I joined the Brunel Business School in 2014 as a Lecturer in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. I previously worked as a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and International Business at the Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. I gained my PhD in Management from Royal Holloway University of London, and MBA in International Business from University of Birmingham.
My research and teaching interests are in the areas of strategy, international business, and entrepreneurship. Before moving to academia, I worked in industry in China in the areas of international trade, business support for high-tech China-foreign joint ventures, and consultancy. I achieved several research funding awards including the competitive Overseas Research Scheme by the HEFCE.
I'm currently the principal investigator of a research project funded by the Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund examining the internationalisation strategies of social enterprises. I'm Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of Academy of International Business, and British Academy of Management.
Newest selected publications
Ghura, H., Li,, X. and Harraf,, A. (2017) 'Moderating relationship of institutions for opportunity entrepreneurship and economic development: Literature review and proposed conceptual framework'. World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 13 (4). pp. 350 - 374. ISSN: 2042-5961
Li, X., Yu Zheng. and Catherine Wang. (2016) 'Inter-firm Collaboration in New Product Development in Chinese Pharmaceutical Companies'. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 33 (1). pp. 165 - 193. ISSN: 1572-9958
Ngoc Le, Xiaoqing Li and Andrey Yukhanev. (2015) 'Locational Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in the Vietnamese Economy', in B. Christiansen. (ed.) Handbook of Research on Global Business Opportunities. IGO Global.
Li, X., Roberts, J., Yan, Y. and Tan, H. (2015) 'Management of cultural differences under various forms of China–UK higher education strategic alliances'. Studies in Higher Education. ISSN: 0307-5079 Open Access Link
Wang, C.L., Rafiq, M., Li, X. and Zheng, Y. (2015) 'Entrepreneurial Preparedness: An Exploratory Case Study of Chinese Private Enterprises', in David Rae and Catherine L. Wang. (ed.) Entrepreneurial Learning:New perspectives in research, education and practice. Routledge.