Strategy Projects At Nanyang (SPAN)


Strategy Projects at Nanyang (SPAN), a capstone module of the Nanyang MBA, is an educational collaboration between sponsor organisations and Nanyang Business School (NBS), in which MBA participants work in teams of four or five to address opportunities and challenges of an industry sponsor. Made possible by our strong engagement with industry partners, these projects are carefully curated to expose you to a spectrum of real scenarios faced by companies from across various industries.

With guidance from course instructors, faculty mentors, and sponsors, each team will conduct research and analysis to develop innovative yet practical recommendations and solutions that will be delivered in a final presentation.

Infographic on SPAN in the Nanyang MBA
SPAN provides a unique opportunity to:

  • Apply innovative thinking and insights from the Nanyang MBA to a real-life situation
  • Practice planning, organising, and presenting on strategy projects for business organisations
  • Explore new functions and business sectors
  • Experience the dynamics of working in diverse, cross-functional teams
  • Sharpen consultative engagement skills

The organisations that partner with SPAN come from a variety of sectors:

SPAN Industry Sectors


Starting in the second trimester, the teams spend around 20 weeks working on SPAN, from project kick-off to final presentation:

December to January January to February March to April
  • Project kick-off
  • Primary research
  • Objective, scope, methodology, topics, timeline, discussion, and ​finalisation
  • Proposal sign-off​​
  • Secondary research
  • Mid-point review
  • Checks and validation
  • Analysis
  • Formulation of strategy and recommendations
  • Final presentation

Timeline shown is for the Nanyang MBA full-time cohort and is subject to change.

Academic Supervisors:

While expected to work independently, each team will be mentored by an academic supervisor with a wealth of industry experience and expertise.

Alvin Ng

Alvin is Vice President of Digital Solutions, APAC, Johnson Controls, responsible for driving the company’s digital growth strategy for the Asia-Pacific region. This follows over 20 years of experience in global sales and product management in leadership roles with multinationals like Wincor Nixdorf AG, Cisco Systems, and Rosenbluth International, and as General Manager for GE Digital, Southeast Asia. He brings his extensive experience and passion for digital transformation and advanced technologies.


AJ Boelens

AJ has extensive corporate strategy, marketing, and innovation experience across multiple industries and countries. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Innovation Connected, a strategy and innovation consultancy that helps large organisations become more customer-centric and profitable. Prior to this, he led strategy and innovation at The Economist Group and was an internal consultant at BASF on business transformation and innovation. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, AJ has lived and worked across Asia over the past 17 years, including in Japan, China, and Singapore.