Teng-kee Tan is Dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC, as well as the Harzfeld Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship. Previously, he was the founding Director of the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center. Prior to his academic career, Tan spent more than 18 years in the corporate world, holding senior positions with multi-national corporations in Asia and North America, including Electrolux AB, Sweden, and Sunbeam Corporation, U.S.A.
Tan spent eight years with Electrolux AB, beginning as Division Manager for Electrolux S.E. Asia in Singapore and subsequently as Corporate Vice President-Marketing with Domestic Canada. He then left joined Sunbeam Corporation, USA and spent nine years with Sunbeam as Director of Business Development at Sunbeam Canadian division and was subsequently rose to the position of Vice President and member of the Executive Committee at Sunbeam's most profitable division, Northern Electric, Inc.
He has consulted internationally with Sunbeam Corporation (USA), Southern Plastics Malaysian Sdn. Bhd., Techno Diffusion (France), the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore Press Holdings, Matsushita Corp (Japan) and Silk Air (a division of Singapore Airlines), Sony Europe and Air Liquide Group(France). His consulting practice encompassed strategic visioning, strategy innovation, corporate entrepreneurship and innovation, strategic planning and implementation in a domestic and global environment, strategic marketing planning and implementation, brand marketing, change management and balanced scorecard design and implementation.
His research interests and expertise is in Dilemma Theory and New Product Development & Innovation as related to technology innovation and new product development. His research interest in "Disruptive Innovation" is inspired by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen. Tan received his Ph.D. from the Judge Institute of Management, University of Cambridge and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.