Implicit Leadership: The Principal Loader In Flat Organizations

Sustaining team productivity is a critical organizational goal, especially for flat organizations. A flat organization is a firm that has an organizational structure with few or no levels of middle management between employees and executives. The purpose of a flat structure is to reduce the administrative cost so that the employees can be more directly […]

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How To Market The Public Goods With Both Negative And Positive Externalities

Public good & externalities The externality is an important concern in the economics of public goods. Externality often occurs when the economic equilibrium between production and consumption, reflected as a private price, can not reflect the actual cost/benefit of such products or services. For example, environmental pollution is a good example of a negative externality. […]

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Can You See My Screen?

COVID-19 has brought about major changes in the way we work. Whether working from home, attending virtual conferences, our computer screens, using video conferencing software such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, VooV, Google Hangouts, Skype (are people still using Skype?), have become the primary interface to work. After about a year of “zoom”ing, there is one […]

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User Anonymity, Trolls, and Misinformation

I started following NUSWhispers on Facebook sometime last year to better understand everything that was going on around the CS1010E cheating incident last year. Since then, ‘confessions’ posted to NUSWhispers will show up on my Facebook feed from time to time. These confessions ranged from rants to requests for advice on just about any subject matter: […]

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3 Habits That Can Transform You From A Night Owl To A Morning Lark

You can enhance your work efficiency with these habits. When you examine the daily habits of the world’s most successful and influential people, you’ll notice that they all share one common trait: a highly planned schedule. The schedule includes a well-thought-out morning routine. Since I moved to Singapore in 2017, I feel as though I spent […]

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Congratulations to Garbage Can Lab Graduates!

3 of our members are having their degrees conferred during the NUS Commencement Ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021 today. Peng Jiaxu – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), class of 2021 Vasilii Zorin – Master of Computing (MComp), class of 2020 Hangzhi Alina Pang – Bachelor of Computing in Information Systems (BComp), class of […]

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Different Playlists for the Different Tasks in “Your” Life

I was never a huge music person. I am neither well informed on the latest trends in the music scene nor am I knowledgeable about specific genres of music like my friends. So before the days of Spotify (and Pandora radio!), my playlist-building process involved hearing (or hearing about) certain songs, and searching for these […]

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Things I’ll Miss After I Step Down From Being Department Head

It’s D-7 (including today). I’ll be stepping down from being the Head of the Department of Information Systems and Analytics (DISA) at NUS School of Computing. It’s been an exciting 6 years (actually 5 years, 11 months and 24 days, 15 hours, 10 minutes and about 20 seconds … but who’s counting?), where we’ve accomplished […]

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