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Ivan Png

Dr 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.

Previously, he was a faculty member at the Anderson School, University of California, Los Angeles (1985-96) and the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (1993-96). He was a Visiting Professor at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College (2011-12) and at the Dyson School, Cornell University (2016).

Dr Png attended the Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore, and graduated with first class honours in economics from the University of Cambridge (1978) and a PhD from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (1985). 

His research focuses on the economics of innovation. Recent work is forthcoming or published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Information Systems Research, Strategic Management Journal, and Management Science.  He is the Principal Investigator of a $4.75 million project, SPIRE (Service Productivity and Innovation Research), funded by the Social Sciences Research Council, Singapore, 2017-22. 

He is the author of Managerial Economics, which has been published in multiple editions and adapted into Chinese (traditional and simplified characters), Korean, and Polish. He received the NUS-UCLA Executive MBA Teaching Excellence Award in 2008 as well as 2011.

Dr Png was a nominated MP (10th Parliament of Singapore), 2005-06, member of the Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, Microsoft Corporation, 2006-10, and an independent director of Hyflux Water Trust Management Pte Ltd, 2007-2011, and Healthway Medical Corporation Ltd, 2008-2011. 

Dr Png speaks English and Chinese (Mandarin). He is married to Ms Joy Cheng, with two sons, Max and Lucas.  For leisure, he exercises with his wife and plays tennis and the violin (both badly).