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Associate Professor Adrian Kuah

Associate Professor, Business


  • ITP (SDA Bocconi)
  • PhD (Manchester Business School)
  • MBA (Strathclyde Business School)
  • BEng (Nanyang Tech University)
  • Fellow (Chartered Mgmt Institute)
  • Fellow (College of Preceptors)
  • Fellow (Higher Education Academy)

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A/Professor Adrian Kuah specializes in industrial organization. He is the convener of global systems research cluster funded by the Singapore campus of James Cook University (JCU). Global systems include the study of the macro-economy and intrinsic micro-market mechanisms that will have an impact to the way businesses and societies operate in the Tropics. Research themes include the circular economy, clusters and fast expanding markets. His research has been published in the Oxford University Press, Thunderbird International Business Review, European Journal of Marketing and the European Business Review.

Over the years, Adrian has been elected to numerous fellowships: Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (2008-2009), 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 of late, The Cairns Institute (2011-present). He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester, where he engaged various international audiences at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Fudan University School of Management and the Harvard Business School.

At JCU, he contributes to research methods and leads on the multidisciplinary project. As principal investigator, he has secured research grants from the Department of Trade Enterprise and Investment [PI, £159,720] and was a co-investigator on an Economic & Social Research Council grant [CI, £161,328.40]. His research-teaching nexus allows him to receive several citations for outstanding teaching and research, including the Financial Times Professor of the Week (2013) and Oxford Scholarship (2014).

Adrian is Regional Editor of the International Journal of Competitiveness.