From Singapore, the strategic hub of Asia, SMU applies its knowledge and global perspective in an Asian context to bridge concepts and provide critical insights. SMU research aims to create significant impact by addressing these five societal challenges: Economies & Financial Markets, Social Fabric & Quality of Life, Boundaries & Borders, Sustainability, Innovation & Technology.
The SMU Thought Leadership Series, published in The Business Times, feature research, expertise and business insights from SMU faculty on tackling the five societal challenges.
Dean of Students and Professor of Sociology (Practice) Paulin Straughan highlighted the need for society to address the loneliness that results from social distancing for Singapore’s vulnerable seniors.June 2020
Assistant Professor of Sociology Aliya Hamid Rao shared about her new research which shows that the pandemic might exacerbate inequalities at home and at work rather than address them.
Professor of Finance (Practice) and Director of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Dave Fernandez urged economic policymakers to focus on taking bold and immediate action in order to tackle the pandemic crisis.May 2020
Professor of Operations Management Shantanu Bhattacharya explained the need for businesses to adopt appropriate strategies to deal with the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on global supply chains.
Associate Professor of Law Warren Chik argued that artificial intelligence and its role in protecting personal data should feature more prominently in regulations and in practice.April 2020
Associate Professor of Information Systems Pradeep Varakantham shared about his and his fellow researchers from SMU's School of Information Systems' Artificial Intelligence-based solutions that aim to improve the effectiveness of screening passengers at ports of entry, as well as optimise on-demand ride pooling and matching services for transportation service providers.
Associate Professor Chang Pao-Li from SMU School of Economics shared that the republic’s high level of participation in value chains could see its trade impacted by the ongoing disruption to production networks.March 2020
Assistant Professor Richard Crowley from SMU School of Accountancy discussed a new study which found that quantitative financial disclosures are not sufficient for detecting misreporting by companies.
Associate Professor Tan Hwee Pink, SMU School of Information Systems, discussed the work with NTUC Health Co-operative Ltd to improve community programmes for the elderly by leveraging technology.February 2020
Professor of Finance (Education) Benedict Koh from Lee Kong Chian School of Business shared that more effort should be made to improve Singaporeans’ knowledge of financial management to ensure they have sufficient savings for retirement.
Professor Nadja Alexander, SMU School of Law, discussed how the changing field of international mediation is offering small businesses a cost-effective means of resolving commercial disputes.January 2020
Associate Professor Tan Hwee Hoon, SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business, found that demonstrating integrity is a key factor for organisations keen to build trust within their ranks.
Associate Professor Paul Griffin, SMU School of Information Systems, explored how quantum computing could help overcome the blockchain trilemma.November 2019
Assistant Professor Aurelio Gurrea-Martinez, SMU School of Law, explained the need to have regulations for Initial Coin Offerings to enhance the protection of consumers and investors.
Associate Professor Winston Chow, SMU School of Social Sciences, explains why cities and businesses should plan for extreme weather events to mitigate impact on infrastructure and the economy.October 2019
Assistant Professor Aidan Wong, SMU School of Social Sciences, found that recycling electronic waste can yield multiple benefits for businesses.
Associate Professor Holly Yang, SMU School of Accountancy, explains how companies can glean more information from their own firm’s stock price if their large shareholders also hold stakes in rivals.September 2019
Professor Chow Hwee Kwan, SMU School of Economics, found that the deepening of global and regional financial integration is amplifying the transmission of financial shocks in Asia.
Professor Lim Ee Peng, SMU Lee Kong Chian Professor of Information Systems, has developed new models of analysing social media data.August 2019
Associate Professor Hannah Chang, SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business, investigates why some crowdfunding pitches do better than others.