Project partners

The project has four partners: Lancaster University Management School, UK, Stockholm University School of Business, The National University of Laos, School of Economics and Management, and the University of Science and Technology Beijing’s Management School.

Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), Lancaster, UK

Lancaster University Management School has a longstanding reputation for research of exceptional quality and international standing, confirmed through the REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2014. In January 2016, its MBA was ranked 35th in the world in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking. It is accredited by EQUIS, the AACSB and the Association of MBAs. It has 230 academic staff of whom 68 are professors, and around 4,000 students, drawn from the UK and a thoroughly international community of countries. Of particular interest and relevance to this project are the Departments of Management Science,Management Learning and Leadership, and Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation, the Lancaster Executive Education, and Infolab21. The latter acts as host to several small e-business firms and its large group of expert staff provide advice and consultancy, both technical and managerial, for companies in the information technology field.

The project co-ordinators for this project are:

  • Professor David Brown (Management Science and Director of the Lancaster Centre for Management in China)
  • Professor Emeritus Alasdair MacBean (Economics and Fellow of the LCMC)

Other members of the LUMS team are:

  • Professor Mary Rose (Research Director, Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation)
  • Dr Jing Zhang (RCUK Research Fellow, Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation)
  • Professor Mark Easterby-Smith (Management Learning and Leadership)

University of Stockholm School of Business (SUSB), Stockholm, Sweden

This is one of the top Nordic business schools, also with EQUIS approval, in a famous European University founded in 1878. It is located in a beautiful and thriving city that is a leading centre for information technology firms, including Nokia and Sony-Ericsson. It also has an enviable set of public and private science and enterprise parks to foster the development of new enterprises. The Business School is large, prestigious, and has many links with Asia.

The team leader is:

  • Professor Sten Söderman

Other members of the SUSB team are:

  • Professor Björn Bjerke (Professor of Management)
  • Assistant Professor Tony Fang (Director of International Graduate Programme)
  • Professor Staffan Gullander (SUSB and Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship)
  • Associate Professor Bengt Gustavsson (Director of Management Department)
  • Associate Professor Sikander Khan (former Dean of SUSB)


The National University of Laos, Vientiane (NUOL), Lao PDR

The National University of Laos was established in 1995 with the amalgamation of nine separate schools and colleges including the National Polytechnic Institute, the and the Colleges of Medical Science, Forestry, Agriculture, Teacher Training, the Schools of Transport and Communications, Architecture, Irrigation, and the Veunkham Agriculture Centre. A Faculty of Economics and Mathematics was started from scratch. The University currently has a student body of over 18,000 and just under 4,000 staff.

The team leader is:

  • Professor Khamlusa Nouansavahn (Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management)

Other members of the NUOL team are:

  • Dr Bounpong Keorodom (Director of Research)
  • Associate Professor Phosy Chanhming (Lecturer in Management)


The University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), Management School

Formerly the University of Iron and Steel. Founded in 1952 this is one of the select group of national key universities in China with a significant number of Academicians among its senior staff. It is famed for its research in metallurgy and materials science with many patents and research papers to its credit. Its Management School is highly rated and has strong connections with the steel industry.

The team leader is:

  • Professor Junshan Gao (Associate Dean of the Management School)

Other members of the USTB team are:

  • Associate Professor Tieke Li (Lecturer in e-business)
  • Assistant Professor Renyu He (Lecturer in Entrepreneurship)

In addition, the project benefits from the guidance of Professor Chenzhi Chen, retired Dean and Executive Director of the Institute of National Economic Management. He holds many posts in Chinese management education including Member of Council of the Chinese Academy of Management Science.