Jing Li

Professor, International Business

Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Global Investment Strategy


Room: WMC 3347

Phone: 778.782.4568


Room: SGL 3725

Phone: 778.782.9321

Email: jingli@sfu.ca

Curriculum Vitae: View


Ph.D. (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana,USA); B.A. Econ. (Peking University, Beijing, China)


Professor Jing Li joined the Beedie School of Business in 2004 from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University where she earned her PhD.  Jing is a Canada Research Chair in Global Investment Strategy and the Co-director of the Jack Austin Center for Asia Pacific Business Studies.  She is a member of College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists at the Royal Society of Canada.  She has been an educator and researcher for over fifteen years.  Jing has studied international investment strategies of firms, international joint ventures, firms from emerging markets, innovations in emerging markets, and behavior and performance of state-owned enterprises.  She currently focuses on political risk, geopolitics, and firm strategies.  She has published over thirty articles in various international business and strategy journals, including Strategic Management Journal and Journal of International Business Studies.  Jing is also passionate about teaching and public engagement activities that bring together researchers, business leaders, and policymakers.

Jing finds that Vancouver's multicultural environment makes it easy to integrate into the local culture.  She particularly enjoys Vancouver's outdoor lifestyle, making time to hike and bike in the midst of preparations for teaching classes about global investment strategies. 

Research Interests

International Investment Strategies, Geopolitics and Firm Strategies, Emerging Market Multinational Enterprises, International Joint Ventures, Innovation in Emerging Markets

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Li, J., Shapiro, D., Peng, M. W., & Ufimtseva, A. (2022). Corporate Diplomacy in the Age of US-China Rivalry. Academy of Management Perspectives. https://journals.aom.org/doi/10.5465/amp.2021.0076

Li, J., Xia, J., Zajac, E. J., & Lin, Z. (2022). Have a Go or Lay Low? Predicting Firms' Rhetorical Commitment versus Avoidance in Response to Polylithic Governmental Pressures. Journal of Management Studies. http://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12818

Shapiro, D., Li, J., & Feng, M. (2020). Exploring the Liability of Origin: Lessons from Smithfield Foods and Meat Processing in the US During COVID-19. AIB Insights, 30(3). http://doi.org/10.46697/001c.18164

Chi, T., Li, J., Trigeorgis, L. G., & Tsekrekos, A. E. (2019). Real options theory in international business. Journal of International Business Studies, 50(4), 525-553. http://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-019-00222-y

Li, J., Xia, J., Shapiro, D., & Lin, Z. (2018). Institutional compatibility and the internationalization of Chinese SOEs: The moderating role of home subnational institutions. Journal of World Business, 53(5), 641-652. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2018.02.002

Li, J., Meyer, K. E., Zhang, H., & Ding, Y. (2018). Diplomatic and corporate networks: Bridges to foreign locations. Journal of International Business Studies, 49(6), 743-752. http://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-017-0098-4

Shapiro, D. M., Vecino, C., & Li, J. (2018). Exploring China’s state-led FDI model: Evidence from the extractive sectors in Latin America. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 35(1), 11-37. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-017-9526-z

Li, J., Xia, J., & Zajac, E. J. (2018). On the duality of political and economic stakeholder influence on firm innovation performance: Theory and evidence from Chinese firms. Strategic Management Journal, 39(1), 193-216. http://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2697

Li, J., Xia, J., & Lin, Z. (2017). Cross-border acquisitions by state-owned firms: How do legitimacy concerns affect the completion and duration of their acquisitions? Strategic Management Journal, 38(9), 1915-1934. http://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2609

Shapiro, D., & Li, J. (2016). Understanding the ‘Enigma’ of Chinese firm performance: confucius and beyond. Management and Organization Review, 12(2), 259-267. http://doi.org/10.1017/mor.2016.12

Oh, C. H., & Li, J. (2015). Commentary: Alan Rugman and the theory of the regional multinationals. Journal of World Business, 50(4), 631-633. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2015.08.006

Chen, V. Z., Li, J., & Shapiro, D. M. (2015). Subnational institutions and outward FDI by Chinese firms: The mediating role of firm-specific advantages. Multinational Business Review, 23(4), 254-276. http://doi.org/10.1108/MBR-07-2015-0029

Meyer, K. E., Ding, Y., Li, J., & Zhang, H. (2014). Overcoming distrust: How state-owned enterprises adapt their foreign entries to institutional pressures abroad. Journal of International Business Studies, 45(8), 1005-1028. http://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2014.15

Chen, V. Z., Li, J., Shapiro, D. M., & Zhang, X. (2014). Ownership structure and innovation: An emerging market perspective. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 31(1), 1-24. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-013-9357-5

Li, Y., Vertinsky, I. B., & Li, J. (2014). National distances, international experience, and venture capital investment performance. Journal of Business Venturing, 29(4), 471-489. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2013.08.002

Li, J., Newenham-Kahindi, A., Shapiro, D., & Chen, V. Z. (2013). The two-tier bargaining model revisited: Theory and evidence from China's natural resource investments in Africa. Global Strategy Journal, 3(4), 300-321. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.2042-5805.2013.01062.x

Li, J., Chen, D., & Shapiro, D. M. (2013). FDI Spillovers at the National and Subnational Level: The Impact on Product Innovation by Chinese Firms. Management and Organization Review, 9(3), 413-435. http://doi.org/10.1111/more.12025

Li, J., Vertinsky, I., & Zhang, H. (2013). The Quality of Domestic Legal Institutions and Export Performance: Theory and Evidence from China. Management International Review, 53(3), 361-390. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11575-012-0146-z

Li, J., Li, Y., & Shapiro, D. (2012). Knowledge seeking and outward FDI of emerging market firms: The moderating effect of inward FDI. Global Strategy Journal, 2(4), 277-344. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.2042-5805.2012.01042.x

Chen, V. Z., Li, J., & Shapiro, D. M. (2012). International reverse spillover effects on parent firms: Evidences from emerging-market MNEs in developed markets. European Management Journal, 30(3), 204-218. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2012.03.005

Chen, V. Z., Li, J., & Shapiro, D. M. (2011). Are OECD-prescribed "good corporate governance practices" really good in an emerging economy? Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 28(1), 115-138. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-010-9206-8

Li, J., & Li, Y. (2010). Flexibility versus commitment: MNEs ownership strategy in China. Journal of International Business Studies, 41(9), 1550-1571. http://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2010.25

Li, J., Chen, D., & Shapiro, D. M. (2010). Product innovations in emerging economies: The role of foreign knowledge access channels and internal efforts in Chinese firms. Management and Organization Review, 6(2), 243-266. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-8784.2009.00155.x

Li, J., Zhou, C., & Zajac, E. J. (2009). Control, collaboration, and productivity in international joint ventures: Theory and evidence. Strategic Management Journal, 30(8), 865-884. http://doi.org/10.1002/smj.771

Rugman, A. M., Li, J., & Oh, C. H. (2009). Are supply chains global or regional? International Marketing Review, 26(4), 384-395. http://doi.org/10.1108/02651330910971940

Zhou, C., & Li, J. (2008). Product innovation in emerging market-based international joint ventures: An organizational ecology perspective. Journal of International Business Studies, 39(7), 1114-1132. http://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2008.51

Li, J., & Zhou, C. (2008). Dual-edged tools of trade: How international joint ventures help and hinder capability building of Chinese firms. Journal of World Business, 43(4), 463-474. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2008.03.003

Li, J., Dhanaraj, C., & Shockley, R. L. (2008). Joint venture evolution: Extending the real options approach. Managerial and Decision Economics, 29(4), 317-336. http://doi.org/10.1002/mde.1407

Tong, T. W., & Li, J. (2008). Real options and MNE strategies in Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 25(1), 153-169. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-007-9066-z

Li, J., & Rugman, A. M. (2007). Real options and the theory of foreign direct investment. International Business Review, 16(6), 687-712. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2007.08.004

Rugman, A. M., & Li, J. (2007). Will China's multinationals succeed globally or regionally? European Management Journal, 25(5), 333-343. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2007.07.005

books chapters and monographs

Estrin, S., Li, J., & Shapiro, D. (2020). State-Owned Multinational Enterprises: Theory, Performance, and Impact. In Mellahi, K., Meyer, K., Narula, R., Surdu, I., & Verbeke, A. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Business Strategy. Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. http://doi.org/10.10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198868378.013.13

Li, J., & Shapiro, D. (2019). Investments by Emerging Economy Multinationals in Other Emerging Economies. In Grosse, R., & Meyer, K. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Management in Emerging Markets. Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. http://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190683948.013.28

Li, J., Li, Y., & Rugman, A. M. (2012). Real options theory and international investment strategy: Past, present and future. In Verbeke, A., Merchant, H., & Merchant, H. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on International Strategic Management (pp. 342-359). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing (UK). http://doi.org/10.4337/9781781009147.00026

Li, J. (2007). Real Options Theory and International Strategy: A Critical Review. Bingley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. ISBN:0762314273, 9780762314270. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0742-3322(07)24003-3

Related Teaching Material

Li, J., & Li, Y. (2020). Amazon Goes Global 2020. London, Ontario, Canada: Ivey Publishing. Case ID:Ivey ID: 9B20M169.

Li, J., & Zhao, N. B. (2019). China Gold International in Canada: What's Next? London, Ontario, Canada: Ivey Publishing. Case ID:Ivey ID: 9B19M071.

Dhanaraj, C., & Li, J. (2015). Canadian Institute of Business and Technology in China (B). Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Harvard Business School Publishing. Case ID:HBS Case No. IMD770.

Dhanaraj, C., & Li, J. (2015). Canadian Institute of Business and Technology in China (A). Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Harvard Business School Publishing. Case ID:HBS Case No. IMD768.

Li, J. (2011). TCL communication technology and Alcatel: The challenges in post-acquisition integration. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies.

Li, J. (2011). Beijing Auto's acquisition of Saab automobile's technologies. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies.

Dhanaraj, C., Li, J., & Evans, J. W. (2010). Bank of America and the Chinese credit card market. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Ivey Management Services. Case ID:Ivey 9B10M055.