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Smart Move on the Airfield  [#permalink]

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FROM CUHK: Smart Move on the Airfield
The Hong Kong International Airport has been one of the world’s busiest airports for almost a decade, and it’s getting busier each year. While the airport has achieved an extremely high level of operational efficiency over time, there is always room for improvement, as each tiny clog in the big wheel creates a butterfly effect on the overall efficiency, which in turn has a combined impact on cargo flow and passenger experience.

To this end, the Airport Authority (AA) Hong Kong has been collecting lots of data to help its managers get a better handle on various operations in the airport, particularly on the airfield. However, a practical tool to make sense of the collected data was not available, and the tons of data were not being put to their maximum use, until AS2 came about.

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From left to right, Prof. Waiman Cheung, Director of CCL and Professor of Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics at CUHK Business School; Dr. Jerrel Leung (PhD in Management Information Systems), Chief Architect of ubiZense and Steven Yiu, Deputy Director for Service Delivery of AA, receive the ICT Award at the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2019 awards presentation ceremony.

AS2 was the solution offered by the Asian Institute of Supply Chains and Logistics (AISCL)’s CCL at CUHK Business School. The centre joined efforts with ubiZense Ltd to develop a deep-tech system known as AS2. This advanced, cloud-based system won both the Grand and Gold awards in the “Smart Mobility” category in the Hong Kong ICT Awards in April 2019 and the “Public/Private Partnership” category in the WITSA Global ICT Excellence Award in October 2019.

What is AS2?
AS2 is abbreviation for “IoT-Augmented Airfield Service System.” IoT stands for the Internet of Things. Basically, it means that all objects can be assigned digital identification numbers and their locations and movements over time can be tracked online by devices equipped with Bluetooth, RFID and GPS. The system’s name reflects the nature of this advanced AI system, which seeks to improve the operations and services performed inside the airport and on the airfield by making use of the data gathered through the above equipment and subsequently stored on the cloud.

According to Prof. Waiman Cheung, both the AA and CCL under his institute had agreed that it was time to put all the unstructured, multi-format big data into practical use, so that the airport’s operational efficiency could be further improved. These data include the time markers and geographical coordinates of objects and equipment at the airport, as well as operational airport data.

“AA had already collected these data, but they had not developed a structured way to make use of them,” says Prof. Cheung. “We realised that the data could not be used effectively right away, because they were overwhelmingly huge and disparate.”

For example, even though the digital coordinates of a certain equipment are available, what is the equipment actually doing in real time? “We could not figure that out simply by looking at the data,” Prof. Cheung points out. “So we decided that there should to be a way to arrange and analyse such data to create intelligence. The question thus became: How do we sift out relevant data for analysis and convert them into AI?”

According to Prof. Cheung, the AA had the data but lacked the tool, but the university had the necessary tool without real-life data feeds. The two’s collaboration thus became a match made in heaven.

“We used the collected big data and crunched them in our AS2 prototype,” explains the professor. “We could see what was happening at the airport in real time using the data ─ this is known as data visualisation. Then we analysed whether the operational efficiency were up to the airport’s target.”

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Gathering Accurate and Meaningful Data
Prof. Cheung and his team, including chief architect of the project, Dr. Jerrel Leung (PhD in Management Information Systems), who founded the firm ubiZense in 2018, discovered some “unexpected results” in their attempt to analyse the airport’s big data.

Dr. Leung was previously a research assistant professor of Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics at CUHK Business School and was involved in the research and development of AS2. His firm commercialises academic and scientific research and takes it to the marketplace.

The “unexpected results” included the finding that there was a big difference in the quality and usefulness of the data collected by human beings vs. data collected by machines.

In the case of human-collected data, the team found unavoidable bias and errors. For example, if the target completion time for a certain task is 20 minutes, the data gatherer might have recorded almost all the numbers at just under 20 minutes ─ in a bid to help achieve the management target. By contrast, when using motorised equipment such as GPS and RFID sensors, the data gathered were a lot more accurate and timely.

“The process became a lot more objective as a result,” observes Prof. Cheung. “Only when we have objective and accurate data can we do proper and meaningful predictions.”

After sorting out the best way to collect data, the team proceeded to fine-tune the collection of data and the AI system itself to improve its accuracy.

“AS2 is a great example of how collaboration between university, industry, and technology company can come to fruition. The synergy in the AS2 ensemble offered a unique pioneering solution to help the Airport Authority Hong Kong to continue improve the baggage delivery efficiency and the overall on-time performance,” Dr. Jerrel Leung, Chief Architect of ubiZense.

“CCL’s cutting edge research to solve real-life industry problems and ubiZense’s deep technology in leveraging IoT, big data, and AI deep technology to realise the conceptual ideas and to solve the AA’s problem. The HKICT Award is a great recognition and assertion of our collaborative efforts and we are looking forward to our further collaborative innovations.”

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AS2 offers a multi-dimensional dashboard service to manage turnaround performance with enhanced operational visibility.

Tracking Operations in Real Time
AS2 allows airport managers to analyse all kinds of operations to see if they are performed on time, to find out the reasons for delays, and much more.

For example, automated equipment is attached to vehicles such as the baggage truck, and used to detect when the truck arrives at the gate. Say if an airplane has already parked at the gate but the baggage truck hasn’t yet arrived, that means the baggage delivery staff is not doing its job efficiently enough and the operational target is likely to be missed. Such an incident is recorded as part of the big data for further analysis.

“In the past, management had no idea what had happened once the baggage truck had left for the airfield. But with AS2’s automatic alert system, duty managers will be notified immediately when there is an accident, delay or speeding incident,” explains Prof. Cheung.

After the incident, data collected in real time can help provide a comprehensive view to aid the incident investigation process. Prof. Cheung says this is much better than the past scenario where foremen, duty managers, contractors, etc. presented different versions of the “truth,” making it extremely hard to pinpoint the root cause of the incident.

The most exciting feature of the system is that the entire scenario can be played back using computer animation technology.

“Because we have collected data in real time, minute by minute, we can retrace the whole scenario using animation.”

With the help of AS2, airport management will be able to more efficiently monitor the work of not only its own staff but that of its contractors as well ─ a key mission of the project.

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Through the map service provided by AS2, uses can understand the status of all flights and equipment on the apron.

Data Put to Good Use
Besides investigating incidents, AS2 can also be used to improve procedures such as airplane maintenance, repair, cleaning and more.

“A large number of people work in these operational areas. They and their managers all wish to do a better job. Better data analysis would definitely help improve their work,” says Prof. Cheung.

In addition, the current congestion problem at the airport will benefit from a more efficient airfield operation.

Besides, airport passengers will be able to experience better service when real-time data are being collected and put to use for their benefits. For instance, there are a lot of luggage trolleys at the airport, but passengers sometimes just can’t seem to find them when they need them.

What AS2 can do in this case, is to detect where the trolleys are, how many there are, and how they are distributed in different parts of the airport. Using that data, combined with the information on flight arrivals, managers can assign the optimal number of trolleys to specific baggage carousel areas just in time for passengers’ arrivals.

The HKIA started using the AS2 prototype in Spring 2018, and is currently in Phase 2 of its deployment. “We’ll continue to improve our system and expand the coverage, year by year,” says Prof. Cheung.

Already, there has been improvements in many of the metrics with which the airport measures its operational efficiency. For example, aircraft turnaround ─ all the processes performed between the arrival and departure of an aircraft ─ and in particular arrival baggage handling has reached 90 percent of the AA’s performance target, according to Prof. Cheung.

“Of course, AS2 cannot claim full credit for that,” he adds. “There are other factors in play. But any improvement has a positive chain effect, considering how busy our airport is.”

“The airfield at HKIA is always extremely congested, so high efficiency is crucial for its smooth operation,” concludes the professor. “This, in turn, will reinforce Hong Kong’s position as a top international transportation hub and will improve passengers’ user experience as well.”

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By Louisa Wah

Photo courtesy of The Airport Authority Hong Kong

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Faculty Members Win 2019 AAM-CAMRI Prize in Asset Management  [#permalink]

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FROM CUHK: Faculty Members Win 2019 AAM-CAMRI Prize in Asset Management
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The winning paper beat the rest of the contestants through a rigorous judging process and was hailed as the the most original and ground-breaking paper in the thinking, practice, policies and issues affecting the Asian asset management industry among the approximately 80 other submissions this year. The Prize, which is worth US$15,000, is presented to only one submission every year.

The winning paper entitled ESG Preference and Market Efficiency: Evidence from Mispricing and Institutional Trading explores how the trend towards socially responsible investing affects the informational efficiency of stock prices. It shows that the return predictability of mispricing signals is much stronger among firms held by more socially responsible (SR) institutions.

The results are driven by the divergence of trading implications from ESG performance and mispricing signals. SR institutions are less likely to buy underpriced stocks with poor ESG scores or sell overpriced stocks with high ESG scores. Alternatives, such as known limits to arbitrage, were ruled out. The inefficiency only emerges in recent years with the rise of ESG investing, and is not fully offset by ESG-neutral arbitrageurs due to funding liquidity constraints.

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Prof. Xintong Zhan, one of the authors, delivered a presentation based on the award-winning research at the “Sustainable and Impact Investing Forum: The New Dynamics in Asia” in Mandarin Orchard Singapore on 28 November 2019. The 2019 AAM-CAMRI Prize in Asset Management were also presented in front of an audience of academics and senior practitioners during the forum.

“It is more than a great honour to win the prize on sustainability finance research in this global academic competition,” said Prof. Zhan. “I am proud that we stood out among all the competitors from top universities all over the world. Sustainability is a step we must take towards the future and CUHK has been taking the lead in promoting such research. I am grateful to the support from the University, Faculty, and the Department.”

Associate Dean (Innovation and Impact) of CUHK Business School Prof. Michael Zhang added, “My heartfelt congratulations to Xintong, Jay and Elaine for winning the 2019 AAM-CAMRI Prize in Asset Management. I am impressed by not only the quality of the research, but also their focus on this highly meaningful topic of socially responsible investing. If a fundamental function of the financial market is to channel resources, then socially responsible investing channels such resources to the right destination. At CUHK Business School, we strive to generate meaningful research that are recognised by the society. This is a wonderful example.”

About The AAM-CAMRI Prize in Asset Management:

The AAM-CAMRI Prize in Asset Management was launched in 2015 by Asia Asset Management (AAM), in collaboration with the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI) to celebrate excellence in regional applied research.

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CUHK Business (December 2019) Is Available!  [#permalink]

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FROM CUHK: CUHK Business (December 2019) Is Available!
Our Research
When Family Trusts Affect the Value of Firms
Share transfer restriction may induce family shirking problems, make family conflicts difficult to resolve, and distort firm decisions.

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Earning a High Salary and Having a Secure Job May Make You More Optimistic
After the reunification of East and West Germany, what types of work experiences may boost employees’ optimism, and how optimism may change their work experiences?

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How Labour Power Shapes Corporate Payout Policy
Work forces trying to limit dividends are most successful in nations with broader collective bargaining and effective labour law enforcement.

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Does Religion Affect Loan Approvals?
Research reveals banks offer favourable loan terms to religious borrowers.

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Our People
The Spark of Joy as a Guiding Light
Whether Dr. John Lai is lecturing, directing a programme or conducting research, you’ll always find a spark in his eyes, with an intent on creating excellence in his students and the tasks at hand.

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Not Your Typical Student
Diane Sohn is a Korean, a mother of two, and a full-time employee at an investment bank. She quickly adapted to life as a part-time student in the Master of Accountancy Programme and shares her diverse experience.

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Quality Entertainment Knows No Boundaries
Alumna Lovinia Chiu loves bringing joy to people through quality entertainment programmes. After completing her EMBA study, she set her eyes on an IPO for her company Medialink.

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The #CUHKBusinessSchool Bond in Legacy Families
For some families, CUHK education is a tradition. These legacy families share the same education footsteps and cross-generational memories, passing on the heritage of their alma mater.

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Professors, distinguished alumni and expert speakers offered their contributions to the debates surrounding how business leaders should manage increasingly chaotic times and global challenges.

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Prof. Lin Zhou Takes Charge  [#permalink]

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FROM CUHK: Prof. Lin Zhou Takes Charge
In taking up Deanship on 9 December 2019, Prof. Lin Zhou confidently stated his vision for the school. “I want CUHK Business School to be one of the leading business schools not only in Asia, but for the entire world.”

This goal is entirely within reach, according to Prof. Zhou, pointing out that the 21st century, being dubbed the Asian Century for the region’s expected resurgence in economics, politics as well as culture, will translate into huge opportunities not only for its people but also for business schools. Rapid growth entails rapid change, and as a leading business school, CUHK Business School is well positioned to help different segments of society – from students to businesses – to navigate it.

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“We empower young people so they can seize opportunities and benefit from the tremendous growth that will take place,” he said, adding that being in the midst of the great Asian transformation – after spending more than twenty years in the United States at both prestigious institutions such as Princeton University, Yale University, Duke University and a dynamic public university Arizona State University – was what brought him back to the region in the first place.

Another advantage that makes CUHK Business School stand out from the pack is the university’s Chinese roots. The traditional Chinese culture has not only buttressed the longest living civilisation, it also has impacted many other Asian societies. Hence, CUHK is able to offer a comprehensive Asian perspective to businesses elsewhere that are eager to look to Asia to replicate business practices and processes that have driven the region’s blistering economic growth.

Change will also come to CUHK Business School. “Like any business school, we need to be working with our stakeholders because things are changing rapidly so we need to change as well,” Prof. Zhou added, noting that the school must stay ahead of the curve in the knowledge and content delivered.

The continued advance of technology also means the school must endeavor to push the envelope in how content is delivered, he says. The School must expand digital learning and experiential learning, figuring out how they could best be adapted to CUHK Business School’s existing curricular to help students learn more efficiently and effectively.

While on the programme level the school has been highly successful in maintaining strong ties with stakeholders such as its alumni and corporate partners, Prof. Zhou intends to increase outreach of the School as a whole to seek support and guidance from all sectors of society.

“I want CUHK Business School to be one of the leading business schools not only in Asia, but for the entire world.” — Prof. Lin Zhou

This extends to outreach of other CUHK faculties as well. “Business now is more complicated. It’s impacted by forces ranging from politics to social movements and technology,” he said, adding that this meant that CUHK Business should seek to build its cross-faculty ties – such as in engineering and the social sciences – in order to provide the most comprehensive education to students so they are equipped to address this increasingly complex business world.

Prof. Zhou also said he was highly excited by the opportunities posed by the establishment of CUHK-Shenzhen in 2014, and will seek to forge a closer relationship with colleagues there. “We are going to try to see if we can provide joint teaching programmes in addition to the joint research institutes we already have in place,” he said.

It also follows that the school should continue to develop closer ties with the business sector, not only to enhance the quality of education provided to students, to help them seek out lucrative job opportunities, but to stay glued to the latest changes in business practices that are relevant to management thought leadership.

“Talking to business partners will help us enhance the level of our research both in its rigor and its relevance,” Prof. Zhou said.

On the concept of balance, said Prof. Zhou, who spent the bulk of his early career teaching and in research, focusing on fundamental topics in economic theory including game theory, mechanism design as well as social choice and welfare, this applies equally to the divide between education and research.

“The primary responsibility of a university is to provide quality education to young people. Teaching is and always will be of the utmost importance, but on the other hand, to be a leading university you have to have research capabilities so you can provide students with the most advanced knowledge in different fields.”

“Research is a very important area for a university which aspires to be the very best university in the world, so we must keep a proper balance. With the university well-endowed in both financial and human resources, I am confident we can do both.”

“We empower young people so they can seize opportunities and benefit from the tremendous growth that will take place.” — Prof. Lin Zhou

Following on the heels of this two-term stint as the Dean of Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he transformed the school from a domestic name into a global player in business education, Prof. Zhou also says he’s interested in applying the skills and network acquired in his previous job and while sitting on the board of various accreditation boards to help raise the awareness of CUHK Business School on a global level.

Strategic planning will be a crucial task for Prof. Zhou, who added he is excited for the opportunity to liaise with the stakeholders to revise the school’s vision and mission for the next five year strategic plan starting in 2021. “Dean Kalok Chan and his team did a great job raising the academic research capability and reputation of the School, we will leverage on that and move the School forward in many directions.”

For now though, Prof. Zhou said besides the smooth resumption of classes in January, he will be busy in the first quarter reaching out to students, faculty members and corporate partners to seek views on the way forward for the school.

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Staying Humble: The Beginning of a New Era in FinTech  [#permalink]

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FROM CUHK: Staying Humble: The Beginning of a New Era in FinTech
FMBA: Unforgettable and Eye-opening Learning Journey
Originally from Hubei province, Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in International Finance. After graduating, he joined Bank of China in Shenzhen as General Manager of the Finance Department. He participated in several major projects including the bank’s equity listing reform, the development of an IT blueprint, and forming partnerships with international banks. After several years, Michael decided to invest in himself and apply for CUHK’s FMBA programme.

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Michael was invited to share his experiences with students and fellow alumni in the admission event.

Michael calls himself a ‘bad student’ for having to repeat a subject because he constantly needed to work overseas. However, he still remembers the lessons of the year. “In the past, I was most afraid of accounting because the textbooks were so thick – by the time I got to the debt and owner’s equity chapter, I had already forgotten the previous chapters on assets and stocks. However, FMBA professors presented complicated financial calculations on a balance sheet, making all the intricate logical relationships clear and easy to understand,” he explained. “The FMBA programme combined finance and management into a rich curriculum, and the courses took place across Shenzhen, Beijing and Hong Kong. I found it very interesting.”

Michael also highly appreciated the programme’s balance of academic and practical weight. “When discussing financial theories, professors would cite examples from Hong Kong, mainland China and the global market. Analysing case studies such as the 1987 stock market crash and the success factors of Li & Fung Group truly opened my mind.”

“People are deterred by leaders who try to be Superman. Staying humble helps you build a cohesive team that works together to solve problems!” — Michael Wang

Embrace the Risk of Facing Uncertainty
Soon after his graduation Michael became Bank of China’s largest sub-branch in Shenzhen as General Manager, where he accumulated rich experience in internet finance and cross-border financial services. In 2015, he was invited to join China’s first digital bank, WeBank.

Moving from traditional physical banking to the trendy model of virtual banking was not a rash decision for Michael. He was simply following his passion for taking new challenges. “The uncertainty that comes with managing a brand new organisation, with a new culture in an emerging sector was the greatest challenge for me.” Despite the steep learning curve, Michael has proved to be more than competent and led the team to establish a 2B product line in just two years, further expanding the business portfolio.

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Michael attends the launch event of Bank of China’s “Finger Vein Authentication”.

Starting from Zero: Learning While Keeping Moving
Considering the immense opportunities for cross-border financial business, Michael joined the E-Finance Department of Bank of China (Hong Kong) in 2017 as the Head, leading the development of virtual banking. livi is now in its final stage of development and, together with the seven other licensed virtual banks, is set to drive Hong Kong’s FinTech industry, providing new experiences for customers and promoting financial inclusion in its mission.

“My experience at WeBank was very helpful to me, but starting a new virtual bank from scratch was a whole new challenge.” The first hurdle was recruitment. With eight virtual banks entering the market at one time, the competition for talent was high in all fields, including FinTech, product innovation, and risk and compliance management. The next challenge was the system. IT structures within traditional banking cannot easily be applied to virtual banks, so new systems need to be developed internally or outsourced, and then integrated. “Now I know how easy it is to raise questions and how hard it is to find solutions.”

Michael compared the experience of starting from scratch to driving a car with no parts. He and his team had to assemble the wheels and engine, fill up the gas tank, revise the route blueprint to keep up with FinTech trends – all while driving a car.

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“People First” is one of the key pillars for the livi team. As CEO, Michael often hosts town hall meetings to share his ideas and maintain mutual communications with team mates.

Don’t Be a Hero: Be a Team
livi’s logo design and colour scheme portray a lively image. Its name, which comes from the word ‘living’, refers to a lifestyle bank that integrates banking seamlessly into consumer habits, reshaping how people think about and engage with finance. In this new paradigm, users are rewarded for planning the future and they can save money or spend at ease, enjoying every moment of their lives.

Even though the competition is fierce, Michael remains optimistic because livi’s shareholders have abundant resources. “Bank of China (Hong Kong) is the largest bank in Hong Kong in terms of customer base and sales channels, which is a good complement for livi. JD Digits provides solid technical support and Jardine Matheson has the biggest retail network in Hong Kong. Backed by these partners, we can provide improved financial services and accelerate digitalisation in the retail sector.” In addition to personal banking, livi also focuses on helping SMEs develop through simple, easy-to-use banking services riding on innovative technology.

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Michael (first row; 5th from left)and his team celebrate as the Hong Kong Monetary Authority grants livi a virtual banking license.

Michael believes that while virtual banking and traditional banking are two very different businesses, they complement each other well – just how supermarkets and convenience stores do. In fact, the greatest challenge in the initial stages of launching a virtual bank is consumer acceptance of the market. “People get used to tangible products which they can see and touch. We need time to convince the market that virtual banks are just as real and safe as physical ones.”

Looking back on livi’s journey, Michael had to handle many problems large and small, every single day. His approach throughout has been to stay positive and humble. In his words, “People are deterred by leaders who try to be Superman. Staying humble helps you build a cohesive team that works together to solve problems!”

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This article first appeared in CUHK Business School Alumni Portal, republished with permission from Alumni and Corporate Affairs Office, CUHK Business School.

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CUHK Management Professor Named as a Most Highly Cited Researcher for   [#permalink]

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FROM CUHK: CUHK Management Professor Named as a Most Highly Cited Researcher for the Third Straight Year
In 2019, 113 researchers around the world were identified as Highly Cited Researchers in the Economics and Business field, and Prof. Ahlstrom is among the five researchers in this major subject area from all of Asia, who made the list.

In the past decade (2007-2017), Prof. Ahlstrom has 96 research publications, and his work was cited 4,468 times, as compiled by the Web of Science. His research studies appear in 53 international/regional academic journals, including top-tier ones such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

“I feel quite honoured to be recognised in the Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson-Reuters) list of Highly Cited Researchers 2019 as one of the world’s top researchers,” said Prof. Ahlstrom. “I feel we are all doing very good research at CUHK Business School, and I am happy to be doing my part to contribute to our fine school and university. And I expect our business school to continue to be at the forefront economics and international business and related research as it has been for a long time.”

The highly anticipated list of Highly Cited Researchers, released by the Clarivate Analytics on a yearly basis, identifies professors and other researchers that have produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1 percent by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers. The 2019 list includes 6,217 highly cited researchers in various fields from nearly 60 countries and regions, representing 0.1 percent of all professors and researchers worldwide that had a certain number of Highly Cited Papers.

For the full list of “Highly Cited Researchers 2019”, please refer to: https://recognition.webofsciencegroup.com/awards/highly-cited/2019.

A press release was also posted in the CUHK website on 26 November 2019.

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CUHK Business Student Teams Crowned Top Winners at HKICPA Business Cas  [#permalink]

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FROM CUHK: CUHK Business Student Teams Crowned Top Winners at HKICPA Business Case Competition 2019
This year, more than 584 teams from various universities in Hong Kong, Greater China and Macau took part in the case competition. Through two rounds of blind review of written reports, reviewers from practice, corporates, and universities selected six finalist teams each from Mainland and Hong Kong region respectively to enter the final round. With their forward-thinking mindsets and innovative solutions, two CUHK teams were able to impress the judges and come out on top of the Hong Kong finalist teams.

The team comprising Wong Ching-kei Poey (Quantitative Finance and Risk Management, Year 2), Lam Sze-wing (Global Business Studies [GBS], Year 2), Luk Hei (GBS, Year 2), and Wangchuk Sonam Chophel (Integrated BBA, Year 4) was awarded the champion and the best performance team. Sonam Chophel was also named the Best Presenter in the competition. Another team of CUHK students, including Li Ho-ling (Quantitative Finance, Year 4) and Wong Nam-kit (Professional Accountancy, GA Stream, Year 3), took home the first runner-up award with their exceptional performance. The winning teams received cash prizes, QP fees waiver, and internship opportunities in recognition of their accomplishments.

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The annual HKICPA Business Case Competition, formerly known as QP Case Analysis Competition, aims to enhance students’ knowledge and analytical skills by solving real-life business challenges. In this edition, the participating teams were required to identify the financial risk of Platin Hotels Limited and recommend strategies to substantiate profitability, growth and ethical issues.

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FROM CUHK: Learning to Fly in International Hong Kong
As a top scorer in Thailand, this Thai undergraduate student, known to her friends as Chanan, was admitted to CUHK Business School last year through the Belt and Road Scholarship (Thailand) by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government as well as the University Admission Scholarship by CUHK, and she has not looked back since. The Belt and Road Scholarship (Thailand) was a great honour considering only ten of these scholarships are offered to selected students from Thailand every year.

The Ultimate Landing Spot for Global Students
Chanan is well-known across campus for being energetic and cheerful, and is always ready to take up new opportunities and see which exciting roads arise in life. Her experience at CUHK Business School is an example of how the institution takes international students from every corner of the globe and allows them to thrive in Hong Kong.

Chanan certainly knows a thing or two about challenge, and having to adapt from Thai culture at Triam Udom Suksa School in central Bangkok to university life in Hong Kong would not be easy for anyone. “The difference in learning style is obvious from high school to university. I needed to demonstrate strong participation in class and tutorials, but in CUHK, I am also free to embrace ideas and express my opinion,” says Chanan.

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Business and entrepreneurship are two strong interests for Chanan, and Hong Kong has been an ideal place for advancing these. Chanan expresses a desire to “practice English and Chinese simultaneously, studying business in Hong Kong is great because it is a financial hub.” It has not been without its challenges while she learned to settle into Hong Kong. Chanan says fitting into city life was not as smooth as she expected from the start. “It was definitely a test adapting to the new environment and another education system, but with great friends who encouraged me and helped me get along, I was able to balance my studies with life and socialise more. This helped me find my true happiness,” she says.

Though Hong Kong people generally have strong English proficiency and Chanan is quite conversant in Putonghua, language has still been somewhat of a barrier for Chanan, who doesn’t speak Cantonese, to fully immerse herself in Hong Kong. She has tried to learn Cantonese and friends have helped by speaking in English, so this has helped her acclimatise to campus life. Overcoming the language barrier. This has Chanan to maximise her network and enhance her skills with extracurricular activities, such as joining societies in her college.

Chanan is very international by nature, and is looking to participate in an overseas exchange programme, perhaps in the US or UK, to experience different cultures. Globally connected academic partnerships are one of CUHK’s competitive advantages, along with the fact the university only takes the best of the best. To be admitted to CUHK she went through a stringent selection process with only the 10 most outstanding Thai students gaining a place. “Students don’t just need to possess excellent academic results, but also demonstrate strong extra-curricular participation, good leadership and communication skills, as well as recognised contribution to society,” says Chanan.

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Attending the celebration dinner of the Third Belt and Road Scholarship Program in September in 2019.

Chanan has a fondness for Chinese culture, and adores languages ─ Mandarin has been on her plate for four years. She first visited Hong Kong with her family when she was only eight years old, and toured universities in China as part of a field trip when she was in high school to learn more about the country. “Chinese is a must learn language that I see lots of future in, and it will be very beneficial for business. Chinese grammar is also very similar to Thai so that is an added bonus for me as well,” says Chanan. It’s thus natural for her to enjoy Hong Kong, which she finds really convenient. “For one, Bangkok traffic is really bad yet Hong Kong has a very convenient transportation system! But in all seriousness, I like the way that I am encouraged to be an active learner here at CUHK Business School,” Chanan says.

Students Benefit from an Open-Minded Learning Approach
The “Fragrant Harbour” is a melting pot of East and West, and students often comment that they are rather enriched by this fusion of culture. Diversity is something that many people praise regarding studying in Hong Kong, and CUHK in general, with the university’s open minded approach that puts emphasis on an all-round education and facilitates whole-person development. As a person who has a deep interest in entrepreneurship, Chanan is in the right spot to advance her career. “CUHK is the right platform to better shape myself in business, in linguistics and as a person. My plan upon graduation is to work in a company to gain more solid working experience before considering running a start-up. I absolutely want to gain more experience working abroad too,” she says.

In my life it is no pain no gain. If I encounter hurdles I encourage myself – something that has no difficulty is not worth pursuing. — Chananchida Choochua

Chanan has an impressive resume, but at the core of her DNA is an enticing blend of finance, PR, marketing and entrepreneurship that take centre stage. Among these, entrepreneurship is her study focus, so what brought her to this field? “I have a passion for finding the unmet needs of customers, I want to discover brilliant ideas, understand people, and come up with a product that works,” she says.

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Cross-cultural communication is often a strong suit for overseas students. Chanan is busy running a Facebook page called ChananinHK for Thai people who want to come to Hong Kong, and seeing a gap in knowledge, has been promoting the resource. “Studying in Hong Kong for business is great, so I want other people to know more about it. Hong Kong accepts Thai diplomas and transcript without standardised tests like SAT, so it’s convenient for people from my homeland to come here,” she says.

The traffic on the page has been very promising, and concurrently, Chanan has noticed a sharp rise in the number of Thai students here at CUHK. While she can’t necessarily attribute it to her page, it’s also a reflection of CUHK’s stature as an international campus. Of course, if anyone ever has a question about Hong Kong they can come to her. “Especially for people from Thailand, I want them to feel free to reach if they want to learn anything at all,” says Chanan.

Chanan has a passion for sharing, and her book ‘Amare’ was written for Thai secondary school students to prepare for examinations with friends. Aside from scripting the book, she also had to source funding and promote the publication, which is not something ordinary high school students would do.

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As the future goes, Chanan has an interest in public administration and media, so being internationally minded will be an incredible help ─ CUHK is truly the place to explore the globe from the Greater China doorstep. With these high-powered ambitions in mind, how does she see herself getting through all the challenges that will arise? “In my life it is no pain no gain. If I encounter hurdles I encourage myself – something that has no difficulty is not worth pursuing, “she says.

That is the key to life for Chanan – staying humble, working hard, and bridging cultures together. There is no better place to do that than CUHK.

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FROM CUHK: Learning to Fly in International Hong Kong
As a top scorer in Thailand, this Thai undergraduate student, known to her friends as Chanan, was admitted to CUHK Business School last year through the Belt and Road Scholarship (Thailand) by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government as well as the University Admission Scholarship by CUHK, and she has not looked back since. The Belt and Road Scholarship (Thailand) was a great honour considering only ten of these scholarships are offered to selected students from Thailand every year.

The Ultimate Landing Spot for Global Students
Chanan is well-known across campus for being energetic and cheerful, and is always ready to take up new opportunities and see which exciting roads arise in life. Her experience at CUHK Business School is an example of how the institution takes international students from every corner of the globe and allows them to thrive in Hong Kong.

Chanan certainly knows a thing or two about challenge, and having to adapt from Thai culture at Triam Udom Suksa School in central Bangkok to university life in Hong Kong would not be easy for anyone. “The difference in learning style is obvious from high school to university. I needed to demonstrate strong participation in class and tutorials, but in CUHK, I am also free to embrace ideas and express my opinion,” says Chanan.

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Business and entrepreneurship are two strong interests for Chanan, and Hong Kong has been an ideal place for advancing these. Chanan expresses a desire to “practice English and Chinese simultaneously, studying business in Hong Kong is great because it is a financial hub.” It has not been without its challenges while she learned to settle into Hong Kong. Chanan says fitting into city life was not as smooth as she expected from the start. “It was definitely a test adapting to the new environment and another education system, but with great friends who encouraged me and helped me get along, I was able to balance my studies with life and socialise more. This helped me find my true happiness,” she says.

Though Hong Kong people generally have strong English proficiency and Chanan is quite conversant in Putonghua, language has still been somewhat of a barrier for Chanan, who doesn’t speak Cantonese, to fully immerse herself in Hong Kong. She has tried to learn Cantonese and friends have helped by speaking in English, so this has helped her acclimatise to campus life. Overcoming the language barrier. This has Chanan to maximise her network and enhance her skills with extracurricular activities, such as joining societies in her college.

Chanan is very international by nature, and is looking to participate in an overseas exchange programme, perhaps in the US or UK, to experience different cultures. Globally connected academic partnerships are one of CUHK’s competitive advantages, along with the fact the university only takes the best of the best. To be admitted to CUHK she went through a stringent selection process with only the 10 most outstanding Thai students gaining a place. “Students don’t just need to possess excellent academic results, but also demonstrate strong extra-curricular participation, good leadership and communication skills, as well as recognised contribution to society,” says Chanan.

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Attending the celebration dinner of the Third Belt and Road Scholarship Program in September in 2019.

Chanan has a fondness for Chinese culture, and adores languages ─ Mandarin has been on her plate for four years. She first visited Hong Kong with her family when she was only eight years old, and toured universities in China as part of a field trip when she was in high school to learn more about the country. “Chinese is a must learn language that I see lots of future in, and it will be very beneficial for business. Chinese grammar is also very similar to Thai so that is an added bonus for me as well,” says Chanan. It’s thus natural for her to enjoy Hong Kong, which she finds really convenient. “For one, Bangkok traffic is really bad yet Hong Kong has a very convenient transportation system! But in all seriousness, I like the way that I am encouraged to be an active learner here at CUHK Business School,” Chanan says.

Students Benefit from an Open-Minded Learning Approach
The “Fragrant Harbour” is a melting pot of East and West, and students often comment that they are rather enriched by this fusion of culture. Diversity is something that many people praise regarding studying in Hong Kong, and CUHK in general, with the university’s open minded approach that puts emphasis on an all-round education and facilitates whole-person development. As a person who has a deep interest in entrepreneurship, Chanan is in the right spot to advance her career. “CUHK is the right platform to better shape myself in business, in linguistics and as a person. My plan upon graduation is to work in a company to gain more solid working experience before considering running a start-up. I absolutely want to gain more experience working abroad too,” she says.

In my life it is no pain no gain. If I encounter hurdles I encourage myself – something that has no difficulty is not worth pursuing. — Chananchida Choochua

Chanan has an impressive resume, but at the core of her DNA is an enticing blend of finance, PR, marketing and entrepreneurship that take centre stage. Among these, entrepreneurship is her study focus, so what brought her to this field? “I have a passion for finding the unmet needs of customers, I want to discover brilliant ideas, understand people, and come up with a product that works,” she says.

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Cross-cultural communication is often a strong suit for overseas students. Chanan is busy running a Facebook page called ChananinHK for Thai people who want to come to Hong Kong, and seeing a gap in knowledge, has been promoting the resource. “Studying in Hong Kong for business is great, so I want other people to know more about it. Hong Kong accepts Thai diplomas and transcript without standardised tests like SAT, so it’s convenient for people from my homeland to come here,” she says.

The traffic on the page has been very promising, and concurrently, Chanan has noticed a sharp rise in the number of Thai students here at CUHK. While she can’t necessarily attribute it to her page, it’s also a reflection of CUHK’s stature as an international campus. Of course, if anyone ever has a question about Hong Kong they can come to her. “Especially for people from Thailand, I want them to feel free to reach if they want to learn anything at all,” says Chanan.

Chanan has a passion for sharing, and her book ‘Amare’ was written for Thai secondary school students to prepare for examinations with friends. Aside from scripting the book, she also had to source funding and promote the publication, which is not something ordinary high school students would do.

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As the future goes, Chanan has an interest in public administration and media, so being internationally minded will be an incredible help ─ CUHK is truly the place to explore the globe from the Greater China doorstep. With these high-powered ambitions in mind, how does she see herself getting through all the challenges that will arise? “In my life it is no pain no gain. If I encounter hurdles I encourage myself – something that has no difficulty is not worth pursuing, “she says.

That is the key to life for Chanan – staying humble, working hard, and bridging cultures together. There is no better place to do that than CUHK.

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FROM CUHK: Care for Passengers – Win Over Their Hearts
When it comes to catching the bus these days, passengers do not need to be at stops until the very last minute. With an app on their smartphone, they can stay informed of the estimated arrival time, after New World First Bus and Citybus, owned by NWS Holdings, introduced Hong Kong’s first automatic bus stop announcement system and smartphone app in 2012. The technology received the “Best Public Service Application Grand Award” and “Best Public Service Application (Transformation) Gold Award” in the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2013. Newton Ng (MSc in Information and Technology Management 2003) is the mastermind behind this technology, in his role as Assistant Director (Corporate Support) of NWS Holdings and Head of Development for New World First Bus and Citybus.

Enrol in CUHK Twice to Further Education
Newton was a science student in secondary school but began to see business studies as more versatile. He was offered early admission to The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)’s BBA programme after completing Form Six and became one of the first student residents of Shaw College. To this day he still benefits from his instructor’s teachings. “Professor Japhet Law, who taught me statistics, compared statistics to gold mining. The treasure usually sinks to the bottom. So it’s important to ask yourself whether there are any traces of overlooked information after analysis. In my advertising and strategic marketing course, Professor Leo Sin often stressed that a unique selling point was a must for successful sales and marketing. This knowledge has become a second nature to me and proven to be very useful later at work,” Newton explains.

A few years after graduation, Newton moved on to his next goal: to further his Master’s Degree. It happened to be around the time information technology was becoming more popular. Although the dot-com bubble had burst by then, he noticed that the operating logistics in his industry had plenty of room for improvement, so he returned to CUHK to enroll in its MSc in ITM programme. “The concept of the programme is to connect IT professionals with businessmen, which was exactly what I needed. I don’t know how to code, but after completing the programme, I knew how to ask for what my IT colleagues could actually deliver. It was very helpful when my company started to digitalise later on,” Newton says.

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Newton (left) poses with his instructor and former Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) of CUHK Business School Professor Ching-chyi Lee at his MSc in ITM graduation.

A Pioneer Who Loves a Good Challenge
Looking back on his career journey, Newton had worked at Citybus twice as a summer intern even before graduating with a bachelor’s degree. “I majored in marketing. Many of my peers looked for sales and marketing jobs, but I wanted to work in product development. Back then career planning wasn’t really a thing to me. I just thought transportation was interesting, and I was drawn to the vision of Citybus. Joining the company after graduation just made sense.”

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Fate brought Newton and buses together when he was an undergraduate. He completed two summer internships at Citybus and made a point to take his graduation photos in a CUHK campus bus (left). Little did he know he would join Citybus again after graduation and go on to work there for two decades

In the early stage of his career, Newton wanted to fulfill his dream of working at a big corporation, so he briefly left Citybus to join MTR as a traffic controller. While he gained valuable experience operating a mass public transportation system, life inside the control room eventually became dull. It was a central reason he returned to his former employer and has been working at New World First Bus and Citybus since. He oversaw the Operations and Planning Department, and his duties ranged from managing frontline staff including bus captains and regulators to negotiating route changes, additions and reductions with the government, as well as making development plans with forecasts on future vehicle and manpower needs.

Newton says the constant flow of opportunities to be part of new projects is the reason he has stayed at the same employer for this long. He joined the company in 1993 just as Citybus took over 26 routes from China Motor Bus, and was given the chance to assist with this launch within three months of joining. Upon his return from MTR in 1998, his first project was to plan new airport bus routes, dealing with the traffic chaos associated with opening a new airport. Each new project, be it a city tour bus service or mobile app development for New World First Bus and Citybus, has motivated him to move forward. “Every time I finish a project, I look for a new one. It never stops. I’m the living testament of the first line of CUHK Student Union’s anthem: ‘We’ve cut the hills and broken the grounds. Our sacred job is to blaze the trail,’” Newton says.

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Newton (right) excels at his job and was presented the NWS Outstanding Employee Award in 2013

No Job Too Trivial
Newton minored in Japanese studies as an undergraduate. He appreciates Japanese people’s dedication to everything they do. When he was assigned the job to develop a new mobile app for New World First Bus and Citybus, he decided to move beyond the mainstream HTML format, which lacked interactivity, and set his eyes on developing a practical yet interactive app. Taking advantage of technological advancements such as the GPS technology, Newton turned a homework assignment from the ITM programme into reality by developing a real-time monitor system of vehicles that could control and manage the location of buses. Passengers could also stay informed of the estimated arrival time of buses through the app.

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Newton put what he learnt into practice and turned his ITM programme assignment into reality. He developed an automatic bus stop announcement system and a mobile app for New World First Bus and Citybus under NWS Holdings. The technology received the “Best Public Service Application Grand Award” and “Best Public Service Application (Transformation) Gold Award” in the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2013.

“The biggest challenge was building hardware that could withstand vibrations on board and sending and receiving a large amount of data from a slow-moving vehicle using Wifi. The first contractor could not overcome these challenges and withdrew halfway. We went back to square one, went through the tender process again and wasted two years. I later consulted with an ITM classmate, who has an IT and engineering background, and then negotiated with a second contractor. In the end, we managed to solve the problem by using bespoke industrial hardware. The project took four years to finally come to fruition,” Newton says.

The technology has evolved into a second generation offering today. All New World First Bus and Citybus vehicles are now equipped with 7-inch touchscreen tablets. Controllers can make text-to-speech commands as well. New features such as real-time bus status and using the destination to filter the next bus to arrive have been added to the mobile app. Users may even be able to pay their fare using the app in the future.

Integration of Traditional Wisdom and Innovation
The process of developing different systems made Newton realise that he could not just sit in the office working on his computer all day, but also meet customers face-to-face to understand their needs. “Most customers aren’t good at expressing their needs and rely on us to look for the answer. The key is to put your heart into getting every job well done. This motto is influenced by the teachings from our company’s founder and is in line with the craftsman’s spirit promoted by the group,” Newton says.

Thanks to this company culture, Newton has operated a bus to serve passengers, trialed software developed by his own team, and mingled with frontline staff. “When passengers say thank you as they get off, you will understand what kind of service truly satisfies them.”

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Newton likes to be on the frontline to learn about the needs of passengers and has a keen nostalgia for buses and love for the industry. He is determined to offer passengers a new bus experience via technology

This article first appeared in CUHK Business School Alumni Portal, republished with permission from Alumni and Corporate Affairs Office, CUHK Business School.

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FROM CUHK: CUHK Management Professors Named Most Prolific Contributors to Leading International Business Journal
The prestigious Gold Medal was given to scholars with at least 11 substantive contributions in JIBS in the past 50 years (1970-2019). Coinciding with JIBS’s 50-year anniversary, Prof. Makino was the only gold medalist from Asia among the 16 scholars (including three deceased ones) who were recognised by AIB for their substantive intellectual contributions to JIBS in the field of international business.

“I am honoured to receive this prestigious award. My life as a scholar was full of sighs, challenges, and (sometimes) joy. I would like to thank everyone who has provided me with intellectual and mental support,” said Prof. Makino.

Currently, Prof. Makino is a Fellow of AIB and served as a Secretary-Treasurer of the AIB Fellows in 2014-2017, as well as a Vice President of AIB in 2010-2012. He has emerged as the world’s top researcher in international business since the mid-90s. He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles in a number of leading journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.

Prof. Makino’s current research focuses on strategy and performance of multinational corporations. He is particularly interested in exploring non-economic based motivations on economic activities and their performance consequences in international business. According to Google Scholar, his research studies have been cited over 8,000 times by other scholars in the world.

Furthermore, Kevin Au; Associate Professor of Department of Management, Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship and Director of Centre for Family Business at CUHK Business School; was also awarded the Silver Medal as one of the most prolific researchers with at least 5 substantive contributions in JIBS over the past half century.

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Prof. Kevin Au

JIBS is the official publication of AIB which is a top-ranked journal in the field of International Business. As an interdisciplinary journal, JIBS publishes insightful, innovative and impactful research from scholars in all practice areas of business and adjacent disciplines, including all the theoretical lenses and management practice areas of internationally operating firms. Ranked by Google Scholar as first among International Business journals, it is one of only 50 journals used by Financial Times in compiling the FT Research ratings for its global MBA and EMBA rankings.

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He is not just a respected professor, but an experienced economist and an Honorary Research Advisor for Hong Kong-based financial technology solutions provider FinFabrik. We delve into his past achievements and discover how he finds time to fit in all of his teaching and work commitments, not to mention his favourite hobby, Chinese calligraphy.

A Good Education Creates Opportunities
Coming from a humble family background, Prof. Chew had to work very hard to earn scholarships for all his education after high school. He left Malaysia when he was 18 to pursue his A-level studies in Singapore under the ASEAN scholarship. From there he went on to complete Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees in the UK and the US. His higher education journey started when he was offered a scholarship to study for a BSc degree in economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Living and studying in the UK turned out to be a life-changing experience. “I later pursued my PhD at University of Chicago where I had the privilege of having the late Prof. Gary Becker, 1992 Nobel laureate in economics, to be one of my thesis advisors,” he said.

It was a pivotal moment that had opened many doors subsequently. — Prof. Seen Meng Chew

Having studied for nine years straight in the UK and the US, Prof. Chew was looking for a change. He decided to take a break from university life and immersed himself in the corporate world, as he believed that gaining real life experiences in the corporate sector was as important as good academic training.

He spent three years as a consultant at NERA Economic Consulting in Chicago, where he worked with corporate clients on their international pricing strategy.  He later moved to Singapore and Hong Kong, where he worked as an economist for Morgan Stanley, the International Monetary Fund and J.P. Morgan, and learnt a great deal about the key economic and political issues of major Asian countries within a business context.  Ask him what was one of the best elements about working at these world class institutions and he will tell you enthusiastically about the opportunities he had in meeting and learning from prominent luminaries, such as Mr. Tony Blair ─ former UK Prime Minister, Ms. Madeleine Albright ─ former US Secretary of State, and Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz ─ former Governor of the Malaysian Central Bank.

After working for about 10 years in a variety of sectors, he decided to return to academia, bringing his expertise to students and relishing the opportunity to share real life case studies.

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Prof. Seen Meng Chew (4th from right) toasts with fellow faculty and staff at CUHK Business School Alumni Cocktail in Shenzhen in October 2019.

CUHK Business School The Place to Be
Prof. Chew decided to join CUHK because in his words, “it has a great reputation in Asia, excellent resources and emphasises the highest quality of teaching”. Another key reason was because the University has a collegiate system with nine different colleges, a very unique feature for an Asian university. He believes that being part of a college is essential to students’ life, as it provides them a sense of belonging, and helps to shape their character. It also reminds him of his fond time at Trinity Hall college, University of Cambridge, where he read MPhil in economics in the early 2000s.

However, CUHK Business School is not the first tertiary institution where he has taught. Before arriving at CUHK, he had clocked a fair amount of teaching hours at universities in the US, Singapore and Hong Kong. So what attracted him to the teaching profession?

Being a professor means that you have to keep learning and accumulating knowledge, so that you can be an effective teacher. — Prof. Seen Meng Chew

“First and foremost, a professor is given the luxury of immense freedom and flexibility in work schedules, allowing me to develop creativity which in turn helps me to design interesting courses.” He continues, “Moreover, it is a deeply fulfilling and satisfying profession as you gain respect from students and the public.”

Having just been commissioned as an Associate Director of CUHK MBA last year, Prof. Chew was excited about bringing new ideas and initiatives to the MBA programmes. For the classes that he teaches at the School, he would be using case studies and the most current industry examples. He would share his experience in finance and consulting and make good use of his industry connections developed over the years. “I will strive to collaborate with select companies to source guest speakers, practicum projects and internship opportunities for students, and will also work closely with key industry partners to organise a trading competition at our business school’s Finance Trading Laboratory.” he says.

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Prof. Seen Meng Chew sits in the panel at 2019 CUHK Conference on Financial Technology in November 2019.

Life as an Educator, Innovator and Artist

In addition to his role at CUHK Business School, he also serves as an Honorary Research Advisor for FinFabrik, a Hong Kong-based financial technology solutions provider that specialises in capital markets. So, what does the future hold for Fintech in our city? “Hong Kong is a hot spot for the Fintech industry in Asia, due to its highly developed soft and hard infrastructure, and ease of doing business. Moreover, the granting of eight virtual banking licenses by Hong Kong Monetary Authority last year shows the government’s commitment in developing this new important sector.”

With the ever-changing trends in the digital economy, how does he plan to teach the MBA course: Fintech 101?

As Fintech is a very dynamic subject, I think the best way to teach it is through case studies and industry examples. — Prof. Seen Meng Chew

“Moreover, students should also be given opportunities to partner up with Fintech companies in Hong Kong to work on projects that involve solving real business problems. This could help them to come up with new business ideas or strategies to succeed in a Fintech venture.” Prof. Chew says.

Although Prof. Chew admits he often gives people the impression that he is a very serious person, he wants to emphasise that he also has a fun side, especially when it comes to his passion: Chinese calligraphy. For the last 30 years, he has developed this hobby to as far as taking part in numerous international competitions and exhibitions. You could say his love for Chinese calligraphy is part accidental and part personal, as the practice can be traced back to his grandfather and father, who were both calligraphers and had a strong influence on him.

Finally, Prof. Chew offers his words of inspiration for our students when moving into the working world: “Embrace changes as we are living in a world where the only constant is change.  Working professionals need to continue to learn and educate themselves throughout their lives in order to stay relevant.”

It´s fair to say that CUHK Business School is extremely lucky and excited to have Prof. Chew with us.

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