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    Knowledge creation on China, from proven China experts.

  • Faculty & Research

    Knowledge creation on China, from proven China experts.

  • Faculty & Research

    Knowledge creation on China, from proven China experts.


Faculty Profiles


Liang, Neng

Professor Emeritus, CEIBS

Dr. Neng Liang is Professor Emeritus, and President of International Association of Chinese Management Research (IACMR). Between Year 2002 and 2016, he served as the Director of the Executive MBA Programme, Associate Dean of Faculty, Chairperson of the strategy and management department, and director of case research centre. Between 2007 and 2013, he was also a standing committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Pudong District. Prior to joining CEIBS, he was a tenured Professor of Management at Loyola University of Maryland, USA, and a professor of management at the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER), Beijing University. Dr. Liang received his Ph.D. from Indiana University (Bloomington), an MBA from The Wharton School, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University in 1984. In 2010, Dr. Liang was appointed a Senior Fellow of the Wharton School. He served on the standing committee of the Third and Fourth Shanghai Pudong Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (2007-2011).

Dr. Liang's research has been published in the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Education, Management International Review, the European Journal of Marketing, the International Executive, the Journal of Development Studies, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Handbook of International Corporate Governance, Board Room Realities, Corporate Governance Asia, etc. Dr. Liang is on the editorial board of Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE) and Management and Organisational Review (MOR). He is also a member of the Academy of Management's International Theme Committee.

Dr. Liang has served as a consultant to multinational firms such as GE, Johnson & Johnson and PepsiCo, as a vice president of the Chinese Economists Society (CES), and as the Chairman of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee of the Municipal Government of Baltimore, USA. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the first Chinese director of the Beijing International MBA programme at Peking University. He also serves as independent director for some listed and unlisted firms.

Dr. Liang received Fulbright scholarship in 1984, Starr scholarship in 1986, CES "Member of the Year" award in 1998, and the Citizen's Citation by the Mayor of Baltimore, USA in 1999. His publications on importer behaviour and unsolicited exporter order won "Anbar research excellence" award twice (1996; 1998), and his edited book on corporate governance won a national "high-quality best seller" award in China in 2001. At the 2005 annual meeting of the Academy of Management (AoM), Dr. Liang won the Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award (co-authored with Shu Lin), the Academy of Management Learning and Education Best Paper Award (co-authored with Jian Wang). This is the first time that Chinese scholars receive these All Academy Awards. Dr. Liang also received the Management Education and Development Division Best Paper award in 2005 (co-authored with Shu Lin). In 2012, Dr. Liang and his co-authors (professor Jian Han and Lan Wang) won the Best International Paper Award in the career division of the Academy of Management for their study on CEO functional background in China.  Dr. Liang also received the CEIBS Teaching Excellence Award in 2007 and 2010.

  • 1990 Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington, IN, USA)
  • 1986 MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA
  •  Corporate Governance in China
  •  Executive Career and CEO Succession
  •  Judgment and Managerial Decision Making
  •  Corporate Governance and Succession Planning 
  •  Business Policy and Strategy Implementation
  •  Managerial Decision Making

Liang, Neng, Zhao Ziqian, and Mike Useem (2014). Lenovo Group 2009: Comeback of Liu Chuanzhi.
Liang, Neng, Yang Yue and Useem, Mike (2013). GSK Group: CEO Succession.
Liang, Neng and Xie Chun (2013). Silong Group: Parachuting a CEO.
Liang, Neng and Raymond Xu (2013). Anhui Xinhua Group: Strategic Execution.
Liang, Neng and Lin Shu (2013). Tenglong Group: Input and Output of the Board of Directors.

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