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Gerry George

Gerard George is Dean at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University.[1][2] In an interview with Financial Times, his stated goal is to build a globally leading business school by developing Asian research and teaching insights and being connected with the Singapore community and ASEAN region.[3]

Previously, he was Deputy Dean, professor of innovation and entrepreneurship and founding director of what is now Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation [1] at Imperial College London[2]. The Centre was launched in December 2007 at Mumbai to facilitate research, technology and educational partnerships between Imperial College and Indian organisations and businesses.[4] He helped launch the BML Munjal University and serves in an honorary position of International Dean.[5] He retains the position of visiting professor at the innovation and entrepreneurship group at Imperial College Business School.

George was editor of the Academy of Management Journal [3], the leading journal in management and business research from 2013 until 2016.[6] This was the first time that the editorship moved to Europe and then to Asia in the journal's 60-year history [7] In his editor role, he encouraged a rethinking of management scholarship [8] to embrace important organizational and social phenomena rather than an exclusive focus on theory development in order to improve the applicability of management research.[9] His editorials call for researchers to explore grand challenges for management including applications in climate change,[10] aging populations,[11] digital money,[12] design thinking,[13] and big data [14] among others. He is an active advocate of "impact" of management research for policy and practice,[15] especially with a focus on Sustainable Development Goals and positive societal outcomes.[16]

George was also the Academic Director of the London Stock Exchange's Elite Programme to promote British growth entrepreneurs scale up their businesses.[17] The programme was launched by Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Matt Hancock MP.[18] In 2010, he was awarded a prestigious Professorial Fellowship by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council for his research on low cost innovation and inclusive growth.[19][20] From 2007 - 2009, he was an Innovation Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research.[21] He conducts executive development programmes on innovation.[22]

For his work in India and Africa on inclusive innovation, he was conferred the honorary title of Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute in 2015.[23]

Gerard George has numerous academic papers to his credit on the topics of internationalisation and entrepreneurship, patenting and licensing, open innovation, design, and business models. His work addresses social inclusion and growth through innovation in business models and governance[24] in the context of rural electrification and micro-enterprise development in Africa [4]. He is probably best known for his widely cited co-authored paper on absorptive capacity of firms with Professor Shaker Zahra.[25] Another contribution is on the performance consequences of slack in private firms. He found evidence for the "less is more" philosophy or that 'resource constraints' improves financial performance in small and medium-sized enterprises.[26] His book 'Inventing Entrepreneurs: Technology Innovators and their Entrepreneurial Journey' focuses on scientists in academic and corporate environments who pursue entrepreneurial careers.[27] His second book 'Models of Opportunity: How entrepreneurs design firms to achieve the unexpected' looks at the business model of growing businesses and how visionary entrepreneurs achieve extraordinary results by using narratives of change and aspiration.[28]

Before his Chair at Imperial College London, he was a professor at London Business School [5] and the University of Wisconsin-Madison [6]. He is an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.[29] He is actively involved in developing junior faculty in entrepreneurship and strategic management. He was on the program committee [30] of the Strategic Management Society special conference on India [7] held December 2008 at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is known to have strong entrepreneurial interest and active in creating new businesses [8].


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  4. ^ Financial Express, 4 December 2007, page 12
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  9. ^ G. George. 2012. Rethinking Management Scholarship. Academy of Management Journal, 57(1): 1-6
  10. ^ J. Howard-Grenville, SJ. Buckle, BJ. Hoskins, G. George. 2014. Climate change and management. Academy of Management Journal, 57(3): 615-623.
  11. ^ CT. Kulik, S. Ryan, S. Harper, G. George. 2014. Aging populations and management. Academy of Management Journal, 57(4): 929-935.
  12. ^ M. Dodgson, DM. Gann, I. Wladwsky-Berger, N. Sultan, G. George. 2015. Managing digital money. Academy of Management Journal, 58(2): 325-333.
  13. ^ M. Gruber, N. Leon, G. George, P. Thompson. 2015. Managing by design, Academy of Management Journal, 58 (1): 1 – 7
  14. ^ G. George, MR. Haas, A. Pentland. 2014. Big data and management. Academy of Management Journal, 57(2): 321-325.
  15. ^ G. George. 2016. Management research in AMJ: celebrating impact while striving for more. Academy of Management Journal, 59(6): 1869-1877.
  16. ^ G. George, J. Howard-Grenville, A. Joshi, L. Tihanyi. 2016. Understanding and tackling societal grand challenges through management research. Academy of Management Journal, 59: 1880-1895.
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  24. ^ G. George, A. McGahan, J. Prabhu. 2012. Innovation for inclusive growth: Towards a theoretical framework and research agenda. Journal of Management Studies, 49(4): 661 – 683
  25. ^ S. Zahra and G. George. 2002. Absorptive capacity: A review, reconceptualization, and extension. Academy of Management Review, 27: 185-203.
  26. ^ G. George. 2005. Slack resources and the performance of privately held firms, Academy of Management Journal, 48: 661-676
  27. ^ G. George and A. Bock. 2008. Inventing entrepreneurs: Technology innovators and their entrepreneurial journey. Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN 978-0-13-157470-0
  28. ^ G. George and A.J. Bock. 2012. Models of opportunity: How entrepreneurs design firms to achieve unexpected results. Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-17084-0
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External linksEdit

  • Lee Kong Chian School of Business [9]
  • Singapore Management University [10]
  • Professor George's webpage [11] [12]
  • Imperial College London [13]
  • BML Munjal University [14]