Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Koh Cheng Boon
Senior Lecturer, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Leadership, Management & Organisation
Cheng Boon received his PhD in Business Administration and Management from the University of South Australia. He is the Programme Director for IMBA, Academic Programme Director for Entrepreneur Development Programme, and has been the Course Director for Organizational Behavior AB 1601, a core module for all NBS students from 2012 to 2019. Other professional involvements include Deputy Director for the Asian Business Case Centre (ABCC), one of the advisors for the Future Employment Committee under the Singapore National Employer Federation, reviewer for ABCC and journals such as Military Psychology and Nordic Military Psychology Journal, and judge for Global Undergraduate Award (Psychology).

He was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award in 2018 and presented with the prestigious Koh Boon Hwee scholars award in 2017. He proposed and developed the Student Leadership Development (plus) programme at the NTU level in 2018 to kick-start the inaugural LD (plus) programme for the undergraduates holding leadership appointments at NTU.

Cheng Boon teaches undergraduate, masters and executive programmes. The courses include Principles of Management, Organizational Behaviour, Psychological Well-being, Leadership, Leading High-Performance Team, Independent Research Design module, Emotional Intelligence, to Global Leadership and Cultural Agility.

He consults extensively on assessment centres for various organizations including SMRT, NCSS, MOE, NEA and so on. Cheng Boon also provides consultancy services on Personnel and Talent Selection, Organisational Development, Training Performance Measurement and Analysis.

His research interests include crisis leadership, collective leadership, emotional intelligence and leadership effectiveness, calibration between confidence and accuracy, career transition, learning styles, and training development and evaluation. He also presented his research at the 61st and 51st International Applied Military Psychology Symposium (IAMPS) in 2016 and 2019 respectively, 55th IMTA (International Military Testing Association) conference in 2013, Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), and 5th Annual Asia Pacific Emotions in Worklife (APSEW) in 2010.

As an educator who believes in developing innovative learning pedagogies to enhance learning efficacy, Cheng Boon has also spearheaded a few learning innovation projects. He is an early adopter of eLearning, online teaching and evidence-based research and teaching. This is evident during COVID-19 in 2020, where he took the initiative to share teaching tips with faculty from his Division and NTU levels on technology-enabled learning and pedagogy in 2020. He was also invited to share his experiment and findings during the Innovation in Teaching (IIT) Symposium at NTU in 2016.

Cheng Boon also authored a flipped book, ‘Art and Science of Leadership’ in 2020. In collaboration with faculty members from NBS, Cheng Boon has developed a few case studies for Strategic Management, Leadership, Organizational Culture and Crisis Leadership. These case studies were published in Asian Business Case Centre (ABCC). He is one of the editors for “Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage” (3rd and 4th ed.) in 2012 and 2015.

Prior to joining NTU in 2012, Cheng Boon served in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), and his last appointments were Commander Air Warfare Training Institute (AWTI) and Head of Training Development Group (Hd TDG) from May 2007 to Dec 2011. Cheng Boon has a solid track record and achievements as demonstrated in various important activities and events such as setting up of Air Force Training Command (AFTC), organizing National Day Parades (NDP) in 2004, 2005 and 2006 as well as working with various government and civilian agencies to develop a comprehensive security protection plan for the President of the United States’ visit in 2003.

Cheng Boon was awarded the National Day Award (Military) in 2006 by the President of Singapore. In 2008, he was presented the Chief of Air Force’s CARDINAL Award for his contributions to people and leadership development in the RSAF. He is a graduate of the SAF Command and Staff College.
1. Crisis Leadership Qualities and psychometric survey
2. Leadership styles and Personality
3. Emotional intelligence and leadership effectiveness – mixed methods design
4. Collective Leadership
5. Psychometric measures for leadership effectiveness, competencies and values
6. Calibration between confidence and quality of decision
7. Training evaluation, analysis and measurement
8. Career transition and lifelong employability
9. Learning efficacy and pedagogies
Teaching Excellence Award in 2018
Koh Boon Hwee scholars award in 2017
Courses Taught
AB1601 - Organizational Behavior and Design (2012 to 2019)
BE2601/2602 - Principles of Management (2019 to present)
BE6888 -Independent Research Design module
EM6401 - Global Leadership and Culture Agility
SF0002 - Leadership in Context
CC0005 - Healthy Living and Wellbeing