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Professor Yipeng Liu

Professor in Management and Organisation Studies

Director of the Centre for China Management and Global Business (CMGB)
Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Yipeng Liu Staff Photo


  • International Entrepreneurship, 
  • International Management, 
  • Microfoundations of Management and Organisation Studies, 
  • Regional Entrepreneurship and Institutional Change, 
  • China


Edith Morley building room 263, Whiteknights campus

Professor Yipeng Liu is a Professor in Management and Organisation Studies at Henley Business School. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; the Academy’s Fellowship is made up of distinguished individuals from academic, public and private sectors, across the full breadth of the social sciences.

Through leadership, applied research, policymaking and practice, the Academy of Social Sciences have helped to address and deepen understanding of some of the toughest challenges facing our society and the world. Their work has contributed to the UK's position as a global leader in the social sciences

Yipeng's research interests centre on international entrepreneurship, global talent management and the emerging market multinationals global strategy from a cross-cultural and comparative perspective by embracing the notion of 'West-Meets-East'. He 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. His research has been funded by the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust and others.

He actively contributes to the academic community as a keynote speaker and track/session chair in international academic conferences, such as the Academy of Management and British Academy of Management. He has served as Guest Editor for several Special Issues on micro-foundations, organisation and management studies, including the Journal of Organisational Behaviour. 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 the Journal of Management Studies.

He 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.

Reference: Lee, C., Lee, J. M. and Liu, Y. (2021) Catalysing innovation and digital transformation in combating COVID-19 through WOG collaborations in Singapore. Public Money & Management. ISSN 1467-9302 (In Press)
Reference: Liu, Y. , Collinson, S., Cooper, S. C. and Baglieri, D. (2021) International business, innovation and ambidexterity: a micro-foundational perspective. International Business Review. 101852. ISSN 0969-5931 doi:
Reference: Xu, C., Xiong, Y., Sun, Y. and Liu, Y. (2021) Genetic distance, international experience and the performance of cross-border R&D for EMNEs. Journal of International Management, 27 (2). 100853. ISSN 10754253 doi:
Reference: Lee, C., Lee, J. M. and Liu, Y. (2021) Catalysing innovation and digital transformation in combating the Covid-19 pandemic: whole-of government collaborations in ICT, R&D, and business digitization in Singapore. Public Money & Management. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1467-9302 doi:
Reference: Zhang, X., Liu, Y. , Tarba, S. Y. and Giudice, M. D. (2020) The micro-foundations of strategic ambidexterity: Chinese cross-border M&As, Mid-View thinking and integration management. International Business Review, 29 (6). 101710. ISSN 0969-5931 doi:
Reference: 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, 37 (4). pp. 773-791. ISSN 0265-1335 doi:
Reference: Froese, F. J., Sutherland, D., Lee, J. Y., Liu, Y. and Pan, Y. (2019) Challenges for foreign companies in China: implications for research and practice. Asian Business & Management, 18 (4). pp. 249-262. ISSN 1472-4782 doi:
Reference: Kraus, P., Stokes, P., Cooper, C., Liu, Y. , Moore, N., Britzelmaier, B. and Tarba, S. (2020) Cultural antecedents of sustainability and regional economic development - a study of SME ‘Mittelstand’ firms in Baden-Württemberg (Germany). Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 32 (7-8). pp. 629-653. ISSN 0898-5626 doi:
Reference: Boojihawon (Roshan), D. K., Richeri, A., Liu, Y. and Chicksand, D. (2021) Agile route-to-market distribution strategies in emerging markets: the case of Paraguay. Journal of International Management, 27 (1). 100740. ISSN 1075-4253 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. , Vrontis, D., Visser, M., Stokes, P., Smith, S., Moore, N., Thrassou, A. and Ashta, A. (2021) Talent management and the HR function in cross-cultural mergers and acquisitions: the role and impact of bi-cultural identity. Human Resource Management Review, 31 (3). 100744. ISSN 1053-4822 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. , Lee, J. M. and Lee, C. (2020) The challenges and opportunities of a global health crisis: the management and business implications of COVID-19 from an Asian perspective. Asian Business & Management, 19 (3). pp. 277-297. ISSN 1472-4782 doi:
Reference: 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. ISSN 0025-1747 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. , Sarala, R. M., Xing, Y. and Cooper, C. L. (2017) Human side of collaborative partnerships: a micro-foundational perspective. Group & Organization Management, 42 (2). pp. 151-162. ISSN 1059-6011 doi:
Reference: Cooper, C. L., Stokes, P., Liu, Y. and Tarba, S. Y. (2017) Sustainability and organizational behavior: a micro-foundational perspective. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38 (9). pp. 1297-1301. ISSN 1099-1379 doi:
Reference: Xing, Y., Liu, Y. , Boojihawon (Roshan), D. K. and Tarba, S. (2020) Entrepreneurial team and strategic agility: a conceptual framework and research agenda. Human Resource Management Review, 30 (1). 100696. ISSN 1053-4822 doi:
Reference: Li, F., Chen, Y. and Liu, Y. (2019) Integration modes, global networks, and knowledge diffusion in overseas M&As by emerging market firms. Journal of Knowledge Management, 23 (7). pp. 1289-1313. ISSN 1367-3270 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. , L. Cooper, C. and Y. Tarba, S. (2019) Resilience, wellbeing and HRM: a multidisciplinary perspective. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30 (8). pp. 1227-1238. ISSN 1466-4399 doi:
Reference: Ahammad, M. F., Tarba, S. Y., Liu, Y. and Glaister, K. W. (2016) Knowledge transfer and cross-border acquisition performance: the impact of cultural distance and employee retention. International Business Review, 25 (1). pp. 66-75. ISSN 0969-5931 doi:
Reference: Ahammad, M. F., Tarba, S. Y., Liu, Y. , Glaister, K. W. and Cooper, C. L. (2016) Exploring the factors influencing the negotiation process in cross-border M&A. International Business Review, 25 (2). pp. 445-457. ISSN 0969-5931 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. (2020) Contextualizing risk and building resilience: returnee versus local entrepreneurs in China. Applied Psychology, 69 (2). pp. 415-443. ISSN 1464-0597 doi:
Reference: 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). pp. 728-757. ISSN 1466-4399 doi:
Reference: Glaister, A. J., 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). pp. 473-496. ISSN 1861-8901 doi:
Reference: Collinson, S. and Liu, Y. (2019) Recombination for innovation: performance outcomes from international partnerships in China. R&D Management, 49 (1). pp. 46-63. ISSN 1467-9310 doi:
Reference: Xing, Y. and Liu, Y. (2015) Poetry and leadership in light of ambiguity and logic of appropriateness. Management and Organization Review, 11 (4). pp. 763-793. ISSN 1740-8784 doi:
Reference: Stokes, P., Moore, N., Moss, D., Mathews, M., Smith, S. M. 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. ISSN 1099-050X doi:
Reference: 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). pp. 28-41. ISSN 0969-5931 doi:
Reference: 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). pp. 2550-2577. ISSN 1466-4399 doi:
Reference: 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). pp. 2310-2338. ISSN 1466-4399 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. and Almor, T. (2016) How culture influences the way entrepreneurs deal with uncertainty in inter-organizational relationships: the case of returnee versus local entrepreneurs in China. International Business Review, 25 (1). pp. 4-14. ISSN 0969-5931 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. (2017) Born global firms’ growth and collaborative entry mode: the role of transnational entrepreneurs. International Marketing Review, 34 (1). pp. 46-67. ISSN 0265-1335 doi:
Reference: Xing, Y., Liu, Y. , Tarba, S. and Wood, G. (2020) A cultural inquiry into ambidexterity in supervisor–subordinate relationship. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 31 (2). pp. 203-231. ISSN 1466-4399 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. and Vrontis, D. (2017) Emerging-market firms venturing into advanced economies: the role of context. Thunderbird International Business Review, 59 (3). pp. 255-261. ISSN 1520-6874 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. , Öberg, C., Tarba, S. Y. and Xing, Y. (2018) Brand management in mergers and acquisitions: emerging market multinationals venturing into advanced economies. International Marketing Review, 35 (5). pp. 710-732. ISSN 0265-1335 doi:
Reference: Xing, Y., Liu, Y. , Tarba, S. and Cooper, C. L. (2017) Servitization in mergers and acquisitions: manufacturing firms venturing from emerging markets into advanced economies. International Journal of Production Economics, 192. pp. 9-18. ISSN 0925-5273 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. and Huang, Q. (2018) University capability as a micro-foundation for the Triple Helix model: the case of China. Technovation, 76-77. pp. 40-50. ISSN 0166-4972 doi:
Reference: Xing, Y., Liu, Y. and Cooper, C. L. (2018) Local government as institutional entrepreneur: public-private collaborative partnerships in fostering regional entrepreneurship. British Journal of Management, 29 (4). pp. 670-690. ISSN 1467-8551 doi:
Reference: Xing, Y., Liu, Y. and Lattemann, C. (2020) Institutional logics and social enterprises: entry mode choices of foreign hospitals in China. Journal of World Business, 55 (5). 100974. ISSN 1090-9516 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. and Meyer, K. E. (2020) Boundary spanners, HRM practices, and reverse knowledge transfer: the case of Chinese cross-border acquisitions. Journal of World Business, 55 (2). 100958. ISSN 1090-9516 doi:
Reference: Liu, Y. , Lattemann, C., Xing, Y. and Dorawa, D. (2019) The emergence of collaborative partnerships between knowledge-intensive business service (KIBS) and product companies: the case of Bremen, Germany. Regional Studies, 53 (3). pp. 376-387. ISSN 1360-0591 doi:
Reference: Li, R., Liu, Y. and Bustinza, O. F. (2019) FDI, service intensity, and international marketing agility. International Marketing Review, 36 (2). pp. 213-238. ISSN 0265-1335 doi:

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