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Joseph Cheng

Research Professor of International Business

  • Department: Center for International Business Education & Research, International Business
  • Email: joecheng@gwu.edu
  • Phone: (202) 994-1082
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  • Office: Funger Hall, Ste. 401c • 2201 G St. NW • Washington, DC 20052
Education:
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1977
  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974

Biography


Joe Cheng is a Research Professor of International Business and Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at The George Washington University. Prior to his current appointment, he was Professor of Management, Michael J. Crouch Chair in Innovation, and Director of the Australian Innovation and Competitiveness Initiative at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

From 1996-2013, Joe was Professor of International Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While there, he served seven years (1999-2006) as Director of the Illinois CIBER and three years (2010-2013) as Founding Director of The CIC Center for Advanced Study in International Competitiveness, a major collaborative research effort among the Big Ten Universities and the University of Chicago.  During 2012, he was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

Joe’s research centers on three main areas: (1) innovation, R&D productivity, and international competitiveness; (2) globalization and multinational management; and (3) organizational learning, adaptation, and change. He is currently studying the changing pattern of foreign R&D investment in the Asia-Pacific and its spillover effects on innovation and entrepreneurship across the region, with focus on the JACKS countries (Japan, Australia, China, Korea, and Singapore).  His research has been supported by competitive grants awarded by the Department of Education, the NSF Center for Innovation Management Studies, and corporate sponsorships from major multinational firms.

Joe has published seven edited books and many refereed articles in leading U.S. and European academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Human Relations, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Long Range Planning, Management and Organization Review, Management Science, Organization Studies, and R&D Management, among others. A former elected Chair of the Academy of Management (AOM) International Management Division, he currently serves or has served on the editorial boards of 12 academic journals, including appointments as a consulting editor, reviewer, and special issue editor.

Joe has received recognition for research, teaching, and professional service excellence, including a Leading Book Series Editor Award from Emerald Group Publishing, a Best Paper Award from the AOM Organization and Management Theory Division, Excellent Teacher Listings (undergraduate and doctoral) at the University of Illinois, an Outstanding Elective Professor Award from The Ohio State University MBA Programs (full-time, evening, and weekend), and a Distinguished Service Award from the AOM International Management Division.


 

Selected Publications


  • Cheng, J. & Yiu, D. “China Business at a Crossroads:  Institutions, Innovation, and International Competitiveness.”  Long Range Planning, 2016, 584-588
  • Cheng, J., Birkinshaw, J., Lessard, D., & Thomas D. (Eds.), “Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in International Business: Integrative Knowledge and Transformative Theories.” Special Issue. Journal of International Business Studies, 2014.
  • Cheng, J. “Country Context and Management Research: Learning from John Child.” Management and Organization Review, 2014, 337–346.
  • Cheng, J. (Ed.), “Managing National Healthcare: Economics, Culture, and Strategic Choice.” Special Issue. European Journal of International Management, 2013.
  • Cheng, J., Guo, W., & Skousen, B. “Advancing New Theory Development in the Field of International Management:  Contributing Factors, Investigative Approach, and Proposed Topics.” Management International Review, 2011, 787-802.
  • Cheng, J., Henisz, W., Roth, K., & Swaminathan, A. “Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in the Field of International Business: Prospects, Issues, and Challenges.” Journal of International Business Studies, 2009, 1070-1074.
  • Cheng, J., Maitland, E., & Nicholas, S. (Eds.), Managing Subsidiary Dynamics: Headquarters Role, Capability Development, and China StrategyEmerald Publishing: London. 2009.
  • Cheng, J. “Critical Issues in International Management Research: An Agenda for Future Advancement.”  European Journal of International Management, 2007, 23-38.
  • Hitt, M. A. & Cheng, J. (Eds.), Theories of the Multinational Enterprise: Diversity, Complexity, and Relevance. Elsevier, 2004.
  • Cheng, J. & Hitt, M. A. (Eds.), Managing Multinationals in a Knowledge Economy: Economics, Culture, and Human Resources. Elsevier, 2003.
  • Cheng, J. & Kesner, I. “Organizational Slack and Response to Environmental Shifts: The Impact of Resource Allocation Patterns.”  Journal of Management, 1997, 1-18.
  • Cheng, J. “On the Concept of Universal Knowledge in Organizational Science: Implications for Cross-National Research.” Management Science, 1994, 162-168.
  • Cheng, J. & Bolon, D. “The Management of Multinational R&D: A Neglected Topic in International Business Research.”  Journal of International Business Studies, 1993, 1-19.
  • Cheng, J. “Paradigm Development and Communication in Scientific Settings: A Contingency Analysis.” Academy of Management Journal, 1984, 870-877.
  • Cheng, J. & McKinley, W.  “Toward an Integration of Organization Research and Practice: A Contingency Study of Bureaucratic Control and Performance in Scientific Settings.”  Administrative Science Quarterly, 1983, 85-100.
  • Cheng, J. “Interdependence and Coordination in Organizations: A Role-System Analysis.” Academy of Management Journal, 1983, 156-162.

 

Research Interests


  • National innovation ecosystems, R&D investment and productivity, country competitiveness.
  • Multinational management, headquarters-subsidiary relations, firm internationalization.
  • Organizational learning, adaptation, and change.
  • Sociology of science, interdisciplinary research, comparative research methods.