Strategy Forum / Panelist

Ivan Png

National University of Singapore


Ivan Png is a distinguished professor in the School of Business and departments of Economics and Information Systems and Analytics (by courtesy) at the National University of Singapore. Professor Png’s research focuses on the economics of innovation and productivity. He is the author of Managerial Economics, which has been published in multiple editions, and the principal investigator of a $4.75 million project, Service Productivity and Innovation Research, funded by the Social Sciences Research Council, Singapore, 2017-2022.

Voting History

Statement Response
Sanctions against Russia will cause multinational companies to consider human rights protections in supply chains more broadly. Agree “Human rights are a major consideration in corporate social responsibility. My research shows that businesses may vertically integrate to take better control over social performance in the supply chain.”
Blockchain is more likely to be a sustaining innovation than a disruptive innovation in the financial sector. Strongly disagree “Blockchain technology is self-limiting by design. Network effects on the demand side encourage adoption: the more using the technology, the greater the benefit to new users. However, the technology is subject to inherent diminishing returns to scale. When a new object is added, it must store all the previous objects in the chain. Hence, the storage cost increases exponentially.”
When hackers take data hostage, companies should pay the ransom. Strongly disagree “Data hacks present a collective action problem. Each individual victim would rather pay up and recover their data. But each ransom feeds the hackers and aggravates the problem for all. This is quite similar to the problem of Somalian piracy some years ago. Victims must cease paying ransoms, and governments should collectively act to cripple the hackers. ”
The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed how companies should think about business strategy. Strongly agree “The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of cross-border supply chains. Previous natural disasters such as the Kobe and Fukushima earthquakes and the Thailand floods of 2011 affected particular industries. By contrast, the COVID-19 pandemic cut off supplies across all industries. All businesses (not only manufacturers) must rethink their just-in-time strategies. ”