A moment of awe can become a lifetime of wonder - Anonymous

Never stop wondering, for there lies the seeds of discoveries....

Francis Bacon once said "Wonder is the seed of knowledge"


After 33 years of working in the real estate industry, I have since 2012, transit into a teaching career.

Helping to create habit of pursuing wonder in my students' lives is tremendously satisfying....


Who Am I:

- My Name

  • Chen Boon Tai, PhD

- Currently

  • Adjunct Professor of Business and Management, IPE Management School, Paris, a division of PPA (Pôle Paris Alternance) of France.

- Previously

  • Industry Professor of Management, Department of Engineering Management, School of Science and Engineering, Malaysia University of Science and Technology (MUST)

- Even More Previously

  • Director of Project Development, IGB Corporation Bhd/Mid Valley City Development Sdn Bhd; 
  • General Manager of a real estate development and hospitality group of companies
  • Divisional Manager of Project Financing, Cooperative Central Bank, Malaysia
  • Executive Engineer at Public Works Department of Malaysia


Quick Facts

Teach Doctorate and Master classes on business administration and construction engineering and management

Supervise Doctoral and Master students in their dissertation, research and publication

Ex-Industry Professor of Management at Malaysia University of Science and Technology

Adjunct Professor of Business and Management at IPE Management School Paris, France (http://www.ipe-paris.fr) [A division of PPA (Pôle Paris Alternance) of France http://www.ppa.fr]

Business Adviser & Tech Consultant to Warlord Ventures Sdn Bhd

Guest Lecturer of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman /Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association's Master of Real Estate Development program

Program Adviser of Universiti Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman's MSc in Real Estate Development program

Member of the Editorial Board of The International Professional and Applied Management Review, U.K. http://ipmajournal.com/editor/Editor-ChenBoonTai.php

Retired Director of Project Developments at Mid Valley City Developments

Ex-General Manager of a property development and hospitality group of companies

Ex-Divisional Manager of Project Financing of Cooperative Central Bank Ltd

Church Elder

Seminar speaker

Corporate Trainer

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Malaya, Malaysia 
Graduate Diploma in Business & Management, SEGI University, Malaysia 
Master of Business Administration, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia 
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Tarlac State University, Republic of the Philippines

Other Professional Qualifications and Affiliations

1984 - Present:Member of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia

1985 - 2019: Registered as Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia

Research and Teaching Interests

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

New Venture Creation

Strategic Management

Management Information System

Marketing Management

Organization Behavior & Human Resource Issues

Change Management and Leadership

Organization Development

International Business

Project Management

Project Financing

Construction Management

Innovative Project Delivery

Research Philosophy and Methodology

Publication and Dissertation Supervision

Published several joint papers in construction engineering and management

Supervised successfully Doctorate and Master candidates

Supervising PhD and DBA dissertations

Other Interests

Ex-member of the Advisory Panel of GreenRE (a Green Buildings rating agency in Malaysia)

Philosophical and Theological Thoughts

My first website on philosophical and theological thoughts; http://web.archive.org/web/20060516022053/http://whysuffering.org/


Conference paper


My Family

Back Middle: My Wife, Cheong Yoke Kum

Back Right: My Son, Dr Chen Jit Ern

Front Left: My Daughter, Chen Tien Yi

Front Right: My Son in Law, Shawn Ho Jian Hong

This is my next seminar: a 2-hrs talk at The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia on 6th Aug 2022. Click on this link to download a pdf copy of the flyer http://www.myiem.org.my/download/downloadlink.aspx?fn=14057_Talk%20on%20Mid%20Valley%20City.pdf&id=14057  

Looking forward to my next MBA module. Students: Please come prepared for debates on "Freeconomics"; not "Freakonomics" by Levitt and Dubner

Looking forward to the graduation of my Doctor of Business Administration student in Paris in March 

For My Students:

1. Resource Materials for next DBA Module - refer to MORE Portal

2. Resource Materials for next MBA Module - refer to MORE Portal

3. Resource Materials for MQA accreditation visits - refer to MORE Portal