Associate Professor Adrian Kuah read his PhD from Manchester, ITP from Bocconi, MBA from Strathclyde and BEng from Nanyang Technological University. His rich faculty experience includes serving over 18 years as a full-time faculty member at leading business schools such as Bradford University School of Management,  Manchester Business School, and Nottingham Business School in the UK. He has also lectured on MBA courses at TiasNIMBAS (Netherlands), Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), Fudan University School of Management (China) and Harvard Business School (US). Prior to entering academia, he worked in Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, Silicon Systems, and as a Div 1 Officer in the Government of Singapore between 1996 and 2000.

In recent years, he was the Principal Investigator on Productivity, Innovation and Competitiveness [DETINI, PI, £159,720] funded by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment and co-investigator on Service Innovation [ESRC, CI, RES-331-27-0039, £161,328.40] funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK. His research has been published in a range of prominent interational journal articles such as the European Journal of Marketing, European Business Review, Thunderbird International Business Review and R&D Management, Associate Professor Kuah was invited to review for key journals such as the British Journal of Management, California Management Review and Journal of Business Venturing. Notable citations of his work have been received in leading newspapers, reaching out to some 269 million people in China and Singapore.

In the scholarly community, Associate Professor Kuah engages as a subject matter expert for the UK Chartered Management Institute. He has been elected to a number of prestigious fellowships over the years, including:- Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (2008-2010), Advanced Institute of Management Research (2009-2011), Grenoble Ecole de Management (2010–present), College of Preceptors (2010-present), Chartered Management Institute (2010-present), Higher Education Academy (2004-present), and the Cairns Institute (2011-present). His strong research-teaching nexus allows him to receive several recent citations, including Financial Times Professor of the Week (2013) and Oxford Scholarship (2014)

Associate Professor Kuah leads the Global Business Systems Research Cluster at James Cook University. Research undertaken includes consumer behaviour, corporate governance, labour and institutional reactions towards new management paradigms. His research can be classified into three distinctive themes: (a) Sustainability and the Circular Economy; (b) International Business and Human Resources; and (c) Entrepreneurial Leadership. PhD studentships are currently available in the areas of Circular Economy, Servitization and Management Gurus. For more information, you may contact him at adrian.kuah@jcu.edu.au 

  • BU3102: Multidisciplinary Project (Level 3; SIN)
  • CP3102: Multidisciplinary Project (Level 3; SIN)
  • LB5236: International Political Economy (Level 5; SIN)
  • Circular Economy comprising inter alia, remanufacturing, recycling, servitization, sharing economy and product design for longevity
  • Sustainability Grand Challenges including, inter alia, climate change transition, sustainable livelihoods, sustainable infrastructure, and sustainability reporting
  • 2017 to present - University Fellow, Charles Darwin University (Australia)
  • 2011 to present - Senior Fellow, Cairns Institute (Australia)
  • 2010 to 2017 - Research Fellow, Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)
  • 2009 to 2011 - AIM Scholar, Advanced Institute of Management Research (UK)
  • 2008 to 2010 - Research Fellow, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (UK)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2014 - Oxford Scholarship Online
  • 2013 - Financial Times Professor of the Week (28 May 2013)
  • 2008 - Bradford University School of Management - Dean's List Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2003 - Manchester Federal School of Business and Management Conference 2003 - Best Synopsis Prize
  • 2002 - Manchester Federal School of Business and Management Conference 2002 - Best Synopsis Prize
  • 1998 - Strathclyde MBA - Gold Medal for Best Dissertation
  • 2017 to 2020 - University Fellow, Charles Darwin University, AUS
  • 2016 to 2019 - Fellow, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, AUS
  • 2012 to 2017 - Fellow, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
  • 2010 to 2017 - Fellows, College of Preceptors, UK
  • 2010 to 2017 - Fellow, Chartered Management Institute, UK
  • 2010 to 2017 - Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
  • 2011 to 2012 - Visiting Professor, University of Manchester, UK
  • 2009 to 2012 - Fellow Scholar, Advanced Institute of Management Research, UK
  • 2010 to 2012 - International Theme Committee, Committee Member, Academy of Management, US.

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