CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2019 ECUST & USF Doctoral Consortium at The 4th East China University of Science and Technology – University of San Francisco International Symposium

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2019 ECUST & USF Doctoral Consortium at The 4th East China University of Science and Technology – University of San Francisco International Symposium

2019 ECUST & USF Doctoral PDW

Quick Facts

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: 10th May 2019 (24:00 midnight Hong Kong time)
  • Notification: 17th May 2019
  • Doctoral PDW Day: Sunday, 26th May 2019

Submission Details:

  • Online Submission: SUBJECT LINE: CBSI DOCTORAL PDW  
  • Template: Submissions should follow the American Psychological Association for formatting, with 12 size font and double space (main text only).
  • Submission Content: (1) 1-page application letter, (2) 2-page research summary (including references), and (3) a 1-2-page CV.


Faculty Mentors:

Roger Chen, University of San Francisco

Ping Lu, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Matt Monnot, University of San Francisco

Liang Wang, University of San Francisco

At the conference: Accepted submissions will be presented at the Doctoral PDW.

Message from the Doctoral PDW Chair

The 4th East China University of Science and Technology – University of San Francisco International Symposium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field. The strongest candidates will be those who have a clear topic and research approach, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes. In addition to stating how you will benefit from participation, both you and your advisor should be clear on what you can contribute to the Doctoral PDW.


What is the Doctoral PDW?

The PDW has the following objectives:

  • Provide a setting where students can present their work and meet other students.
  • Provide feedback on students’ current research and guidance on future research and career directions.
  • Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from researchers and students outside their own institution.
  • Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research.
  • Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events.

The PDW will be held on Sunday, 26th May 2019.

It will be a single-track event with the following single session:

  • Session Details: The Chair will assign one senior faculty mentor to a small group of participants to comment/critique the submitted papers in a round table format. Each student is required to prepare a one-page handout to distribute to fellow participants at the table.


Preparing and Submitting your Doctoral PDW Proposal

A Doctoral PDW proposal must be submitted via email to with the SUBJECT LINE: CBSI DOCTORAL PDW by 10th of May 2019 (12 am midnight Indonesian time). The proposal must have the following components, submitted as a single Word Doc or PDF file:

  1. A one-page application letter outlining the stage of your doctoral program, what you wish to achieve at the PDW, how your participation could benefit your dissertation research and your future career, and what you could contribute to other participants at the PDW.
  2. In addition to the one-page letter, a two-page dissertation research summary (of any length, but not to exceed 3 pages including references) describing central aspects of your doctoral work. Key points include:
    1. Motivation that drives your dissertation research
    2. Research objectives/goals/questions
    3. Background/literature review of key works that frames your research
    4. Your research approach and methods, including relevant rationale
    5. Results to date and their validity (if available)
  1. Your current Curriculum Vita (1-2 pages).

Doctoral PDW Selection Process

The review and decision of acceptance will balance many factors. This includes the quality of your proposal, and where you are within your doctoral education program. Candidates who have a clearly developed idea, who are formally considered by their institution to be working on their dissertation, and who still have time to be influenced by participation in the PDW will receive the strongest consideration. Participants in the PDW will be selected via a curation process by the Doctoral PDW Committee.

Over and above an assessment of research quality, the selection process will also consider additional factors. The goal is to identify a set of students that will benefit significantly from the event and support each other in their growth. As a group, the accepted candidates will exhibit a diversity of backgrounds and topics.

Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, with the exception of title and author information, which will be published on the website prior to the conference.

Upon Acceptance of your Doctoral PDW Proposal

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on 17th May 2019.  Authors of accepted submissions will receive further information about attending the Doctoral PDW, preparing your presentation, and registering for the conference.   Please note your registration fee is waived if your proposal is accepted.


At the Conference

All participants are expected to attend the entire conference. For more information see Appendix A.


Each student will present his or her work to the group with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating faculty mentors and other students. Being accepted into the Doctoral PDW is an honor and involves a commitment to giving and receiving thoughtful commentary with an eye towards shaping the field and the future research agendas of the participating doctoral students.



Appendix A


The 4th East China University of Science and Technology – University of San Francisco International Symposium:


Foreign Direct Investment from Emerging Market Economies in an Era of Global Uncertainty


Date: May25-26, 2019

Location: Shanghai, P.R. China


Currently, the international economic structure is undergoing tremendous changes. On one hand, anti-globalization sentiment and subsequent protectionism keep rising across the developed economies. The protectionist trade policies of United States, and the China-US trade war in particular, are causing the world economic system to undergo turbulent adjustments and hindering foreign direct investment from emerging market countries. On the other hand, emerging market countries have also strengthened supervision of transnational capital flows to avoid capital loss and cross-border arbitrage activities. These factors together determine that investors from emerging market countries cannot follow the conventional model of the past and instead, must search for a new path for future investment.

Take China as an example. As the Chinese government tightens its control over overseas investment, China’s outbound foreign direct investment in 2017 fell by 30% from the previous year. Under the influence of trade protection policy, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) rejected more than $2 billion in acquisitions in the first five months of 2018. Affected by the above factors, Chinese companies sold about $9.6 billion of US assets in the first five months of 2018. The total investment in the US was only $1.8 billion, down 92% from the same period in 2017 (Rhodium Group, 2018). The frustration over investment in the United States and the government’s control over cross-border investment have led Chinese companies to seek new investment opportunities. According to the statistics of the Ministry of Commerce of China, in the first half of 2018, the valueof Chinese companies’ mergers and acquisitions in Europe increased by 40%, which is 4.5 times the amount of US mergers and acquisitions. At the same time, Chinese companies’ M&A transactions in the “One Belt One road” countries amounted to 43 cases, accounting for 20.8% of the total transactions in the same period; the newly added investment in the “One Belt One road” countries was $7.4 billion, rising 12% year-on-year and reaching a total of 12.9% in the same period. The direction of China’s foreign direct investment is quietly changing.

Similarly, in the context of global change, other emerging market economies are also facing the same foreign direct investment choices. So, what changes have occurred in foreign direct investment in emerging market countries, industries and enterprises? What lies behind these changes? How should the strategy of foreign direct investment in emerging market countries be adjusted? What will be the direction of foreign direct investment in emerging market countries in the future? These issues need to be extensively discussed and answered.

Given these gaps, the Institute of Management and Organization, School of Business, ECUST, together with the Chinese Business Studies Initiative (CBSI), School of Management at University of San Francisco, will launch their4thinternational symposium on May 25- 26, 2019. This symposium will provide a platform for sharing ideas and insights among scholars and business executives in terms of current and future research on these issues. During this two-day symposium, various sessions including paper presentations, keynote speeches, and academic and industry panel discussions will be organized. Scholars, business executives, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers are invited to join us in the discussion.


This symposium aims to provide a platform for both scholars and practitioners to share ideas. Any topics related to foreign direct investment and emerging market multinationals are encouraged and appreciated here.

Keynote Speakers (updating…)

Mike W. Peng    University of Texas at Dallas

Oded Shenkar   The Ohio State University

Changqi Wu       Beijing University



Submission Guidelines

We invite scholars to present research and identify questions that concern foreign direct investment from emerging market multinationals. Your submission must include a 1-2 page extended abstract with the following components (where relevant):

  • Purpose
  • Design/methodology/approach
  • Findings
  • Research limitations/implications
  • Practical implications

Important Dates

Symposium Date: May 25 and 26, 2019

Submission Deadline: April 20, 2019

Registration Deadline: May 10, 2019


Registration fee:¥600 or US$100 (¥400 or US$ 60, for students)

Account payee: 033296-08017003862

Payee: East China University of Science and Technology

Bank of deposit: Caoxi branch, Shanghai, The Agricultural Bank of China

Remittance remark: Name+University+School(Please be sure to indicate!)


Contact Information

Abstracts should be submitted to: additional conference information and questions, please contact:

Conference Chairs

Haifeng Yan   East China University of Science and Technology

Xiaohua Yang University of San Francisco

The Planning Committees (in alphabetical order of surnames)

Taotao Chen Qsinghua University
Ping Deng Cleveland State University
Gloria Ge Griffith University
Manli Huang South China University of Technology
Donghong Li Qsinghua University
Lei Li University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Weiwen Li Sun Yat-Sen University
Yu Li University of International Business and Economics
Jane W. Lu China Europe International Business School
Ping Lv University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Yimin Wang Shandong University
William Wei MacEvan University
Bing Wu East China University of Science and Technology
Jianzu Wu Lanzhou University
Xianming Wu Wuhan University
Hongming Xie Zhejiang University of Technology
Hui Xu Nankai University
Xiaojun Xu Fudan University
Gracy (J.Y.) YANG University of Sydney
Xiao Zhang Nanjing University
Qinqin Zheng Fudan University

Program Chairs

Yuanyang Song   East China University of Science and Technology

Liang Wang         University of San Francisco

Program Committees

Bing Wu        East China University of Science and Technology

Yi Ke             East China University of Science and Technology

Haibo Zhou   East China University of Science and Technology

Qihu Wang    East China University of Science and Technology

Qiong Wu      East China University of Science and Technology

Molin Wang   East China University of Science and Technology

Roger Chen   University of San Francisco

Matt Monnot  University of San Francisco


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