Maw-Der Foo, Ph.D

Affiliation: National University of Singapore


Maw Der Foo is on the faculty of the National University of Singapore, Division of Engineering and Technology Management. He was previously on the faculty of the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder. His research uses management concepts to study leadership and entrepreneurial processes. Past projects have delved into cognition, teams, and emotions. This research has appeared in journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Venturing, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Technovation. He serves as an Associate Editor of Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice and on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, and Journal of Business Venturing. He teaches management and entrepreneurship courses. He was a co-founder of Startup@Singapore when he was with NUS Business School, and was on MIT’s 50K (now $100K) business plan core organizing team.


Foo, M.D., Uy, M.A., & Murnieks (in press). Beyond affective valence: Untangling valence and activation influences on opportunity identification. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

Song, Z., Foo, M.D., Uy, M.A., & Sun, S. (2011). Unraveling the daily stress crossover between the unemployed and their employed spouses. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(1), 151-168.

Foo, M.D. (2011). Emotions and entrepreneurial opportunity evaluation, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 35(2), 375-393.

Elfenbein, H.A., Foo, M.D., Mandal, M., Biswal, R., Eisenkraft, N., Lim, A., & Sharma, S. (2010). Individual differences in the accuracy of expressing and perceiving nonverbal cues: New data on an old question. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 199-206.

Foo, M.D., Uy. M., & Baron, R. (2009). Affect and entrepreneurial efforts, Journal of Applied Psychology, 94(4), 1086-1094.

Song, Z., Foo, M.D., & Uy, M. (2008). Mood spillover and crossover among dual-earner couples: A cell phone event sampling study, Journal of Applied Psychology, 93(2), 443-452.

Elfenbein, H., Foo, M.D., White, J., Tan, H., & Aik, V. (2007). Reading your counterpart: The benefit of emotion recognition accuracy for effectiveness in negotiation, Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 31(4), 205-223.

Wong, C.S., Foo, M.D., Wang, C., W., & Wong, P.M. (2007). The feasibility of training and development of EI: An exploratory study in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Intelligence, 35(1), 141-150. 

Elfenbein, H., Foo, M.D., Tan, H., & Boldry, J. (2006). Dyadic effects in nonverbal communication: A variance partitioning analysis, Cognition & Emotion, 20(1), 149-159.

Tan, H., Foo, M.D., & Kwek, M. (2004). The role of customer personality traits on the display of positive emotions, Academy of Management Journal, 47(2), 287-296.

Foo, M.D., Elfenbein, H., Tan, H, & Aik, V. (2004). Emotional intelligence and negotiation: The tension between creating and claiming value, International Journal of Conflict Management, 15(4), 411-429.

Tan H., Foo, M.D., Chong C., & Ng, R. (2003). Situational and dispositional predictors of displays of positive emotions, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24, 961-978. 









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