Professor 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. He also serves in an honorary role as International Dean of BML Munjal University, an innovative new university mentored by Imperial and located near New Delhi. He is a visiting professor at Imperial College London and Erasmus University.
Gerry joined SMU from Imperial College where he was Deputy Dean of the Business School, Director of the Gandhi Centre, and Academic Director of the Elite Programme, which supports ambitious private companies through their next stage of growth and is sponsored by the London Stock Exchange. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, the flagship empirical journal in the field of management.
An award-winning researcher and teacher, Gerry has published several articles in leading scholarly journals. He was awarded a prestigious Professorial Fellowship from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council to work on resource-constrained or inclusive innovation. His work investigates business models, organisational design, and its implications for innovation and entrepreneurship. He is co-investigator in an Energy for Development collaborative project that studies the effects of rural electrification, community development and social enterprise.
His book (with Adam Bock) introduces a narrative approach on how entrepreneurs conceive and change business models to make an implausible idea into a viable growth opportunity, Models of Opportunity: How Entrepreneurs Design Firms to Achieve the Unexpected, (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His previous book, Inventing Entrepreneurs: Technology Innovators and their Entrepreneurial Journey (Prentice Hall, 2008), addresses the human side of innovation and technology transfer.
Until November 2014, he served as a non-executive director and chaired the Risk Management Committee of India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited, a Government of India enterprise subsidiary in the UK. IIFC(UK) provides dollar denominated financing for capital equipment in large Indian infrastructure projects such as power generation, urban mass transit, and ports among others.
Before joining Imperial, he held tenured positions at the London Business School, where he served as Faculty Director of the Institute of Technology, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he directed the Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship Program.
For his contribution to further education and research, Gerry was awarded Fellowship of the City & Guilds of London Institute.