Seminar series

The aims of the seminar series are

  • to provide opportunities to gain new insights into China where the country has experienced the exceptional level of economic growth over the last 30 years.  
  • to provide opportunities to develop network with academics and practitioners who are interested in the Chinese context
  • to provide opportunities for research collaborations

The LCMC Seminar Series 2016 - 17


26 October 2016, 5.00 - 6.00pm

LUMS, Lecture Theatre 10

Dr Haina Zhang

Will individual religious belief lead to increased propensity for the individual to act entrepreneurially in China?

China, as one of the largest emerging markets in the world, is experiencing high levels of entrepreneurial activity. This seminar will focus on an empirical study of the impact of an individual’s religious beliefs on their propensity to engage in entrepreneurial activity in the context of the Chinese emerging market. Using a composite dataset covering 6,710 individuals in 69 major cities across 25 provinces in China, the study provides strong and robust evidence of the nuanced interaction effect of religion and institutional environments on entrepreneurial activity. The Chinese religion beliefs and institutional environments such as corruption, marketization, and guanxi are particularly investigated in this study. The findings confirm that the anti-corruption campaign launched by the Chinese government in the recent years is necessary for the further development of China as an entrepreneurial economy.

Dr Haina Zhang is a Senior Lecturer and PhD Director in the Department of Leadership and Management at Lancaster University Management School. She is an Associate Editor of European Management Journal and Co-Chair of International Business and International Management Track at the British Academy of Management Conference. Haina has extensive international research experience and her research interest focuses on leadership, organizational behaviour, international business and management, human resource management, and management in China. She has a preference to bring a philosophical and sociological perspective to these topics. She has published her research in a number of international journals, such as Journal of Management, Human Resource Management, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Journal of Business Ethics, Asia Pacific Business Review, International Journal of Management, New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, and Frontiers of Business Research in China.


24 November 2016, 4.00 - 5.00pm

LUMS, Lecture Theatre 5

Dr Qingan Huang

Everyday-Life Business Delinquencies of Chinese SME Owners

Despite their prevalence in emerging economies, everyday-life business delinquencies (EBDs) and their antecedents have surprisingly received little research attention. Drawing from the strain theory and ethical decision-making literature, we incorporate the socio-psychological explanation into investigating these deviances. An analysis of 741 Chinese small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners suggests that materialism and trust in institutional justice have both a direct effect on EBDs and an indirect effect through ethical standards of SME owners and also, that trust in institutional justice interacting with ethical standards affects EBDs. These results have important implications for the research on destructive entrepreneurial behaviours.

Dr Qingan (Angus) Huang received his PhD degree in Management from Cass Business School. He was an ORS award holder in 2008. He is a member of AoM and SMS. Currently he is working as a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at the Royal Dock School of Business & Law, University of East London. His research interest includes international entrepreneurship, strategic leadership and psycholinguistics. He has contributed in a number of academic papers in journals, conferences and books. He also has successfully advised entrepreneurs in business awards competitions, e.g. the Queen’s Awards, the CBI Growing Business Awards and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Awards.