Staff interests in China
Professor David H Brown
Management Science and Director of the LCMC
David was appointed Director of the LCMC in October 2005. He has visited and taught at a number of Universities including North Western Polytechnical University, Xi’an; University of International Business and Economics, Beijing; University of Science and Technology, Beijing (BSTU); Renmin University of China, and Fudan University. In the last five years his research has focused on strategy development in the Township and Village Enterprise Sector. In 1998 he was awarded a Professorial Fellowship in Management Science from Renmin University.
During recent visits to China, he and Professor MacBean initiated discussions of possible collaborations with Tsinghua, Tongji, Sun Yat Sen (Lingnan College), Nanjing and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
David has collaborated with Professor Alasdair MacBean to develop the curriculum development project funded under the Asia-EU scheme. He is also currently contributing to development of the North West Development Agency’s China strategy.
Professor Mark Easterby-Smith
Mark has been awarded a prestigious Advanced Institute of Management fellowship through which he is looking at developing more organisational learning strategies. There is a comparative focus to the project, with practice in China being analysed. For more information on Mark's interests in China see academic links and projects.
Dr Li Xiao
She joined the Lancaster University Management School as a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Deputy Director for Lancaster China Management Centre in 2013 after working as a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter Business School. Her research has been the financing of young SMEs, young technology-based firm development, and institutional transitions in the Chinese context by which she has established a wide network with Chinese universities and government at different level. She has also been regularly reviewing research papers focusing on the Chinese context for highly ranked peer-reviewed journals.
Dr Xiaoping James Huang
Accounting and Finance
Xiaoping has contacts (Professor Yulu Chen, Dean) in the Finance College, Renmin University, where he worked before coming to Lancaster. He also has close contacts (Professor Jingbei Hu; Professor Baohau Zhu; Professor Deyuan Zhang) in the Economics College, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He visits these two universities frequently.
Emeritus Professor Alasdair MacBean
Alasdair was the founding Director of the Lancaster Centre for Management in China, and was instrumental in launching its activities. He has taught a semester for graduate economists at Fudan University, Shanghai (1990) and at the People’s University, Beijing (1992) under the programme of the US National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Economics and Research in China (financed by the Ford Foundation).
He has also given papers to International Conference/Workshops on ‘The Economic Development of China’s Coastal Special Economic Zones’ in Shanghai in September 1992, and on 'Globalisation and International Environmental Standards' at Qinhuangdao (July/August 2001) at the Renmin University-organised conference on 'European Integration in the Globalisation Era'.
He completed a research project on China’s trade policy reforms, especially the role of China’s Foreign Trade Corporations, with a research grant from ESCOR of ODA (now DflD). Outputs from the project are reflected in his publications.
With Professor David Brown he ran a one-day seminar on ‘Investing and Trading with China’ in June 1994 and a course for Ministry of Finance officials from China in September 2004. He has contacts at the Universities of Fudan, Shanghai including Professor Ru Rong Zhang (Professor of Marketing, Department of World Economics); People’s University, Beijing; Xiamen University, and the University of Taiyuan, Shanxi Province.
He is a member of the Chinese Economic Association and was Director of the Inaugural LCMC Conference 'Economy and Business in China - Now and Future' in April 2003 and is (with Professor David Brown as co-editor) editor of the papers delivered at the Conference, “Challenge for China’s Development – an enterprise perspective” which has been publlished by Routledge Curzon.
He remains an active researcher, most recently by directing a project on the economic impact of the Chinese community in Manchester, and by being co-director of the Asia-EU funded project on curriculum development in innovation and entrpreneurship, where the Chinese partner is Beijing University of Science and Technology. See academic links and projects for more information.
Dr Dermot Williamson
Dermot has conducted research in China, funded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, into cultural differences in perceptions of management control and of trade credit control. He has given several papers on perceptions of management control and of accountability at international conferences.
In July/August 2002 he visited Beijing and Shanghai to tell business managers about his Chinese research. He also visited or made contact with Beijing University, Tsinghua University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and China Europe International Business (CEIBS), most recently in summer 2004 when he also spent time at Dalian Institute of Technology (DIT).
Dermot has recently been awarded a research grant by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland to undertake research, in collaboration with DIT, on risk management in China. See academic links and projects for more information.
Kegang Wu PhD, MSc, DipTran, BSc, DPSI
Kegang works between the UK and China on trade & investment promotion and consultancy. He is currently Executive Director of the BCC LinkToChina programme in the British Chambers of Commerce network. He is also Chief Representative of the Guangdong Economic and Trade Office in the United Kingdom representing the largest province of China. He previously worked for the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and the City of Liverpool after completing his PhD in Geography at King’s College London.
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