Growing up in Singapore, Professor Felix Tan spent two and half years serving in the Republic of Singapore Navy as part of the compulsory national service. During this time he visited New Zealand, and knew it was a country he would return to.
His academic career began with the completion of a Bachelor of Economics degree at Monash University in Australia, before moving to Auckland to pursue a Master of Philosophy degree at The University of Auckland.
He returned to industry for a few years to take up positions first as an IT Consultant with Arthur Young, and then an Information Systems Manager for a large Australasian multinational company. Much of the work Professor Tan was involved in while in industry, specifically on business-IT alignment, strategic information systems and IT project management tempered his teaching and research interests in the early years of his academic career.
His personal goal to complete a PhD saw him return to academia at The University of Auckland where he remained for 12 years. During this period Professor Tan was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Information Management, leading its next phase of growth and development. He also served on the AIS (Association for Information Systems) Council as the Pacific Asia representative.
Eight years ago, he took up an appointment at AUT University, initially as Associate Head of School (Research) and then as Head of the School of Computer and Information Sciences. When the School underwent a transition into a new Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies, Dr Tan took on the role of Associate Dean (Research). In 2006, he became Head of the University’s Research Office and Director of Research Management. In this role, he served as the AUT representative on the NZVCC Standing Committee on Research as well as on the Universities Research Office NZ committee. Returning to the Faculty of Business and Law in 2009, Dr Tan introduced a new major in the Business Information Systems area. Today, Dr Tan is Professor of Information Systems and Discipline Chair of Business Information Systems. He is a Fellow of both the NZ Computer Society and the US-based Information Resources Management Association.
Dr. Tan is internationally known for his work in the global IT field, with other research interests in user behaviour in e-commerce, m-commerce and Web 2.0; and IS strategy, management and governance. Through his career, he has held visiting positions with Indiana Wesleyan University, National University of Singapore, The University of Western Ontario, Georgia State University and The University of Hawaii at Manoa.