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Chinese overseas investment and its impact; innovation, knowledge management in multinationals

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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 and Jianghan University in China. He is a Senior Editor for the International Journal of Emerging Markets. 

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 has advised 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 

  • 2019 British Council (£30,000, lead manager): UK-China Outward Mobility Internationalisation Partnership Fund
  • 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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

External positions

Senior Editor, International Journal of Emerging Markets

23 Apr 2021 → …

Visiting Professor, Jianghan University

2019 → …

Committee member, Lincolnshire - Hunan Joint Steering Committee

2019 → …

adviser, Mole Solutions Ltd


Adviser, Silverstone Circuits Ltd


Visiting Professor, Guangdong University of Finance

Ambassador for International Exchange, Hunan Municipal Government


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