George Foster is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Management, director of the Sports Management Initiative and the director of the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Foster’s early and continuing research focused on the role of financial analysis in the valuation and growth of companies. He subsequently broadened his research to include management control systems, entrepreneurship/venture capital, and sports business management. His published textbooks include Financial Statement Analysis; Cost Accounting: A Managerial Analysis; and The Business of Sports.
Foster is actively involved in the business community, especially with venture-capital backed startup companies, and he has served on the board of directors for multiple companies. He is also actively involved with sporting organizations around the world, including directing executive programs for the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
Foster holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the University of Sydney and a doctorate from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He taught at the University of Chicago and the Australian Graduate School of Management prior to joining the faculty at Stanford University.