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Long Range Planning

Special Issue and Research Conference



(Revised:  August 28, 2011)


China Business and International Competitiveness:

Economics, Politics, and Technology


Guest Editors:


Joseph Cheng

Professor of International Business

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Director, The CIC Center for Advanced Study

in International Competitiveness

Email: [log in to unmask]


Daphne Yiu

Associate Professor of Management

Faculty of Business Administration

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Consulting Editors:


John Child

Emeritus Chair of Commerce

University of Birmingham


Michael Hitt

Distinguished Professor of Management

Texas A&M University


Deadline for Abstract Submission:  December 15, 2011

Conference Dates:  June 18-19, 2012

Tentative Publication Date:  March 15, 2013


Which nation currently has the fastest computer on earth?  The largest growing middle-class for consumer products?  The greatest potential to challenge the economic, political, and technological dominance of the West?  And, the one country that the world needs to know more about in order to anticipate her global and regional impact?


The answers to the above questions are China, China, China, and China!


The purpose of this special issue and research conference is to provide a forum for strategic management scholars to present their latest research on China business from both the perspectives of the foreign multinational corporations (MNCs) and the indigenous firms based in China.  We are particularly interested in papers that adopt an interdisciplinary approach in combining theoretical ideas and research methodologies from multiple academic disciplines (see Cheng, Henisz, Roth, & Swaminathan, 2009; Cheng, Guo, & Skousen, 2011; Okhuysen & Bonardi, 2011; Shenkar, 2004).  Our goal is to publish papers that question conventional thinking (including established theories) and offer new perspectives that advance theory and practice on the strategic management of China business.




More specifically, we seek submissions that investigate the economic, political, and technological institutions in China and explore how these affect China as a place for foreign MNCs to invest, in light of the changing competitive landscape following the 2008 global financial crisis.  For example, what competitive advantages would these firms obtain from setting up operations in China which they could not get elsewhere, particularly those advantages that they could leverage worldwide? 


We are also interested in papers that examine the currently evolving economic, political, and technological infra-structures in China and assess their likely effects on the international strategies of Chinese firms and their competitiveness in the global marketplace.  As well, we welcome papers that assess the social and environmental costs of China’s economic competitiveness and their impact on the country’s attractiveness for foreign investment.


Finally, we encourage submissions that look at the issues from the perspective of the international competitors of Chinese firms, particularly those residing in the other Asian countries (e.g., India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand), and investigate how these competitors protect their business interests in the region as well as globally.


Submission and Review Process


Authors interested in submitting to the special issue and research conference should send an abstract of 5-6 pages (double-spaced in 12 points font) to the guest editors at the addresses below summarizing the key ideas of their paper and its contributions.


Professor Joseph Cheng

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The CIC Center for Advanced Study

in International Competitiveness

Email: [log in to unmask]


With copy to:


Professor Daphne Yiu

Department of Management

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Email: [log in to unmask]

Important Dates


Deadline for Abstract Submission:   December 15, 2011

Deadline for Abstract Review Notification:   February 15, 2012

Deadline for Invited Full Paper Submission:   July 30, 2012  


All submissions will be externally reviewed according to the policies of Long Range Planning.


Research Conference


Authors whose abstracts are selected for a full paper submission will be invited to present their work at a research conference to be held in Hong Kong on June 18-19, 2012.  It will be co-hosted by The CIC Center for Advanced Study in International Competitiveness (CIC-CASIC) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong Center for International Business Studies (CUHK-CIBS).  The CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) is the nation’s premier university consortium of top-tier research institutions in the U.S., including the Big Ten Conference members and the University of Chicago with a combined annual R&D budget of over US$7 billion (


CUHK-CIBS will sponsor invited authors’ accommodations for two nights and meals during the conference.  CIC-CASIC will provide a travel stipend of US$500 for up to five invited authors based on financial need and quality of the abstracts submitted.


The research conference will also be attended by invited faculty and doctoral students from local universities in Hong Kong and the region as well as those from member institutions of the CIC consortium in the U.S.


Immediately following the conference, the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) will be holding their 2012 Bi-Annual Meeting in Hong Kong on June 20-24.  All conference participants are welcome to attend.  Please visit the IACMR website ( for details.




For additional information about the special issue and research conference, please contact either Joseph Cheng (Email: [log in to unmask]) or Daphne Yiu (Email: [log in to unmask]).




Cheng, J.L.C., Henisz, W., Roth, K., & Swaminathan, A. "Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in the Field of International Business:  Prospects, Issues, and Challenges," Journal of International Business Studies, 2009, 1070-1074.


Cheng, J.L.C., Guo, W., & Skousen, B. “Advancing New Theory Development in the Field of International Management:  Contributing Factors, Investigative Approach, and Proposed Topics.”  Management International Review, 2011 (forthcoming).


Okhuysen, G. & Bonardi, J.  “The Challenges of Building Theory by Combining Lenses.”   Academy of Management Review, 2011, 6-11.


Skenkar, O.  “One More Time:  International Business in a Global Economy.”  Journal of International Business Studies, 2004, 161-171.


About the Guest Editors


Joseph Cheng is a Professor of International Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is also Principal Investigator and Founding Director of The CIC Center for Advanced Study in International Competitiveness sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a university consortium of the Big Ten Conference members and the University of Chicago.  Professor Cheng received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.  His current research interests include strategy and organization design for transnational firms, global competition and multinational management, foreign R&D investment, national innovation and technology policies, and Asian economies. He has published in leading U.S. and European academic journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, European Journal of International Management, Human Relations, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Management International Review, Management Science, and Organization Studies, among others.  Professor Cheng is a former Chair of the Academy of Management International Management Division, and currently serves as a Consulting Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies and a Senior Editorial Consultant to the European Journal of International Management.  He was the lead Co-Editor of the research annual Advances in International Management during 1996-2009, and received the 2009 Leading Book Series Editor Award (with Co-Editor Michael Hitt) from Emerald Group Publishing.


Daphne Yiu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  She received her Ph.D. in Management from the Michael F. Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma. Her research interests lie in corporate and international strategy, strategies in emerging markets, business groups, corporate governance, and international entrepreneurship.  Professor Yiu has published in leading management journals including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Organizational Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.  She is currently serving as a Senior Editor at the Asia Pacific Journal of Management, an editorial board member of the Journal of Management Studies, and the treasurer of the Asia Academy of Management.  She received the 2009 Young Researcher Award from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


About the Consulting Editors


John Child is Emeritus Chair of Commerce at the University of Birmingham.  He has an M.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Management both from the University of Cambridge, which in 1984 also awarded him a Sc.D. for outstanding scholarly work.  Professor Child's career started with posts in marketing and personnel at Rolls-Royce Ltd.  He worked as a Research Fellow at Aston University from 1966 to 1968 and then held a faculty position at the London Business School until 1973.  In that year he was appointed Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Aston University.  From 1986 to 1989 he was Dean of the Aston Business School.  During 1989-90, he was seconded to the position of Dean and Director of the China-European Community Management Centre in Beijing, China.  He took up the Guinness (later Diageo) Chair of Management at the University of Cambridge in 1991.  He was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Organization Studies from 1992 to 1996.  He also founded the Centre for International Business and Management at Cambridge.  His research interests include management and economic reform in China; organization and performance of strategic alliances; internationalization of SMEs; and evolution of new organizational forms.


Michael Hitt is a Distinguished Professor of Management at Texas A&M University and holds the Joe B. Foster Chair in Business Leadership.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.  Professor Hitt has coauthored or co-edited 26 books and authored or coauthored many journal articles. A recent article in the Journal of Management listed him as one of the ten most cited authors in management over a 25-year period.  Additionally, the Times Higher Education in 2010 listed him among the top scholars in economics, finance and management based on the number of articles with a high citation rate on the Web of Science.  Professor Hitt is a former President of the Academy of Management, a former President of the Strategic Management Society and a member of the Academy of Management Journals’ Hall of Fame.  He has served on the editorial review boards of multiple journals and is a former editor of the Academy of Management Journal and former co-editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.   He received the 1996 Award for Outstanding Academic Contributions to Competitiveness and the 1999 Award for Outstanding Intellectual Contributions to Competitiveness Research from the American Society for Competitiveness.  In 2001, he received the Irwin Outstanding Educator Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Management.



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