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Dr Di Guo

Dr Di Guo
Senior Lecturer in Strategy and International Business

Eastern Gateway Building 104d

Research area(s)

My primary research fields are Entrepreneurship and Innovation under the new institutional economics framework. I examine Entrepreneurship from different angels including R&D financing and Entrepreneurship, R&D contracting, Political Economy of Entrepreneurship, Industrial Clustering and Entrepreneurship, and, Economic History and Entrepreneurship. Specifically, I investigate: 1) how institutions affect private and public R&D investment and thereby determine startup incentives of entrepreneurs, and, the corporate governance, R&D activities as well as corporate performance of entrepreneurial firms; 2) how institutional changes shape the dynamics of the growth of industrial clusters and the resource allocation within clusters, and, eventually affect the income inequality of the society; 3) how institutions are evolved over time and how such evolvement interacts with entrepreneurial activities by endogenizing institutional changes.

Research Interests

Entreprenuership and Innovation

Political Economy 

Economic Geography

Economic History

Chinese Economy 

Research project(s) and grant(s)

  • “Enhancing HK’s Future as a Leading International Financial Center”, Theme-based Research Scheme, University Grant Committee, Hong Kong, Co-Investigator, HK$ 13,523,000, 2012-2017.
  • “Optimal Promotion Rules in a Firms Internal Labor Market”, RGC grant (HKU 791113B), University Grant Committee, Hong Kong, Principal-Investigator, HK$174864, 2013-2015.
  • “Venture Capital Investment and Entrepreneurship in China”, Seed Funding Program, The University of Hong Kong, Principal-Investigator, HK$120,000, 2009-2011.
  • “Venture Capital Investment and Entrepreneurship in China”, FBE matching funds, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong, Principal-Investigator, HK$80,000, 2009-2011.