University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Lei Li

Associate Professor of  International Business and Strategy , Nottingham University Business School China 

Qualifications

PhD (UT Dallas, USA)
MBA (International University of Japan)
BSc (Peking University, China) 

Contact

  • Room 368, Trent Building 
    University of Nottingham Ningbo China
    199 Taikang East Road
    Ningbo, 315100, China

     
     
  • +86 (0)574 8818 0000 - 8852
  • +86 (0)574 8818 0125 
  • Lei.Li@nottingham.edu.cn
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Lei Li

Biography

Expertise Summary

Dr Lei Li is currently an associate professor of international business and strategy at Nottingham University Business School China (NUBS China). He served as Associate Dean of Faculty at NUBS China from 2012 to 2016 and Department Head from 2010 to 2012. Previously he had been a faculty member at University of Portland, Oregon and Pace University, New York, USA. He teaches strategic management, managing multinational enterprises, corporate strategy, cross-cultural management and international business environment. His research focuses on internationalization strategies and processes of multinational enterprises, in particular in the contexts of the US and China. In recent years, he has increasingly paid attention to social innovation and social entrepreneurship in the cross-border context. His work has appeared in Journal of World Business, Management International Review, International Journal of Management Reviews, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, NACRA Case Research Journal, Multinational Business Review, CEIBS Business Review, Peking University Business Review etc. His papers have been selected for the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings in 2003 and 2012. He is rated as a prolific author for Management International Review, a leading international business journal. He received a best reviewer award from the International Management Division of the Academy of Management in 2005. Prior to his academic career, he was a senior consultant and project manager with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, a Munich-based international management consulting firm. His clients included International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), Foshan Piaggio (Fiat Group), Tsingtao Brewery, China Native Produce and Animal by-products Import & Export Corporation, China Worldbest Kama agricultural machinery, Jilin forest industry company, China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO), among others. In the initial stage of his career, he had worked with China Daheng Corporation affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has been teaching on the CRRC international talent development program and other executive education programs at NUBS China since 2012. Previously he also taught on the EMBA program at China European International Business School (CEIBS). He received his PhD in international management studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, the U.S., an MBA from International University of Japan, and a BSc from Peking University, China.

Teaching Summary

I am currently teaching strategic management process and practice at the undergraduate level and strategic management: analysis and application at the post graduate level. I am also supervising PhD and postgraduate students’ dissertations. In addition, I am teaching on the executive education programs.

Research Summary

My research focuses on two themes: (1) internationalization strategies and processes of multinational enterprises (MNEs) based in the US and China. I try to integrate the capabilities-based view, the institutional theory and the social capital perspective with the traditional MNE theories; (2) Social innovation and social enterprise in the global context. I try to examine the intersection between international entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship.  

Research Interests

Past

The relationship between multinationality and firm performance;

Internationalisation processes and regional/global strategies.

Present & Future

Case studies and theory building focusing on Chinese multinational enterprises;

Internationalisation and performance implications of MNEs in specific industrial sectors;

Case studies on and empirical investigation of social innovation and social enterprise in the global context

Publications

Referreed Journal Articles

  1. Li, L., Li, D., Goerzen, A., and Shi, W. 2018. What and How do SMEs Gain by Going International? A Longitudinal Investigation of Financial and Intellectual Resource Growth. Journal of World Business, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2018.07.001
  2. Li, L., Feldman, H., and Eisner, A. 2014. GreenWood Resources: A Global Sustainable Venture in the Making. NACRA Case Research Journal, 34 (3) (https://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/product/NA0310-PDF-ENG)
  3. Li, L., Li, D., and Shi, W. 2011. Internationalization, Internalization and the Performance of US Biopharmaceutical SMEs. Multinational Business Review, 19 (1): 65-93
  4. Verbeke, A, Li, L., Goerzen, A. 2009. Toward more effective research on the multinationality-performance relationship. Management International Review, 49 (2): 1-13.
  5. Li, L., Lin, Z., and Arya, B. 2008. The turtle-hare race story revisited: social capital and resource accumulation for firms from emerging economies. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 25 (2): 251-277.
  6. Li, L. 2008. Multinationality and Technical Efficiency: A Neglected Perspective. Management International Review, 48 (1): 39-63.
  7. Li, L. 2007. Multinationality and Performance: A Synthetic Review and Research Agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews, 9 (2): 117-139. , 9 (2): 117-139.
  8. Li, L. 2005. Is Home Triad-based Regional Strategy More Effective than Global Strategy in the U.S. Service Industries? Management International Review, 45, Special Issue (1): 37-57.
  9. Li, L., Li, D., and Dalgic, T. 2004. Internationalization process of small and medium-sized enterprises: Toward a hybrid model of experiential learning and planning. Management International Review, 44 (1): 93-116.

Publications in Referreed Proceedings

  1. Li, L., Li, D. & Shi, W. 2012. Geographic Dispersion and Profitability of High-Tech SMEs: Environmental Diversity, FSAs and CSAs. The 70th Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (CD), ISSN 1543-8643.
  2. Li, L. 2003. Liability of Internationalization: Technical Efficiency-based Evidence. The 63rd Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (CD), ISSN 1543-8643.
  3. BOOK CHAPTERS AND Other Publications

  4. Li, L. 2016. Chinese firms in the international arena: Seeking enhanced competitiveness. Peking University Business Review, February, 54-63 (in Chinese)
  5. Li, L., Feldman, H., Sun, S. L. 2012. “Money” that grows on trees. China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) Business Review, October, 128-133 (in Chinese)
  6. Sun, S. L., Shi, W., Li, L. 2012. Replay: A Genre of Chinese Strategy. China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) Business Review, January, 60-65 (in Chinese)
  7. Sun, S. L., Li, L., Hofman, P., Sun, Y. 2011. Building the corporate soft power. CEO & CIO China (314) April. 20: 98-99 (in Chinese)
  8. Li, L. and Li, D. 2007. Testing the Global and Regional Strategies of Multinational Enterprises. In A. M. Rugman (Ed.), Regional Aspects of Multinationality and Performance, Research in Global Strategic Management Volume 13: 259-292
  9. Li, L. 2006. Multinationality and Industry Characteristics. Proceedings of Pan-Pacific Conference XXIII
  10. Li, L. 1998. The right way to understand and commission management consulting services. Chinese Enterprises News, 12/10/1997.Republished in China’s Economics and Management Digest, 02/98 (in Chinese)

Conference presentations

  1. Tu, W., Zheng, X., & Li, L. 2018. Does Shareholder Value Increase with Announcement of Cross-border Acquisition for Chinese Acquirer? Academy of Management Annual Conference (AOM), Chicago, USA, August 10-14.
  2. Li, L., Hofman, P., Sun, S.L., Sun, Y. 2018. Stakeholder Engagement and Legitimacy of Chinese Multinationals in Western Countries. Academy of International Business annual meeting, Minnesota, USA, June 25-28, forthcoming.
  3. Tu, W., Zheng, X., Li, L., & Lin, Z. 2018. How Does Institutional Support Impact Chinese Acquirers’ Long-Term Performance after International Acquisition? Academy of International Business annual meeting, Minnesota, USA, June 25-28, forthcoming.
  4. Yang, T., & Li, L. 2018. Value Chain Extension and EM MNE Establishment Mode Choice: The Case of Chinese Multinational Enterprises. Academy of International Business annual meeting, Minnesota, USA, June 25-28, forthcoming.
  5. Man, W. T. & Li, L. 2018. Business Planning and the Sustainability of Social Enterprises: Evidence from Hong Kong. International Association for Chinese Management Research Conference (IACMR), Wuhan, China, June 13-18, forthcoming
  6. Li, L., Shi, W., Lin, Z., & Batjargal, B. 2017. Examining Entrepreneurial Stage of SME Internationalization: Impact of Firm-specific Assets and Country-specific Assets with Geographical Dispersion of Subsidiaries and Alliances. Academy of International Business annual meeting, Dubai, UAE, July 02-05.
  7. Tu, W., Zheng, X., Li, L., & Lin, Z. 2017.How Does Cross-border Acquisition Affect Chinese Firm Long Term Performance?Academy of International Business annual meeting, Dubai, UAE, July 02-05.
  8. Li, L. & Li, L. 2016. Location Strategy of Chinese Multinationals: Path Dependence and Home Country Institutions. Academy of International Business annual meeting, New Orleans, USA, June 27-30.
  9. Tu, W., Zheng, X., & Li, L. 2016. Does Shareholder Value Increase with Cross-Border Merger & Acquisition for Chinese Firms? The Influences of Domestic Political Ties and Subnational Institutional Quality. Academy of International Business annual meeting, New Orleans, USA, June 27-30. (Nominated for the AIB best paper award)
  10. Li, L., Hofman, P., Sun, S.L., Sun, Y. 2016. Engage Stakeholders and Attain Legitimacy: The Case of Chinese Multinational Enterprises in Western Countries. International Association for Chinese Management Research Conference (IACMR), Hangzhou, China, June 16-19.
  11. Li, L. & Li, L. Location strategy of Chinese multinational enterprises: The impact of initial major market entry and home country institutions. International Association for Chinese Management Research Conference (IACMR), Hangzhou, China, June 16-19.
  12. Li, L., Ye, W., and Zheng, Y. 2015. From a Township Village Enterprise to a Multinational Corporation: Tracking the Journey of Strategic Changes of a Non-state-owned Chinese Firm. Academy of International Business annual meeting, Bangalore, India, June 27-July 1.
  13. Tu, W., Zheng, X., and Li, L. 2015. How Do Government Ownership and Political Connections Affect the Financial Market Performance of Chinese Acquirers? Academy of International Business annual meeting, Bangalore, India, June 27-July 1.
  14. Li, L., Shi, W., and Sun, S. L. 2014. To capitalize on the home turf of global incumbents and prevail. Academy of Management annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, USA, August 1-5.
  15. Li, L. and Li, L. 2014. Home Country Institutions and Location Portfolio of Chinese Multinationals. Academy of International Business annual meeting, Vancouver, Canada, June 23-26.
  16. Li, L., Boateng, A., Bi, X, Tu, W., and Wang, Z. 2014. Value Creation of Cross-Border Acquisitions of Chinese Firms: Exploring a Research Agenda. International Association for Chinese Management Research Conference (IACMR), Beijing, China, June 18-22.
  17. Li, L., Boateng, A., Bi, X, Tu, W., and Wang, Z. 2013. Cross-Border Acquisitions and Value Creation of Chinese Firms: Where Is the Beef? Academy of International Business annual meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, July 3-6.
  18. Li, L., Shi, W., and Sun, S. L. 2012.An Environment Partitioning Perspective for Emerging Market MNEs. Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, October 7-9.
  19. Hofman, P., Li, L., Sun, Y., and Sun, S. L. 2012. Stakeholder Engagement and Legitimacy of Chinese MNEs in the United States and Australia. Academy of Management annual meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 3-7.
  20. Li, L. and Li, D. 2012. Geographic Dispersion and Profitability of High-Tech SMEs:
  21. Environmental Diversity, FSAs and CSAs. Academy of Management annual meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 3-7. (AOM Best Paper Proceedings 2012)
  22. Hofman, P., Li, L., Sun, Y., and Sun, S. L. 2012. Internationalization and Stakeholder Engaging Capabilities of Chinese Multinational Enterprises: An Exploratory Study. International Association for Chinese Management Research Conference (IACMR), Hong Kong, China, June 20-24.

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