Molding Malaysian Business School Curriculum in Light of 21 st Century Skills with Special Emphasis on Risk Awareness

Paper / E-Poster to be Presented at University Malaya in April 2018. 

Abstract

The traditional theory of economics—and, by extension, business schools—stems from assumptions of a rational man: homo economicus. This man, representative of the average citizen, has been—for centuries—presumed to be narrowly self-interested and a utility maximizer. Multidisciplinary research rooted in psychology in the 1980s and 1990s began to challenge these assumptions, leading to emergence of a discipline now called behavioral finance. This school of thought is more cognizant of and incorporates the innate cognitive biases exhibited by the average man. Its most celebrated advocates also note that when facing risk and uncertainty, humans tend to resort to heuristics to arrive at decisions rather than deep contemplation. Moreover, contrary to prior belief, humans are loss-averse, not risk-averse. In today’s age of informational overload where uncertainty is by far more replete than certainty, types and ambit of risks in need of handling by business school graduates appear to grow rapidly. While number of schools offering business degrees flourish, the Malaysian experience of incorporating elements of behavioral finance in the programs’ curricula has been sluggish. In fact, no business school yet offers a full-fledged degree; a trend that is slowly—but surely—changing in the West. This paper, through surveying the endemic business school curricular practice in Malaysia, advances a case for introducing behavioral finance content at undergraduate level degrees as a stepping point to future possibilities of introducing full-fledged programs as the discipline grows in breadth and depth. The arguments of this theoretical paper, I argue, are extendable to other disciplines where groundbreaking paradigm shifts threaten to render obsolete the traditional means of navigating life’s travails in a risk-savvy fashion.

Keywords

Curriculum

Business School

Malaysia

Behavioral Economics

Behavioral Finance

Ginger flavored carrot soup

Backdrop

Over-indulgence on meaty proteins over the past couple of weeks spurred a family decision to try out some vegetarian delicacies this weekend. Inspired by the Domestic Geek’s Youtube recipe, we chose to try out this incredible Carrot & Ginger soup. Not only was the recipe easy to make, it tasted delectable. Due to the lack of greens, the soup was accompanied by a Broccoli-Pomegranate Parmesan Salad and Colombian coffee.

 

Ingredients
  • 3 Medium carrots
  • 3 Medium shallots
  • Generous shreds of ginger root
  • Salt (as needed)
  • Black pepper (as needed)
  • Nutmeg (1/4 tsp)
  • Coriander leaves
  • Canola oil (2 tbsp)
  • Greek yogurt (1/2 cup)
Process
  • Heat your favorite oil in a deep pan and sweat onions.
  • Once translucent, mix in diced carrots and generous shreddings of ginger roots.
  • Once the ginger flavor is infused and smell wafts, pour in water or stock. I used water, but the original recipe recommended chicken stock.
  • Cover the pan and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add salt and a dash of nutmeg. If more peppery flavor is desired, add more crushed black pepper at this stage.
  • Employ a hand blender at this stage and blend till desired consistency. I opted for a very creamy texture.
  • Pour into a soup bowl and drop a dollop of Greek yogurt in the middle.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and ginger root shavings.