Yi Li

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BMgt (Hons) UIBE; PhD ANU

Rm 4111
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Dr. Yi Li is Lecturer Of Chinese Business Management in Discipline of International Business, at the University of Sydney Business School. His research interests include internationalization of firms in emerging economy, institutional approaches of business strategy, and dynamic evolution of control in international joint ventures. Yi received his Bachelor Degree with Honours at University of International Business and Economics, and his Ph.D. in International Business from the Australian National University. Before joining the Discipline in 2017, he was the International Research Fellow in China Europe International Business School, which ranks Top 20 in the world. His work has been published or forthcoming in journals such as Organization Studies, Global Strategy Journal, International Business Review, Management International Review, Journal of Business Research, Technovation and others. He has won national competitive research grants such as National Natural Science Foundation of China Grant. He currently serves as an editor of Chinese Management Studies (ABDC: C).

Research Interests

Yi currently has interests on two broad streams of research:

  1. International business strategies of emerging market multinational enterprises – which involves understanding the influences of environmental contexts and top management team’s structure on firms’ strategies and corresponding performances. 
  2. Institutional perspectives – which approaches the behaviour of multinational enterprises through comparative institutional analysis (or comparative capitalism), and integrates insights from neo institutional economics and multiple institutional logics.  

Selected publications


Journal Articles

Chen L, Li Y, and Fan D (2019) Who are the Most Inclined to Learn? Evidence from Chinese Multinationals' Internationalization in the European Union? Asia Pacific Journal of Management, In Press.

Choi Y, Cui L, Li Y, and Tian X (2019) Focused and ambidextrous catch-up strategies of emerging economy multinationals International Business Review, In Press. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Chen L, Li Y, and Fan D (2018) How do emerging multinationals configure political connections across institutional contexts? Global Strategy Journal, 8 (3), 447-470. [More Information]

Li Y, and Cui L (2018) The Influence of Top Management Team on Chinese Firms' FDI Ambidexterity Management and Organization Review, 14 (3), 513-542. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Li Y, Cui L, Choi Y, and Tian X (2018) Which way to catch up? Top management team functional diversity and unconventional FDI portfolios of emerging economy firms 44th European International Business Academy (EIBA) Annual Conference; European International Business Academy (EIBA), Poznan, Poland, 13-15 December 2018.


Journal Articles

Cui L, Fan D, Liu X, and Li Y (2017) Where to Seek Strategic Assets for Competitive Catch-up? A configurational study of emerging multinational enterprises expanding into foreign strategic factor markets Organization Studies, 38 (8), 1059-1083. [More Information]

Fan D, Li Y, and Chen L (2017) Configuring innovative societies: The crossvergent role of cultural and institutional varieties Technovation, 66-67, 43-56. [More Information]


Journal Article

Fan D, Cui L, Li Y, and Zhu C (2016) Localized learning by emerging multinational enterprises in developed host countries: A fuzzy-set analysis of Chinese foreign direct investment in Australia International Business Review, 25 (1PartA), 187-203. [More Information]


Journal Article

Cui L, Li Y, Meyer K, and Li Z (2015) Leadership Experience Meets Ownership Structure: Returnee Managers and Internationalization of Emerging Economy Firms Management International Review, 55 (3), 355-387. [More Information]


Book Chapter

Liu C, Li Z, Li Y, and Cui L (2014) Low-level management control and cross-border knowledge transfer of emerging economy firms International Finance Review vol 15: Emerging Market Firms in the Global Economy; Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, United Kingdom, 97-120. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Cui L, Li Y, and Li Z (2013) Experiential drivers of foreign direct investment by late-comer Asian firms: The Chinese evidence Journal of Business Research, 66 (12), 2451-2459. [More Information]

Li Z, Li Y, and Liu C (2013) Modeling the strategic mutation of international joint ventures: Insights from 494 international joint ventures Chinese Management Studies, 7 (3), 470-487. [More Information]


Conference Proceeding

Li Y, Cui L, and Li Z (2011) Low-Level Management Control and Emerging Economy Firms� Cross-Border Knowledge-Transfer 25th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference ANZAM 2011; Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Wellington, New Zealnd.

Recent Units Taught

  • IBUS2020 Chinese Economy and Business

  • IBUS3600 International Business in Practice

  • IBUS6001 International Business Strategy