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Can Singapore be Asia’s Innovation Hub?

Zafar Anjum | Nov. 6, 2013
Can Singapore become the Silcion Valley of Asia—experts at the recently held Google Big Tent deliberated on this matter and shared some sharp diagnoses and exciting suggestions.

A day earlier, I had met Professor Clayton M. Christensen who was in Singapore to attend a meeting on innovation. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on innovation and growth. Christensen is the bestselling author of a number of books including his seminal work, The Innovator's Dilemma (1997), among others. He is a member of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council in Singapore (chaired by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong) which sets the national agenda for innovation. I thought-when a country's Prime Minister himself is steering innovation, how can that country not be at the forefront of innovation?

The ball is now in the court of Singaporeans who have to decide whether they want lucrative jobs (say, in the country's burgeoning banking and financial sector) or they want to be global innovators, shaping the contours of the future.



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