Professor Yipeng Liu

Professor in Management and Organisation Studies

Professor Yipeng Liu

Professor Yipeng Liu

Founding Director of the Research Centre for China Management and Global Business (CMGB)
Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
International entrepreneurship, including returnee entrepreneurship, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, global talent mobility, regional entrepreneurship and institutional change
International management and emerging market multinationals, especially Chinese overseas acquisitions, China's globalising endeavours (individuals and organisations) and Chinese indigenous leadership
Micro-foundations of management and organisation studies, eg collaborative partnerships, ambidexterity, risk, resilience, sustainability and strategic agility
Edith Morley building, room 263, Whiteknights campus
+44 (0) 118 378 8554


Prof Liu is a Professor in Management and Organisation Studies at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. Previously, he worked as Director of Research at Department of Entrepreneurship and Local Economy, Birmingham University, UK and Newcastle University, UK. Prof Liu obtained a doctorate (magna cum laude) in management from Mannheim University, Germany. His research has been sponsored by British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, Sino-British Fellowship Trust and DAAD in Germany, among others.

His research interests centre on international entrepreneurship and the emerging market multinationals from a cross-cultural and comparative perspective by embracing the notion of 'West-Meets-East'. Prof Liu actively contributes to the academic community by serving as a keynote speaker and track/session chair in international academic conferences, such as Academy of Management, European Academy of Management and British Academy of Management. He has served as Guest Editor for Special Issues at leading management and organization journals, including Journal of Organisational Behaviour, Group and Organisation Management. He is a Senior Editor of Management and Organisation Review, an Associate Editor of Asian Business and Management, and currently serves on the editorial review board of five international journals, including Journal of Management Studies.

Prof Liu has gathered broad professional experience in the business world such as management consulting, venture capital, business development and engineering in Asia, North America and Europe before moving to the academic world. He worked for clients such as Bosch, Heidelberg Druckmaschinen, Fresenius, Siemens, Allianz and Deutsche Telekom.

His research interests centre on the international entrepreneurship and emerging market multinationals from a cross-cultural and comparative perspective by embracing the notion of 'West-Meets-East'. Prof Liu believes that exploring the social mechanisms and illuminating the multi-faceted human side factors of micro-foundations in an international context can advance management and organisation studies in important ways. A nuanced and micro-level understanding of individuals, their behaviours and social interactions in organisations is instrumental for explaining processes and macro-level outcomes and thereby important for scholars, managers and policymakers to tackle societal and economic grand challenges facing the global economy today. Prof Liu's engaged scholarship research projects cover the areas of emerging market multinationals' global strategy, international entrepreneurship and global talent mobility, risk and resilience, behavioural micro-foundations of sustainability and healthcare management from a cross-cultural comparative perspective.

Awards and Honours:

2017 Best Paper Award, International Business Review Best Paper Award

2017 Best Paper Award, Academy of International Business (AIB) China Chapter Conference

2016 Inaugural Hermann and Marianne Straniak Stiftung - Management and Organisation Review Best Paper Award

2012 Best Paper Award (5th Biennial IACMR International Association for Chinese Management Research conference, Hong Kong)

2012 Carolyn Dexter Award Nominee for Best International Paper (Academy of Management)

2012 Outstanding Reviewer Award (Emerald Literati Network)

2011 Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium, Faculty Development Workshop, Next Generation Scholar in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance)

Programme Delivery

Prof Liu has designed and delivered a variety of executive education programmes, doctoral seminars, MBA modules, master and undergraduate modules. He is currently teaching Advances in Entrepreneurial Theory and Practice.



[1] Liu, Y. (ed.) (2019). Research Handbook of International Talent Management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. (

[2] Wang, H. and Liu, Y. (ed.) (2016). Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from A Global Perspective: Global Returnees. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Publications in Major Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals (Selected):

[3] Xing, Y., Liu, Y., Boojihawon, DK, and Tarba, SY. (2019) Entrepreneurial team and strategic agility: A conceptual framework and research agenda. Human Resource Management Review, DOI: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2019.100696.

[4] Liu, Y., Cooper, C.L., and Tarba, SY. (2019). Resilience, wellbeing and HRM: a multidisciplinary perspective. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(8), 1227–1238.

[5] Santoro, G., Bresciani, S., Bertoldi, B., and Liu, Y. (2019). Cause-related marketing, brand loyalty and corporate social responsibility: A cross country analysis of Italian and Japanese consumers. International Marketing Review, DOI:10.1108/IMR-11-2018-0310

[6] Caputo, F., Cillo, V., Candelo, E. and Liu, Y. (2019), Innovating through digital revolution: The role of soft skills and Big Data in increasing firm performance, Management Decision, DOI: 10.1108/MD-07-2018

[7] Froese, F.J., Dylan Sutherland, D., Lee, J.Y., Liu, Y. and Pan, Y. (2019) Challenges for foreign companies in China: implications for research and practice, Asian Business and Management 18 (4), 249–262.

[8] Wang, G., Liu, X, and Liu, Y. (2019). Role overload, knowledge acquisition and job satisfaction: An ambidexterity perspective on boundary-spanning activities of IT employees. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30 (4), 728-757.

[9] Liu, Y., Lattemann, C., Xing, Y. and Dorawa, D. (2019). The emergence of collaborative partnerships between knowledge intensive business service (KIBS) and product firms: the case of Bremen, Germany. Regional Studies, 53(3): 376-387.

[10] Li, R., Liu, Y. and Bustinza, O.F. (2019). FDI, service intensity, and international marketing agility: The case of export quality of Chinese enterprises. International Marketing Review, 36(2), 213-238.

[11] Collinson, S., and Liu, Y. (2019). Recombination for innovation: performance outcomes from international partnerships in China. RandD Management, 49(1): 46-63.

[12] Liu, Y. and Meyer, K.E. (2018). Boundary spanners, HRM practices, and reverse knowledge transfer: the case of Chinese cross-border acquisitions. Journal of World Business, DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2018.07.007.

[13] Xing, Y, Liu, Y. and Lattemann, C. (2018). Institutional logics and social enterprises: Entry mode choices of foreign hospitals in China. Journal of World Business DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2018.11.004.

[14] Jiang, J., Yan, J., Cai, Y., and Liu, Y. (2018). Paradoxical leadership incongruence and Chinese individuals’ followership behaviors: moderation effects of hierarchical culture and perceived strength of human resource management system. Asian Business and Management 17 (5), 313-338.

[15] Liu, Y., Öberg, C., Tarba, SY., and Xing, Y. (2018). Brand management in mergers and acquisitions: Emerging market multinationals venturing into advanced economies. International Marketing Review, 35(5), 710-732.

[16] Liu, Y. (2018). Contextualizing risk while building resilience: Returnee vs. local entrepreneurs in China. Applied Psychology: An International Review, DOI: 10.1111/apps.12177.

[17] Liu, Y. and Huang, Q. (2018). University capability as a micro-foundation for the Triple Helix model: the case of China. Technovation. 76–77(August–September): 40-50.

[18] Xing, Y., Liu, Y. and Cooper, C. (2018). Local Government as Institutional Entrepreneur: Collaborative Partnerships in Fostering Regional Entrepreneurship. British Journal of Management, 29(4), 670-690.

[19] Liu, Y. (2017). Born global firms’ growth and collaborative entry mode: the role of transnational entrepreneurs. International Marketing Review, 34(1), 46-67.

[20] Cooper, C.L., Stokes, P., Liu, Y. and Tarba, SY. (2017). Sustainability and organizational behavior: A micro‐foundational perspective. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38 (9), 1297-1301.

[21] Xing, Y., Liu, Y., Tarba, S. Y., and Cooper, C.L. (2017). Servitization in mergers and acquisitions: emerging markets into advanced economies, International Journal of Production Economics, 192 (October), 9-18.

[22] Liu, Y., Sarala, R.M., Cooper, C. and Xing, Y. (2017). Human side of collaborative partnerships: A micro-foundational perspective. Group and Organization Management, 42(2), 151-162.

[23] Liu, Y., and Vrontis, D. (2017). Emerging‐Market Firms Venturing into Advanced Economies: The Role of Context. Thunderbird International Business Review, 59 (3), 255-261.

[24] Liu, Y., and Almor, T. (2016). How culture influences the way entrepreneurs deal with uncertainty in inter-organizational relationships: returnee vs. local entrepreneurs in China. International Business Review, 25 (1), 4-14.

[25] Stokes, P., Liu, Y., Smith, S., Leidner, S., Moore, N., and Rowland, C. (2016). Managing talent across advanced and emerging economies: HR issues and challenges in a Sino-German strategic collaboration. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27(20), 2310–2338.

[26] Xing, Y., Liu, Y., Tarba, S.Y., and Cooper, C.L. (2016). Intercultural influences on managing African employees of Chinese firms in Africa: Chinese managers’ HRM practices. International Business Review, 25(1), 28-41.

[27] Xing, Y., and Liu, Y. (2016). Linking leaders' identity work and human resource management involvement: the case of sociocultural integration in Chinese mergers and acquisitions. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27(20), 2550-2577.

[28] Ahammad, M.F., Tarba, S.Y., Liu, Y., Glaister, K. (2016). Knowledge transfer and cross-border acquisition performance: The impact of cultural distance and employee retention. International Business Review, 25(1), 66-75.

[29] Xing, Y., Liu, Y. Tarba, S. Y., and Wood, G. (2016). A cultural inquiry into ambidexterity in supervisor - subordinate relationship. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2015.1137619.

[30] Ahammad, M.F., Tarba, S.Y., Liu, Y., Glaister, K. and Cooper, C. (2016). Exploring the factors influencing the negotiation process in cross-border MandA. International Business Review, 25 (2), 445–457.

[31] Junni, P., Sarala, R.M., Tarba, S.Y., Liu, Y., and Cooper, C. (2015). The role of human resource and organizational factors in ambidexterity: a state-of-art review, Human Resource Management, 54 (S1), s1-s28.

[32] Stokes, P., Moore, N., Moss, D., Mathews, M., Smith, SM., and Liu, Y. (2015). The Micro‐Dynamics of Intraorganizational and Individual Behavior and Their Role in Organizational Ambidexterity Boundaries. Human Resource Management, 54(S1), s63-s86.

[33] Xing, Y. and Liu, Y. (2015). Poetry and Leadership in Light of Ambiguity and Logic of Appropriateness. Management and Organization Review, 11(4), 763-793.

[34] Glaister, A., Liu, Y., Sahadev, S., and Gomes, E. (2014). Externalizing, Internalizing and Fostering Commitment: The Case of Born-global Firms in Emerging Economies. Management International Review, 54(4), 473-496.

[35] Liu, Y., and Woywode, M. (2013). Light‐Touch Integration of Chinese Cross‐Border MandA: The Influences of Culture and Absorptive Capacity. Thunderbird International Business Review, 55 (4), 469-483.


10/2017 - 09/2019, Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, 'Cultivating entrepreneurial ecosystems: The meanings of risk for migrant entrepreneurs' Principal Investigator (PI)

09/2016 - 08/2017, British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme, 'International migration, talent mobility and entrepreneurship ecosystems: Evidence from China' Principal Investigator (PI)

09/2014 - 06/2016, British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant, 'Emotional responses and knowledge transfer in Chinese overseas mergers and acquisitions' Principal Investigator (PI)

2014 - 2016, Beijing City Development and Reform Committee, 'Policy consultation on healthcare reform in Beijing', Co- Investigator (Co-I)