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Foo Maw Der is an Associate Professor and Acting Head of 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, judges the NUS-DBS Social Venture Challenge Asia (organized by NUS Enterprise), 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 and in academic entrepreneurship. 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 the Academy of Marketing Science, 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 engineering leadership, management, and technology-based entrepreneurship courses.
Hekman, D.R., Johnson, S.K., Foo, M.D., & Yang, W. (in press). Does diversity-valuing behavior result in diminished performance ratings for nonwhite and female leaders? Academy of Management Journal.
Lim, E.A.C., Lee, Y.H., & Foo, M.D. (2016). Frontline employees’ nonverbal cues in service encounters: A double-edged sword. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. DOI 10.1007/s11747-016-0479-4
Foo, M.D., Knockaert, M., Chan, E.T., & Erikson, T. (2016). The individual environment nexus: Impact of promotion focus and the environment on academic scientists’ entrepreneurial intentions. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 63(2), 213-222.
Erikson, T., Knockaert, M., & Foo, M.D. (2015). Enterprising scientists: The shaping role of norms, experience and scientific productivity. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 99(1), 211-221.
Knockaert, M., Foo, M.D., Erikson, T., & Cools, E. (2015). Growth intentions among research scientists: A cognitive style perspective. Technovation, 38(1), 64-74.
Uy, M.A., Foo, M.D., & Ilies, R. (2015). Perceived progress variability and entrepreneurial effort intensity: The moderating role of venture goal commitment. Journal of Business Venturing, 30(3), 375-389.
Foo, M.D., Uy, M.A., & Murnieks, C. (2015). Beyond affective valence: Untangling valence and activation influences on opportunity identification. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 39(2), 407-431.
Uy, M.A., Foo, M.D., & Song, Z. (2013). Joint effects of prior start-up experience and coping strategies on entrepreneurs’ psychological well-being. Journal of Business Venturing, 28(5), 583-597.
Leung, A., Foo, M.D., & Chaturvedi, S. (2013). Imprinting effects of founding core teams on HR values in new ventures. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 37(1), 87-106.
Cardon, M.S., Foo, M.D., Shepherd, D., & Wiklund, J. (2012). Exploring the heart: Entrepreneurial emotion is a hot topic. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 36(1), 1-10.
Song, Z., Foo, M.D., Uy, M.A., & Sun, S. (2011). Unraveling the daily stress crossover between unemployed individuals and their employed spouses. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(1), 151-168.
Foo, M.D. (2011). Emotions and entrepreneurial opportunity evaluation. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 35(2), 375-393.
Lee, L., Wong, P.K., Foo, M.D., & Leung, A. (2011). Entrepreneurial intentions: The influence of organizational and individual factors. Journal of Business Venturing, 26(1), 124-136.
Foo, M.D. (2011). Teams developing business ideas: How member characteristics and conflict affect member-rated team effectiveness. Small Business Economics, 36(1), 33-46.
Uy, M.A., Foo, M.D., & Aguinis, H. (2010). Using experience sampling methodology to advance entrepreneurship theory and practice. Organizational Research Methods, 13(1), 31-54. (Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division IDEA Thought Leader Award, 2011.)
Foo, M.D. (2010). Member experience, use of external assistance and evaluation of business ideas. Journal of Small Business Management, 48(1), 32-43.
Elfenbein, H.A., Foo, M.D., Mandal, M., Biswal, R., Eisenkraft, N., Lim, A., & Sharma, S. (2010). Individual differences in the accuracy of expressing and perceiving nonverbal cues: New data on an old question. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 199-206.
Foo, M.D., Uy. M.A., & Baron, R.A. (2009). How do feelings influence effort? An empirical study of entrepreneurs’ affect and venture effort. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94(4), 1086-1094. (Exemplar paper, Entrepreneurship research exemplars conference, 2009.)
Wu, P.C., Foo, M.D., & Turban, D.B. (2008). The role of personality in relationship closeness, developer assistance, and career success. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73(3), 440-448.
Song, Z., Foo, M.D., & Uy, M.A. (2008). Mood spillover and crossover among dual-earner couples: A cell phone event sampling study. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93(2), 443-452. (Finalist (1 of 4), Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for excellence in work-family research, 2009.)
Wong, P.K., Lee, L., & Foo, M.D. (2008). Occupational choice: The influence of product vs. process innovation. Small Business Economics, 30(3), 267-281.
Elfenbein, H.A., Foo, M.D., White, J., Tan, H.H., & Aik, V.C. (2007). Reading your counterpart: The benefit of emotion recognition accuracy for effectiveness in negotiation. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 31(4), 205-223.
Wong, C.S., Foo, M.D., Wang, C.W., & Wong, P.M. (2007). The feasibility of training and development of EI: An exploratory study in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Intelligence, 35(1), 141-150.
Elfenbein, H.A., Foo, M.D., Boldry, J.G., & Tan, H.H. (2006). Dyadic effects in nonverbal communication: A variance partitioning analysis. Cognition & Emotion, 20(1), 149-159.
Foo, M.D., Sin, H.P., & Yiong, L.P. (2006). Effects of team inputs and intrateam processes on new venture team effectiveness. Strategic Management Journal, 27(4), 389-399.
Leung, A., Zhang, J., Wong, P.K., & Foo, M.D. (2006). The use of networks in human resource acquisition for entrepreneurial firms: Multiple “fit” considerations. Journal of Business Venturing, 21(5), 664-686.
Chia, H.B., Foo, M.D., & Fang, R. (2006). Workplaces as communities: The role of social networks in who seeks, gives, and accepts information on justice issues. Journal of Community Psychology, 34(3), 363-377.
Foo, M.D., Wong, P.K., & Ong, A. (2005). Do others think you have a viable business idea? Team diversity and judges’ evaluation of ideas in a business plan competition. Journal of Business Venturing, 20(3), 385-402.
Tan, H.H., Foo, M.D., & Kwek, M.H. (2004). The role of customer personality traits on the display of positive emotions. Academy of Management Journal, 47(2), 287-296. (Nominee, Carolyn Dexter Award, Academy of Management Conference, 2003.)
Foo, M.D., Elfenbein, H.A., Tan, H.H., & Aik, V.C. (2004). Emotional intelligence and negotiation: The tension between creating and claiming value. The International Journal of Conflict Management, 15(4), 411-429. (Nominee, Carolyn Dexter Award, Academy of Management Conference, 2004.)
Tan H.H., Foo, M.D., Chong C.L., & Ng, R. (2003). Situational and dispositional predictors of displays of positive emotions. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24, 961-978.
Keh, H.T., Foo, M.D., & Lim, B.C. (2002). Opportunity evaluation under risky conditions: The cognitive processes of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 27(2), 125-148.
Shane, S., & Foo, M.D. (1999). New firm survival: Institutional explanations for new franchisor mortality. Management Science, 45(2), 142-159. (Best Paper Award, Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference, 1998; Best Paper Award, National University of Singapore Business School, 1999.)
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