Professor Xiaohui Liu

Professor Xiaohui Liu

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Professor of International Business

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TY
United Kingdom

Xiaohui Liu is Professor of International Business. Her main research interests include knowledge spillovers, human mobility, innovation and the internationalization strategies of firms from emerging economies.

Qualifications

PhD in International Economics, University of Birmingham

MPhil in Economics, Beijing Normal University

BSc in Economics, Beijing Normal University

Biography

Dr Xiaohui Liu is Professor of International Business at Birmingham Business School, the University of Birmingham. Previously, she held the same title at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University. Her main research interests include knowledge spillovers, human mobility, innovation and the internationalisation strategies of firms from emerging economies. She has published widely in various journals, including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Organization Studies, Journal of World Business, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and International Business Review.

Xiaohui’s research has been funded by the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. She has won Best Competitive Paper awards from the Academy of International Business (UK) and International Association for Chinese Management Research. She is advisory editor of Research Policy and serves on the editorial board of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, International Business Review, Asian Business & Management and the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies. She is general secretary of the Chinese Economic Association (UK) and a member of ESRC Peer Review College.

Xiaohui has extensive teaching experience and has taught research-led courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA levels on International Management and Strategic Management.

Teaching

  • International Business
  • International Business Strategy
  • Implementing Strategy and Managing Change

Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervising PhD research in the following areas:

  • Cross-border merger and acquisitions by emerging market firms
  • Political risk and Subsidiary performance
  • Open innovation and firm performance

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Innovation in the context of transition economies
  • The internationalization strategy of emerging market firms
  • International knowledge transfer/spillovers, outward foreign direct investment and human mobility

Research

Research and Academic interests

  • Subsidiary performance, interstate relations and political risk  
  • International knowledge transfer/spillovers, outward foreign direct investment and human mobility
  • Innovation in the context of transition economies

Other activities

  • Advisory editor of Research Policy
  • Editorial board member: Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, International Business Review, Asian Business & Management and the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies.
  • General secretary of the Chinese Economic Association (UK)
  • A member of ESRC Peer Review College

Publications

Xia, T. and Liu, X. (2017) Foreign competition, domestic competition and innovation in Chinese private high-tech new ventures, Journal of International Business Studies, 48(6), pp.716-739.

Cui, L., Fan, D., Liu, X. and Li, Y. (2017) Where to seek strategic assets for competitive catch-up? A configurational study of emerging multinational enterprises expanding into foreign strategic factor markets. Organization Studies, 38(8), pp. 1059–1083. 

Lin, D., Lu, J.Y., Liu, X. and Zhang, X. (2016) International knowledge brokerage and returnees’ entrepreneurial decisions, Journal of International Business Studies, 47(3), pp. 295-318.

Liu, X., Gao, L., Lu, J. and Lioliou, E. (2016) Environmental risks, localization and the overseas subsidiary performance of MNEs from an emerging economy, Journal of World Business, 51(3), pp.356-368.

 Chizema, A.,  Liu, X., Lu, J. and Gao, L. (2015) Politically connected boards and top executive pay in Chinese listed firms, Strategic Management Journal, 36(6), pp. 890-906.

Liu, X. Gao, L., Lu, J. and Wei, Y. (2015) The role of highly skilled migrants in the process of inter-firm knowledge transfer across borders, Journal of World Business, 50(1), pp.56-68.

Lu, J., Liu, X., Wright, M. and Filatotchev, I. (2014) FDI Location Choices of Chinese Firms: The Moderating Effects of Home Country Government Support and Host Country Institutions on Internationalization Experience, Journal of International Business Studies, 45(4), pp. 428-449.

Liu, X., Hodgkinson, I.R., and Chuang, F-M. (2014) Foreign competition, domestic knowledge base and innovation activities: Evidence from Chinese high-tech industries, Research Policy, 43(2), pp.414-422.