Professor Chengang Wang

Professor Chengang Wang

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Chair in International Business
Director of Research for the Department of Strategy and International Business

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Chengang Wang is Chair in International Business at Birmingham Business School. Previously, he was a Professor at the University of Bradford School of Management where he had worked for nearly 17 years and held various academic roles, including Head of Research Centre and Director of PhD programme. His current research interests are at the intersection of international business and innovation. Chengang has published in leading journals including Journal of International Business Studies and Research Policy.


  • PhD in Economics 2003, Aston University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice 2006, University of Bradford 


Professor Chengang Wang is Chair in International Business at Birmingham Business School. Prior to this, he held full-time academic appoints at the Economic Department, University of Manchester; School of Management, Surrey University; and School of Management, University of Bradford.

Chengang’s current research interests are at the intersection of international business and innovation. His recent work focuses on firm’s internationalisation strategy and the impact of firm internationalisation on innovation and knowledge spillovers. He has published in various journals, including Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, British Journal of Management, Cambridge Journal of Economics, International Business Review, Management International Review, R&D Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and World Development. Chengang also worked for a DFID (Department for International Development, UK)  funded research project - From Economic to Political Crisis: Policy-Based lending in the Middle East and North Africa, and participated in several projects sponsored by Chinese Natural Science Foundation and Ministry of Science and Technology of China. Chengang has served or is serving as a member of the Editorial Board of journals including Management and Organization Review and International Business Review.

Chengang has taught a range of subjects at various levels, including Current Issues in International Business, International Business Environment, International Business Strategy, Business Economics, Econometrics and Business Forecasting, and Research Methods.


  • Environment of Business
  • Research Methods

Other activities

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Recent publications


Qu, Y, Wang, C, Wei, Y, Wu, L & Zheng, N 2024, 'Does Eco-Innovation of Emerging Market Firms Benefit from Knowledge Spillovers of MNC in a Multi-dimensional Task Environment?', Management International Review, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 527-565.

Wang, X, Yao, Z, Ma, C & Wang, C 2024, 'Does digital economy policy benefit green innovation? Evidence from heavily polluting industries in China', Industry and Innovation.

Trivedi , R, Shahron, S, Wang, C, Fukukawa, K & Lengler, J 2024, 'Effects of organisational, individual and contextual factors on employees’ intentions to adopt green practices', Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

Abdin, J, Sharma, A, Trivedi , R & Wang, C 2024, 'Financing constraints, intellectual property rights protection and incremental innovation: Evidence from transition economy firms', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 198, 122982.

Wang, C, Wei, Y & Wu, L 2023, 'Global eco‐innovation and its local impact in emerging economies: Boundary conditions of environmental regulations and pollution intensity', Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Wu, L, Wei, Y, Wang, C, McDonald , F & Han, X 2022, 'The importance of institutional and financial resources for export performance associated with technological innovation', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 185, 122040.

Ovuakporie, OD, Pillai, KG, Wang, C & Wei, Y 2021, 'Differential moderating effects of strategic and operational reconfiguration on the relationship between open innovation practices and innovation performance', Research Policy, vol. 50, no. 1, 104146.

Wu, L, Wei, Y & Wang, C 2021, 'Disentangling the effects of business groups in the innovation-export relationship', Research Policy, vol. 50, no. 1, 104093.

Christopoulou, D, Papageorgiadis, N, Wang, C & Magkonis, G 2021, 'IPR law protection and enforcement and the effect on horizontal productivity spillovers from inward FDI to domestic firms: a meta-analysis', Management International Review, vol. 61, pp. 235-266.

Papageorgiadis, N, McDonald, F, Wang, C & Konara, P 2020, 'The characteristics of intellectual property rights regimes: How formal and informal institutions affect outward FDI location', International Business Review, vol. 29, no. 1, 101620.

Papageorgiadis, N, Wang, C & Magkonis, G 2019, 'Factors contributing to the strength of national patent protection and enforcement after TRIPS', Transnational Corporations, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 87-107. <>

Elliott, C, Konara, P, Ling, H, Wang, C & Wei, Y 2018, 'Behind film performance in China’s changing institutional context: The impact of signals', Asia Pacific Journal of Management, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 63-95.

Ahammad, MF, Konwar , Z, Papageorgiadis, N, Wang, C & Inbar, J 2018, 'R&D capabilities, intellectual property strength and choice of equity ownership in cross-border acquisitions: Evidence from BRICS acquirers in Europe', R&D Management, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 177-194.

Konwar , Z, Papageorgiadis, N, Ahammad, M, Tian, Y, McDonald , F & Wang, C 2017, 'Dynamic marketing capabilities, foreign ownership modes, sub-national locations and the performance of foreign affiliates in developing economies', International Marketing Review, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 674-704.

Liu, X, Vahtera , P, Wang, C, Wang, J & Wei, Y 2017, 'The delicate balance: Managing technology adoption and creation in MNE affiliates in emerging economies', International Business Review, vol. 26, pp. 515-526.

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