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School of Business and Management

Professor Lutao Ning


Professor of International Business

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8398
Room Number: 4.25e, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus


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Third Year Academic Advisor

Professor Lutao Ning is a Professor of International Business  at Queen Mary, University of London. Previously he served as Director of International Learning at Queen Mary and was a Lecturer in International Business at Durham University.  He holds a PhD degree from the University of Cambridge (Queens’ College), together with an MBA from the University of Liverpool and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Science and Peking University. He provides advice to the research centre of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of the State Council of China. He is an expert on Innovation, Foreign Direct Investment, and State Owned Enterprises. More about Lutao can be found at

Undergraduate Teaching

  • International Business (BUS304)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • International Business Strategy (BUSM089)


Research Interests:

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Corporate governance and financial analysis
  • International mergers and acquisitions
  • Inward and outward foreign direct investment
  • Spatial economics
  • Chinese and East Asian business and economics

Research projects

  • Foreign direct investment and local knowledge creation
  • Innovation strategy of multinational enterprises 
  • Scientist/academic directors and firm innovation performance (corporate governance theme)
  • Science & technology policy and firm performance 
  • Mobility of international talent and regional innovation
  • Green innovation and finance 


Lutao welcomes prospective doctoral students, with strong quantitative research training (econometrics or survey analysis) or professional experience, and a strong desire to choose an academic career.

Students with excellent writing skills, or a background in economics, statistics, mathematics, computer science, engineering or geography are particularly welcome to apply.

Please send your CV and research proposal, outlining your research questions, motivations, methods, and possible data sources to:

Past PhD supervision topics

  • Corporate Governance and Internationalisation in China
  • China’s Outward FDI in the world renewable energy sector: a survey approach
  • Corporate governance and firms’ decisions to Internationalise: evidence for China
  • The Liability of Foreignness: Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment in the USA

Current Doctoral Students

First Supervisor: 

  • Oskar Poon
  • Xing Pan
  • Xu Xuhong

Second supervisor: 

  • Bayan Alsedais, 'A comprehensive understanding of Zero-leverage firms: causes and consequences'

PhD Supervision Completitions

Jian Li - “Regional Innovation, inward FDI and Industrial Structure ” (Full scholarship, the CSC Scholarship, Previous institution: Hunan University, Completion in 2014)

Wang Fan - "Open Innovation in China: the Role of Inward and Outward FDI" (Full scholarship, the CSC Scholarship, Previous institution: School of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science).

Dennis De Widt-  “The intergovernmental dimension of local government financial stress: a comparative analysis of three European state systems”  (Full Scholarship)