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This section is an online resource of SMU podcasts that feature research and business insights from SMU faculty on a diverse range of subject matters.
A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world class research and distinguished teaching.
With an emphasis on generating rigorous, high impact cross-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance, SMU’s faculty from its six schools – School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Economics, School of Information Systems, School of Law and School of Social Sciences – collaborate closely to generate leading-edge research with a global impact. They also collaborate with leading foreign researchers, as well as partners in the business community and public sector through its research institutes and centres.

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This section is an online resource of SMU podcasts that feature research and business insights from SMU faculty on a diverse range of subject matters.
A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world class research and distinguished teaching.
With an emphasis on generating rigorous, high impact cross-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance, SMU’s faculty from its six schools – School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Economics, School of Information Systems, School of Law and School of Social Sciences – collaborate closely to generate leading-edge research with a global impact. They also collaborate with leading foreign researchers, as well as partners in the business community and public sector through its research institutes and centres.

    Key trends & developments in international mediation

    Key trends & developments in international mediation

    As the profile of businesses engaged in disputes is now more diverse than ever, there is a need for dispute resolution mechanisms that are culturally responsive as well as internationally robust. Mediation is one mechanism that offers a flexible and confidential forum for business to resolve their differences in an effective and efficient way. Interest in mediation to resolve cross-border disputes has increased dramatically in recent years due to increasing access to the Internet and the growing number of smaller enterprises doing business internationally.

    Nadja Alexander is Professor of Law at SMU School of Law. She also heads the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy as its Director, and a prominent mediator, educator, consultant and writer.

    In a recent study, Prof Alexander had identified some of the top trends impacting the nature and practice of international mediation. She discusses these key trends and developments in this podcast.

    • 17 min
    Insights into trust across cultures

    Insights into trust across cultures

    Trust is an important building block for organisational success, whether it is trust between managers and their subordinates or a brand and its customers.

    Tan Hwee Hoon is an Associate Professor of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour at SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business. She has been involved in a multi-year study on trust that spans 30 countries across six continents.

    In this podcast, she shares her insights into the research which examines how factors of trustworthiness – that is, ability, benevolence and integrity – vary in terms of importance in trust-building across countries; and how one’s general willingness to trust, also termed ‘propensity to trust’, affects relationship-building in different countries.

    • 12 min
    CSR behaviour of firms & its ripple effect

    CSR behaviour of firms & its ripple effect

    Assistant Prof Liang Hao –

    Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR in short, is an evolving business practice that incorporates sustainable development or ‘doing good’ into a company's business model. In today's socially conscious environment, customers and employees place a premium on spending their money with or working for businesses that prioritise CSR. As such, socially responsible companies can cultivate positive brand recognition, increase customer loyalty, and attract top-tier employees.

    Taking a fresh approach on CSR research, Assistant Professor of Finance and DBS Sustainability Fellow LIANG Hao from the SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business, has written two award-winning papers that studied how a firms’ CSR behaviour can influence that of its suppliers as well as its peer firms.

    In this podcast, he shares the findings and implications of these studies.

    • 9 min
    Communicating about end-of-life matters

    Communicating about end-of-life matters

    Assistant Prof Yeo Su Lin –

    Death is a part of life. However, people often feel awkward and ill at ease when faced with the opportunity for communication at the end of life. While talking about death and dying may not be comfortable for some, research has shown that having these conversations within families and communities, and with our healthcare provider can help prepare us emotionally for our deaths and that of others, and better ensure that we will receive the care and treatment that we prefer at the end of life.

    Yeo Su Lin is an Assistant Professor of Corporate Communication at SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business. Her research focuses on corporate reputation, crisis management and health communication. In this podcast, she discusses a recent nationwide study which was conducted to better understand end-of-life communication and sentiments towards palliative care in Singapore.

    • 12 min
    Enhancing consumer & investor protection from ICO scams

    Enhancing consumer & investor protection from ICO scams

    The rise of new technologies is changing the way companies raise funds. Along with increased popularity of crowdfunding in recent years, a new form of funding has emerged – that is, the use of Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs. In 2017, companies in the United States raised over $4 billion through ICOs; in 2018, more than $21 billion has been raised. ICOs generate many challenges for securities regulators, and also give rise to other issues including corporate governance, data protection, anti-money laundering and insolvency.

    Assistant Professor Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez from the SMU School of Law has conducted legal research on financial regulation. In this podcast, he shares his recent comparative and interdisciplinary study which addresses the issue of ICOs and makes recommendations to regulators and policy makers in a way that aims to promote innovation and firms’ access to finance without harming investor protection, market integrity and the stability of the financial system.

    • 12 min
    Entering a quantum world

    Entering a quantum world

    The advent of financial technology, or fintech, has created new opportunities, business models, products and services. Fintech innovations have disrupted the financial industry, leading to novel ways of delivering financial services, not only by traditional financial institutions but also by start-ups.

    There is now a new way of computing that uses extremely small objects called "quantum" that could revolutionise the power and accuracy of computations from artificial intelligence to financial investments.

    Associate Professor Paul Griffin is a financial technology expert at the SMU School of Information Systems; he is also Director of the Financial Technology track under the SMU Master of IT in Business programme. In this podcast, Prof Griffin, who has started researching into the efficacies of quantum computers, shares his research findings and discusses how he sees quantum computers developing in the near future.

    • 5 min

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