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Dr Boyi Li

Dr Boyi Li

Lecturer in Management

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+44 (0) 1392 723484

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Boyi Li is a Lecturer in Management at the University of Exeter Business School. He joined the Business School in September 2014. He holds a PhD from LSE (Department of Management), a bachelor degree from Renmin University of China, and two master degrees (MSc, MSc Research) in information systems and organisational studies from LSE. His doctoral thesis studies the formation of entrepreneurial networks in Chinese rural and suburban regions that are enabled by Internet platforms. His research aims to understand how the locally-embedded entrepreneurs manage to entangle web-business-platforms with local social structures, and thereby gain competitiveness through digital networks.

This research has important implications for the policy-thinking (re-thinking) of regional innovation systems in Internet era. Methodologically trained as an economic sociologist,  Boyi is particularly interested on the meanings and structure of social relations, and the socio-technical mechanisms that facilitate innovation in entrepreneurial communities. Before joining the University of Exeter, Boyi held teaching positions at both the LSE and UCL, teaching several management-related courses ranging from information systems, innovation management to global business management. He is also a frequent research paper reviewer for several top-tier academic journals and conferences in the field of information systems.

Nationality: Chinese

Qualifications

  • B.Eng
  • MSc
  • MSc Research
  • PhD

Research clusters

Research interests

Boyi is broadly interested in digital innovations in the context of developing countries (ICT4D). What characterises all his research projects is the use of social theories, in particular the theories of political economy, to study how the practices of innovation and development can be explained by the contextual institutional structures and local knowledge. His recent interest focuses on the concept of “digital materiality”, and interpretive schemes of actors (context) in using large sets of computational data for strategic/entrepreneurial purposes. “Digital materiality” refers to the object of computable digits (data or data flows) and the technological architectures that both “produce” and “package” it to facilitate organisational routines. He is interested in understanding how new forms of “organizing” become possible with digital materials (metadata, metrics, APIs, service modular etc), and the relationship between digital materiality and social context.

Current research projects

  • Rural entrepreneurship in China and the roles of Alibaba’s e-commerce platform —  how to theorise Platform-Society Synergy?
  • Digital Economy as emerging paradigms of Industrial Policy (How China Supports Its Digital Economy?)
  • Platform leadership in innovation ecosystems: the formation of norms, rules, and cultural institutions via software functionality (using WeChat and Taobao.com as case studies)
  • TechCities in London/China (Xi’An) – how the existing social capital of digital ecosystems (relational capital, reputation capital, skill set etc.) can be translated into advantages of geographical innovation clusters? (innovation cluster 2.0?)
  • Data-driven business models in developing countries (especially for development purposes such as poverty reduction and health purposes)

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Li B (2015). Regional clustering through internet networks: the case of web-enabled entrepreneurial cluster in China.  Abstract.  Full text.
Avgerou C, Li B (2013). Relational and Institutional Embeddedness of Web-enabled Entrepreneurial Networks: Case Studies of Netpreneurs in China. Information Systems Journal, 23(5), 381-399. DOI.
Avgerou C, Li B, Poulemenakou A (2011). Exploring the Socio-economic Structures of Internet-enabled Development: a Study of Grass-roots Netpreneurs in China. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 49(4), 1-12. Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Rong K, Li B, Butel L, Yu J, Lin Y, Burstrom T (2017). Business Ecosystem in Asian Context:The Challenges of Social Embeddedness. Asian Business and Management Full text.
Avgerou C, Li B (2013). Relational and Institutional Embeddedness of Web-enabled Entrepreneurial Networks: Case Studies of Netpreneurs in China. Information Systems Journal, 23(5), 381-399. DOI.
Avgerou C, Li B, Poulemenakou A (2011). Exploring the Socio-economic Structures of Internet-enabled Development: a Study of Grass-roots Netpreneurs in China. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 49(4), 1-12. Full text.

Chapters

Li B (2017). The Commodification of Rural Culture in China: Digital Creativity, Space of Flows, and Flexible Specialization. In Wong D, Hernandez A (Eds.) Theoretical Approaches to Global Culture and Creative Industries, Hong Kong: Routledge. Abstract.

Conferences

Park KR, Li B (2017). System Failure for Good Reasons? Understanding Aid Information Management Systems (AIMS) with Indonesia as State Actor in the Changing Field of Aid. the 14th international conference on social implications of computers in developing countries. 22nd - 24th May 2017. Abstract.  Full text.
Li B, Park KR (2017). Track Chair: Open Government Data: Policy and Politics. the 18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research. 7th Jun - 9th Mar 2017. Full text.

Publications by year


2017

Rong K, Li B, Butel L, Yu J, Lin Y, Burstrom T (2017). Business Ecosystem in Asian Context:The Challenges of Social Embeddedness. Asian Business and Management Full text.
Park KR, Li B (2017). System Failure for Good Reasons? Understanding Aid Information Management Systems (AIMS) with Indonesia as State Actor in the Changing Field of Aid. the 14th international conference on social implications of computers in developing countries. 22nd - 24th May 2017. Abstract.  Full text.
Li B (2017). The Commodification of Rural Culture in China: Digital Creativity, Space of Flows, and Flexible Specialization. In Wong D, Hernandez A (Eds.) Theoretical Approaches to Global Culture and Creative Industries, Hong Kong: Routledge. Abstract.
Li B, Park KR (2017). Track Chair: Open Government Data: Policy and Politics. the 18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research. 7th Jun - 9th Mar 2017. Full text.

2015

Li B (2015). Regional clustering through internet networks: the case of web-enabled entrepreneurial cluster in China.  Abstract.  Full text.

2013

Avgerou C, Li B (2013). Relational and Institutional Embeddedness of Web-enabled Entrepreneurial Networks: Case Studies of Netpreneurs in China. Information Systems Journal, 23(5), 381-399. DOI.

2011

Avgerou C, Li B, Poulemenakou A (2011). Exploring the Socio-economic Structures of Internet-enabled Development: a Study of Grass-roots Netpreneurs in China. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 49(4), 1-12. Full text.

Awards and Honours

  • LSE PhD Research Scholarship (2008 — 2013)
  • Great Britain — China Educational Trust, Chinese PhD Award

Conferences and invited presentations

  • 18th January 2011, two-hours lecture on Grassroots Innovation and Chinese Rural Entrepreneurship, as part of the “ICT and Development Crash Course” by The Student Initiative, University College London.
  • 19th April, 2012, twenty-minutes presentation on Social Embeddedness of Industrial Networks in the Internet Age, SSIT- Open Research Forum, London School of Economics
  • 21st January, 2014, two-hours lecture on “Regional Clustering Through Internet Networks - A Perspective of Hybrid Sociality”, IS554 Information Systems PhD Seminar Series and Workshops, London School of Economics

External positions

  • Member of the International Federation of Information Processing, 9.4 ICTs in Developing Countries
  • Member of the Association of Information Systems

Reviewing Activities:

  • Information Systems Journal
  • Journal of Association of Information Systems
  • International Conference of Information Systems

Modules

2017/18

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