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Professor Chengang Wang

PositionProfessor of International Business
DepartmentSchool of Management
Telephone+44 (0)1274 234378

PhD Supervision

Chengang current supervises two PhD students and he welcomes prospective students who are interested in the research of the internationalisation of emerging economy firms, performance and survival of international joint ventures and wholly owned subsidiaries, and impact of foreign direct investment on developing countries.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Chengang has taught undergraduate modules on the global business environment and econometrics, MSc modules on international trade and the international business environment, and MBA modules on international business management. He has also undertaken PhD student supervision.


Chengang received his PhD in Economics from Aston Business School in 2003. He joined the School of Management in 2005, following previous full-time academic appointments at Manchester University Economics Department and University of Surrey School of Management.

Chengang's main research is in the areas of foreign direct investment, international trade, Economic development, and international business. He has worked for a DFID funded project 'From Economic to Political Crisis: Policy-Based lending in the Middle East and North Africa' and participated in the research project 'Dynamic Threshold of Absorptive Capacity and International Technological Spillovers: a Case Study of China' sponsored by Chinese Natural Science Foundation. His research has been published in a number of academic journals, including British Journal of Management, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of International Business Studies and the World Development.

Chengang teaching is closely related to his research and he has taught various modules in international business and Research methods. At Bradford, he teaches Global Business Environment and Econometrics and Business Forecasting.

Languages spoken:

  • Chinese
  • English

Geographic regions specialist in:

  • China

Research Areas

Chengang’s main research is in the areas of foreign direct investment, international trade, Economic development, and international business. His current research focuses on the following areas:

  • The impacts of FDI and trade on host countries' economic development
  • Technology transfer and spillovers
  • Performance and survival of foreign subsidiaries in emerging economies
  • Internationalization strategies of firms from emerging economies
  • Institutional obstacles to the internationalisation strategies of firms in emerging countries


  • Member of the Academy of International Business
  • Member of the Chinese Economic Association
  • Member of Bradford Centre in International Business
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Journal articles

Konwar, Z., N. Papageorgiadis, M. Ahammad, Y. Tian, F. McDonald and C. Wang (forthcoming), ‘Dynamic Marketing Capabilities, Foreign Ownership Modes, Sub-national Locations and the Performance of Foreign Affiliates in Developing Economies’, International Marketing Review

Ahammad, M., Z. Konwar, N. Papageorgiadis, C. Wang, and I. Kobi (forthcoming), ‘R&D Capabilities, Intellectual Property Stength and Choice of Equity Owernship in Cross-Border Acquisitions: Evidence from BRICs Aquires in Europe’, R&D Management

Liu, X., P. Vehterab, C. Wang, J. Wang and Y. Wei (forthcoming), ‘The Delicate Balance: Managing Technology Adoption and Creation in MNE affiliates in Emerging Economies’, International Business Review

Elliott C., P. Konara, H. Ling, Y. Wei, and C. Wang (forthcoming) ‘Behind Film Performance in China’s Changing Institutional Context: the Impact of Signals’, Asia Pacific Journal of Management

Mohr, A., C. Wang and F. Fastoso (2016) ‘The contingent effect of state participation on the dissolution of international joint ventures: A resource dependence approach’, Journal of International Business Studies, 47(4), 408-426.

Mohr, A., C. Wang and A. Goerzen (2016), ‘The impact of partner diversity within multiparty international joint ventures, International Business Review, 25(4), 883-894.

Mohr, A., F. Fastoso, C. Wang and V. Shirodkar (2014), ‘Testing the regional performance of MNEs in the retail sector: the moderating effects of timing, speed and experience’, British Journal of Management, 25(S1), 100-115.

Wang, J., X. Liu, C. Wang and Y. Wei (2014), ‘Cultural proximity and local firms’ catch-up with multinational enterprises’, World Development, 60, 1-13.

Wang, J., Y. Wei, X. Liu, C. Wang and H. Lin (2014), ‘Simultaneous impact of the presence of foreign MNEs on indigenous firms’ exports and domestic sales’, Management International Review, 54, 195-223.

Wei, Y. A., Liu, X., Wang, C., Wang, J. (2012). Local Sourcing of Multinational Enterprises in China. International Journal of Emerging Markets, 7(4), 364-382.

Wang, C., Balasubramanyam, V.N. (2011), Aid and FDI in Vietnam, Journal of economic Integration, 26, 721-739.

Liao, H., Liu, X., Wang, C. (2011). Knowledge Spillovers, Absorptive capacity and total factor productivity in China's manufacturing firms. International Review of Applied Economics, 26(4), 533-547.

Harrigan, J and C. Wang (2011) ‘A New Approach to the Allocation of Aid Among Developing Countries: Is the USA Different from the Rest’, World Development, Volume 39, Issue 8, August 2011.

Wang, C., Y. Wei and X. Liu, (2010) ‘Determinants of Recent Trade Flows in OECD Countries: Evidence from Gravity Panel Data Models’, the World Economy, 33 (7), 894-915.

Wei, Y. and C. Wang (2009), ‘Understanding China's international economic integration’, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 7(4), 401–408.

Yang, J., H. Xu, C. Wang, M. Lai and Y. Wei (2009) ‘Productivity Spillovers from Foreign Direct Investment in Chinese Industries’, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 7(4), 429–445.

Wei, Y., Liu, X., and Wang, C. (2009) Do Local Manufacturing Firms Benefit from Transactional Linkages with Multinational Enterprises in China? Journal of International Business Studies, 40(9).

Wei, Y, Liu, X., and Wang C. (2008). Mutual Productivity Spillovers between Foreign and Local Firms in China.Cambridge Journal of Economics, 32(4), 609-631.

Wang, C., Wei, Y., and Liu, X. (2007). Does China Rival its Neighboring Economies for Inward FDI?.Transnational Corporations, 16(3), 35-60.

Xu, H., Lai, M., Wei, Y. A., and Wang, C. (2007). Backward Linkage Spillovers from Foreign Direct Investment in China: Evidence from Industry Level data. Management World, 4, 24-31.

Harrigan, J., Wang, C. and El-Said, H. (2006). The Economic and Political Determinants of IMF and World Bank Lending in the Middle East and North Africa. World Development, 34, 247-270.

Harrigan, J., El-Said, H. and Wang, C. (2006). The IMF and the world bank in Jordan: A Case over Optimism and Elusive Growth. The Review of International Organization, 1, 263-292.

Wei, Y., Liu, X. and Wang C. (2006). Trade Orientation and Mutual Productivity Spillovers between Foreign and Local Firms in China. Journal of Asia Business Studies, 1, 46-53.

Wang, C., Liu, X., and Wei, Y. (2004). Impact of Openness on Economic Growth in Different Country Groups.the World Economy, 27(4), 567-585.

Liu, X. and Wang, C., (2003). Does Foreign Direct Investment Facilitate Technological Progress? Evidence from Chinese Industries. Research Policy, 32(6), 945-953.

Liu, X., Wang, C., and Wei, Y. (2001). Causal Links between Foreign Direct Investment and Trade in China.China Economic Review, 12(2-3), 190-202.

Book chapters

Ziko, Konwar, F. McDonald, C. Wang and Y. Wei (2015) ‘Does foreign ownership matters for FDI spillovers? Evidence from Indian manufacturing industries’, in Konara P., Y. Ha, F. McDonald and Y. Wei (Eds.), Achieving a New Balance? The Rise of Multinationals from Emerging Economies and the Prospects for Established Multinationals, Palgrave.

Harrigan, J., Wang, C., El-Said, H. (2006). The Politics of IMF and World Bank Lending: Will It Backfire in the Middle East and North Africa?. In Poloni, A., Zanardi, M., Wang, C. (Ed.), The IMF, the World Bank and Policy Reforms. Routledge.

Liu, X., Wang, C. (2003). Total Factor Productivity in Chinese Industries: Does Foreign Direct Investment matter. In Yao, S., Liu, X., Wang, C. (Ed.), Sustaining China’s Economic Growth in 21st Century. Curzon / Routledge.

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