Greetings from the Institute!
By now, many would have associate UOB-SMU Asian Enterprise Institute (UOB-SMU AEI) as an Institute for continuous learning and discovery. We endeavour to bring to you knowledge and information that will inspire you to seek for the deeper meanings of continuous growth, be it personal or business wise.
As an extension to this belief, we are bringing you the ‘SME Showcase’ series which will contain a collection of unique cases relating to SME issues, learning and transformation journeys.
In this new series, you will be looking at companies who have survived years of intense battles and challenges in their respective markets. Some have had to change business models in order to remain relevant to their customers and stakeholders, whereas others have had to grapple with succession issues. Each of these companies would have their own unique story to share with you. The objective of our endeavour is to use these cases to inspire, encourage and motivate you as you walk your own journey. This is particularly important for growth firms as the most significant challenge is to scale the business to the next level, which is usually the toughest.
In this inaugural issue, we showcase two family firms whose fortunes have passed to the hands of their second-generation leadership. In each company, a 30-something-year-old has responded to the call of the family, albeit unwillingly at first. Each has risen to the task, bringing the organisation to the next level. And along the way, each has also earned for himself a moniker that alludes to his unconventional way of doing things.
We hope you will find the content of the ‘SME Showcase’ as enjoyable and meaningful for you as it has been for us in publishing it for you. Please continue to enjoy in partaking this journey of growing through learning and discovery with us.