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Dr Li Xiao

Dr Li Xiao

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

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

Dr Li Xiao joined the Exeter Business School as a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in 2010. Before this, she worked as a Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship and SME Development at the Lancashire Business School of the University of Central Lancashire. She has 10 years’ experience of undertaking research and teaching in the field of finance and SMEs, small business development and innovation, and Chinese entrepreneurship. The results of her research have been published in numerous books and Journal articles. In the last three years, Dr Xiao has conducted several projects on changes in SMEs’ access to formal and informal finance and Chinese entrepreneurship development during China’s institutional transition. This has included a longitudinal study of financing high-tech SMEs in China, and an institutional perspective and a longitudinal study of growth and performance of high-tech SMEs in China, from financial capital to human and social capital. Dr Xiao has developed extensive networking with business communities and government, at both provincial and city level in China.

Nationality: Chinese

Administrative responsibilities

  • Module leader
  • Managing research projects

Qualifications

PhD

Research interests

  • Finance and small business
  • Small business development and innovation
  • Chinese entrepreneurship

Dr Xiao’s extensive practical and research knowledge and experience are focused around specialist interests that include entrepreneurship and development in emerging economies; entrepreneurship and small business policy, development of technology-based SMEs, entrepreneurial finance, and venture capital. The results of her research provide further understanding of development of small business, and the nature of the relationship between SMEs and their financial suppliers in response to restructuring the institutional environment for entrepreneurial activities in emerging economies. The results of her research also contribute to institutional theory by drawing attention to the links between macro and micro institutions on access to finance during institutional transition in China.
 

Research projects

  • A longitudinal study of financing high-tech SMEs in China: an institutional perspective
  • A longitudinal study of growth and performance of high-tech SMEs in China: from financial capital to human and social capital
  • Entrepreneurs and growth orientation of Chinese high-tech SMEs: multiple measures of performance
  • Informal investors: a study of the investment process and investment performance in China
     

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Xiao L, Larson M, North D (2012). Entrepreneurs and Growth Orientation of Young High-tech SMEs in China: Multiple Measures of Performance. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 13(3). Abstract.
Xiao L (2011). Financing high-tech SMEs: a three stage model of business development. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 23(3-4), 217-234. Abstract.
Xiao L, Ritchie B (2011). Informal investor investing and networks in China: an exploratory study. The Journal of Private Equity, 14(3), 72-85.
Xiao L, Ritchie B (2009). Access to finance for high-tech SMEs: regional differences in China. Environment and Planning C, 27(2), 246-262. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Xiao L, North D (In Press). Institutional Transition and the Financing of High Tech SMEs in China: a Longitudinal Perspective. Journal of Business Venturing Abstract.
Xiao L, Larson M, North D (2012). Entrepreneurs and Growth Orientation of Young High-tech SMEs in China: Multiple Measures of Performance. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 13(3). Abstract.
Xiao L (2011). Financing high-tech SMEs: a three stage model of business development. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 23(3-4), 217-234. Abstract.
Xiao L, Ritchie B (2011). Informal investor investing and networks in China: an exploratory study. The Journal of Private Equity, 14(3), 72-85.
Xiao L, North D (2011). Institutional Transition and the Financing of High Tech SMEs in China: a Longitudinal Perspective. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research Abstract.  Full text.
Xiao L, Ritchie B (2009). Access to finance for high-tech SMEs: regional difference in China. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 2(27), 246-262. Abstract.
Xiao L, Ritchie B (2009). Access to finance for high-tech SMEs: regional differences in China. Environment and Planning C, 27(2), 246-262. Abstract.

Chapters

Xiao L (2010). Regional difference in access to finance for high-tech SMEs: firm-level evidence from China. In  (Ed) New Technology-based Firms in the New Millennium, London: Paul Chapman.
Xiao L, Smallbone D, Lyon F (2005). Trust, co-operation and networking in an immmigrant business community: the case of Chinese-owned businesses in the UK. In Hohmann H-H, Welter F (Eds.) , Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar.

Publications by year


In Press

Xiao L, North D (In Press). Institutional Transition and the Financing of High Tech SMEs in China: a Longitudinal Perspective. Journal of Business Venturing Abstract.

2012

Xiao L, Larson M, North D (2012). Entrepreneurs and Growth Orientation of Young High-tech SMEs in China: Multiple Measures of Performance. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 13(3). Abstract.

2011

Xiao L (2011). Financing high-tech SMEs: a three stage model of business development. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 23(3-4), 217-234. Abstract.
Xiao L, Ritchie B (2011). Informal investor investing and networks in China: an exploratory study. The Journal of Private Equity, 14(3), 72-85.
Xiao L, North D (2011). Institutional Transition and the Financing of High Tech SMEs in China: a Longitudinal Perspective. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research Abstract.  Full text.

2010

Xiao L (2010). Regional difference in access to finance for high-tech SMEs: firm-level evidence from China. In  (Ed) New Technology-based Firms in the New Millennium, London: Paul Chapman.

2009

Xiao L, Ritchie B (2009). Access to finance for high-tech SMEs: regional difference in China. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 2(27), 246-262. Abstract.
Xiao L, Ritchie B (2009). Access to finance for high-tech SMEs: regional differences in China. Environment and Planning C, 27(2), 246-262. Abstract.

2005

Xiao L, Smallbone D, Lyon F (2005). Trust, co-operation and networking in an immmigrant business community: the case of Chinese-owned businesses in the UK. In Hohmann H-H, Welter F (Eds.) , Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar.

Dr Xiao’s teaching interests are focused on entrepreneurship and small business development, including finance and SMEs, business generation and innovation, and research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr Xiao is keen to create an enjoyable atmosphere for students, and to make her lectures as interesting as possible, by carefully selecting her teaching material and making sure students are engaged fully in her teaching. Her modules help students develop problem-solving and innovative skills, apply entrepreneurial theories to wild business communities, and prepare their knowledge and skills to establish and grow businesses successfully.

Modules taught

Modules

2016/17

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