Gerard George

Geard George

Gerry George is Dean and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University. Under his leadership, LKCSB has achieved global reputation as a leading Asian business school, consistently ranked in the Financial Times Global Top 50. Since 2015, LKCSB has developed specializations in entrepreneurship, sustainability, real estate finance, business analytics, and maritime business. To support research with impact, initiatives include the creation of the Retail Centre of Excellence, and the strengthening of the Institute Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UOB Asian Enterprise Institute, the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, and the Institute for Service Excellence. As LKCSB turns 20, its research impact has grown significantly, and is ranked 33rd in the world (up from 58 in 2014) and 1st in Singapore for business research (UT Dallas Research Ranking, 2019).

George joined SMU from Imperial College where he was Deputy Dean of the Business School, Director of the Gandhi Centre, and Academic Director of the London Stock Exchange’s Elite Programme, which supports ambitious private companies through their next stage of growth. Before Imperial, he held tenured positions at the London Business School and at University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, the flagship empirical journal in the field of management. He is a visiting professor at Imperial College London and Erasmus University.

An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor George has published over 100 articles in leading journals. His areas of interest are in innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and tackling grand challenges in society. He was awarded a prestigious Professorial Fellowship from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council to work on socially-inclusive innovation in natural resources, healthcare, and energy. His recent co-authored works include Handbook of Inclusive Innovation (Edward Elgar, 2019), Managing Natural Resources (Edward Elgar, 2018), and The Business Model Book (Pearson, 2018).

George serves on the Board of AACSB International. Established in 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 800 accredited business schools worldwide. He helped create BML Munjal University, a university near New Delhi and serves on its Board of Governors. He serves as member of the Management Committee (Board) of Global Compact Network Singapore, which facilitates the progress of companies that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with UN Global Compact’s principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. He was member of the Corporate Governance Council of Monetary Authority of Singapore tasked to redraft the 2018 Corporate Governance Code. From 2010-2014, he was a non-executive director of India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited, a Government of India enterprise subsidiary. IIFC(UK) provides dollar denominated financing for capital equipment in large Indian infrastructure projects.

For his contribution to further education and research, Professor George was awarded Fellowship of the City & Guilds of London Institute. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics from the University of St. Gallen for intellectual contributions in strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship.