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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Chinese overseas investment and its impact

Willing to speak to media

20122019

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Personal profile

Biography

Shaowei He joined the University of Northampton in 2008 after obtaining his PhD in Economic Development from the University of Birmingham. His research interests cut cross the boundaries of international business, economic geography and innovation studies. His current research focus is on the impact of internationalisation of the Chinese firms and associated issues such as power relationships, communication and culture. Shaowei has received research grants from Leverhulme/British Academy and British Council. His work has appeared in leading academic journals such as Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management and Human Resource Management Review. Shaowei is Visiting Professor of Guangdong University of Finance and Economics

Shaowei is also Director of the China and Emerging Economies Centre at the University. He has been leading the Centre in helping British and Chinese institutions to identify and materialise collaboration opportunities. He is currently advising Silverstone Circuits Ltd. and Moles Solutions. He was recently appointed as Ambassador for International Exchange by the Hunan Provincial Government of China.

Research Interests

Research interests cut across international business, economic geography and innovation. Current research focus is on Chinese firms' acquisitions in the UK and their relationships with partners in the host country. Shaowei has been invited by institutions in the UK, Brazil, China and Kazakhstan to speak about the impact of Chinese firms. 

Research funding 

  • 2015 Leverhulme/British Academy Small Research Grant (£10,000): Emerging economy multinational enterprises’ acquisitions in developed countries and capability upgrading in their acquired firms: a multiple case study in the UK
  • 2014 British Council Researchers Link Programme (£35,000): The impact of emerging economies and their multinational enterprises on the world economy
  • 2011 Santander University Award, Santander, £2,500
  • 2011 University of Northampton Chancellor’s Fund, £1,000
  • 2009 British Council PMI2 initiative (£35,000): Enhancing students’ entrepreneurial competences in an international environment. 

Supervision

Taher Sahibi; Business

Emotion and Knowledge Transfer in International Acquisitions.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate

  • Political Economy of China
  • Asian Business​ Development

Postgraduate

Shaowei has supervised three PhD students through to completion.

External positions

Visiting Professor, Guangdong University of Economics and Finance

Ambassador for International Exchange, Hunan Municipal Government

adviser, Mole Solutions Ltd

Adviser, Silverstone Circuits Ltd

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Research Output

How post-investment Chinese lessons can pay off

He, S. & Khan, Z., 30 Jan 2019, fdi intelligence, p. 1-2 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to Specialist PublicationArticle

Open Access
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Intercultural Communication and Power Dynamics in International Acquisitions

He, S., Khan, Z., Wood, G., Tarba, S. Y. & Akhtar, P., 29 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) p. 1-33. 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

  • Human resource management in Chinese multinationals in the United Kingdom: The interplay of institutions, culture, and strategic choice

    Khan, Z., Wood, G., Tarba, S. Y., Rao-Nicholson, R. & He, S., 2018, Human Resource Management. Wiley-Liss Inc., (Human Resource Management).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

    Technological innovation as a source of Chinese multinationals’ firm-specific advantages and internationalization

    He, S., Khan, Z., Lew, Y. K. & Fallon, G., 14 May 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Emerging Markets.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

  • Boarding the high-speed train of China – the upgrading journey of a British engineering firm after being acquired by a Chinese train company

    He, S., Khan, Z. & Drahokoupil, J. (ed.), 1 Jan 2017, Chinese investment in Europe: Corporate Strategies and Labour Relations. Brussels: ETUI, p. 199-209 275 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

    Open Access
    File
    Open Access
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  • Subsidiary capability upgrading under emerging market acquirers

    He, S., Khan, Z. & Shenkar, O., 7 Dec 2017, In : Journal of World Business. 53, 2

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Towards a new wave in internationalisation of innovation? The rise of China’s innovative MNEs, strategic coupling and global economic organisation

    He, S., Fallon, G., Khan, Z., Lew, Y. K., Kim, K-H. & Wei, P., 1 Dec 2017, In : Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. 34, 4

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Prizes

    Activities

    Silverstone Technology Cluster 'Doing Business in China' event

    Shaowei He (Participant)
    11 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

    the 2nd Northampton - China Forum

    Shaowei He (Participant)
    2 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopResearch

    Shuyun He

    Shaowei He (Host)
    28 Mar 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting a Policy or Governmental OfficialResearch

    LSE Emerging Market Forum

    Shaowei He (Participant)
    15 Mar 201916 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

    Jianghan University

    Shaowei He (Visiting researcher)
    20192022

    Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachVisiting an external academic institution

    Martin Walley

    Shaowei He (Host)
    13 Dec 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting a Policy or Governmental OfficialResearch

    Guowei Jin

    Shaowei He (Host)
    23 May 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting a Policy or Governmental OfficialResearch

    UK MOTORSPORT VALLEY - A Report for Dalian Sino-UK Industrial Park Development Co. Ltd

    Shaowei He (Consultant), Adrian Pryce (Consultant)
    Jan 2019Mar 2019

    Activity: ConsultancyInnovation/Business/Enterprise

    Press / Media

    Shaowei quoted in China Daily

    Shaowei He

    9/05/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media

    China: Copycat or leader in innovation?

    Shaowei He

    9/03/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media

    Shaowei He quoted in Business Times

    Shaowei He

    1/02/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media

    Impacts

    Facilitationg Memoranda of Understanding between Northamptonshire and China

    Shaowei He (Principal Investigator)

    Impact: 09: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (UN SDG), Economic impacts, 08: Decent Work and Economic Growth (UN SDG)

    Strengthening civic and business relationships between China and the UK

    Shaowei He (Principal Investigator)

    Impact: 08: Decent Work and Economic Growth (UN SDG), 09: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (UN SDG), 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (UN SDG)

    Thesis

    Foreign direct investment from China: implications for British business partners

    Author: Vukicevic, J., 2014

    Supervisor: Fallon, G. (Supervisor), Lawrence, P. (Supervisor) & He, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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