Gongming Qian

Dr Gongming Qian is the Tenured Full Professor of the Southern University of Science and Technology and the former head of the Department of Management of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in economics and management from the Management School of Lancaster University, the United Kingdom. He has served for several international and domestic academic bodies, including member of the editorial board of the UTD journal and academic advisors on China’s domestic academic journals; co-chairman of the mainstream international academic conference; and academic reviewer for journals and public policy research schemes in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Europe and the United States. He was invited to present the papers in mainstream international conferences and deliver keynote speeches in over 30 countries and regions. His research areas are broad, and his research achievements are outstanding with over 50 academic publications including the Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. His work has received the best paper award and has been recognized as a top cited paper by Wiley. He is widely known throughout the country.

Over the past three years, Professor Qian has achieved outstanding results in research on the“Belt and Road Initiative”- China's national “go-out” strategy. The co-authored paper entitled "The Belt and Road Initiative, Cultural Friction and Ethnicity: Their Effects on the Export Performance of SMEs in China" was published in the Journal of World Business, the first empirical work appearing in mainstream international journals and winning the Silver Award for Best Phenomenon-based Paper Runner up. The co-authored “perspective” paper entitled “Foreign direct investment along the Belt and Road: A political economy perspective”in the Journal of International Business Studies, the first theory paper appearing in the top-tier international journals. Meanwhile, he has co-edited the two special issues for the prestigious international journals, the Journal of International Business Policy and Asia Pacific Journal of Management, their titles being “Belt and Road Initiative”: How policy changes affect global competition and cooperation for multinational enterprises in the new international business environment” and “The Belt and Road Initiative, globalization and institutional changes: Implications for firms in Asia”, respectively. These special issues are among the first to be published in the mainstream international journals.

Professor Qian has taught undergraduates, master and doctoral programs at home and overseas, the courses covering Introduction to International Business, Multinational Enterprise Management, Business Policy and Strategic Management, International Financial Management, Multinational Banking and Management, and Research Methodology. Meanwhile, he has also taught Taiwan and mainland MBA and EMBA programs and been well received by the students concerned.


Research Interests

International business, international strategy, and entrepreneurship


Education Background

PhD in Economics and Management, Lancaster University School of Management

Master of International Economics, Xiamen University

Bachelor of Foreign Languages, Xiamen University


Journal Publications

  1. Liu, B., Wang, P., Delio, A., & Qian, G. 2022. Two-sided effects of state equity: The survival of Sino-foreign IJVs. Journal of International Business Studies (accepted).

  2. Liu, B., Qian, G., & Au, K. 2022. Family influence and environmental proactiveness of family firms in China: A mixed gamble perspective. Management and Organization Review (accepted).

  3. Li, J.T., Van Assche, A., Fu, X., Li, L., & Qian, G. 2022. The belt and road initiative: How policy changes affect global competition and cooperation for multinational enterprises in the new international business environment. Co-editing the Special Issue for the Journal of International Business Policy (in press).

  4. Li, J.T., Van Assche, A., Li, L., & Qian, G. 2021. Foreign direct investment along the Belt and Road: A political economy perspective. Journal of International Business Studies (https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-021-00435-0).

  5. Rui, R., Qian, G., Qian, Z., & Li, L. 2022. How do foreign customers’perceptions of product-harm crises affect their transfer of capability- and character-based stigma? International Marketing Review,  39(1): 120-141.

  6. Li, J.T., Qian, G., Zhou, K., & Lu, J. 2021. D-globalization challenge, institutional changes, and strategic actions of firms in Asia. Co-editing the Special Issue for the Asia Pacific Journal of Management (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-021-09770-0).

  7. Li, L., Qian, G., & Qian, Z. 2021. Entrepreneurs’ implicit and explicit achievement motives and their early international commitment. Management International Review, 61: 91-121.

  8. Ahlstrom, D., Arregle, J-L., Hitt, M.A., Qian, G., Ma, X.,  & Faems, D. 2020. Managing technological, sociopolitical, and institutional change in the New Normal. Journal of Management Studies,  57(3): 411-437.

  9. Li, J.T., Liu, B., & Qian, G. 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(4): 350-359.

  10. Mudambi, R., Li, L., Ma, X., Makino, S., Qian, G., & Boschma, R. 2018. Zoom in, zoom out: Geographic scale and multinational activity. Journal of International Business Studies, 49(8): 929-941.

  11. Qian, G., Li, L., & Qian, Z. 2018. Interactions among factors driving and inhibiting the early internationalization of small, young technology enterprises. Management International Review, 58(2): 251-280.

  12. Boehe, D.M., Qian, G., & Peng, M.W. 2016. Export intensity, scope, and destinations: Evidence from Brazil. Industrial Marketing Management, 57: 127-138.

  13. Li, L., Qian, G., & Qian, Z. 2015. Why do small ‘born globals’ internationalize faster than small non-‘born globals’? Global Strategic Journal, 5(4): 303-320.

  14. Li, L., Qian, G., & Qian, Z. 2015. Should small, young technology-based firms internalize transactions in their internationalization. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 39(4): 839-862.

  15. Li, L., Qian, G., & Qian, Z. 2014. Inconsistencies international product strategies and their performance. Journal of International Marketing, 22(3): 94-113.

  16. Qian, G., Li, L., & Rugman, A. 2013. Liability of country foreignness and liability of regional foreignness on geographical diversification and firm performance. Journal of International Business Studies, 44(6): 635-647.

  17. Qian, G., Khoury, T., Peng, M., & Qian, Z. 2010. The performance implications of intra- and inter-regional geographic diversification. Strategic Management Journal, 31(9): 1018-1030.

  18. Qian, G., Li, L., Li. J., & Qian, Z. 2008. Regional diversification and firm performance. Journal of International Business Studies, 39(2): 197-214.

  19. Li, J., Lam, K., Qian, G. & Fang, Y. 2006. The effects of Institutional ownership on corporate governance and performance: An empirical assessment in Hong Kong. Management International Review, 46(3): 259-276.

  20. Lee, K.H., Qian, G., Yu, J. & Ho, Y. 2005. Trading favors for marketing advantage: Evidence from Hong Kong, China and the United States. Journal of International Marketing, 13(1): 1-35.

  21. Qian, G., & Li, L. 2003. Profitability of small- and medium-sized enterprises in high-tech industries: The case of the biotechnology industry. Strategic Management Journal, 24(9): 881-887.

  22. Qian, G. 2002. Multinationality, product diversification and profitability of emerging U.S. small and medium sized enterprises. Journal of Business Venturing, 17: 611-633.

  23. Li, J., Lam, K., & Qian. G. 2001. Does culture affect behavior and performance of firms: The case of joint venture in China. Journal of International Business Studies, 32(1): 115-131.

  24. Li, J., Qian, G., Lam, K. & Wang, D. 2000. Breaking into China: Strategic considerations for multinational corporations. Long Range Planning, 33(5): 675-689.

  25. Qian, G., & Li, J. 1998. Multinationlity, global market diversification, and risk performance for the largest U.S. firms. Journal of International Management, 4(2): 149-170.

  26. Qian, G. 1997. Assessing product-market diversification of U.S. firms. Management International Review, 37(2): 127-149.

  27. Qian, G. 1996. The effect of multinationlity measures upon the risk-return performance of US firms. International Business Review, 5(3): 247-265.