Faculty & Research
Faculty & Research
Xin, Katherine Rong
Professor of Management;
Bayer Chair in Leadership;
Associate Dean (Europe);
Director of Hospitality EMBA Programme;
Director of DBA Programme, CEIBS
Katherine Xin is Professor of Management, Bayer Chair in Leadership, Associate Dean (Europe), Director of Hospitality EMBA Program and Director of DBA Program at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). She holds her Ph.D. from the University of California and was previously on the faculty of the University of Southern California, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Professor Xin specializes in the areas of leadership, organizational culture, and organizational transformation, and strategic human resource management. She is currently focusing on research in high performance leadership and key success factors of organizational transformation in digital era. Professor Xin is a frequent contributor to academic journals and executive conferences. Her research work has appeared in the leading international management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, Leadership Quarterly, and other publications. She has won the honor of World’s Most Cited Chinese Researcher in a consecutive of 8 years from 2014 to 2021, released by the authoritative data analysis platform Scopus, the world largest academic paper review database. This is a very objective impact indicator of the scholars. Her books Made in China - Secrets of China’s Dynamic Entrepreneurs (2009), Five Types of Effective Leaders (2011), Five-Star Model of Talent Development (2014), Global Expansion- the Chinese Way (2018), Management in Digital Era: Managing Companies in a Platform Way (2019), and Organizational Behavior for Effective Executives (2020) received broad attention from executives globally.
In addition to her research and teaching, she is a consultant and workshop leader, and has undertaken assignments for multinational firms such as Acer, Alcatel, Allianz, Baosteel, BASF, Baxter, BMW, Bosch, China Mobile, China Steel, China Telecom, Daimler Benz, Ford Motor Company, Fluor Daniel, Interbrew, Inventec, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Qualcomm, San Miguel, Sony, Toyota, TRW, TSMC, UMC and government agencies in the US, HK and the Chinese mainland. She also worked as the marketing director at a high temperature rubber manufacturing company in California, and participated in founding 3 companies.
- Ph.D. , University of California, Irvine
- MBA, California State University
- Top Management Teams and Organisational Performance
- Organisational Culture and Change Management
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Organisational Behaviour
- Leadership and Organisational Performance
- Talent Development and Organisation Change and Transformation in the digital age
- Excellence Service
- Cross-culture Management
Global expansion: the Chinese way
The Globalization of Chinese Companies: Strategies for Conquering International Markets (Xin, Katherine Rong & Waldemar Pfoertsch & Liu Shengjun) , John Wiley, 2011
Made in China - Secrets of China’s Dynamic Entrepreneurs (Winter Nie & Katherine Xin with Lily Zhang) , 2009
2022-11-07 Beyond Limits: Expanding Leadership in Practice
2022-05-05 Are female leaders better suited to leading through crises? It’s possible.
2022-04-19 Elsevier list confirms CEIBS’ strength in academic research
2022-03-03 The way to real freedom is through self-regulation
2021-05-28 CEIBS Global EMBA: What does it Mean to be a Leader?
2020-11-06 The Future of Work: The Organisation of the Future
2020-09-11 Leading at the Edge: Overview
2023-05-09 Getting the service-profit chain up and running in the Greater Bay Area
2023-03-03 How agile Chinese firms are defining a new era of management
2022-10-28 The way you face adversity determines how far you can go
2022-03-04 Will traditional hierarchical relationships change in the digital era?
2021-10-01 Professor Katherine Xin details five lessons from China about how to win in retail
2021-08-25 CEIBS Prof Katherine Xin and others explore how Chinese retailers are reinventing the customer journey in HBR
2021-05-25 Are female leaders better suited to leading through crises? It’s possible.
2021-04-08 The way to real freedom is through self-regulation
2020-07-15 Five Digital Capabilities That Companies Must Have
2020-07-07 HBR: Prof Katherine Xin co-authors research paper on 3 biases that shaped CEOs’ COVID-19 pandemic response
2020-03-20 How to reshape the epidemic-hit service sector
2019-07-02 Four Leadership Skills to Avoid Failure in Organizational Change
2017-07-03 Leaders: Try a Little Mindfulness