Research Interests

  • Multinational Corporate Strategy
  • International Expansion and Performance
  • Corporate Governance in Asia
  • Alliances/Joint Venture Success in China
  • Global R&D and Innovation in China
  • Chinese Management and Organizations

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. University of Texas, Management
  • M.B.A. Portland State University, Management
  • B.S. Dalian Maritime University, Mechanical Engineering

Academic And Professional Experience

  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, School of Business and Management, Senior Associate Dean, July 2013 - July 2017, Associate Dean (Faculty), April 2009 - Jun 2013.

  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Department of Management, Lee Quo Wei Professor of Business, since February 2016, Chair Professor, since July 2009, Head, July 2006 – August 2017, Professor, since July 2006, Acting Head, January – June, 2006, Associate and Assistant Professor, 1997 – 2006.

  • University of Hawaii, Department of Management, Associate Professor, 1994 – 1996 (on leave from 9/94 – 12/96), Assistant Professor, 1992 – 1994.

  • McKinsey & Company, Hong Kong, Management consultant, advised leading multinational corporations and Asian companies on corporate strategy and alliances/partnerships in Greater China, 1994 – 1996.


Publications

Refereed Journal Publications (Chronological, alphabetical, selected)
  • Yao, K., Xie, L., Li, J., & Xu, M. 2023 (In press). Subnational-level government influence and FDI location choices: The moderating roles of resource dependence relations. Journal of International Business Studies.

  • Yun, A., Li, J., & Hu, C. 2023 (In press). State dominance over the market: The survival of China’s state-owned enterprises. Asia Pacific Journal of Management. (Download here)

  • Yi, J., Li, J., & Chen, L. 2023 (In press). Ecosystem social responsibility in international digital commerce. Journal of International Business Studies. (Download here)

  • Yan, Y., Li, J., & Zhang, J. 2022 (In press). Protecting intellectual property in foreign subsidiaries: An internal network defense perspective. Journal of International Business Studies. (Download here)

  • Dau, L., Li, J., Lyles, M., & Chacar, A., 2022. Informal institutions and the international strategy of MNEs: Effects of institutional effectiveness, convergence, and distance. Journal of International Business Studies, 53: 1257-1281. (Download here)

  • Dau, L., Chacar, A., Lyles, M., & Li, J. 2022. Informal Institutions and international business: Toward an integrative research agenda. Journal of International Business Studies, 53: 985-1010. (Download here)

  • Li, J.T., Van-assche, A., Li, L., & Qian, G., 2022. Foreign direct investment along the Belt and Road: A political economy perspective. Journal of International Business Studies, 53: 902-919. (Download here)

  • Wan, G., Xie, L., Li, J., & Jiang, D. 2022. Entertainment spending and capturing value from innovation in China. Management and Organization Review, 18: 623-657. (Download here)

  • Li, J., Qian, G., Zhou, K., Lu, J. & Liu, B. 2022. Belt and road initiative, globalization and institutional changes: Implications for firms in Asia. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 39: 843-856. (Download here)

  • Casas-Klett, T. and Li, J. 2022. Assessing the belt and road initiative as a narrative: Implications for institutional change and international firm strategy. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 39: 857-873. (Download here)

  • Zhang, X., Xie, L., Li, J.T. & Cheng, L. 2022. Outside in: Global demand heterogeneity and dynamic capabilities of multinational Enterprises. Journal of International Business Studies, 53: 709-722. (Download here)

  • Li, J., Van Assche, A., Fu, X., Li, L., & Qian, G., 2022. The belt road initiative and international business policy: A kaleidoscopic perspective. Journal of International Business Policy, 5: 135-151. (Dowload here)

  • Li, J., 2022. 从中国元素到全球管理理论 — 中国管理研究回顾与展望 (名家文章, Reflections on Chinese Management Research), Quarterly Journal of Management, 7: 1-24. (Download here)

  • Cuypers, I., Patel, C., Ertug, G., Li, J.T., & Cuypers, Y. 2022. Top management teams in international business research: A review and suggestions for future research. Journal of International Business Studies, 53: 481-515. (Download here)

  • Wang, J., Xie, Z., Li, J., & Yang, D. 2021. Learning from institutional diversity to innovate: A study of Chinese exporters in digital industries. International Journal of Technology Management, 87: 384-411. (Download here)

  • Li, J., Li, J., Xie, Z, & Jiao, J. 2021. Exploring digital innovation: Emergence of the new, transformation of the old, and the impact of Institutions”. International Journal of Technology Management, 87: 105-112. (Download here)

  • Li, J.T., Ding, H., Hu, Y., & Wan, G., 2021. Dealing with dynamic endogeneity in international business research. Journal of International Business Studies, 52: 339-362. (Download here)

  • Li, J.T. & Fleury, M.T., 2020. Overcoming the liability of outsidership for emerging market MNEs: A capability building perspective. Journal of International Business Studies, 51: 23-37. (Download here)

  • Zhou, J., Ge, L., Li, J.T. & Chandrashekar, S.P. 2020. Entrepreneurs' socioeconomic status and government expropriation in an emerging economy. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 14: 396-418. (Download here)

  • Huang, K.G. & Li, J.T., 2019. Adopting knowledge from reverse innovations? Transnational patents and signaling from an emerging economy. Journal of International Business Studies, 50: 1078-1102. (Download here)

  • Li, J.T., Chen, L., Yi, J., Mao, J. & Liao, J. 2019. Ecosystem-specific advantages in international digital commerce. Lead article in the 50th anniversary issue of Journal of International Business Studies, 50: 1448-1463. (50th Anniversary Issue: Changing the World: How IB Research Makes a Difference) (Download here)

  • Li, J.T., Li, P. & Wang, B. 2019. The liability of opaqueness: State ownership and the likelihood of deal completion in international acquisitions by Chinese firms. Strategic Management Journal, 40: 303-327. (Download here)

  • Lundan, S. & Li, J.T. 2019. Adjusting to and learning from institutional diversity: Toward a capability-building perspective. Journal of International Business Studies, 50: 36-47. (Download here)

  • Li, J., B. Liu, and G.M. Qian. 2019. The belt and road initiative, cultural friction and ethnicity: Their effects on the export performance of SMEs in China. Journal of World Business, 54: 350-359.

    • JWB 2019 Best Phenomenon-based Paper First Runner-Up Award.

  • Xie, Z. & Li, J.T. 2018. Exporting and innovating among emerging market firms: The moderating role of institutional development. Journal of International Business Studies, 49: 222-245. (Download here)

  • Li, J.T., Qian, C. & Yao, K. 2015. Confidence in learning: Inter- and intra-organizational learning in foreign market entry decisions. Strategic Management Journal, 36: 918-929. (Download here)

  • Tang, Y., Li, J.T. & Yang, H. 2015. What I see, what I do: How executive hubris affects firm innovation. Journal of Management, 41: 1698–1723. (Download here)

  • Yang, J.Y., Li, J.T., & Delios, A. 2015. Will a second mouse get the cheese: Learning from early entrants’ failures in a foreign market. Organization Science. 26: 908-922. (Download here)

  • Li, J.T. & Ng, C. 2013. The normalization of deviant organizational practices: The non-performing loans problem in China. Journal of Business Ethics, 114: 643-653. (Download here)

  • Li, J.T. & Qian, C. 2013. Principal-principal conflicts under weak institutions: A study of corporate takeovers in China. Strategic Management Journal, 34: 498-509. (Download here)

    • Republished in a summary form in the Chinese Management Insights, 2014.

  • Kozhikode, R. & Li, J.T. 2012. Political pluralism, public policies, and organizational choices: Banking branch expansion in India, 1948–2003. Academy of Management Journal, 55: 339-359. (Download here)

    • Finalist, the 2012 Best Paper Award for articles published in Academy of Management Journal

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Review Activities

  • Editor

    • Journal of International Business Studies (2016-)

  • Member of Editorial Board:

    • Academy of Management Journal (2013-)

    • Cross Cultural & Strategic Management (2015–)

    • Journal of International Business Policy (2017–)

    • Journal of International Management (2002-)

    • Journal of Management (2011-)

    • Long Range Planning (2014–)

    • Strategic Management Journal (2019-; Associate Editor, 2009-2016)

  • Ad Hoc Reviewer (partial listing):

    • Academy of Management Review

    • Management Science

    • Organization Science


Funded Projects

  • GRF Competitive Earmarked Research Grant. 2020-22, PI. "Learning from Institutional Diversity: Toward a Capability-building Perspective"

  • GRF Competitive Earmarked Research Grant. 2018-21, PI. "The Upside of Nationality Dissimilarity: An Investigation of Top Managers in International Joint Ventures"

  • GRF Competitive Earmarked Research Grant. 2014-16, PI. "Contextual Distance and the Learning Processes in International Strategic Alliances"

  • HKUST Special Research Fund Initiative (SRFI) Research Grant. 2011-14, PI. "Enhancing Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong: Innovation, Enterprises, and Hong Kong's Sustainable Competitive Advantage.


Honors And Awards

  • 2020. Journal of World Business 2019 Best Phenomenon-based Paper First Runner-Up Award.

    • Li, J.T., Liu, B. & Qian, G.M. 2019. The belt and road initiative, cultural friction and ethnicity: Their effects on the export performance of SMEs in China. Journal of World Business, 54: 350-359.

  • 2016-19. Vice President and Member of the Board of the Academy of International Business

  • 2016. Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB)

  • 2013. Finalist of the AMJ Best Article of 2012 Award, Academy of Management.

    • Kozhikode, R. & Li, J.T. 2012. Political pluralism, public policies, and organizational choices: Banking branch expansion in India, 1948–2003. Academy of Management Journal, 55: 339-359.

  • 2012. Winner of the best paper award for the strategic management track at 8th Asia Academy of Management Conference.

    • Qian, C, Li, J.T., & Wang, H. "Seize the state, seize the day? The relationship between corporate political activities and corporate financial performance in a transition economy."

  • 2012. Winner of the IM Division Fundação Dom Cabral Best Paper in Strategy / IB Theory, the Academy of Management.

    • Yang, J.Y., J.T. Li & A. Delios. “Confidence in learning from others' failures: Foreign investment strategy in a transition economy.”