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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA


I am an associate professor (with tenure) of international management at The Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where I teach global business strategy at both undergraduate and graduate levels. My research focuses on institutional environments, corporate governance, and academic knowledge integration to enact science-informed analytics. I am proposing a new initiative connecting meta-frameworks from academia with workplace analytics to prescribe “best practices” for multi-stakeholder organizational performance.


My research has been published or forthcoming in Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Corporate Finance, Global Strategy Journal, and Columbia FDI Perspectives amongst others. I received Academy of Management Meeting Best Paper Award in International Corporate Governance, Academy of International Business Meeting Best Paper Nomination in Emerging Economies (twice), and Asia Pacific Journal of Management 2014 Best Paper Award. My research has been quoted by CNBC (USA), The Globe and Mail (Canada), Valor Econômico (Brazil), RT (Russia), and Shanghai Daily (China) among others. I am also an academic contributor at the Lorange Network.


On teaching, I often combine real business contexts/problems, frameworks for analysis and synthesis, and students’ own interpretation and vision. My collaborators on this practice include Wells Fargo Country Risk Analytics, Wells Fargo International Strategic Initiative, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Regional Partnership, 3D Systems, and General Microcircuits, among others. I was named Charlotte Chamber Young Professional Educator of the Year 2015.


I finished a Ph.D. in strategy from Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. My doctoral study was in conjunction with Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (a block away from my PhD office), the leading Canadian think tank on Pacific-Rim foreign affairs. There, I worked with some of the country’s major senior executives and policy makers related to international business. Before academic career, I completed all three levels of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


Between December 2011 and August 2018, I served as the Global Coordinator and Editor of Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) Project at Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, where I co-developed a cross-national survey approach and helped expand the network of local researchers. This project has built a global research network of “ground” researchers in some 17 major emerging markets, who produce survey reports of the top 20 multinationals from their home markets.


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) in 2010-11, where I represented the Ottawa coordination office in Vancouver and my role included preparing Minster Stockwell Day for his Asian business missions. In 2008-09 I was a Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, where I collaborated with China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) to survey and provide consulting services for Chinese outward investors. In 2006-07, I was a founding partner of an Ottawa-based foreign investment research firm, where I organized a major international conference with Industry Canada on a 2007 amendment to Investment Canada Act. As part of the intellectual outcome of this conference, I co-founded the journal of Transnational Corporations Review, which hosted a special issue celebrating its advisor Elinor Ostrom for winning 2009 Nobel prize in economics.


I often speak to the public on globalization, foreign investment policies, Chinese/emerging-market multinational enterprises, and new ideas on redesigning the science-practice ecosystem. I enjoy discussions with community leaders of different sectors on public and civil issues. I served on the 58th Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts’s Charlotte-China Business Advisory Council during 2016-2017, and I am a member of the Rotary Club of Charlotte.


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.


My biggest hobby since a child is entrepreneurship (not always for profit). My first venture was drawing cartoon flashcards and trading them with classmates for real ones at age four –as a silent complaint to my parents who refused to buy me real ones, and yes, my mother still brags about it.


I was born in China, educated in China and Canada, and am a Canadian citizen and American permanent resident. I live in Charlotte South with my wife Lu Zhou, who works on healthcare analytics. We have a beautiful daughter, Paris.


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