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Liang (Arthur) Li

Assistant Professor (part-time), International Business

Liang (Arthur) Li

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  • International management
  • Global strategy
  • Foreign subsidiary GM and MNE board of directors
  • Foreign subsidiary governance
  • Emerging markets

Arthur’s research focuses on a critical intersection in IB, the managerial micro-foundations of multinational enterprise (MNE) subsidiary governance, coordination, and organizational evolution. Arthur’s dissertation, based on interviews with over 40 MNE managers and longitudinal data from over 1,900 foreign subsidiaries, aims to develop new insights on subsidiary general manager (GM) changes in MNEs and the human side of business strategy.

Before pursuing his PhD at Ivey, Arthur has accumulated substantial industry and management experience. He has co-founded an import and export trading company and has worked in several large MNEs as a subsidiary GM. Arthur has a deep global mindset and has lived in several countries.  


  • PhD in General Management, Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada (2021)
  • Master of Science, Global Finance, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, United States (2013)
  • MBA, Vlerick Business School (BiMBA), Belgium (2013)
  • Bachelor of Art, English Language and Literature, Lanzhou University, China (2005)
  • Bachelor of Law (Double Degree), Law Science, Lanzhou University, China (2005)

Work in Progress

  • Li, A., Beamish, P.W., Schotter, A., Subsidiary governance mechanisms
  • Li, A., Schotter, A., Beamish, P.W., MNE attention and GM succession
  • Li, A., Beamish, P.W., Schotter, A., Antecedents and consequences of general manager successions in foreign subsidiaries
  • Li, A., Beamish, P.W., Schotter, A., GM successors in local-market-seeking subsidiaries of MNEs
  • *The full list of additional working papers is available upon request

Honours & Awards

  • Best Paper Award Finalist (Academy of Management, IM Division) 2021
  • Best Reviewer Award (Academy of Management, IM Division) 2021
  • Best Reviewer Award (Academy of Management, IM Division) 2020
  • Plan For Excellence PhD 2016 – 2020
  • Nasdaq QMX Scholarship (Grade 1) 2013
  • BiMBA Academic Excellence Award 2013


  • Elof Hansson International AB (China Subsidiary), Managing Director, Beijing, China, 2012–2016
  • Qingdao Honest International Trading Co., Ltd., General Manager & Co-Founder, Qingdao, China, 2007–2011
  • Haier Group, Overseas Administration Division, Overseas Operation Manager, Qingdao, China, 2005-2007

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