Leading People Globally

Nanyang MBA students discussing on a project

Leading People Globally aims to give you both theoretical and practical understanding of what is required to lead people in organisations, whether in Asia or globally, where cultures and practices may be similar or differ.

Through a combination of lectures, activities, and case studies that will engage you in real-world learning and application, this leadership-focused course builds awareness and skills in four key areas:


Gain insights about your own leadership competencies, identifying your strengths and areas for further growth. With these insights, you will be able to increase your own individual performance and develop the necessary skills to motivate your team members to do the same to achieve organisational goals.


Understand basic principles and frameworks of negotiation and build skills that will equip you to manage negotiations more effectively, whether in a professional or personal setting.

Talent Management

Gain a deeper understanding of talent management from an organisation’s perspective and how HR processes can be geared towards the execution of business strategy.

Cultural Intelligence

In today’s global economy, it’s important to be able to communicate and cooperate effectively cross-culturally. With insights from Nanyang Business School’s Centre for Leadership and Cultural Intelligence (CLCI), the world’s first research institute on cultural intelligence, enhance your awareness of the influence of culture in the business environment in terms of values, customs, and communications styles.



Business Study Mission

The Business Study Mission (BSM) seeks to enrich your knowledge on doing business in Asia while expanding your global outlook. Company visits are organised within Asia or locally, which provide an inside view on the practical side of business and a platform to engage directly with senior management, in addition to seminars and lectures conducted by industry experts. This emphasis parallels the national economic strategy which, in recent years, has focused on the development of an “external wing” to balance a strong, but relatively small, internal economy in fast-developing Asia and beyond.

The BSM Provides A Unique Opportunity For You To:

  • Gain insights into best practices from particular segments of business, industry, and government entities.
  • Learn about the successful transformation strategies of global and local companies.
  • Understand the opportunities and challenges of doing business in a particular country or a different cultural environment.
  • Understand the model for governance, business growth, and human capital development in various countries.
  • Develop critical thinking and a valuable professional network.


Nanyang MBA students visiting Medtronics, Shanghai 2019Medtronics, Shanghai 2019

Nanyang MBA students visiting Ali Pay, Hangzhou 2019Ali Pay, Hangzhou 2019

Nanyang MBA students visiting Ant Financial, Hangzhou 2019Ant Financial, Hangzhou 2019

Nanyang MBA students visiting Costco, Tokyo 2019Costco, Tokyo 2019



Strategy Projects At Nanyang (SPAN)

Strategy projects in the Nanyang MBA

Real World, Real Impact

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.

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 MBA 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 JanuaryJanuary to FebruaryMarch 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

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 Boelens Founder and Managing Director of innovation consultancy

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.



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