humanity.

For companies whose operations have been impacted, if not by the virus itself then by actions to contain the spread, steps may include enhancing their production scheduling agility, activate their secondary supply network, or even prepare for the reality of plant closures. While there is no silver-bullet answer, finding your solution starts by asking, and thinking about, some key questions.

8th April 2020
Wednesday
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Webinar

Covid-19 has triggered a human crisis and a business crisis. Some companies have responded with aggressive layoffs, abandoning many of their vulnerable workers to try to save the core business.

Others have focused on maximizing the well-being of their employees, recognizing that the short-term financial cost of maintaining salaries and benefits will be high in the face of plummeting revenues.

In this session, we will focus on human resources. How do we maintain the health and well-being of the human capital of our organizations and nation, while adapting business models for survival and eventually re-growth.

1st April 2020
Wednesday

Talk

In the wake of the current crisis, how are we reacting as individuals, and as organizations?
What is the significance of the 7-plus-minus concept in this situation?
What is the threat-rigidity cycle, and why is it important for organizations to understand it?
Why are we not ready for exponential growth?

Learn about all these and more as Professor Michael Frese, Professor for Management & Organisation at the Asia School of Business (ASB), takes us through the psychology of a crisis.
And in keeping with the Action Learning philosophy derived from ASB’s collaboration with MIT Sloan, discover what real, impact-driven, transformative actions you can take to turn any crisis into an opportunity.

30 March 2020
Monday
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Webinar

Being the leading nation in ASEAN affected by COVID-19, Malaysia has had a head start in seeing the impact of this virus on individuals as well as the business and economic consequences of drastic steps taken to flatten the curve.

As a n institution based in Malaysia for Asia the Iclif Executive Education Center at Asia School of Business is in a unique position to draw from real-life and real-time lessons from leaders who are living, surviving, and succeeding the repercussions of COVID-19, and to enhance that learning with academic rigors of our global faculty.