Professor George Foster AM

George Foster

George Foster’s areas of interest include entrepreneurship, sports management, and globalization. He teaches MBA courses at Stanford in Entrepreneurship, Sports Business Management, and Negotiation Dynamics in Sports, Entertainment and Media.

One hallmark of these courses is the multiple senior executives from entrepreneurial ventures and the sports landscape that co-teach individual sessions. Over 50 executives regularly join his MBA classes each year for individual sessions. George directs multiple on-going Executive programs on Growing Companies, Women in Cable Television, and Large Company-Startup Company Partnering.

He has directed multiple times the NFL-Stanford Executive Program for executives of the 32 teams and the League.

He also developed and directed an “Evaluating Business Opportunities Program” for current and recent NFL and NBA players. He was the External Director of NFLU, a year long internal NFL Program for key executives.

George has a B.Ec (First Class Honors with University Medal) and a M.Ec degrees from The University of Sydney, a Ph. D. from Stanford University, and honorary doctorate degrees from The University of Ghent (Belgium) and The University of Vassa (Finland). Recent awards include Member of Australian Accounting Hall of Fame (2017), Australian American Leadership Dialogue 25th Anniversary Honouree (2017), and Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List.

George led or co-led two recent major World Economic Forum reports – Global Entrepreneurship and the Successful Growth Strategies of

Early-Stage Companies (2011) and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Around the Globe and Company Growth Dynamics (2014).

He was a two-term member of the “Global Agenda Council on Sports and Society” for the World Economic Forum and has attended their Annual Meetings in Davos and their Global Agenda Council meetings in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as their regional meetings in China and India. He was a three-term member of the “Global Agenda Council on Entrepreneurship” for the World Economic Forum, including as Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

He is the author or Co-Author of multiple editions of Financial Statement Analysis, Cost Accounting, and Sports Business Management as well as The Business of Sports. His academic research publications have won multiple awards.