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The State Of Innovation At Firm Level In Singapore

Singapore today stands at a crossroads. The dynamics that made it one of the world's most competitive economies and a magnet for foreign companies and investment are increasingly being replicated by other developing countries.

But even though private and public sectors increasingly understand, appreciate and embrace the pivotal role that innovation must play in continued economic growth, has this awareness translated into action? Is innovation generating the growth it could and should? If not, why not - and what can be done about it?

Monitor Group, in collaboration with Singapore's Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), has led a flagship study to assess the state of innovation capabilities in Singapore both at firm and national levels. In this report you will find:

  • A detailed analysis of the study's findings and conclusions
  • The results of interviews and secondary research conducted as part of the study
  • Singaporean case examples of effective innovation management
  • A revealing set of insights on the policies, actions and initiatives needed to strengthen innovation capabilities and performance in Singapore
  • A series of high-level, conceptual recommendations for driving strategic innovation and high-impact results

Our price: US$25.00
Working Together - Organisational Effectiveness Through Healthy Work Life Practices

Every CEO knows that the secret to growing an organisation lies in developing the staff. Employees with a healthy work-life balance bring long-term benefits of organisational effectiveness. This book details programmes such as Flexible Work Arrangements and contains true accounts of how the implementation and practice of work-life concepts made significant positive impact on organisations.

Our price: US$6.50
Writing Your Autobiography

Everyone has one book that they are qualified to write – their own life story. But not everyone knows how to go about doing it. Now, with this little book, which will have them chuckling as they read it, they can get expert advice and finally get started.

Writing Your Autobiography is a blueprint for the would-be autobiographer. It takes you step by step through all the issues, from literary styles to practical matters such as how to get published.

Our price: US$9.50
CLOSE WATCH - A Nation's Resolve to Secure Singapore
CLOSE WATCH documents Singapore's efforts in countering the threat of terrorism since the country was stunned by the arrests of several Jemaah Islamiyah members here following the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States.
This book details what goes on behind the scenes as the authorities endeavour to keep the country safe from terrorist attacks. The whole-of-government approach to the threat is augmented by contributions from a cross-section of society, from the private sector to religious organisations and members of the public. Together, their collective vigilance is a testimony to the whole-of-nation effort in keeping our home safe.

Ben Nadarajan has been a journalist with The Straits Times for 10 years and has won several in-house and international awards for his work. He likes writing about crime, security and legal issues, although he has dabbled in science, environmental and foreign affairs stories as well. He grew up wanting to write fiction, but ended up writing non-fiction instead.

Our price: US$12.00
Keeping the Faith- Syed Isa Semait, Mufti of Singapore 1972-2010
His role to forge a Singapore Muslim identity has helped the community to thrive in a multi-religious, modern and cosmopolitan Singapore. — Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic, Studies, Oxford University, UK. Mufti Syed Isa has played a very significant role in providing, leadership and inspiration in enhancing the bond of relationship, among the many faith communities for the greater good of Singapore, and beyond. — Retired Revd Dr John Chew, Bishop of Singapore. Syed Isa Semait worked as a typist, welder, bookseller and marriage registrar before being appointed Mufti of Singapore in 1972 at the age of 33. He soon found his decisions aimed at improving the religious life of Singapore’s Muslim community challenged by many. Some called him a government lackey. But backed by his peers and older religious leaders, he persevered and gradually won the hearts and minds of many Muslim Singaporeans round to what he was convinced was the best way for them to organise their religious affairs in the midst of rapid development. Keeping the Faith tells the story of Syed Isa, the Mufti of Singapore for almost40 years, and how with his guidance, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis, or Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura) oversaw improvements to the collection and administration of zakat or tithes, the fixing of Islamic calendar dates, the administration of wakaf or endowments, and the revamping of religious education to keep up with changing times. By the time he stepped down from the post of Mufti at the end of 2010, Syed Isa had helped see to a more confident and progressive Muslim community that was no less religious but more conscious of the role it could play in a cosmopolitan, multi-religious Singapore. As an active member of the Inter-Religious Organisation, Syed Isa also led the way in fostering friendships with leaders of the various faiths in Singapore.
Keeping the Faith shows how Syed Isa applied his knowledge and convictions to help shape what he believed would lead to the best outcomes for his community.

Our price: US$29.90
Lead Your Life-Eight Respected Singaporeans Reflect on Leadership,Labour and Love
"Leadership in the Internet not a one-way relationship - of the leader having the ideas, the plan, and the others following like the clone armies in Star Wars. In this day and age, clone armies are weak armies. Mindless supporters are worthless. Leadership becomes a chmistry among people, enabling them to draw energy from one another." - George Yeo, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore

In Lead Your Life, eight prominent old boys of St Joseph/s Institution - Cabinet Minister, University President, and CEOs - recount the times they were called on to exercise leadership and how they responded to that call in a series of frank exchanges with Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez.

In a series of conversations on the art of leadership held in 2010-2011 at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore - dubbed The Fullerton-SJI Leadership Lectures - distinguished alumni of St Joseph's Institution shared what they had learnt about leadership, and the leaders they had become, with a younger generation.

From government leaders to business chiefs, iconoclasts to intellectuals - they are all leaders in their own right. Their leadership moments ranged from a call to serve as a deputy prime minister, the SARS epidemic, or a financial scandal at the National Kidney Foundation. Whatever the case, they shared openly how they responded to the call of leadership. Their styles and presentations differed markedly; their insights were rich and diverse, drawing on their experiences in fields such as banking, government, the arts and non-government volunteer organisations. Ideals ranged from how to build organisations, provide visionary leadership, establish trust and credibility, stay humble and grounded, manage time and stress, while preparing to plug-and-play in an increasingly complex and connected world.

Our price: US$40.00
Facing Faiths, Crossing Cultures

In a series of incisive and thoughtful discussions by leaders from academia, government, business and religious communities in the region and internationally, IPS has produced a collection of riveting and diverse points of view on race, relations, religion, cultural identity and nation identity, and their impact on a rapidly growing multicultural and diverse world.

New insights include the fact that diasporas, women and globalisation are the new deciding factors that will contribute to a reconfiguring of influence and political, economic and cultural developments in Singapore, Southeast Asia and indeed the world. They point to the strong possibilities, in contrast to the claims of conflict-proneness, that Singapore and the Southeast Asian region can illuminate peaceful and dialogical ways in dealing with cultural and religious issues.

Our price: US$25.90
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Foreign Maids - The Complete Handbook For Employers And Maid Agencies

Foreign Maids - The Complete Handbook For Employers And Maid Agencies by Chew Kim Whatt is the answer to the Ministry of Manpower's effort to instil in employers how we should treat maids as workers and human beings.

Foreign Maids is a one-stop reference that offers fresh approaches for employers, employment agencies, embassies and social workers. It offers practical tips and shows you the way to smooth maid agency, employer and domestic worker relationships, and eliminates unnecessary confusion and misunderstanding.

This book gives you insights on how to treat this addition to your household, to achieve the same level of efficiency in her as you would desire when hiring and managing an employee in your company. Some of the highlights are :

  • Do you understand your maid's cultural values?
  • Why hire a transfer maid/new maid?
  • Get the job description right
  • Ma'am, what's my work every day?
  • Training for performance
  • Work Permit procedures, guidelines and sample forms
  • Maid abuse

Our price: US$13.90
Heart Work 2 - EDB & Partners: New Frontiers for the Singapore Economy
This book chronicles this pioneering spirit of EDB, reflected in the efforts of generations of its officers. It includes essays by many former EDB officers who have gone on to contribute in other fields. ... It is important for Singaporeans to understand that our economic achievements have not been the result of natural advantages, but of farsighted thinking, hard work and determination in building our global competitiveness.

- Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore

Heart Work 2 continues the narrative from where Heart Work (published in 2002) leaves off, into the unfamiliar challenges that EDB encountered during the first decade of the 21st century, in its effort to chart new frontiers for Singapore's economic development.

Our price: US$25.00
Page 2 Primer - Straits Times English Language Guide

Page 2 Primer has some of the best commentaries in The Straits Times covering a wide range of issues on politics, religion, the economic crisis, health and sports.

They are penned by a stellar international cast of writers including Nirmal Ghosh, Chua Mui Hoong, Jonathan Eyal, Lynn Lee, William Choong, Carolyn Hong, Ong Sor Fern, Hong Xinyi, Clarissa Oon, Lydia Lim, Carl Skadian, Ravi Vellor, Bertha Henson, Salma Khalik, Chua Chin Hon, Ching Cheong, Jessica Cheam, Ignatius Low, Rohit Brijnath and Rob Hughes.

The commentaries are carefully selected for topics essential for 'O' and 'A' level students.

Each commentary is followed by an important workplan that summarises the background to the issue, tests comprehension and vocabulary; builds knowledge of concepts and general knowledge; gives insider tips on solid writing skills, and hones the thinking capacity of students.

Our price: US$14.00