Portrait of Dr Nan Zheng Dr Nan Zheng

n.zheng@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471371


Position: Senior Lecturer in International Business, Department of Management
Qualifications: BA, MSc, FHEA, PhD

Nan joined the Huddersfield Business School in August 2014 as a lecturer in International Business. Prior to this, Nan completed her BA in Business Finance from Durham University, and MSc in Finance and then PhD in International Business and Strategy from the University of York, UK. Her PhD thesis adopts an integrated framework in conceptual development and addresses three empirical questions surrounding the internationalisation of Chinese firms. Nan’s research interests focus on investigating the determinants, impacts and performance of Chinese outward foreign direct investment (FDI).


  • PhD, University of York, UK
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • MSc, University of York, UK
  • BA, Durham University, UK

Research and Scholarship

Research interests:

  • Determinants of outward FDI and its impacts on firm performance
  • Entry Mode
  • Cross-border merger and acquisitions (CBMAs)
  • Acquisition strategies
  • Knowledge transfer

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Qu, Y., Wei, Y., Jiang, T. and Zheng, N. (2017) ‘Linking R&D strategy, national innovation system and FDI to firm performanceJournal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies , 15 (1), pp. 41-58. ISSN 1476-5284


Zheng, N., Wei, Y., Zhang, Y. and Yang, J. (2016) ‘In search of strategic assets through cross-border merger and acquisitions: evidence from Chinese multinational enterprises in developed economiesInternational Business Review , 25 (1A), pp. 177-186. ISSN 0969-5931


Zheng, N. and Qu, Y. (2015) ‘What explains the performance of Chinese exporting firms?Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies , 13 (1), pp. 51-70. ISSN 1476-5284


Wei, Y., Zheng, N., Liu, X. and Lu, J. (2014) ‘Expanding to outward foreign direct investment or not? A multi-dimensional analysis of entry mode transformation of Chinese private exporting firmsInternational Business Review , 23 (2), pp. 356-370. ISSN 0969-5931


  • Member of Academy of International Business

Research Degree Supervision

PhD supervision interests

  • Outward FDI
  • The internationalisation strategies of firms from emerging economies

Administrative Responsibilities

Nan is the Year 2 Tutor for the Business Studies Programmes.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Nan is responsible for teaching the following modules:

  • Undergraduate modules:
    • Second year – Managing International Business (BIS0016)
    • Second year – Management and Research Methods (BIS0010)
  • Master module:
    • International Business Environment (BMS0024)