Dr John Tan

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 6286

Email: jtan@aut.ac.nz


  • PhD – Massey University, Auckland
  • MBA (Distinction) – University of Bath, England
  • BSc (Honors) – University of Glasgow, Scotland

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Mairangi Bay Community Church, Auckland
  • Friends of Cambodia (This organization raises money to install handpump wells and to bring medical aid to villagers in Cambodia yearly)


John has worked in a number of positions in industry.  He started his career as a microbiologist and then went on to become a salesman, sales manager, product manager, division manager and general manager for a number of private and publicly listed companies.  He acquired an MBA from the University of Bath and subsequently started two companies.  The first was an advertising company and the second, to which he devoted most of his time and passion, was a professional training organization specializing in the development of corporate leadership, strategic management and creative thinking.

John and his family moved to New Zealand in 2002.  Before coming on board AUT full time in 2014, John taught on a number of MBA and undergraduate programs in AUT University, Massey University and a number of private tertiary education providers.  He teaches (or has taught) the following subjects on the MBA level: Leadership and Personal Development, Organizational Behavior and Relationship Management, Business Strategy and Change Management, and Marketing Management.  He was twice voted as Lecturer of the Year by his students for the College of Business, Albany Campus, Massey University (2012 and 2010) and once as Lecturer of the Year of Massey University (2010).  John currently teaches International Business Management at the undergraduate level in AUT University.  Apart from academic teaching, John has also provided professional training for a number of companies in New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

In addition to his academic and professional pursuits John travels to Cambodia twice a year.  Some of the activities that he engages in there include the provision of medical aid to the people in a number of Cambodian villages, the installation of hand-pump wells and the initiation and development of sustainability projects (such as small animal farms, property management and translation services). 
A club called UniWell has been initiated in AUT as a result of John’s sharing of the work with his students.  Uniwell’s five-year goal is to raise money for the installation of 1,000 wells within five years of its inception.  John serves as advisor for the club.
In addition to teaching in the university, John has also provided executive education and training in the areas of leadership training and strategic thinking to organizations like the ANZ bank, the Auckland Museum and a number of other international organizations.

Teaching Areas:

  • International Business Management (BBus)
  • Leadership and Personal Development (MBA)
  • Global Business Perspectives (MBA)

Research Areas:

  • Leadership succession


  1. Clydesdale, G. & Tan, J. P. G. (2009).  Preparing students for front-line management.  Journal of European Industrial Training. 33(7), 594–613
  2. Tan, J. P.G. & Matheny, J.M. (2005).  Developing an Idealized Succession Model.  Presented at the 2005 ANZAM Conference in Australia.
  3. Tan, J.P.G (2001). The Inspirational Leader. Kuala Lumpur: Professional Skills Trainers.


  • 2010 – Lecturer of the Year Award for Massey University, Albany Campus
  • 2010 – Lecturer of the Year Award for College of Business, Albany Campus
  • 2012 – Lecturer of the Year Award for College of Business, Albany Campus