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Victor Zitian Chen is an associate professor (with tenure) of international management at The Belk College of Business, an affiliate faculty in the organizational science program, and an affiliate faculty at the School of Data Science, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte). He launched GoPeaks, an end-to-end research initiative to advance and synthesize scientific and technological breakthroughs across disciplines into responsible business decision solutions. The mission is to create a “shared brain” for people and society.


Victor studies corporate governance, global business strategy, multi-stakeholder organizational performance, and knowledge synthesis. His research has been published or forthcoming in the Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Corporate Finance, Global Strategy Journal, amongst others. He received the Academy of Management Meeting Best Paper Award in International Corporate Governance, Academy of International Business Meeting Best Paper Nomination in Emerging Economies (twice), and the Asia Pacific Journal of Management 2014 Best Paper Award. He is a Guest Editor of an International Journal of Management Reviews special issue on “Grand Synthesis: Unifying the Fragmented Science of Business for All Stakeholders.” His research has been quoted by Financial Times (UK), CNBC (USA), The Globe and Mail (Canada), Valor Econômico (Brazil), RT (Russia), and Shanghai Daily (China), among others.


Between December 2011 and August 2018, he served as the Global Coordinator of the Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) Program at Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, where he led the development of a research network of emerging market researchers, consultants, and policy advisors to analyze emerging market investors abroad. As of 2018, the project has built a global research network in 17 major emerging markets and produced three dozens of research reports, including a special issue published by UNCTAD.


Victor created the Global Tech Launch program at UNC-Charlotte, collaborating with born-global tech businesses and global institutions. In this course, US students team up with competitively selected teammates from international universities to help high-tech businesses with their global market assessment and entry planning. Students have come from UNC-Charlotte (US), Wuhan University (China), Fudan University (China), University of Mannheim (Germany), Tohoku University (Japan), Hong-Ik University (South Korea), and Istanbul Aydin University (Turkey), among others. He was named Charlotte Chamber Young Professional Educator of the Year 2015.


Victor completed a Ph.D. in strategy (with high distinction) from Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Doctoral Scholarship. While a Ph.D. student, he was also a Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, where he provided consulting and research support to some of the nation’s senior policymakers and business executives on international trade and investments. Before his academic career, he completed all three levels of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


In addition to his academic career, Victor was active in both the international economic and commercial arenas, including serving as an economic officer at the central coordination directorate for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) in 2010-2011, where his role included preparing Minister Stockwell Day for his Asian business missions. During 2008-2009, he was part of a global team to help the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) design China Goes Global surveys. In 2006, he co-founded Transco Global LLC–an Canada-based global investment knowledge platform, until a spinoff to Taylor & Francis.


Victor served on the 58th Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts’s Charlotte-China Business Advisory Council during 2016-2017. He is a member of the parent/community advisory council of Telra Institute (a charter school for gifted education) and the Rotary Club of Charlotte.


Victor is a firm believer in the ideal of a Renaissance (wo)man. Since a child, he has maintained wide-ranging interests. He won Chinese national contests in physics, mathematics, English, watercolor painting, and novel-writing during school. He has a strong entrepreneurial style in doing things. Beyond his day job, he is an avid life-long learner in artificial intelligence and neuroscience.


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