Koh Cheng Boon

Koh Cheng Boon is a Senior Lecturer at the Leadership, Management & Organisation (LMO) Division in Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), where he is also Deputy Director of the Asian Business Case Centre. He was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award in 2018 and the prestigious Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award in 2017. Cheng Boon is fluent in English and Mandarin and has hosted several webinars and delivered NTU EMBA lectures in the latter language.

Cheng Boon was the Programme Director for AB1601 Organisational Behaviour and Design from 2012 to 2019. Currently, he serves as Programme Director for many graduate programmes and courses, including MSc Human Capital Management (HCM) and the Management Development Programme offered to high-potential managers as part of Nanyang Executive Education at NBS. He is also the Programme Director for the postgraduate courses B6888 Independent Research Module and SF 0002 Leadership in Context.

Prior to joining NTU in 2012, Cheng Boon was a Commander in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF); his last appointments were Commander of the Air Warfare Training Institute (AWTI) and Head of the Training Development Group from May 2007 to Dec 2011. During his tenure, he was involved in various milestone events such as the establishment of the Air Force Training Command (AFTC) and several National Day Parades (NDP). In 2003, he worked closely with various government and civilian agencies to develop a comprehensive security protection plan for the President of the United States’ visit to Singapore. Cheng Boon was also actively involved in the transformation journey of the 3rd Generation (3G) RSAF, in which he was a key leader in the change management process at AFTC.

Apart from his academic commitments, Cheng Boon serves in the Advisory Committee for the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), where he played an advisory role in the development of the Structured Career Planning Session (SCPS) Guide. He has also been invited to speak publicly about Change Management and Learning Design, both in and outside the University.

Cheng Boon provides independent business consultancy services to various organisations (past and current clients include SMRT Corporation, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, National Council of Social Service, National Environment Agency, National University Hospital, Public Utilities Board, Hudson Singapore, Essentra, Roche Singapore, and the Singapore Armed Forces). His specialties include organisational development, leadership selection and development, personality assessment, and candidate selection amongst others. He is a certified Executive Coach who has been appointed to coach Commanding Officers in the SAF.

Cheng Boon’s research interests include crisis leadership, emotional intelligence and leadership effectiveness, confidence-accuracy calibration, career transitioning, learning styles, and training development and evaluation. His research has been presented at the International Applied Military Psychology Symposium (IAMPS) and the International Military Testing Association (IMTA). Apart from this collection of cases, he has published an e-book titled Science and Art of Leadership.