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Qi Ai (PhD) is a senior lecturer in strategic management at the Faculty of Business and Law, University of Northampton, UK. He received his PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests lie in mergers and acquisitions and the development of emerging market corporations (EMNCs). His current research focuses on post-acquisition integration and knowledge transfer in EMNCs’ international acquisitions. His research has been published in journals such as Journal of World Business, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Development and Change, among others.


Dr Ai is a Senior Editor of Management and Organization Review (MOR) and won the Best Senior Editor Award for MOR in August 2022. He also serves on the editorial board of Strategic Change. 

Research Interests

Mergers and acquisitions;

Post-acquisition integration;

Internationalization of Chinese firms;

Multinational corporations in emerging markets-strategy, capabilities, and impact.


Teaching Interests

Business Project

Strategic Management

MBA Dissertation Supervision

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD in Management, Royal Holloway University of London

Award Date: 1 Feb 2015

Master, Master in Finance and Investment, Durham University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2009

Bachelor, BSc in Accounting and Finance, Xi'an Jiaotong University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007


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