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Research Profile

  • Qi Ai (PhD) is a senior lecturer in strategic management at the Faculty of Business and Law, University of Northampton, UK. He received his PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests lie in mergers and acquisitions and the development of emerging market corporations (EMNCs). His current research focuses on post-acquisition integration and knowledge transfer in EMNCs’ international acquisitions. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as Journal of World Business, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Development and Change, among others.

    • Business Project
    • Debates in Strategic Management
    • Strategic Management
    • MBA Dissertation Supervision
    • Mergers and acquisitions;
    • Post-acquisition integration;
    • Multinational corporations in emerging markets-strategy, capabilities, and impact;
    • Belt and Road Initiative and state-owned enterprise.
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Qi Ai’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

  • Peer reviewed journal publications:
    • Ai, Q.*, & Tan, H. (2020). Uncovering neglected success factors in post-acquisition reverse capability transfer: Evidence from Chinese multinational corporations in Europe. Journal of World Business, 55(3), 
    • Lin, W. & Ai, Q. (2020). ‘Aerial Silk Roads’: Airport Infrastructures in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Development and Change,
    • Sun, Z., & Ai, Q*. (2020). Too much reciprocity? The invisible impact of home political connections on the value creation of Chinese multinationals. Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 473-491.
    • Ai, Q.* & Tan, H. (2018). The intra-firm knowledge transfer in the outward M&A of EMNCs: Evidence from Chinese manufacturing firms. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 35(2), 399-425.
    • Ming, C., Chen, T., & Ai, Q. (2018). An Empirical Study of E-Service Quality and User Satisfaction of Public Service Centers in China. International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, 5(3), 43-59.
    • Ai, Q.* & Tan, H., (2017). Acquirers’ prior related knowledge and post-acquisition integration: Evidences from four Chinese firms, Journal of Organizational Change Management. 30(4), 647-662.
    • Tan, H. & Ai, Q. (2010). China’s outward mergers and acquisitions in the 21st century: motivations, progress and the role of the Chinese government. Advances in Mergers & Acquisitions, 9, 25-50.
    Book chapters:
    • Tan, H. & Ai, Q. (2012). Strategies and performances of European carmakers in China under the shadow of the global financial crisis. Sustaining Industrial Competitiveness After the Crisis: Lessons from the Automotive Industry, 134-159.