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Dr. Shaowei He

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer in International Business
  • Department: International Strategy & Business

General information

Shaowei He joined the University of Northampton in 2008 after obtaining his PhD in Economic Development from the University of Birmingham. Shaowei is also Director of the China and Emerging Economies Centre at the University. His research interests cross the boundaries of international business, economic geography and innovation studies. His current research focus is on the internationalisation of the Chinese MNEs and its impact on clusters and businesses in both China and overseas.

Shaowei has received research grants from Leverhulme/British Academy and British Council. His work has appeared in Human Resource Management Review, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, European Planning Studies, Strategic Change, and other leading international journals. Shaowei is Visiting Professor of Guangdong University of Finance and Economics and was recently appointed as Ambassador for International Exchange by the Hunan Provincial Government.



  • Political Economy of China
  • Asian Business​ Development


As well as supervising Masters students, Shaowei has supervised three PhD students through to completion.


Research interests cover multinational enterprises (MNEs) from emerging economies and their impact on the global economy, internationalisation of innovation and regional economic development. Current research focus is on the internationalisation of the Chinese MNEs and its impact on clusters and businesses in both China and overseas. Shaowei has been invited by institutions in the UK, Brazil, China and Kazakhstan to speak about the impact of Chinese MNEs. 

Research funding 

  • 2015 Leverhulme/British Academy Small Research Grant (£10,000): Emerging economy multinational enterprises’ acquisitions in developed countries and capability upgrading in their acquired firms: a multiple case study in the UK
  • 2014 British Council Researchers Link Programme (£35,000): The impact of emerging economies and their multinational enterprises on the world economy
  • 2011 Santander University Award, Santander, £2,500
  • 2011 University of Northampton Chancellor’s Fund, £1,000
  • 2009 British Council PMI2 initiative (£35,000): Enhancing students' entrepreneurial competences in an international environment. 


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  1. Khan, Z., Wood, G., Tarba, S., Rao-Nicholson, R. and He, S. (2018) Human resource management in Chinese multinationals in the UK: the interplay of institutions, culture and strategic choice. Human Resource Management. 0090-4848. (Accepted)
  2. He, S., Khan, Z., Lew, Y. K. and Fallon, G. (2018) Technological innovation as a source of Chinese multinationals’ firm-specific advantages and internationalization. International Journal of Emerging Markets. 1746-8809. (Accepted)


  1. He, S. and Khan, Z. (2017) Boarding the high-speed train of China – the upgrading journey of a British engineering firm after being acquired by a Chinese train company. In: Drahokoupil, J. (ed.) Chinese investment in Europe: Corporate Strategies and Labour Relations. Brussels: ETUI. pp. 199-209.
  2. Khan, Z., Rao-Nicholson, R., Akhtar, P. and He, S. (2017) Cross-border mergers and acquisitions of emerging economies' multinational enterprises - the mediating role of socialization integration mechanisms for successful integration. Human Resource Management Review. 1053-4822. (In Press)
  3. He, S., Khan, Z. and Shenkar, O. (2017) Subsidiary capability upgrading under emerging market acquirers. Journal of World Business. 53(2), pp. 248-262. 1090-9516.
  4. He, S., Fallon, G., Khan, Z., Lew, Y. K., Kim, K.-H. and Wei, P. (2017) Towards a new wave in internationalisation of innovation? The rise of China’s innovative MNEs, strategic coupling and global economic organisation. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. 34(4), pp. 343-355. 1936-4490.


  1. Lew, Y. K., Khan, Z., Rao-Nicholson, R. and He, S. (2016) Internationalization process of Chinese SMEs: the role of business and ethnic-group based social networks. International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy. 1(34), pp. 247-268. 2059-1047.
  2. He, S., Fallon, G., Khan, Z. and Wang, Z. (2016) The rise of Chinese innovative firms and the changing governance of global value chains. Paper presented to: 42nd Annual Conference of the European Academy of International Business (EIBA2016), Vienna, 02-04 December 2016.


  1. He, S. and Khan, Z. (2015) Subsidiary capability upgrading and parent-subsidiary relationship: insights from a Chinese acquisition in the UK. In: van Tulder, R., Verbeke, A. and Drogendijk, R. (eds.) The Future of Global Organizing. Bingley: Emerald. pp. 127-141.


  1. He, S., MacNeill, S. and Wang, J. (2014) Assessing overall network structure in regional innovation policies: a case study of cluster policy in the West Midlands in the UK. European Planning Studies. 22(9), pp. 1940-1959. 0965-4313.
  2. He, S. (2014) What influences capability upgrading of EMNEs’ acquired subsidiaries in developed countries: a case study of a Chinese acquisition in the UK. Paper presented to: Chinese Economic Association (UK/Europe) Annual Conference 2014, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 01-02 September 2014. (Unpublished)


  1. He, S. and Fallon, G. R. (2013) Chinese multinational enterprises' firm-specific advantages and a critic on the international business theory. Paper presented to: 40th Academy of International Business, UK & Ireland Chapter (AIB-UKI) Conference (2013), Aston Business School, Birmingham, 21-23 March 2013. (Unpublished)
  2. Wang, J., Wang, J., Ni, H. and He, S. (2013) How government venture capital guiding funds work in financing high-tech start ups in China? A 'strategic exchange' perspective. Strategic Change. 22(7-8), pp. 417-429. 1086-1718.
  3. He, S. (2013) Upgrading of EMNEs’ acquired subsidiaries in developed countries: an unintended consequence of asset-seeking OFDI? Invited Presentation presented to: 6th Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AIE 2013), University of Oxford, UK, 29-30 August 2013. (Unpublished)


  1. He, S. and Sanders, R. (2012) Joining the global elites: dilemmas for China in reforming its systems of scientific and technological innovation. In: Kakabadse, A. P. and Kakabadse, N. K. (eds.) Global Elites: The Opaque Nature of Transnational Policy Determination. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 174-188.
  2. He, S., Fallon, G. R., Sanders, R., Lawrence, P. and Vukicevic, J. (2012) Towards a new new geography of innovation: the rise of Chinese innovation giants and the implications for the global economic order. Paper presented to: 39th Academy of International Business-UK & Ireland (AIB-UKI) Annual Conference, University of Liverpool, 29-31 March 2012. (Unpublished)


  1. He, S., Fallon, G. R., Sanders, R., Lawrence, P. and Vukicevic, J. (2011) Towards a new new geography of innovation: the rise of the Chinese innovation giants and its implications. Invited Presentation presented to: COST Working Group Seminar on MNCs From Emerging Economies, Bucharest, Romania, 07-08 December 2011. (Unpublished)


  1. He, S. (2009) Cluster policy in peripheral regions - the experience of the West Midlands, UK. Paper presented to: International Symposium on City Cluster Development, Changsha, China, 3-4 December 2009. (Unpublished)
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