Desmond Ng

 

 

About Dr. Ng:
Dr. Ng is an assistant 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.

 

Teaching
Dr. Ng’s teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of instruction in areas of Agricultural Markets, Agribusiness Strategy and Managerial Economics. Dr. Ng primary teaching focus is in the area of agribusiness and strategic management. He teaches agribusiness management courses at the undergraduate (AGEC 440: Capstone course in Agribusiness Management), graduate (AGEC 619: Managerial Economics) and doctoral level (Foundations of Agribusiness Management). Dr. Ng has also taught in the areas of agribusiness marketing, new venture development, and introduction to business. Dr. Ng also teaches at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala for their Master of Applied Economy and Business Administration.

Primary Research Area:
Dr. Ng’s research is mainly focused on the interstices of strategic management and agribusiness. Specifically, in response to the increasing dynamism of agricultural markets, a core objective of Dr. Ng’s research program is to examine strategic change, such as structural change, and performance processes at multiple levels of analysis – intra-firm, firm, inter-firm and market institutions. Dr. Ng’s research program not only draws from management but also psychology, sociology and evolutionary thinking; including complex system perspectives. An increasing emphasis of Dr. Ng’s research program is also an attention to dynamic processes at the firm level which includes cognitive approaches to management and entrepreneurship. He has published largely in areas of management and agribusiness with publications in such journals 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 “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.". Dr Ng’s works has been published in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Chain ad Network Science, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Emergence and others.

 

Research Interests:

Strategic management and organization theory, complexity, agent-based modeling, system dynamics modeling, institutional and evolutionary theories, Austrian economics, value chain strategies, social network dynamics.


Service:
Dr. Ng served as 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 Humans Systems Management.


Primary Room / Phone Number:

AGLS # 381

(979) 845-1192

 

Fax Number:

(979) 862-1563

 

Primary E-mail:

dng@tamu.edu

 

Selected Publications:

 

Ng, D, James, H., Klein, P. 2012. “Doing the right entrepreneurial thing: Ethical decision making under uncertainty”, published in the Best Paper Proceedings for the Academy of Management Annual Meetings.

Ng,D and Salin, V. 2012. “An Institutional approach to the Examination of Food Safety”, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 15 (2): 21-45

Ng, D. 2012. “The Entrepreneurship of Nested Systems: A Socially Complex Approach”, Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management, 1(4), 379-394.

Harrison, W. and Ng.D. 2011. “The Scientific Pluralism of Agribusiness: A Special Issue on Theory and Practice: Forward”, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 14 (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 Change through a Competition of Realities” Journal of International Business Strategy 1 (1):1-10.

Ng, D. 2005. “Strategic Entrepreneurship: An Austrian Economic Approach to Competitive Strategy” Journal of International Business Strategy 1 (1):75-84.

Getu, H., Jeffrey, S., Goddard, E., and Ng, D. 2005. “Regulatory Environment, Co-operative Structure and Agency Costs for Co-operative Agribusiness Firms in Canada: Comparative Case Studies” Journal of Food Distribution Research 36 (2): 39-49.

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.

Hailu, G., Jeffrey S., Goddard, E., and Ng, D. 2004. “Incentive Incompatibility in Co-operative Agribusiness Firms in Canada: Does Supply Management Matter?" Journal of Food Distribution Research 35 (1): 110-111.

Ng, D., Sonka, S., and Westgren, R. 2003. “Co-evolutionary Processes in Supply Chain Networks” Journal on Chain and Network Science 3 (1): 45-58.

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)

 

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