Palmer, Duncan R.


Mr. Palmer is a renowned and experienced world class British hotelier with a knowledge base that extends 35 years in many iconic luxury hotels. He holds a Professional Master Degree in Management Development from the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Palmer’s extensive experience in world’s luxury hotels include The Dubai international, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, The Sukhothai Hotel Bangkok, Langham Hotel in Hong Kong and London, and Langham Hospitality Group. He took up the position as the Managing Director of The Murray, Hong Kong in 2016, transforming the old Government Building into another sophisticated lifestyle luxury hotel in Hong Kong.

Mr. Palmer describes himself as an inspiring hotelier for good and challenging economic times. He is a strategic visionary leader and manager. A consistent high achiever, goal orientated and he makes things happen on time, on budget and to the required quality. He drives a service oriented culture within his teams. A highly respected entrepreneurial hotelier with a good real estate experience in terms of returns to the owner on capital employed by driving all the disciplined teams with a clear vision for success and achieving goals.

Choi, Tina Wai-shan


Prof. Tina Choi is a sales and marketing expert with strong entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial spirits and solid market practitioner experience. She has proven track records in managing the top-tier big brands in FMCG and consumer electronics sectors in MNCs including Dyson, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Unilever, PepsiCo, and Procter & Gamble. She is good at crafting the business insights and creating the joint business value creation plans with various stakeholders to facilitate various product launches and business remodeling, such as develop and lead the Mystery Shopper Programme, and the Training, Retail Audit and Compliance Tracking APP development in Dyson, and leading FMCG programmes for skincare products with Mannings and Nielsen. She also has good creativity and flair for identifying and developing in new approaches of selling or marketing of a diversified range of products, particularly by utilizing the advantages of e-commerce, digital and social media.

In academic area, Prof. Choi has acquired both of her BBA and EMBA in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Since 2016, She has been assisting the PAVD Applied Entrepreneurship (remodelling and fund raising) as an International Project Advisor. She has been appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Management under CUHK Business School and will teach in the MBA programme in 2020.

She is very passionate in teaching by sharing her on-the-ground experience to the students, especially in her alma mater. She was invited as the guest speakers for numerous business cases sharing talks in innovations in her expertise fields, as well as serving as career consultants or mock interviewers in CUHK (BBA & MBA), National University of Singapore (MBA) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (BBA), by bringing the students with her over a decade of experience of being the key hiring managers or board interviewers for the top-tier MNCs. She has devoted herself to share her sales and marketing experience with and have been very well received by students.

Teaching Areas and Research Interests

Venture Development
Technology Commercialisation
Innovation and Business Modelling

  • Awards & Honours
    • Dean’s List, CUHK EMBA, 2016
    • Beta Gamma Sigma (Life Time Membership), CUHK EMBA, 2016


Teaching Areas

Strategic management
Organisational Behaviour
Critical Thinking
Cross-Cultural Management
Doing Business in China

Research Interests

Discourse Analysis
Business Groups
Succession of Leadership in Family Business

Tsui, Elsie


Dr. Elsie Tsui has extensive experience both as a corporate executive and a management consultant. Prior to setting up her consulting business, she has worked for the Asia office of !What If? Innovation Partner, a leading innovation consultancy, based in Shanghai. Specialising in innovation management, innovation capability building through design thinking, as well as organisation transformation strategy, she has led many high impact training workshops for the leaders from Fortune 500 companies across Europe and Asia. She has also conducted training sessions in design thinking for corporate clients and non-profit sector in Hong Kong and mainland China.

Before starting her consulting career, Dr. Tsui has worked for Coca-Cola China for 8 years. As the deputy head of the Public Affairs & Communications function, Dr. Tsui has led a cross-regional team of 14 people, covering Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. She was also involved in Coca-Cola’s global Olympics activations as well as setting up an in-house training and mentoring project called the PAC Institute for her team and the business partners.

With her passion in teaching, Dr. Tsui is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School. She teaches Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investment course for the MBA programmes. She also leads a study field trip to Silicon Valley for understanding its innovation eco-system. Meanwhile, she works part-time as a project director for CUHK Center for Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Tsui majored in Sociology and minored in Journalism & Communications at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and graduated with the first-class honours. She also holds an MBA from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK. She has received Doctor of Business Administration degree from Grenoble School of Management, researching the collaboration and learning networks of social enterprises in Hong Kong.

Dr. Tsui was born in Thailand and has grown up in Hong Kong. She has worked in Hong Kong, Shanghai and London, and speaks fluent English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai.

Teaching Areas

Social Entrepreneurship
Impact Investment
Design Thinking

Research Interests

Social Entrepreneurship
Social Innovation

Wan, William


Prof. William Wan is a Professor in the Department of Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also serving as Co-Director of the EMBA Programme and Director of the Centre for International Business Studies. Prior to joining CUHK in 2018, he was a Professor and Associate Dean (Research and Faculty) at City University of Hong Kong. Previously, he was an Associate Professor and the Trinity Company Professor of Management at Texas Tech University, as well as an Associate and Assistant Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He received his Ph.D. in strategic management from Texas A&M University. He has taught at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and executive education levels. He had industry experience in real estate and international consulting in Hong Kong and California, respectively.

Prof. Wan’s expertise is in corporate strategy, international strategy, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, and strategic entrepreneurship. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor of Journal of Management, and was a Consulting Editor of Management and Organization Review. Also, he is serving or has served on the editorial boards of a number of leading management and international business journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, and Group & Organization Management. In addition, he had been elected as a Representative-at-Large at Strategic Management Society’s Corporate Strategy Interest Group. His research has appeared in many top-tier scholarly journals.

Teaching Areas

Strategic Management
Global Strategy
Research Methods

Research Interests

Corporate Strategy
International Strategy
Corporate Governance
Mergers & Acquisitions
Strategic Entrepreneurship

  • Grants
    • “Strategic signaling and IPO performance: A social judgment perspective”, Hong Kong GRF Research Grant awarded with  HK$467,758, 2018-2020 (Principal Investigator)
    • “Communication accommodation and organization identity and image: A study of Hong Kong firms’ organizational legitimacy in mainland China”, Hong Kong GRF Research Grant awarded with HK$278,258, 2014-2016 (Principal Investigator)
    • “Public Shaming and Corporate Fraud in Transition Economies: A Stigmatization Process Model in China”, Hong Kong GRF Research Grant awarded with HK$256,094, 2013-2015 (Co-Investigator)
    • “Corporate financial frauds and internal governance restructuring in transition economies: A dual consideration of the political and social processes”, Hong Kong GRF Research Grant awarded with HK$444,000, 2011-2013 (Co-Investigator)
  • Awards & Honours
    • Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015
    • Best Reviewer Award, Management and Organization Review, 2010
    • Best Paper Award for the Strategy/ Organizational Theory / International Management Track, Southern Management Association Annual Meetings, 2009.
    • Thunderbird Faculty Research Award, 2003
    • One of the 4 Finalists of Farmer Best Dissertation Award, Academy of International Business, 2001
  • Academic/Professional Services
    • Associate Editor, Journal of Management, July 2014-Present
    • Consulting Editor, Management and Organization Review, 2010-2013
    • Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Journal, 2004-Present
    • Editorial Board Member, Journal of International Business Studies, 2009-2015
    • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management, 2002-2005; 2008-2014
    • Editorial Board Member, Group & Organization Review, 2014-Present
    • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management Studies, 2009-Present
    • Editorial Board Member, Journal of World Business, 2006-2018
    • Editorial Board Member, Management and Organization Review, 2008-2010
    • Representative-at-Large (elected), Strategic Management Society Corporate Strategy Interest Group, 2015-2017

Devarakonda, Shivaram


Prof. Shivaram Devarakonda is an Assistant Professor of Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He studies strategies firms employ to deal with technological change. His current research is examining the design of governance mechanisms in inter-organisational relationships.

Teaching Area


Research Interests

Inter-organisation collaborations and their performance implications
Design of inter-firm contracts
Geographic agglomeration in technology intensive industries
Standards development organisations

  • Academic/Professional Services
    • Ad hoc reviewer for Strategic Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, and Academy of Management conference.
    • Track chair AOM conference, Atlanta (BPS division)


Dr. Kehan Xu is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Management in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Xu’s research focuses on brand disposal and acquisition, control system design, executive crime, and machine learning applications. Dr. Xu has published in top scholarly journals such as Journal of Management Accounting Research, Journal of Management, and Academy of Management Perspectives.  Kehan Xu received his PhD in management from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, and his MBA in investments from the University of Miami.

Dr. Xu is the co-founder of Blue Sea Capital (Asia) Limited, which seeks to capitalise on behavioural biases that causes the public equity market to over-react. Dr. Xu is also the co-founder of Dawnrays Biotech Capital (Asia) Limited, which focuses on private innovative monoclonal antibody (mAb) projects and clinical studies.

Before embarking on his academic career, Dr. Xu served as the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings) Limited (2348 HK) and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sing Lee Software (Group) Limited (8076 HK), both of them IPOed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Teaching Areas


Fan, Joseph P.H.


Prof. Joseph Fan is Professor of School of Accountancy and Department of Finance of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He holds a PhD in finance of University of Pittsburgh, U.S. and a bachelor’s degree in economics of National Taiwan University. Before joining CUHK in 2004, he was on faculty of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Fan is a world leading expert and one of the most cited researchers in finance and governance of emerging market corporations (almost 16,000 citations in Google Scholar and 3,100 in SSCI as of October 2018). His research topics cover organisational pyramids, finance, and governance of Chinese SOEs, and succession, marriage, ownership structure and governance of family firms and business families in Asia and China. He has published his research works in top academic journals, including Journal of FinanceJournal of Financial EconomicsJournal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Accounting Research. He has served the editorial board of several international journals, including Financial ManagementJournal of Corporate Finance, Management Science, and Review of Finance.

Prof. Fan is author of The Family Business Map and several other books about family business governance and succession. His insights have been frequently cited by global business press, including The EconomistNew York TimesWall Street Journal, and Financial Times.

Prof. Fan teaches executive courses and serves as a corporate governance expert for international organisations including OECD and the World Bank. He is married with two children.

Teaching Areas

Corporate Governance
Family Firm Governance

Research Interests

Corporate Governance
Family Firm Governance
Corporate Finance

  • Grants
    • “Family Ownership Structures and Corporate Policies: The Case of Family Trust (家族股權結構與公司政策:家族信託的研究)”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council, 2012-2014
    • “Property rights, R&D Spillovers and Corporate Accounting Transparency in China (所有權,研發溢出與公司會計透明度)”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council, 2011-2012
    • “Relationship-based Assets and Accounting Properties: Evidence from Corruption Cases in China (關系型資產與會計訊息特性:來自中國貪腐案件的証據)”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council, 2010-2011
    • “Institutions and Firm Behaviors in Financial Distress (制度因素與財務困境中企業的行為)”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council, 2009-2011
    • “The Succession of Family Firms in Asia (亞洲家族企業的繼承問題)”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council, 2006-2008
    • “An International Comparison of Corporate Financial Policy (公司財務政策的國際比較)”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council, 2003-2006

Yiu, Daphne Wing-yee


Prof. Daphne Yiu is a Professor of the Department of Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She received her Ph.D. in Management from the Michael F. Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma. Her research examines how organizations make choices of organizational form, corporate and international strategy, as well as corporate governance mechanisms in relation to the institutionalization process, particularly in emerging and transition economies.

Prof. Yiu was elected as the President of Asia Academy of Management, a Fellow of Asia Academy of Management, and Representatives-at-Large at the Global Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society. She is currently serving as an incoming Associate Editor at Academy of Management Journal, and was Senior Editor at Journal of World Business, Senior Editor at Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and Editor at Corporate Governance: An International Review. She is, or has been, also editorial board member of a number of top-tier journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, etc. She received the CUHK Young Researcher Award, AMJ Best Reviewer Award, publications with top downloads, best conference paper awards, and teaching awards.

Prof. Yiu is serving as the Associate Director of the Centre for Business Sustainability, chairman of the management/steering committee of Centre for International Business Studies and Centre for Entrepreneurship, and steering committee member of China Studies, one of the four key strategic areas of research at CUHK. She is appointed as a member of Business Studies Panel, Research Grants Council, and the UGC Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Selection Panel, Hong Kong SAR Government. Prof. Yiu has given keynote speeches at a number of academic and professional associations, and consulting advice to think tanks and organizations.

Teaching Areas

Advanced Seminar in Management Theory
Strategic Management
Global Strategy
China Business
Corporate Governance and CSR

Research Interests

Corporate and International Strategy
Strategy in Emerging Economies
Corporate and Social Entrepreneurship
Corporate Governance and Firm-Stakeholder Relationship
Crisis and Strategic Response Strategy

  • Grants
    • “Transforming Internship for Transformative Learning and Reciprocal Knowledge Transfer between University and Workplace”, Teaching & Learning Grants awarded by University Grants Committee with HK$9.7 million, 2017-2020
    • “Strategic Signaling and IPO Performance: A Social Judgement Perspective”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council with HK$467,758, 2019-2021
    • “Communication Accommodation and Organizational Identity and Image: A Study of Hong Kong Firm’s Organizational Legitimacy in Mainland China”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council with HK$278,258, 2014-2015
    • “Corporate Reputation Repair and Linguistics (基于解释水平理论的企业声誉修复行为和语言研究)”, awarded by National Science Foundation with CN¥200,000, 2014-2016
    • “Public Shaming and Corporate Fraud in Transition Economies: A Stigmatization Process Model in China”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council with HK$256,094, 2013-2014 (Principal Investigator)
    • “Corporate Financial Frauds and Internal Governance Restructuring in Transition Economies: A Dual Consideration of the Political and Social Processes”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council with HK$444,000, 2011-2013 (Principal Investigator)
    • “International Diversification Strategies of Business Groups in Emerging Economies”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council with HK$572,561, 2007-2009 (Principal Investigator)
    • “International Business and Emerging Economics”, Scheme B awarded by Focused Investments Scheme with HK$1,100,000, 2010-2013
    • “Impression Management in Social Media: A Study of Offshoring”, Direct Grants awarded by CUHK Research Committee Funding with HK$50,000, 2012-2012 (Principal Investigator)
    • “Strategic Share Allocation and IPO Valuation in China”, Direct Grants awarded by CUHK Research Committee Funding with HK$45,000, 2010-2011 (Principal Investigator)
    • “Market or Asset Exploitation: A Study of Chinese Firms in Hong Kong”, Direct Grants awarded by CUHK Research Committee Funding with HK$60,000, 2009-2011 (Principal Investigator)
    • “Media and Corporate Governance in Transition Economies”, Direct Grants awarded by CUHK Research Committee Funding with HK$49,098, 2008-2009 (Principal Investigator)
    • “Institutionalization and Internationalization: International Diversification Strategies of Chinese Business Groups during Institutional Transition”, Direct Grants awarded by CUHK Research Committee Funding with HK$70,000, 2007-2008 (Principal Investigator)
    • “Government, Business Groups, and Innovation Strategies during Institutional Transition in China: Innovation Diffusion among Member Firms in A Business Group”, Direct Grants awarded by CUHK Research Committee Funding with HK$56,000, 2006-2007 (Principal Investigator)
  • Awards & Honours
    • Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal
    • Best Paper Award, Organization Theory Track, the 9th Asia Academy of Management Conference, 2014
    • Finalist of the Haynes Prize, Award for Young Researcher, the 2010 Academy of International Business Annual Conference, 2010
    • Young Researcher Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2010
    • One of the Top Five Download Papers at Entrepreneurship, Theory, and Practice, 2008
    • Finalist of the Best Paper Award, Asia Academy of Management Conference 2008, 2008
    • Finalist of the Best Paper Award, Asia Academy of Management Conference 2004, 2004
    • Finalist of the Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award, International Management Division, Academy of Management, 2003
    • Course Teaching Award, Faculty of Business Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2002
    • Beta Gamma Sigma, 2002
    • Academy of Management – Business Policy & Strategy Division Doctoral Consortium, 2001
    • Daniel Wren Student Support Award, University of Oklahoma, 2001
    • Academy of Management – International Management Division Doctoral Consortium, 2000
    • Academy of International Business Doctoral Consortium, 2000
    • Ronald B. Shuman Management Ph.D. Award, University of Oklahoma, 2000
    • Rath Fellowship in Strategic Management, University of Oklahoma, 1997-2001
  • Academic/Professional Services
    • Business Studies Panel, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong SAR Government, 2017-Present
    • Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Review, 2017-Present
    • Editorial Board Member, Organization Science, 2016-Present
    • Outgoing President, Asia Academy of Management, 2015-Present
    • Senior Editor, Journal of World Business, 2015-Present
    • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Cross-cultural Management, 2015-Present
    • Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Journal, 2013-Present
    • Board Member, Asia Academy of Management Corp. Ltd., 2012-Present
    • Editorial Board Member, Oxford Research Reviews: Business and Management, 2012-Present
    • Senior Editor, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 2009-Present
    • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management Studies, 2005-Present
    • Co-editor, Long Range Planning Special Issue: China Business and International Competitiveness: Economics, Politics, and Technology, 2012-2016
    • President, Asia Academy of Management, 2013-2015
    • Representative at Large, Strategic Management Society Global Strategy Interest Group, 2013-2014
    • Treasurer, Asia Academy of Management, 2011-2012

Chan, Andrew Chi-fai


Prof. Andrew Chi-fai Chan is the Director of EMBA Programme in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). On 1 July 2010, Prof. Chan took up the headship of Shaw College, CUHK. Prof. Chan excels in teaching and was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award in 2001 and 2009.Prof. Chan has been active in participating in public service. From 1999 to 2005, he was Chairman of the Hong Kong Consumer Council while from 2004 to 2010, he was Chairman of the Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board; he was also a Member of the Electoral Affairs Commission (2005 to 2012) and Chairman of Chinese Medicine Council (2011 to 2017). Currently, he is Chairman of Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee. In addition, he is a Member of Social Enterprise Advisory Committee, Cantonese Opera Development Fund Advisory Committee, and Task Force for Review on Enhancement of Lump Sum Grant Subvention System. Besides, he is the Adviser of the Quality Tourism Services Association (QTSA). In recognition of his distinguished public and community service, he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2005 by the Hong Kong SAR Government and was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2007.

Teaching Areas

Strategic Marketing

Research Interests

Strategic Marketing
Business Negotiation
China Marketing

  • Grants
    • “Provision of Consultancy Services: A Study on Hong Kong Enterprises’ Views on Growth, their Strategies & Readiness”, awarded by IBM, 2004-2005