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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA


I am an Assistant Professor of International Management at The Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), where I teach global business strategy at both undergraduate and MBA levels.


My research focuses on institutional dynamics and diversity around the world, business strategy from a top management perspective, and general questions on (re)inventing the science-practice ecosystem. I am leading a new initiative to form a science-practice ecosystem connecting business researchers and analytics professionals. My research has been published or forthcoming in Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Corporate Finance, Global Strategy Journal, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Advances in International Management, International Business Review, Multinational Business Review, and Columbia FDI Perspectives amongst others. My research has been awarded Academy of Management (AOM) Best Paper Award in International Corporate Governance, Academy of International Business (AIB) Best Paper Finalist in Emerging Economies (twice), and Asia Pacific Journal of Management Best Paper of 2014. My research has been quoted by CNBC (USA), The Globe and Mail, CBC, BNN, Vancouver Sun (Canada), Valor Econômico (Brazil), RT (Russia), and Shanghai Daily (China) among others.


On teaching, I have invented a three-way transformational teaching model, which combines into the classroom academic research, real-time projects brought by the industry guests, and students’ group assignments. My collaborators on this practice include Wells Fargo Country Risk Analytics, Wells Fargo International Strategic Initiative, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Business Development, 3D Systems Inc., General Microcircuits Inc., among others. I was named Charlotte Chamber Young Professional Educator of the Year 2015.


I finished a Ph.D. in strategy at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. My doctoral study was in conjunction with Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, the leading Canadian think tank on Asia Pacific affairs, where I worked with some of the country’s senior business executives and policy makers related to international business.


I am a fellow of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), where I am acting as the Global Coordinator and Editor of Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) project –a global research network of “ground” researchers on outward FDI and emerging-market multinationals. I co-founded Transnational Corporations Review, under the advisory of Dr. Karl Sauvant and Nobel laureate Dr. Elinor Ostrom among others.


In addition to my academic career, I was active in both the international economic and commercial arenas. I served as an economic officer for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) at Government of Canada in 2010-11, where I represented the Ottawa coordination office in Vancouver and my role included assisting former Minster Stockwell Day’s Asian business missions. In 2008-09 I was a Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, where I employed a confidential sample of Canadian censuses to identify the patterns of Canadians abroad and worked with China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) to survey and guide Chinese outward investment. In 2006-07, I was a founding partner of an Ottawa-based foreign investment policy consulting company, where I organized a major international meeting with Industry Canada in the event of 2007 amendment to Investment Canada Act regarding FDI by foreign state-owned enterprises. Before my academic career, I completed all three levels of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


I often speak to the public on globalization, Chinese/emerging market multinational enterprises, and new ideas on a science-practice ecosystem. I served on the 58th Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts’s Charlotte-China Business Advisory Council during 2016-2017. I was inducted into the Rotary Club in 2016 and named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2017.


I am a strong believer in the ideal of a Renaissance (wo)man. Since a child, I have maintained wide-ranging interests. I won Chinese national awards in physics, mathematics, language, watercolor painting, and novel-writing during schools.


I was born in China, educated in China and Canada, and am a Canadian citizen. I live in Charlotte South with my wife Lu Zhou, who is an operations researcher in healthcare. We have a daughter Paris (hint: the place where she was conceived).


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