Deans

Professor Cheng Qiang, Dean, School of Accountancy

CFO, 24 September 2015
SMU School of Accountancy Dean and Professor of Accounting Cheng Qiang and SMU Professor of Accounting Chen Xia and collaborated on a study which found that chief executives whose contracts protect them from being terminated without cause or grant them generous severances in that event “are less likely to engage in myopic behaviour compared to those without contractual protection.” The study’s findings derive from an analysis of financial and governance data from S&P 500 companies from 1995 through 2008.
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Professor Cheng Qiang, Dean, School of Accountancy

The Business Times, 22 July 2015
Professor Cheng Qiang shared his research on Chief Executive Officers’ pay, independent directors and corporate site visits and his views on the challenge SMU faces in staying relevant and attractive as a place to study accountancy. Prof Cheng also discussed his plans to improve both the undergraduate and postgraduates accounting programmes to attract top students.
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Professor Gerard George, Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business

The Business Times, 13 March 2015
SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business Dean and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Gerard George Gerard George said the School is developing several case studies to create situations that will require entrepreneurial and is ramping up its entrepreneurship initiatives. Prof George hopes to raise his students’ overseas exposure, and urges them to look beyond the usual entrepreneurial hotspots such as Silicon Valley.
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Professor Gerard George, Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business

TODAY, 13 March 2015
Professor George said that platforms to engage small and medium enterprises to share ideas and grow beyond the start-up level should be led by companies instead of being government-driven. He said Singapore must break away from a list-building mentality and move towards entrepreneurial thinking in order to become a nation of entrepreneurs.
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Professor Gerard George, Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business

The Business Times, 11 April 2015
Professor George wrote that Asian business schools need to come together to share practices, create new knowledge and collaborate to have a bigger presence on the world stage. He noted that if Singapore truly wants to create business schools to be proud of, both the industry and government must pitch in to do more, and build up the country's intellectual capital together.
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Professor Gerard George, Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Financial Times online, 15 January 2016
In Financial Times Online’s ‘Meet the Deans’ section, Professor George said that he aims to put SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Businessn the world’s top 20 within the next 10 years.
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Professor Bryce Hool, Dean, School of Economics

Channel News Asia, Perspectives, 26 September 2014
Professor Bryce Hool, Dean of the SMU School of Economics, commented that the picture of the population in 50-years’ time will be very different from the picture today, as what it means to be old is going to change over this period. He said that there will be a mindset shift – from the point of view of how people balance work and non-work through the lifecycle to how we preserve the pension resources and, particularly, how we take advantage of the experience and the human capital that we have.
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Professor Bryce Hool, Dean, School of Economics

Channel NewsAsia, 1 May 2014
Professor Hool commented that it is plausible that a portion of the working population would work beyond the current retirement age, and even beyond 65, as the retirement age moves up.
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Professor Bryce Hool, Dean, School of Economics

SMU Thought Leadership Series, The Business Times, 17 July 2013
Professor Hool  discussed the need for a change in mindsets towards Singapore's ageing population. Moving away from simplistic models of a greying population is the first step in unlocking the true potential of a dynamic workforce he suggests.
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Professor Pang Hwee Hwa, Dean, School of Information Systems

SMU Thought Leadership Series, The Business Times, 20 July 2016
Professor Pang Hwee Hwa, Dean, SMU School of Information Systems, said that as businesses run more of their operations through “cloud” applications provided by third parties on the Internet, those encrypting their data for security reasons face a practical concern: how do you retrieve just one item among an entire encrypted data collection?
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Professor Pang Hwee Hwa, Dean, School of Information Systems

Asian Scientist, 11 June 2014
Professor Pang explained how advances in enhancing data security can bring benefits to both companies and businesses alike."Suppose that the police want to search your house. They would need to obtain a search warrant for it. However, imagine that the police sneak into your house with the search warrant, and take away your possessions without your knowledge. If this practice is unacceptable, then why is it all right for governments to possess our personal data without our knowledge?” he asked.
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Professor James Tang, Dean, School of Social Sciences

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 30 November 2015 
A study to assess the readiness of the five largest economies in the South-east Asian region found that much remains to be done in the Philippines to prepare sectors identified by the Philippine Government as priorities for future economic growth. The SMU-JP Morgan study showed that skill gaps are much bigger “at the higher end of the value chain, namely at the level of managers, supervisors and specialists”."
 

Professor James Tang, Dean, School of Social Sciences

CBS Radio, 20 November 2015
Attending the ASEAN Summit in November, world leaders continued talks on terrorism, climate change and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Amid rising tensions between China and US over the South China Sea, leaders, maritime security remains a critical issue. Professor James Tang gave his views on the issue in an interview with CBS Radio. 
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Professor James Tang, Dean, School of Social Sciences

Channel 8 “Frontline”, 5 November 2015
In an interview with a Chinese current affairs programme for a special feature on 25 years of diplomatic ties between Singapore and China, Professor Tang shared his views on how bilateral ties have evolved over the years, and discussed how the relations can be developed further and continue to be mutually beneficial. While Prof Tang said that it would not be easy to fully resolve the South China Sea dispute within the next two to three years, he noted that China’s pragmatic approach, focusing on economic issues, trade and investment relations, is a positive sign that it is keen to strengthen its bilateral ties and find a new direction for its relations with ASEAN.
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SMU Podcast, January 2014
Professor of Political Science James Tang, Dean of SMU’s School of Social Sciences in this podcast shares his views on the two major world powers and their relationship with Southeast Asia.
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Last updated on 28 Sep 2016.