Jireh Hooi Inn Seow


Associate Professor

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  • PhD, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, UK (2013)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy University of Reading, UK (2017)
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, UK (2008)
  • Postgraduate Cert. Information Technology, University Malaysia Sarawak (2004)
  • Diploma in Account Management Advertising Account Management & Marketing, IACT College, Malaysia (1998)
  • Bachelor of Arts, History with International Relations, University of South Alabama, USA (1996)
  • Bachelor of Arts Economics, University of South Alabama, USA (1996)
  • New Ventures (Entrepreneurship)
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Small Business Growth
  • Leadership Excellence
  • Becoming a Leader
  • Principles of Management
  • Marketing
  • Research Methodology

Academic experience

  • Visiting Faculty at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India for their Executive Post Graduate Diploma Program in Organisation Development and Change for Mid-Senior Executives from MNCs & large Indian companies
  • Product Manager - Simulations at Tata Interactive Systems streamlining and managing a portal ( hosting 160 simulations for global universities (e.g. Boston) & executives of Fortune 500 companies (e.g. Citi)

Consulting Experience

  • Growth Strategy development (Business Plan & Financial Model) for a home textile manufacturer exporter & turnkey implementation viz. Process Re-engineering, ERP/SAP Implementation, Organisation Structure Redesign & Top Management Recruitment, Performance Management/Balance Scorecard, MIS, Private Equity (alongside a KPMG partner)
  • Entry Strategy development for a luxury retail startup (alongside a KPMG partner)
  • Financial Modelling for a Telecom startup (client of the accounting firm KDP) for raising funds from a Venture Capital Investor
  • Business Plan/Financial Model & Private Equity Advisory for India’s largest chain of hair and beauty salons and a civil construction company (clients of BDO)
  • Institutionalising F&A Processes & Systems e.g. Cost Accounting, Segmental Reporting (clients of the accounting firm KDP)

Authoring Experience

Based on extensive primary and secondary research as well as first-hand Consulting/Corporate experience, developed the following:

  • Business Simulation on Transganisation (Transformation of Organisations) targeting Entrepreneurs (for a leading executive coach)
  • Business Simulation on Post Merger Integration targeting Senior Executives of Acquirers (at Tata Interactive Systems)
  • Manual/Tool-kit (with FAQs & Ready-to-Use Templates) on Financial Management and Accounting for NGOs targeting Senior Executives and F&A Personnel (for Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy)
  • A revenue-generating website (entire content & structure) targeting Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) (for the accounting firm KDP)

Corporate Experience

  • Product Manager - Simulations at Tata Interactive Systems (among the Top 20 training companies worldwide)
  • Associate Director - Corporate Finance at BDO (among the Top 5 accounting firms worldwide)

Social Enterprise Experience

  • CFO turned COO and then CEO of an EU-backed startup in the area of Fair Trade set up by an American in India

Sector Experience

  • Business Enterprises (Foreign MNCs, Indian Family Businesses & MNCs, Startups) across industries e.g. Manufacturing (e.g. Textile, Steel, Chemicals), Engineering, Civil Construction, Retail, Telecom, IT/ITES, BFSI
  • Multinational & Indian Universities/Educational Institutions
  • NGOs & Institutional Donors viz. International (e.g. EU), Indian (e.g. Tata Trust) & Government (e.g. NABARD)

Global Experience

  • Worked in and with international teams and travelled worldwide to places including USA, UK, UAE and Sri Lanka

Doctoral Thesis

  • Seow, J.H.I. (2013). Understanding Leadership and Management Development in a Health Board of NHS Scotland. Doctoral Thesis. Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen Press.

Book Chapter/Case

  • Seow, J.H.I. (2011). Robert Swan: From Polar Expeditions To Entrepreneurial Environmental Leadership. In: D.D. Warrick and Jens Mueller, eds. Lessons in Leadership: Learning from Real World Cases. Chicago: Rossi - Smith.

Conference Papers

  • Seow, J.H.I. (2013). Climate Leadership: Developing Climate Leadership via Memetic Transmission towards Mitigating Climate Change. Annual Global Conference of the International Leadership Association, Montreal, Canada. Submitted to the Centre for Creative Leadership for the Kenneth E. Clark Award.
  • Seow, J. (2011). Agentic Leadership and Management Development of Scottish Healthcare Professionals? British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Aston University, UK.
  • Seow, J., Beech, D., and Jones, D. (2010). Symposium paper: Climate Leadership. British Academy of Management Annual Conference, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Seow, J. and Tourish, D. (2009). Meme Theory of Leadership Development. Developing Leadership Capacity, Bristol Business School, UK.
  • Seow, J. and Tourish, D. (2009). Applying Elements of 360-degree Feedback in Qualitative Fieldwork Data Gathering. British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Brighton Business School, UK.
  • Seow, J., Edwards, G., Beech, D., Hartley, J., Kempster, S., and Sealy, R. (2008). Symposium paper: The Future of Leadership Research, Theory and Practice: Scanning the Horizon. British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Leeds Business School, UK.
  • Seow, J. and Bong, C.H. (2005). A Model for Commercializing Information Technology Research and Providing Graduate Employment in Institutions of Higher Learning in Malaysia. Asian Business Conference, University Malaya, Malaysia.


  • British Academy of Management
  • Academy of Management, USA
  • Higher Education Academy, UK