Jiajia Liu

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Position: Lecturer in Asian Business / Organisation Studies
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations


Jiajia Liu joined Alliance Manchester Business School in 2010. While obtaining her PhD from the University of Sheffield, she also worked as a research assistant on an ESRC-funded research project on Corporate Governance and Technological Innovation in China. She also worked as a research consultant on the EU-funded 'Innovation Future' programme between 2009 and 2010.

Research Interests

Jiajia's research covers Innovation and Internationalisation Strategies using Comparative Institutional Approach; Emerging Market Multinational Corporations; Corporate Governance, Financial Systems and Technological Innovation; Business Systems in Developing Countries; Venture Capitalism, Entrepreneurship and the High-Tech/New Industries; and Advanced Qualitative Methods/Mixed Methods.

In the next 3-5 years, my main research agenda is to further my research on the impact of changing institutions, innovation and industrial development in China and major developing economies. By taking a comparative institutional and cross-disciplinary approach to addressing these issues, it is intended to break new theoretical ground and contribute to policy debates on institutions, innovation and international competitiveness.

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  • Allen, M., Liu, J., Allen, M. L., & Saqib, S. I. (2016). Establishments' Use of Temporary Agency Workers: The Influence of Institutions and Establishments' Employment Strategies. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1172655. Publication link: 93bc280e-16b3-41d3-8672-f3a0222796de
  • Liu, J., & Tylecote, A. (2016). How Variations in Business Systems Affect the Innovativeness of Chinese Firms: Historical Background, Framework, and Case Studies. In Changing Asian Business Systems: Globalisation, Socio-Political Change, and Economic Organisation. (1 ed., Vol. 1). Oxford University Press: London. . Publication link: e136221e-73b9-4e71-825d-b1a99b0bebf2



  • Tylecote, A., Cai, . U., Liu, J., & Jiajia, . U. (2010). Why do mainland Chinese firms succeed in some sectors and fail in others? A critical view of the Chinese system of innovation. International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 7(2), 123-144. DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2010.030794. Publication link: 1520c75e-5a64-47e7-a207-63fc18b25abe