Desmond Ng

About Dr. Ng: Dr. Ng is an associate professor of agribusiness and strategy management at Texas A&M University. He was formerly an assistant professor at University of Alberta (2000-2004). He has received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. His BS and MS degrees are from University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Mc Gill University, Montreal, respectively.

Research:Dr. Ng’s research is mainly focused on the interstices of strategic management and agribusiness. A focus of Dr. Ng’s research program is to examine strategic issues at multiple levels of analysis that span intra-firm, firm, inter-firm and market level processes. This involves drawing from varied disciplinary areas that include management, psychology, sociology and evolutionary thinking; including complex system perspectives. He has published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Emergence, Journal of Chain and Network Science, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review and other related journals.Dr. Ng’s research has been noted with various distinctions. Dr. Ng’s article on “Doing the Right Entrepreneurial Thing: Ethical Decision Making Under Uncertainty” was published in the 2012 Academy of Management Best Paper award proceedings. The article titled “Understanding the Market Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Networks” was a Best Paper nomination for 2008 8th International Chain Conference, Ede, Netherlands. The article titled “The Paradox of Embeddedness: Strong and Weak Tie Performance in the Biotechnology Industry,” won best paper at the 7th International Chain Conference in June 2006. Also, he won the Outstanding Research Paper Award from the Academy of International Business and Economics in 2005 for an article titled “Strategic Change through a Competition of Realities,” and in 2004 he won best paper for Management, Organization Division and was nominated for the William H. Newman Award of the Academy of Management for “The Enactment of Competitive Markets and Organizational Performance.”

Service: Dr. Ng has as guest editor on the a special issue of the Pluralism of Agribusiness for the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, the chair of WERA-72 (Western Education and Research Activities Committee on Agribusiness) and the organizer and chair of the 2009 Agribusiness Research Form. Dr. Ng also serves on the Editorial Review Board for The International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management.

Selected Publications: James, H., Ng., D and Klein, P. 2014. “Cognition, Ethical Judgment, and Entrepreneurial Decision-Marking under Uncertainty”, Forthcoming in International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing. Ng, D. 2014. Entrepreneurial Overconfidence: Taking a Leap of Faith to an Ambiguous Future”, under second review, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management Journal. (Forthcoming) Ng, D. 2013.”Seeing through the fog of ambiguity: Entrepreneurial judgments under decision settings of complexity” Human Systems Management, 32, 57-66. Ng, D. 2012. “The Entrepreneurship of nested systems: A socially complex approach”, International Journal of Complexity, Leadership and Management, Forthcoming. Harrison, W and Ng, D. 2011. “The Pluralism of Agribusiness”, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 15, 5, 1-10. Ng, D. 2011. “Thinking Outside the Box: An Absorptive Capacity approach to the product development process”, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 14, 3, 67-94. Ng, D. 2011. “Absorptive link: an absorptive capacity and alliance approach to Biotechnology product success”, Journal of Chain and Network Science, 11, 1: 31-47 Ng, D. and Goldsmith, P. 2010. “Bio Energy Entry Timing from a Resource Based View and Organizational Ecology Perspective” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 13 (2): 69-100. Ng, D., and Siebert, J. 2009. “Toward Better Defining the Field of Agribusiness Management” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 12 (4). Ng, D., Westgren, R., and Sonka, S. 2009. “Competitive Blind Spots in an Institutional Field” Strategic Management Journal 30 (4): 349-269. (Lead Article) Ng, D. 2008. “Understanding the Market Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Networks” Journal of Chain and Network Science, 8 (2): 93-105. Ng, D. 2008. “Structural Change in Food Supply Chains” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 11 (2): 17-48. Ng, D. 2007. “A Modern Resource Based Approach to Unrelated Diversification” Journal of Management Studies 44 (8): 1481-1502. Ng, D., Unterschultz, J., and Laate, E. 2006. “The Performance of Relational Ties: A Functional Approach in the Biotechnology Industry” Journal on Chain and Network Science 6 (1): 9-21. Ng, D. 2005. “Strategic Entrepreneurship: An Austrian Economic Approach to Competitive Strategy” Journal of International Business Strategy 1 (1):75-84. Ng, D. 2005. “The Discovery of and Coordination of Resource Complements in a Dispersed Knowledge Society” International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management 5 (2): 142-163. Ng, D. 2004. “The Social Dynamics of Diverse and Closed Networks” Human Systems Management 23: 111-122. Ng, D. 2003.”The Social Structure of Organizational Change and Performance” Emergence: a Journal of Complex Issues in Organization and Management 5 (1): 79-101. (Journal has been re-titled as: Emergence: Complexity and Organization)


Research Interests:
Strategic Management and Agribusiness


Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. (Agricultural Economics), McGill University, Montréal
B.S. (Agricultural Economics), University of British Columbia

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