2021 Grant Winners of Kwok Leung Memorial Dissertation Fund

Dear IACMR Community,

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 6th year to invite proposals for the fund grant. The Call for Proposals was announced on February 1st, 2021. By the submission deadline of March 15, 2021, 34 valid proposals had been received from students of 30 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, please find the reviewer list at the bottom. The following five proposals (listed in alphabetical order of the authors’ last name) received the highest ratings and have won 2021 Kwok Leung Memorial Dissertation Fund grants.

Art on Demand: Managing the Moral Tension between Art and Commerce in the Porcelain Capital of China
Siyin Chen (陈思吟), University of Toronto

Toward a New Retail Ecosystem: Could Digital Innovation Disrupt Pre-existing Social Capital 
Tong He (贺童), University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Pei Liu (刘培), Jinan University

Geography in the Making of Culture and Corporate Strategy
Kunyuan Qiao (乔坤元), Cornell University 

When and How Follower Unethical Behaviors Lead to Ethical Leadership: A Social Identity Analysis
Shuxia Zhang (张淑霞), Ohio State University

Warm congratulations to the above winners! Each winner will be awarded a grant of RMB10,000 yuan.

Thanks to donations of many scholars who made this award possible. 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


Cuili QianUniversity of Texas at Dallas
David ZhuArizona State University
Eric ZhaoIndiana University
Han JiangTulane University
Jasmine HuOhio State University
Jason HuangMichigan State University
Jessie ZhanWilfrid Laurier University
Jun XiaUniversity of Texas at Dallas
Pei SunUniversity of Manchester
Wei ShiUniversity of Miami
Weiguo ZhongPeking University
Wendong LiChinese University of Hong Kong
Xiwei YiPeking University