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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. 


Taher Sahibi; Business

Emotion and Knowledge Transfer in International Acquisitions.

Teaching Interests


  • Political Economy of China
  • Asian Business​ Development


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, Moles solution

Adviser, Silverstone Circuits Ltd

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peripheral region Social Sciences
intercultural communication Social Sciences
Multinational enterprises Business & Economics
acquisition Social Sciences
Innovation Business & Economics
political influence Social Sciences
China Business & Economics
firm Social Sciences

Research Output 2012 2019

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

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

intercultural communication
balance of power
legal status

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

Multinational enterprises
Chinese multinationals
Firm-specific advantages
Technological innovation

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
Open Access
Emerging economies
Multinational enterprises
Cross-border mergers and acquisitions

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
Multinational enterprises
Emerging market multinationals
Emerging markets

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
Economic organization
Multinational enterprises


Activities 2018 2019

Jianghan University

Shaowei He (Visiting researcher)

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachVisiting an external academic institution

Guowei Jin

Shaowei He (Host)
23 May 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting a Policy or Governmental OfficialResearch

Martin Walley

Shaowei He (Host)
13 Dec 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting a Policy or Governmental OfficialResearch

Shuyun He

Shaowei He (Host)
28 Mar 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

Gareth Hoar

Shaowei He (Host)
16 May 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting a Policy or Governmental OfficialResearch

CBBC Sino-UK automotive round-table

Shaowei He (Participant)
28 Feb 2019

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

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

Press / Media

Shaowei quoted in China Daily

Shaowei He


1 Media contribution


China: Copycat or leader in innovation?

Shaowei He


1 Media contribution


Shaowei He quoted in Business Times

Shaowei He


1 item of Media coverage



Facilitationg Memoranda of Understanding between Northamptonshire and China

Shaowei He (Principal Investigator)

Impact: 09: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (UN SDG), Economic impacts

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)


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