With years of academic study and leadership under his belt, Dr Boon Tan is considered an
various aspects of tertiary education, from teaching and student services to managing
Dr Tan holds a BSc (Hons) Operations Management (2000) and a PhD in Business and Management
Aston Business School, the 1st Triple Crown Business School in the UK. His areas of
expertise are wide
diverse, covering Operations Management, Project Management and Strategy Management. His
includes teaching responsibilities covering general Business Management and IT security
His past portfolio includes Professor of Management, Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University,
and Academic Director of PSB Academy (2012-2017). At PSB Academy, Dr Boon was deputy dean in
Student Services, as well as handling academic liaison with government agencies and PSB’s
Outside of the classroom, Dr Tan keeps up with the latest in business management theory and
the publication of research papers in peer-reviewed journals and also through serving on the
boards of academic journals, including the internationally acclaimed Journal of
Management. His favourite topic focuses on objective measurements of performance, as
expounded in The
Balanced Scorecard by Norton and Kaplan.
“This influential work emphasises the importance of putting into the equation of factors
customers, HR and Finance. The book has helped widen my horizon and understand how the
measurements of performance can be done in a more objective manner,” says Dr Tan.
Another work that has coloured his business philosophy is Quality Function Deployment by
Akao. “The book
totally changed my mindset about customer needs and wants and how to incorporate them from
design stage, but at the brainstorming stage. In essence, my understanding of this is that
should have the end in mind.”
Even more important to Dr Tan in his current involvement in education is Teach with your
Lievseld, et al. The book discusses the unorthodox and sometimes controversial approaches
(as seen in
past) of teachers in getting the best of out students.
“One thing in common stood out from the cases,” Dr Tan observes. “These teachers used their
did not strive to be all-rounders. What struck me is the fact that if teachers can be
their strengths, why are we asking our students to be all-rounders? I feel that we as
the students play to their strengths as well.”
As Academic Director, Dr Tan provides consultancy and expert guidance under Evo House’s
Services Consultancy. His involvements include business development, curriculum development
well as providing advice on operations and budgetary initiatives.
Dr Tan is also an Adjunct and Visiting Faculty to various universities, including the
and as Guest Professor at Xian International University. His teaching responsibilities
Business Management subjects covering Principles of Marketing, HR, OB, Business
Managerial Economics; and Information Warfare and Cyber Security. He also supervises
and research at the undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral levels.
His advice to young people at the cusp of their personal growth and intellectual
“You are probably too young to know what you really want in life but try anyway and keep
trying. If you
not try; you will never know. Keep your focus though; when you try, a half-hearted try is
than not to try.
“There is a need to know the basics of each subject and that is why you are studying them.
As you grow
older, you can choose to be more specialised. Nothing comes free and nothing can be achieved
work. Put in the effort and when the time comes, the pain and toil you have put in will be
“Here’s one quote to remember: Never skip a good deed because it seems too small, and never
commit a bad deed because it seems too small, either. What goes around comes around.”
Finally, Dr Tan encourages us to emulate entrepreneur extraordinaire Jack Ma, “not because
he is one of
richest men on planet Earth, but because he keeps on trying”.
There is a need to know the basics of each subject and that is why you are studying
them. As you grow
you can choose to be more specialised. Nothing comes free and nothing can be achieved
-- Dr Boon on subject mastery