An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor George has published several articles in leading scholarly journals. He was awarded a prestigious Professorial Fellowship (2011-2014) from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to work on resource-constrained or inclusive innovation. His work investigates business models, organisational design, and its implications for innovation and entrepreneurship in multiple settings. He is co-investigator in a five-year Energy for Development collaborative project with Southampton University that studies the effects of rural electrification, community development and social enterprise. As an Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Innovation Fellow (2007 – 2009), he studied technology commercialisation, entrepreneurship and growth of young firms.
His latest 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.
He serves as a non-executive director and chairs the Risk Management Committee of India Infrastructure Financing Corporation (UK) Limited, a Government of India enterprise subsidiary in the UK. IIF (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 Singapore Management University, Dr. George was the Deputy Dean of Imperial College Business School; 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.