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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.


For 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 am also working with other scholars to develop a few science-practice interfaces based on systematic reviews and meta-analysis. For my community-engaged teaching, I was named by Charlotte Chamber of Commerce as the Young Professional Educator of the Year of 2015.


I finished a Ph.D. in strategy and international business 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 executives and policy makers related to international business. During the PhD program, I was named as Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellow and British Columbia’s Pacific Century Scholar.


I am a fellow of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and The Earth Institute at Columbia University. At CCSI, I serve as the Global Coordinator and Editor of Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) project, a global research network of elite “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 Statistics Canada’s confidential sample of Canadian censuses to identify the traits and 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.


I believe community is very often a better solution than business and government for many social problems. I also believe everyone is part of and should serve the community. I was inducted into the Rotary Club in 2016 and named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2017. I served as an advisor on Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts’s Charlotte-China Business Advisory Council during 2016-2017.


I am a member of Strategic Management Society, Academy of International Business, Academy of Management, and American Finance Association. Before my academic career, I completed all three levels of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and my research projects have 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. I often speak to the public on globalization, Chinese/emerging market multinational enterprises, and new ideas on a science-practice ecosystem.


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 (2nd prize in the country), mathematics (3rd prize in the country), language (3rd prize in the country), watercolor painting, and novel-writing during schools.


I was born in China, educated in China and Canada, and am a Canadian citizen. I reside in Charlotte 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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