School of Business and Management

Zhihui Bi

 Zhihui Bi


Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8570
Location: Mile End, Bancroft Building, Room 4.23

1st Supervisor: Professor Michael Rowlinson
2nd Supervisor: Dr Manuela Perrotta

Project Title: 

"The Purpose of Business Schools in China"

Project Description: 

The aim of this research is to examine the rise of English-speaking business schools in China in relation to the rigor and relevance debate, and the role of Chinese business schools in the transformation of Chinese economy and society.

Despite the phenomenal growth of Chinese business schools and the demand for international business school education from Chinese students, as yet there does not appear to have been any Chinese equivalent to the debate about the rigor and relevance of business school research, or at least not in the academic peer-reviewed journals. 

My research will examine whether in fact there are equivalent debates going on among business school faculties, through interviews with faculty members, or if there are no such debates in China, why that might be the case and whether that might change in the future, especially as increasing numbers of business graduates may lead to a questioning of the value of business education comparable to debates in the USA and UK.