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Maw-Der Foo is an Associate Professor at the Division of Engineering & Technology Management, National University of Singapore. He holds honorary professorships in Jilin University and in Nankai University as well as a guest professorship in Ghent University, Belgium.
He co-founded Startup@Singapore and a lead organizer of MIT’s 50K, now $100K, business plan competition. He is interested in fair and sustainable business practices. To promote these practices, he is on CaseTrust’s Advisory Council (Singapore’s de facto fair practices standards organization), judges the NUS-DBS Social Venture Challenge Asia, serves as faculty associate of the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (hosted by NUS Business School), and on the advisory board of the Annual Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship Conference (based in the US).
His research uses management concepts to understand entrepreneurial processes in high technology startups. Past projects have delved into cognition, teams, and emotions and how these processes impact individual well-being, team functioning, and venture success. More recently he is interested in leadership issues. In particular how women, especially women in STEM and in startups, can emerge as leaders.
This research has appeared in premier journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Venturing, Management Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He serves as an Editor of Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice and on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Business Venturing, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He teaches management, leadership, and entrepreneurship courses.