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 Developments, 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
  • Strategic Management
  • Management Information System
  • Marketing Management
  • Organization Behavior & Human Resource Issues
  • Organization Development
  • International Business
  • Project Management
  • Project Financing
  • Construction Management
  • Innovative Project Delivery
  • Research Philosophy and Methodology

Publication and Dissertation Supervision

  • Published several papers in construction engineering and management
  • Supervised successfully Doctorate and Master candidates
  • Supervising PhD and DBA dissertations

Other Interests


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 17th Mar 2018. 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  

ULI Book 1: http://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/2005/01/TP_Partnerships.pdf

ULI Book 2: https://americas.uli.org/centers.../successful-publicprivate-partnerships

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