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Department of Management

Professor Jing-Lin Duanmu

Professor Jing-Lin Duanmu

Associate Professor in International Business and Director of Postgraduate Research Students


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Jing-Lin Duanmu joined the Business School in January 2020.  Her research interests include foreign direct investment, international trade, political relations, and corporate social responsibility.

She was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in International Business at Surrey Business School.

Her research has appeared in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review and World Economy. She received her PhD from the University of Bath.


  • PhD in International Business (University of Bath)
  • MSc in International Business (Aston University)
  • BA in English Literature and Education (Nanjing Normal University, China)

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Research interests

  • Political risk and multinational corporation strategy  
  • Corporate social responsibility  
  • Causal inference 

I am interested in three aspects of firm internationalization: (i) how firms’ foreign market entry is shaped by political and institutional environment of the host country, the host-home relationship, and firm micro resources and strategies; (ii) how entry strategies subsequently evolve in the host environment with the changing economic conditions and regulatory policies in the host country; (iii) in what ways the operations of foreign subsidiaries impact on domestic firms.

I am also interested in corporate social responsibility, such as social and institutional factors driving CSR, and how firms design their CSR strategies to attend to the interests of multiple stakeholders.

I emphasize causal inference in my research design. 

I am interested in working with PhD students, who have either quantitative or qualitative background and are open to growth their data and writing skills continuously. The following are some of the topics that I am interested in:

  1. Corporate social responsibility (such as gender equality, environmental protection) among emerging market firms
  2. How multinational corporations transfer knowledge, skills, and culture to host market firms and what are the benefits or risks
  3. The interactions between laws and firm strategies, for example, how environmental legislations shape the product market and firm strategies.

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Journal articles

Zheng G, Chai WK, Duanmu J-L, Katos V (2023). Hybrid deep learning models for traffic prediction in large-scale road networks. Information Fusion, 92, 93-114.
Duanmu J-L, Norbäck P-J, Lu JW, Clegg J (2021). Contraction under Minimum Wages? Operational and Financial Advantages of Multinational Subsidiaries in China. International Business Review, 1-40.
Duanmu J-L, Lawton T (2021). Foreign Buyout of International Equity Joint Ventures in China: When Does Performance Improve?. Journal of World Business
Norback P-J, Skedinger P, Duanmu J-L (2020). Employment Protection and FDI Revisited: New Evidence from Micro Data. The World Economy
Duanmu J-L, Pittman R (2019). The response of state-owned enterprises to import competition: evidence from Chinese manufacturing firms. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 90(4), 577-613.
Duanmu JL, Bu M, Pittman R (2018). Does market competition dampen environmental performance? Evidence from China. Strategic Management Journal, 39(11), 3006-3030. Abstract.
Duanmu J-L, Urdinez F (2017). The dissuasive effect of U.S. political influence on Chinese FDI during the “Going Global” policy era. Business and Politics, 20(1), 38-69. Abstract.
Duanmu J-L (2015). External Finance and the Foreign Direct Investment Decision: Evidence from Privately Owned Enterprises in China. International Journal of the Economics of Business, 22(1), 23-45.
Duanmu J-L (2014). A race to lower standards? Labor standards and location choice of outward FDI from the BRIC countries. International Business Review, 23(3), 620-634.
Duanmu J-L (2014). State-owned MNCs and host country expropriation risk: the role of home state soft power and economic gunboat diplomacy. Journal of International Business Studies, 45(8), 1044-1060.
Duanmu J-L, Guney Y (2013). Heterogeneous effect of ethnic networks on international trade of Thailand: the role of family ties and ethnic diversity. International Business Review, 22(1), 126-139.
Duanmu J-L (2012). Firm heterogeneity and location choice of Chinese Multinational Enterprises (MNEs). Journal of World Business, 47(1), 64-72.
De Beule F, Duanmu J-L (2012). Locational determinants of internationalization: a firm-level analysis of Chinese and Indian acquisitions. European Management Journal, 30(3), 264-277.
Duanmu J-L (2011). The effect of corruption distance and market orientation on the ownership choice of MNEs: Evidence from China. Journal of International Management, 17(2), 162-174.
Duanmu J, Guney Y (2009). A Panel Data Analysis of Locational Determinants of Chinese and Indian Outward Foreign Direct Investment. Journal of Asia Business Studies, 3(2), 1-15. Abstract.
Gang Li, Wei Chen, Duanmu J-L (2009). Determinants of International Students’ Academic Performance. Journal of Studies in International Education, 14(4), 389-405.
Duanmu J-L, Fai FM (2007). A processual analysis of knowledge transfer: from foreign MNEs to Chinese suppliers. International Business Review, 16(4), 449-473.
Duanmu J-L, Pittman R (2007). Mary ElizabethGallagherContagious Capitalism Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China2005Princeton University PressPrinceton, New Jersey0-691-11761-6USD 33,25, cloth: alk. paper. Journal of International Management, 13(4), 539-542.


Duanmu J-L (2006). Country of Origin Effects on Knowledge Transfers from MNEs to their Chinese Suppliers: an Exploratory Investigation. In  (Ed) Managerial Issues in International Business, Springer Nature, 162-179.

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External Engagement and Impact

External positions

  • External examiner for Manchester Business School

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My teaching interests are focused on multinational corporations. My courses have examined MNCs’ entry strategies, interactions between MNCs and host country regulatory policies, domestic firms, and how these interactions evolve with external business environmental changes.



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