World Class Faculty

Digital Transformation: Strategy, Change & Technology (2019)

The art of taking the lead

Professor Chris Doran

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Management
HKUST Business School

Professor Chris Doran has over 20 years of experience in crafting and executing strategy in three major multinationals. He has run the strategy department for three major multinationals. Formerly, he has been Strategy Director for A.S.Watson (the retail division of Hutchison Whampoa), Lend Lease (one of Australia’s largest Real Estate companies) and UDV (the US$2 billion operating profit drinks division of Diageo plc). As well as running the strategic planning processes, his responsibilities have included M&A, corporate development and new ventures. He got his grounding in strategy as a manager at McKinsey & Co, the world’s leading management consultancy. He was based in the London and Delhi Offices.

Professor Doran has been a consultant and workshop leader for many leading companies, including Shell, DBS, Volvo, the Oberoi Group, BP, American Express, Kingfisher and Levi Strauss.

Professor Doran has taught Strategic Thinking for the MBA programs at the HKUST and The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He also teaches Applied Mergers and Acquisitions and Consulting Skills.

Professor Sam Garg

PhD, Stanford University
Associate Professor, Department of Management
HKUST Business School

Professor Sam Garg has been an advisor to several high-growth startups located in Singapore, South Korea, India, and Netherlands. He has led seminars, roundtables and workshops for CEOs, board members and investors, organized by several prominent organizations including Financial Times, Asia Society, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce.

Professor Garg has been teaching for nearly a decade with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship. He has been recognized for teaching excellence through Franklin Teaching Award (Finalist) at HKUST, and numerous letters of teaching excellence from the Dean. He is also coauthor of the book “Inspire to Innovate: Innovation and Management in Asia,” a finalist of the best management book of the year award globally.

Professor Garg’s research program is situated at the intersection of entrepreneurship, strategy, and organization theory. Specific interests include CEO-board relationship in technology ventures and newly public-listed firms. He has published many academic papers in the top journals on these topics.

Professor Garg also serves on the editorial boards of the prestigious journals, Academy of Management Journal, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

Professor Allen Huang

PhD, Duke University
Associate Professor, Department of Accounting
HKUST Business School

Professor Allen Huang joined HKUST in 2009 and had taught extensively both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Before joining HKUST, he was a quant researcher at the Quantitative Equity Strategy group in Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital in New York. Prior to that, he taught in Duke University’s undergraduate program and Fuqua’s MBA programs.

Professor Huang has won various teaching and professional awards, including Franklin Prize for Teaching Excellence, (2012 and 2018), Franklin Prize for Teaching Excellence Finalist (2010, 2011, 2016 and 2017), Dean’s Recognition of Excellent Teaching Performance (2009-2015) and Best Ten Lecturer (2011 and 2012).

Professor Huang’s research interests include earnings management, big data, executive compensation and financial analyst. His research has been published in some of the best scholarly journals and he presents frequently in international accounting and finance conferences.

Professor Huang served as a judge on the evaluation panel for Shenzhen-Hong Kong Financial Collaborative Innovation Award and Fintech Initiative Award. He was a keynote speaker at the HK Fintech Week.

Professor Rong Zheng

PhD, New York University
Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management
HKUST Business School

PProfessor Rong Zheng has been a consultant to Wizard Quant (a leading quantitative trading company in China). He taught for Fuyang executive training workshop.

Professor Zheng has extensive teaching experience in MBA and Master Programs in HKUST. He has won various teaching and professional awards, including Finalist, Franklin Prize for Teaching Excellence (2010), Dean’s Recognition of Excellent Teaching, HKUST School of Business and Management (2010, 2012 and 2013) and also Weilun Fellowship (2010-2017).

Professor Zheng’s general research interest is applying artificial intelligence to financial and marketing applications. He has published his research in top academic journals including the Accounting Review, Management Science and Information System Research.

Professor Caroline Wang

MSc, Harvard University; MA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Adjunct Professor, Department of Management
HKUST Business School

Professor Caroline Wang was appointed as Adjunct Professor at HKUST in 2003 when she was the highest ranked Asian women executive at IBM globally. She had 30 years of experiences with IBM and her responsibilities had spanned 12 functional areas. She was based in the US for 15 years, Japan for 7 years, and Greater China for 8 years. Her executive responsibilities in Asia Pacific spanned 14 Asia Pacific countries, from Japan to New Zealand.

Professor Wang was a member of the IBM Global Marketing Board which is the decision making body of IBM for global marketing matters; Vice President of Business Transformation and Technology responsible for optimizing the US$500M annual budget to continuously improve IBM's business results; Vice President of Information Technology responsible for IBM's internal Y2K readiness; General Manager of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industries, Human Resources Skills Director overseeing the skills management and profession development for all IBM professionals, Partner of IBM Global Business Services responsible for consulting services in human capital management, and various other positions.

Professor Wang now teaches executive and EMBA programs at various universities. She serves as Board Director for 4 companies in Media, Biomedical, Fashion and Technology sectors. She published two books on decision making, Managerial Decision Making and Leadership in English and《決策思維》in Chinese.