Desmond Ng

About Dr. Ng:
Dr. Ng is an associate professor of agribusiness and strategy management at Texas A&M University. 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, Journal of Small Business Development and Enterprise Development, Journal of Strategy and Management, 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 is current serving on the editorial boards of Human System Management, and the International Journal of Complexity, Leadership and Management. He has also served as a 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:

Ng, D. (2020), "Looking forward instead of backward: Overconfidence, forward-looking aspirations and exploitive/explorative search", Journal of Strategy and Management, Forthcoming

Ng. D., James, H., Klein, P.G. (2020). “ Keeping it in the family: a socio-cognitive approach to the prioritization of family goals”. Journal of Small Business Development and Enterprise Development 27(3): 471-487

Ng, D. (2019). “Should all Stakeholders be Treated Fairly? Identifying Stakeholders that

Legitimately Matter”, Organization Management Journal, 16 (4): 298-310.
Ng, D., L. Sanchez, and S. Huseynov. (2019). “Seek and You Shall Find: The role of exploitive and explorative search to a biotechnology firm’s patent claims.” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. 22 (3):321-337

Ng, D. and K. Litzenberg. (2019). “Where have our educational silos taken us? A solution to organizing interdisciplinarity in higher education.” Palgrave Communications. 1-17.

Ng, D. and James, H. (2018) New Technology, Cognitive Bias and Ethical Tensions in Entrepreneurial Commercialization: The case of CRISPR. Editor James, H. in Ethical Tensions from New Technology: The case of Agricultural Biotechnology, Boston, CABI

Ng, D. and C. Liming. (2016). “Learning to Learn: A Case for Heterogeneous Expectations Hypothesis in Industrialized Markets.” International Journal of Food System Dynamics. Vol 7(3): 196-212.

Ng, D. and H. James. (2016). “No Man Lives on an Island: Habitual Agency and Complexity in Entrepreneurial Decision Making.” International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management. Vol 3(3): 244-259

Ng, D. 2015. Entrepreneurial Overconfidence and Ambiguity aversion: Dealing with the Devil you know, than the devil you don’t know, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management Journal. 27 (8): 946-959.

James, H., Ng., D and Klein, P. 2014. “Complexity, Novelty, and Ethical Judgment by Entrepreneurs”, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 8 (2): 170-194.

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

 

Research Interests:
Strategic Management and Agribusiness

Education

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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2124 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-2124
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