Victor Zitian Chen

Assistant Professor of International Management
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PhD, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Victor Zitian Chen joined the Belk College of Business in the fall of 2012 as an Assistant Professor of International Management. Dr. Chen earned his Ph.D. in strategy and international business from Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada. His Ph.D. dissertation was a finalist for the Best Paper Award of 2012 Academy of International Business Meeting at Washington DC.  Dr. Chen currently teaches global business courses at both undergraduate and MBA levels.

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Chen has been active in both the international economic and commercial arenas. He served as an economic officer at the coordination office for Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) at Government of Canada in 2010-11, where his role included supporting Minister Stockwell Day’s Asian business missions. In 2008-09, he served as a fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; and in 2006-07, he was a founding partner of an Ottawa-based foreign investment policy consulting firm.

Dr. Chen is a fellow and external researcher for the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, a joint center of the Earth Institute and Columbia Law School at Columbia University. He currently leads a global research group named Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) to study the local institutional contexts and global strategies of multinational enterprises in major emerging markets. Advised by such leading scholars as the late Dr. Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel-winning political scientist, and Dr. Karl Sauvant, he co-founded the Transnational Corporations Review, a journal jointly supported by Vale Columbia Center at Columbia University and Investment Analysis Division at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Dr. Chen also currently serves as guest editor of UNCTAD’s Transnational Corporations journal.

Dr. Chen’s research explores institutional diversity across nations, institutional dynamics over time, and corporate and global strategy under institutional diversity and dynamics. His research was been widely quoted by such major public media as Globe and Mail, Business News Network (BNN), Vancouver Sun, and Singdao Daily.

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