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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, where I teach global business strategy at both undergraduate and graduate levels. I do research 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 an open-innovation community for analytics-based decisions. 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. My research has been awarded Academy of Management Best Paper in International Corporate Governance, Academy of International Business Best Paper Finalist in Emerging Economies (twice), and Asia Pacific Journal of Management 2014 Best Paper. 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, 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 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. Before my academic career, I completed all three levels of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


Between December 2011 and August 2018, I was the Global Coordinator and Editor of Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) project at Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. The project has built a global research network of “ground” researchers on emerging-market multinationals, who collected survey data on the corporate governance and activities of these multinationals.


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 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 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 meeting with Industry Canada in the event of 2007 amendment to Investment Canada Act. Prior to my PhD study, I co-founded the journal of Transnational Corporations Review, which hosted a special issue celebrating the 2009 Nobel Prize for Elinor Ostrom –an advisor of the journal.


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


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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