Associate Professor
department: Management
Campus de Singapour
Strategy – Business Ethics & Business Philosophy – Entrepreneurship

Sam Garg (PhD Stanford) is a professor of Management (Strategy & Entrepreneurship) at ESSEC Business School in Singapore. Previously, he was the Liwei Huang Associate Professor of Business at HKUST Business School, where he also co-directed the elite interdisciplinary program BIBU (Biotech in Business). During his career, he has also held visiting appointments at INSEAD and Singapore Management University. He is one of the few business school faculty members globally to have been associated with top schools in Asia, Europe and USA.

Sam is an award-winning scholar and teacher. His research is at the intersection of governance and entrepreneurship. Specific research interests include CEO-board relationship, board processes and leadership structures. Examples of his research include effective board processes in privately-held technology ventures, effective board leadership structures when these ventures transition into public-listed firms, and scaling up of senior executive teams. He has published in leading academic journals and also serves on the editorial boards of many of them. Notably, Sam is an Associate Editor of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, a premier academic journal. He is a regular speaker in key management conferences as keynote/plenary speaker, consortia mentor for junior faculty/ doctoral students, and/or paper presenter.

Sam has been teaching undergraduates, masters and doctoral students, as well as executives on topics such as strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, governance, board processes, and “becoming a CEO”. He has also conducted customized workshops and has been invited to address executives, investors and board members in industry conferences.

Sam is involved in the community with startups, and regularly lends support to governance initiatives such as those that advocate women on boards and in leadership positions. He serves on the inaugural academic advisory board/discussion circle of Temasek's Stewardship Asia Center based in Singapore. In the past, he served on the board of a notable charity in Hong Kong. He co-authored the acclaimed book "Inspire to Innovate: Management and Innovation in Asia," published by Palgrave MacMillan (UK). This book earned distinction as a finalist for the global best management book of the year award by the Management Consulting Association, UK. He is often quoted in press.

Before joining academia, Sam worked with established as well as young, entrepreneurial firms, and was also a founder-CEO of an online payments venture, well before the term "fintech" became part of the everyday lexicon.


  • 2011: Doctor of Philosophy, Business administration, Other Discipline (Stanford University United States of America)
Full-time academic appointments
    • 2023 – Now : Associate Professor (ESSEC Business School Singapore)

Journal articles

Presentations at an Academic or Professional conference

Research activities
  • Editorial Board Membership
    • 2022 – Now: Editorial Board Member – Organization Science
    • 2019 – Now: Editorial Board Member – Corporate Governance: An International Review
    • 2018 – 2020: Editorial Board Member – Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
    • 2017 – Now: Editorial Board Member – Academy of Management Journal
  • Member of an academic association
    • 2021 – Now: Member, academic advisory board (aka Stewardship Discussion Circle), Temasek-sponsored Stewardship Asia Centre, Singapore, 2021 – (Temasek is Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, one of the largest in the world) (Stewardship Discussion Circle Singapore)
  • Senior or Associate Editor
    • 2021 – Now: Associate Editor – Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal