2020 Grant Winners of Kwok Leung Memorial Dissertation Fund

The Kwok Leung Memorial Dissertation Fund was created to commemorate the life and work of Professor Kwok Leung, and to continue his mission of supporting young scholars. The fund is intended to support Ph.D. students who need funds to collect data to finish their dissertations. The fund is open to all doctoral students doing Chinese Management research. 

It’s the 5th year to invite proposals for the fund grant. The Call for Proposals was announced on March 18, 2020. By the submission deadline of June 15, 2020, 15 valid proposals had been received from students of 15 universities worldwide. 

The IACMR Research Committee members, co-chaired by David Zhu (Arizona State University) and Jasmine Hu (The Ohio State University), reviewed and assessed the submitted proposals, each of which received at least two reviews. The following five proposals (listed in alphabetical order of the authors’ last name) received the highest ratings and have won Kwok Leung Memorial Dissertation Fund grants.

Does the Leader Know What Is Going on? An Examination of Leaders Perception Accuracy of Team Members Relationship Conflict Network
Huiyao Liao (廖辉尧), University of Iowa

Essays on Start-up Innovation in Emerging Economies
Aqi Liu (刘阿祺), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

It is not Only Personal: Leaders Voice Solicitation, Coworkers Reactions and Team Performance
Fangzhou Liu(刘芳舟), Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Digital Human Resource Management Systems: A Study of Its Conceptualization and Its Impact on Creativity
Guangjian Liu(刘光建), Renmin University of China

Near-Win vs. Full-Miss: The Extent of Entrepreneurial Failure and Reentry Decision 
Yida Tao (陶奕达), Shanghai University

Warm congratulations to the above winners! Each winner will be awarded a grant of RMB 10,000 yuan.

Thanks to donations of many scholars who made this award possible (click here for name list of donors). We would appreciate very much if you could join us to support Kwok’s mission of training young scholars! Please contact Dr. Lerong He, IACMR Treasurer, at if you feel like to do so. Thank you for your kind attention and constant support!

Ray Friedman