CCCS Awards Inaugural Research Grant To SMU Law Professor
The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has awarded the inaugural research grant to Associate Professor Eugene Tan Kheng Boon of the Singapore Management University (“SMU”) School of Law for his research project titled “International Standards: Catalyst or Barrier for Innovative Entrepreneurship in Singapore?”.
A/Prof. Tan’s proposed research seeks to understand whether and how international standards, specifically those of the International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”), can function as a catalyst or barrier to innovative entrepreneurship in Singapore. It seeks to examine how such private (and quasi-public) regulation affects competition and whether such barriers are anti-competitive.
A/Prof. Tan said,
“I hope to better understand how Singapore businesses will be increasingly affected by international technical standards, such as those ISO standards relating to social responsibility and anti-corruption. These standards impact competition but may not be anti-competitive. I hope the research findings can lead to real world application and draw attention to the imperative for our businesses to embrace a holistic understanding of competitiveness and consumer expectations.”