News Updates

Bimonthly Briefing – December 2014


– End-of-Year Message from IACMR President

– 2016 Biennial Conference Call for Submissions online

– 2015 Research Method Workshop Call for Applications on line

– MOR- Research Frontiers Conference held in HKUST

– Updates on 2015 Research Method Workshop Preparation

– Prof. Anne S. Tsui was honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

– Lecture and Member Activity

– Pursuit of Excellence Lecture Series (2nd Stop) held in UESTC

– Latest online readings of CMI (November 2014)

– Other News

– New Books

– Your Input Welcomed


End-of-Year Message from the President

Dear IACMR fellow members,

Warmest greetings from Hong Kong!

As the 6th President of IACMR, and on behalf of the IACMR leadership and staff, I would like to extend warm holiday and season’s greetings to you and your loved ones!

It is my pleasure to provide you with some end-of-year updates:

Since our 12th anniversary celebration at the IACMR Sixth Biennial Conference in Beijing, IACMR leadership and staff have been taking concrete steps in growing and developing IACMR into a professional community of scholars. In these endeavors, we continue to instill our core values of “pursuit of excellence, source of inspiration, responsible scholarship and spirit of service”.

This year, we saw a smooth transition between outgoing and incoming officers. The transition took place during the officers’ retreat in Beijing after the IACMR Conference. Three important events have taken place in the past few months. First, under the leadership of Ray Friedman, the Program Committee for 2016 IACMR Conference was assembled and chose an inspiring theme of “Culture and Chinese Management.” The Call for Submissions has been announced by email and is also available on the Conference website.

Second, Arie Lewin, the Editor-in-Chief of MOR, just completed the Inaugural Research Frontiers Conference. Hosted by the Department of Management of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the invitation-only event was held on December 4-6, 2014. The theme of the event was “Globalization of Knowledge Creation and Innovation in the Context of Emerging Economies” and seven plenary sessions were held in addition to the opening and closing gatherings. Sixty senior and junior scholars attended from Mainland China, the US, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, the UK, Australia and Israel, as well as Hong Kong. The conference was highly successful. According to Arie, numerous novel research ideas emerged from the conference, enough to fill two special issues at MOR!

Finally, the famed biennial IACMR Research Method Workshop has been organized and will be held at Tianjin University on July 12-16, 2015. The Call-for-Application is now open through our website. We encourage PhD students and junior faculty members to apply and learn about the craft of research from world-class faculty.

Under our new constitution and bylaws, IACMR is now run by the Executive Committee (EC), which includes six members, the president (Larry Farh), the immediate past president (Chao Chen), president-elect (Neng Liang), vice president/program chair (Ray Friedman), executive director (Zhijun Yao), and treasurer/secretary (Xiaomeng Zhang). Since last July, the EC has held monthly virtual meetings to execute IACMR routine business as well as address new challenges and opportunities facing IACMR. Some of the top issues for the EC in 2015 include: a) working with a professional website service provider; b) preparing for the 2016 Conference; c) finding a host for 2018 Conference; d) forging partnerships with key Chinese professional organizations and business schools to expand IACMR memberships; and e) increasing IACMR’s impact on Chinese management research and teaching. As these events unfold, they will be reported in details in our bi-monthly briefings. If you have any questions or suggestions on these or any other issues about IACMR, please feel free to email Zhijun Yao at

Allow me to conclude by saying how proud I feel of the accomplishments of IACMR and how grateful I am to each and every one of you who care for and contribute to the steady growth of IACMR. Congratulations to all on the great achievements of 2014. I look forward to 2015 as a year of prosperity for IACMR and all of its members, friends, and supporters.

Larry Farh
President of IACMR
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

2016 Biennial Conference — Call for Submissions

The IACMR’s 7th biennial meeting will take place in Hangzhou, China from June 15-19, 2016. It will be hosted by the School of Management, Zhejiang University. The Call for Submissions was released in October. Please click here for the detailed Call for Submissions. The deadline for submissions is midnight October 16, 2015 (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).

2015 IACMR Research Methods Workshop — Call for Applications

The 2015 IACMR Research Methods Workshop will be held from July 12 to 16, 2015 in Tianjin, China. It will be hosted by the College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University. The instructional language for the workshop is English and Chinese. The Call for Applications was released on Dec. 4 and is available here on online. The application deadline is Feb. 15th, 2015.

The purposes of the workshop are to introduce the major research methods involved in designing a high quality research project, to provide instructions on developing a research project that will make a meaningful contribution to knowledge and practice, and to build relationships with world-class management scholars. The 4-day program will consist of lectures and intensive discussion sessions for developing your research proposals. The workshop’s ultimate goal is to help develop research projects that will address important management problems and be publishable in international (English) academic journals. The previous workshops were very well received and the participants benefited a lot.

MOR Research Frontiers Conference

The Inaugural Management and Organization Review (MOR) Research Frontiers Conference was held in Hong Kong from December 4th to 6th at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). The Management Department of HKUST sponsored and hosted the conference. HKUST Business School and The Institute for Emerging Market Studies co-sponsored the event. The conference is set to be an exploration platform for management and organization scholars around the world to investigate and create new knowledge in the field. To give a broader perspective, business executives, policy-makers, social science and other non-business scholars are brought together with a view to stimulating a boundary-crossing conversation. This conference also provides the basis for framing future issues of the MOR Journal – a well-established academic journal, which was born some ten years ago, with special reference to China and other emerging economies in the broad field of business and management studies.

The City University Department of Management sponsored and hosted the pre-conference Paper Development Workshop. The topic of the Conference is “Globalization of Knowledge Creation and Innovation in the Context of Emerging Economies.” Professor Arie Y. Lewin, MOR Editor in Chief, gave opening speech to the participants. Professor Tony F. Chan, HKUST President addressed welcome message.

Besides the Opening Panel on the first day and Retrospective Editor Panel the last day, there are 7 panels in the conference. The seven Plenary Panels, which make up the inaugural Research Frontiers Conference, were selected to facilitate explorations of a diverse set of themes that address many facets of the overall conference theme.

Opening Panel: Globalization of Knowledge Creation and Innovation in the Context of Emerging Economies, J.T. Li, Head & Chair Professor, Department of Management, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Welcome Remarks: Tony F. Chan, President & Chair Professor, HKUST

Keynote Address: New Structural Economics: The Third Wave of Development Thinking, Justin Yifu Lin, Honorary Dean & Professor, National School of Development, Peking University

Plenary Panel 1: Prospects of China becoming a center for global-class technological innovation and entrepreneurship?
Plenary Panel 2: Innovation in Chinese Manufacturing – Empirics and Models
Plenary Panel 3: Beyond Individuals: A Chinese Contextual Perspective on Creativity
Plenary Panel 4: What Innovation Policies Does China Need to Catch-up with the Most Advanced Countries in the World?
Plenary Panel 5: Role of Cultural Diversity in Creativity and Innovation in Developing Economies: A Multilevel Perspective
Plenary Panel 6: Polycontextual Perspectives: Nuanced Understanding Of Business Dynamics In Emerging Economies
Plenary Panel 7: Comparative Perspectives from Developed and Developing Markets on Firm Innovation

Site Visit for 2015 Research Method Workshop

2015 IACMR Research Methods Workshop will be hosted by the College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University. Zhijun Yao, Executive Director Yao and Qian Han, Membership Services Manager, paid a visit to Tianjin on November 21 for workshop preparation. They had a meeting with Professor Minqiang Li, Executive Director of the Local Arrangement Committee, and Associate Dean of the College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Dr. Baolu Chen, Director of College Administrative Office, and Dr. Jingzhou Pan. The workshop schedule and preparation manual were discussed and more details were settled down at the meeting. The team visited the lecture halls, discussion rooms, dining halls on campus before visiting three selected hotels for the faculty advisors and workshop participants. After considering the room sizes, the locations, facilities and quotations, decisions have been made and follow-ups are in process. Participants will have options on hotels near the conference venue with different room rates.

Anne S. Tsui honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

IACMR Founding President, Prof. Anne S. Tsui was honored with Outstanding Achievement Award by the University of Minnesota, USA on Oct. 24. This award recognizes graduates or former students of the University who have attained unusual distinction in their chosen fields or professions, or in public service, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership on a community, state, national, or international level. The Outstanding Achievement Award is the highest non-degree award conferred upon distinguished alumni by the University of Minnesota. Prof. Tsui graduated with a Psychology degree from UMD and earning a master’s degree in Industrial Relations at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. A few years later, she enrolled in a doctoral program at UCLA and during her studies realized that staying in academia would give her the best opportunity to take her ideas to a wider audience. Throughout her academic career she held faculty positions in the business schools of Duke University; the University of California at Irvine; and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where she founded the Management Department in the business school. While in Hong Kong, she also founded the International Association for Chinese Management Research and a scholarly journal, Management and Organization Research. In 2003, she returned to the U.S. and joined the business faculty of the Arizona State University (ASU), while still working on projects in China. In 2009, Tsui joined the leadership of the Academy of Management, the largest professional organization devoted to business management in the world. She retired from ASU in 2011, and she is now Professor Emeritus in Management at the W.P. Carey School of Business.

Lecture and Member Activity

Prof. Xiaoping Chen gave a lecture on “From Context-free to Context-dependent Communication: A Preliminary Conceptualization and Test of a Model of Communication Context across Cultures” in Tianjin University on December 16. Prof.Chen is IACMR past president, Philip M. Condit Chair Professor, Department Chair of Organization and Management, Business School, University of Washington, Executive Chief Editor of Chinese Management Insights, Chief Editor of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Prof. Zhen He from Tianjin University chaired the lecture. Over 60 faculty members and students from Tianjin University, Nankai University, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin Normal University, etc. attended the lecture. They also had very good interaction with Prof. Chen in Q & A section.

Dr. Jingzhou Pan, IACMR Local Chapter in Tianjin University, introduced IACMR’s history, development, commitments, membership activities to all attendees afterwards. He gave a particular introduction of 2015 IACMR Workshop in Tianjin University and he communicated with faculty members and students of his own experience in the workshop.

Pursuit of Excellence Lecture Series (2nd Stop) held in UESTC

After the first event held at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Hubei Province, the second event of the series took place at the School of Management and Economics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) on December 21, in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. This forum was jointly organized by IACMR and Peking University Press, supported by UESTC. The topic of this forum is Convergence of Innovation and Strategy- from two Dimensions.
Lecture One: Innovation from Strategic Perspective, Prof. Fei Xu, President of Southwest Jiaotong University, Research Area: Strategy, Organization Management, and Multicultural Leadership
Lecture Two: Strategy by from Perspective of Innovation, Prof. Jin Chen, Professor, Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Assistant Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University.
Before the lectures by two professors, Zhijun Yao, Executive Director of IACMR, congratulated the successful organization of the forum and gave a presentation of IACMR and its key events/products, encouraging the faculty and students to join IACMR. There were about 120 people attending the forum. Even though most of the attendees were from the local universities in Chengdu like UESTC, Sichuan University, Southwest Jiaotong University, some attendees did take the trip to travel from other cities to attend the forum: some faculty members from Chongqing University, Henan University, Zhongnan University, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Shandong University and Nanjing Audit University.

Latest CMI on line
The online issue of the Chinese Management Insights (CMI) (Nov. 2014) has been posted online! Click here to view the detailed articles.
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Other News

Faculty Development in International Business-Globalization Workshop will be held June 4-7, 2015 at GSU’s Buckhead Center, a state-of-the-art conference facility located in Atlanta, Georgia by Georgia State University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). Please click here for more information.

New Books

New Series of Leadership has been publiced by Peking University Press in October, 2014.

The Handbook for Teaching Leadership: Knowing, Doing and Being

– The Nature of Leadership

– The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development (3rd Edition)

Your Input Welcomed

Special thanks to Dr. Jingzhou Pan, IACMR Local Chapter in Tianjin University , for his contribution in Bimonthly Briefing (December).
Your contributions are also welcomed. You can send us news about members’ activities, research information, feedback about IACMR, information from management field, etc. to Submission deadline is 10th of every even-month.