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The Singapore Management University was officially incorporated on 12 January 2000, and was Singapore's first autonomous government-funded university. The Singapore Management University is also the first and only National Business University of Singapore specially dedicated to Business and Management. The Singapore Management University is located at the heart of the city. It is home to some 8,300 undergraduate and postgraduate students and comprises six Schools offering undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programmes in Business Management, Accountancy, Economics, Information Systems Management, Law and the Social science. The University has nearly 30 research institutes and centres of excellence, and customised corporate training and lifelong learning for individuals are available through the university’s professional and executive development programmes. Having close relationship with and built on the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Carnegie Mellon University model, SMU offers the best of America in Asia.SMU firmly believes in the importance of values such as Commitment, Integrity, Responsibility, Collegiality, Leadership, and Excellence. SMU distinguishes itself from other universities in the region by giving students a holistic undergraduate education that comprises an out-of-classroom values-based programme which aims to define, prepare, and inspire SMU students to be their best for others and themselves. Combined with the university's highly interactive and engaging pedagogy, students are required to complete a minimum of 10 weeks' internship and 80 hours' community service either locally or overseas before graduating.SMU is one of the youngest universities to receive accreditation from the oldest global accrediting body, AACSB International. SMU is accredited for both its business and accounting undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. SMU's Lee Kong Chian School of Business is one of the youngest in the world to be EQUIS—accredited for five years. Awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development , the accreditation covers all programmes offered by the LKCSB from the undergraduate degree up to the PhD level. Wikipedia.


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Tsang E.W.K.,University of Texas at Dallas | Williams J.N.,Singapore Management University
MIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems | Year: 2012

In "Generalizing Generalizability in Information Systems Research," Lee and Baskerville (2003) try to clarify generalization and classify it into four types. Unfortunately, their account is problematic. We propose repairs. Central among these is our balance-of-evidence argument that we should adopt the view that Hume's problem of induction has a solution, even if we do not know what it is. We build upon this by proposing an alternative classification of induction. There are five types of generalization: (1) theoretical, (2) within-population, (3) cross-population, (4) contextual, and (5) temporal, with theoretical generalization being across the empirical and theoretical levels and the rest within the empirical level. Our classification also includes two kinds of inductive reasoning that do not belong to the domain of generalization. We then discuss the implications of our classification for information systems research. Copyright © 2012.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2009.9.1 | Award Amount: 591.57K | Year: 2010

SECAS targets the improved collaboration of European ICT researchers with their colleagues in Australia and Singapore based on an identification and demonstration of mutual interest in S&T co-operation, sharing best-practices and better research policies. It will identify topics and constituencies for deeper strategic collaboration, enter into a dialog with leading innovation communities, and identify common needs and opportunities for co-operative RTD. SECAS will use the RTD policy analytical capability of the consortium partners and from partners countries, information events, and interviews with experts from industry and academia. SECAS is an initiative of leading policy advisors, a national ICT institute, and ICT innovation researcher. Previous analyses and existing networks will be exploited to leverage SECAS impact to all ICT areas relevant to industrial and academic RTD co-operation.


SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: KLIC) (“Kulicke & Soffa”, “K&S” or the “Company”), announced today its contribution of an automatic single-head semiconductor wedge bonder to the Engineering Product Development (EPD) Pillar of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Wedge Bonder equipment is used in interconnect technologies in a wide range of power semiconductor packages and modules such as the automotive, industrial, renewable energy, consumer and computing markets. New applications utilizing wedge bonder equipment are emerging, and one such application is in the manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles. A presentation ceremony was held on the same day at the SUTD campus where the equipment was on display with live wire bonding demonstration. Chan Pin Chong, Kulicke & Soffa’s Senior Vice President for AP-Hybrid, Electronics Assembly, Wedge Bonders, Capillaries and Blades Business Lines, said, “K&S believes in continuous learning as it opens doors to innovation and opportunities. As part of our corporate responsibility effort, we hope our contribution of the machine enables hands-on experience for the students, and inspires them in applying technology to real life applications.” Professor Yeo Kiat Seng, SUTD's Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and International Relations said, "SUTD appreciates Kulicke & Soffa’s generous support of the automatic semiconductor wedge bonder. This equipment will provide our students with the desired hands-on experience and skills training in chip assembly, packaging, IC design and semiconductor. SUTD’s partnership with Kulicke & Soffa will mutually benefit both parties as it will catalyze research to greater heights and value-add to the industry and Singapore economy.” Kulicke & Soffa (NASDAQ: KLIC) is a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and electronic assembly solutions supporting the global automotive, consumer, communications, computing and industrial segments. As a pioneer in the semiconductor space, K&S has provided customers with market leading packaging solutions for decades. In recent years, K&S has expanded its product offerings through strategic acquisitions and organic development, adding advanced packaging, electronics assembly, wedge bonding and a broader range of expendable tools to its core offerings. Combined with its extensive expertise in process technology and focus on development, K&S is well positioned to help customers meet the challenges of packaging and assembling the next-generation of electronic devices. (www.kns.com) About Singapore University of Technology and Design The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is Singapore’s fourth public university, and one of the first universities in the world to incorporate the art and science of design and technology into a multi-disciplinary curriculum. Established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), SUTD seeks to nurture technically-grounded leaders and innovators in engineering product development, engineering systems and design, information systems technology and design, and architecture and sustainable design, to serve societal needs. Also in collaboration with Zhejiang University (ZJU) and Singapore Management University (SMU), SUTD, a research-intensive university, is distinguished by its unique East and West academic programmes which incorporate elements of technology, entrepreneurship, management and design thinking. Graduate opportunities include an MIT-SUTD Dual Masters' Degree Programme and an SUTD PhD Programme. (www.sutd.edu.sg)


Mithas S.,University of Maryland University College | Ramasubbu N.,Singapore Management University | Sambamurthy V.,Michigan State University
MIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems | Year: 2011

How do information technology capabilities contribute to firm performance? This study develops a conceptual model linking IT-enabled information management capability with three important organizational capabilities (customer management capability, process management capability, and performance management capability). We argue that these three capabilities mediate the relationship between information management capability and firm performance. We use a rare archival data set from a conglomerate business group that had adopted a model of performance excellence for organizational transformation based on the Baldrige criteria. This data set contains actual scores from high quality assessments of firms and intraorganizational units of the conglomerate, and hence provides unobtrusive measures of the key constructs to validate our conceptual model. We find that information management capability plays an important role in developing other firm capabilities for customer management, process management, and performance management. In turn, these capabilities favorably influence customer, financial, human resources, and organizational effectiveness measures of firm performance. Among key managerial implications, senior leaders must focus on creating necessary conditions for developing IT infrastructure and information management capability because they play a foundational role in building other capabilities for improved firm performance. The Baldrige model also needs some changes to more explicitly acknowledge the role and importance of information management capability so that senior leaders know where to begin in their journey toward business excellence.


When the economy is flourishing, will consumers be more eco-conscious in their purchases, or will they succumb to the temptation for a bigger car or appliance? We can now measure the impact of the macro-economy on such consumer choices to a surprisingly detailed degree, thanks to the research by Assistant Professor Anirban Mukherjee at the Singapore Management University (SMU) Lee Kong Chian School of Business. Professor Mukherjee's data-driven research into this question earned him the best paper in the marketing analytics track and the conference overall, at the annual Australian & New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference 2015 in Sydney. For his paper, "Does economic growth lead to consumers purchasing more energy efficient appliances?", Professor Mukherjee worked closely with Professor Andre Bonfrer, whose research focuses on understanding consumer behaviour and implications for marketing decisions. Before this research, it was well established that macro-economic changes alter consumer choices, over and above an individual household's financial outlook. But relatively little was known about how economic conditions affect the thousands of decisions driving behaviour within industries—the trade-offs people make when choosing between brands and features during their purchase. Seeing this vital gap in knowledge, Professor Mukherjee decided to study consumer choices on household appliances such as fridges, freezes and clothes dryers. Although these are everyday items in our lives, purchasing them involves complex consumer choices with many dimensions at play. "We cannot measure the environmental attitudes and motivation of so many consumers, so we use efficiency as a proxy for eco-friendly buying," he says. Efficiency can be measured, for example, through product information on the number of energy conservation stars a washing machine or fridge might have. In partnership with market research firm GfK Australia and New Zealand, Professor Mukherjee used a new data modelling paradigm called structural modelling to analyse purchases in each category of appliances over eight years. Studying the massive amount of purchases and attempting to isolate the dynamic drivers behind them was a mammoth challenge, but it gave Professor Mukherjee incredible insights into consumer behaviour. "For example, we can determine how much more someone would pay for an appliance with three energy stars instead of two energy stars," he says. The result of all this number crunching? Perhaps a realistic, if not practical, portrayal of our eco-consciousness—the data showed that during economic upswings, consumers cash in on convenience rather than energy efficiency. "Normal washing machines take about 30 minutes to wash clothes, whereas the energy-efficient machines take about an hour longer," notes Professor Mukherjee, explaining the trade-off consumers tend to make when times are good. The findings are in line with studies of the car industry, says Professor Mukherjee, who points to literature showing that in the automobile industry, consumers' desire for more motor power made those vehicles more popular than those which are energy-efficient. "It is quite astounding that the family cars today have more horse-power than the sports cars of the 1980s." The results were not all gloomy—for example, people do choose energy-efficient refrigerators for their purchase. However, what could be the reason behind most consumers' "less eco-friendly" purchases? Professor Mukherjee says it is partly to do with how we think about ourselves. "When we buy cars we also buy intangibles—status or lifestyle. One statistic says that just three percent of SUVs are used off-road, despite what you see in the advertising." Importantly, the robust collection and modelling of data might help marketers and policy makers understand the changes in consumer behaviour they are observing, suggests Professor Mukherjee. "Because there are so many other things going on, if market or political observers see preferences for eco-friendly appliances rise or fall, it might not simply come from a rise in eco-consciousness." Such precise data about the impact of economic forecasts within industries is important for planning advertising and pricing decisions, says Professor Mukherjee. This is especially important in markets where the manufacturing is not local, such as Australia, where a six-month lag could exist between ordering and arrival. "Marketers need to know whether changes in the economy will cause a move towards preferences for efficiency or convenience." Professor Mukherjee is looking to the future for the next phase of his research, as he seeks to study the impact of large technological advances, especially electric cars. "Car pollution seems central to mitigating global pollution, at least in large cities, and we have the same trade-off between 'doing good' and convenience," he says. In the face of data that people tend to upgrade and make life more convenient when the economy is doing well, Professor Mukherjee is surprisingly upbeat about the possibility of steering consumers away from their self-interest towards eco-consciousness. Research and good marketing can influence this conversation, he argues, citing the success of documentaries such as Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth in changing attitudes about climate change. "Marketing is based on change, maybe not of fundamental needs, as much as how we express ourselves. It does not have to be that large cars denote high status. If electric car manufacturers, such as Tesla, have the right appeal, those who buy for status might choose electric cars over others.


Patent
Xerox and Singapore Management University | Date: 2014-04-18

Methods and systems for recommending crowdsourcing tasks. A path traversed by a crowdworker, from one or more crowdworkers, is predicted, based on at least one of a historical data associated with the crowdworker or an input provided received from the crowdworker. The path traversed by the crowdworker comprises a first set of spatiotemporal values associated with the location of the crowdworker. One or more task attributes associated with the one or more crowdsourcing tasks are determined. The one or more task attributes comprise at least one of a second set of spatiotemporal values associated with the one or more crowdsourcing tasks, or rewards associated with the one or more crowdsourcing tasks. A set of crowdsourcing tasks is recommended based on at least the predicted path followed by each of the one or more crowdworkers and the one or more tasks attributes associated with the one or more crowdsourcing tasks.


Zhang Q.F.,Singapore Management University
Journal of Agrarian Change | Year: 2012

How does rural China's political economy determine the motivations and constraints that drive small farmers and agribusiness companies into contract farming and shape its practice and impact? This paper identifies three distinctive features of contract farming in China - varied impact on rural inequality, unstable contractual relations and lack of competitiveness with other alternatives - and proposes tentative explanations linked to three features in rural China's political economy: strong collective institutions, active state support for agriculture and strong domestic markets. The recent turn in China's agrarian transition towards vertical integration of agriculture with industries is, however, undermining these conditions and may move China towards more convergence with other countries. Studying contract farming in China's unique political economy context shows not only how variations in the political economy can alter its practice and impact, but also how it needs to be evaluated in comparison with competing alternatives. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Lim Y.F.,Singapore Management University
Operations Research | Year: 2011

Workers in a bucket brigade production system perform unproductive travel when they walk to get more work from their colleagues. We introduce a new design of bucket brigades to reduce unproductive travel. Under the new design, each worker works on one side of an aisle when he proceeds in one direction and works on the other side when he proceeds in the reverse direction. We propose simple rules for workers to share work under the new design and find a sufficient condition for the system to self-balance. Numerical examples suggest that the improvement in throughput by the new design can be as large as 30%. Even with a 20% reduction in labor, the new design can still increase throughput by 7%. © 2011 INFORMS.


Mok H.N.,Singapore Management University
IEEE Transactions on Education | Year: 2012

Differentiated instruction in the form of tiered take-home lab exercises was implemented for students of an undergraduate-level programming course. This paper attempts to uncover the perceptions and usage patterns of students toward these new lab exercises using a comprehensive survey. Findings reveal that these tiered exercises are generally very well received and preferred over their traditional one size fits all counterparts. Although the study does not show that tiered exercises have improved proficiency or scores, it does seem to indicate higher student engagement and motivation levels. Based on the survey results, a list of recommendations is put forth for the structure and format of tiered exercises that can be applied to future offerings of this programming course as well as to other similar courses. © 2012 IEEE.


Patent
Huawei and Singapore Management University | Date: 2015-09-21

System and methods for securing inter-component communications in an operating system are provided. Systems and methods provided herein secure inter-component communications in an operating system by selectively generating instances when inter-component communication requests occur, whereby each of the generated instances are attached to a newly created blocked permissions list. System and methods further manage the invocation of Application Programming Interfaces by applications or instances in the operating system by determining whether the invocation of the Application Programming Interface is allowed or declined based on the blocked permissions list and default permission list associated with each invoking application or instance.

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