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Prof Xiaolan Fu

Professor of Technology and International Development

Xiaolan Fu (傅晓岚) is Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College.

Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in UK/US. Her recent books include China’s Role in Global Economic Recovery, The Rise of Technological Power in the South, and Exports, Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Development in China. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Oxford Development Studies, Industrial and Corporate Change, and four other international journals. She has published papers in leading international journals including the Journal of Management Studies, World Development, Research Policy, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Small Business Economics, International Business Review, World Economy, and Applied Economics. She received the European Commission Gate2Growth 2005 'European Best Paper' Award.

Professor Fu has received research grants from prestigious funding bodies including the European Commission, ESRC, EPSRC, British Academy, and the Cairncross Foundation, etc. She is project leader or co-leader of a £570,000 ESRC/DFID-funded project on The Diffusion of Innovation in Low-Income Countries; a £500,000 EPSRC-funded project on The Role of Management Practices in Closing Productivity Gap; a £350,000 EPSRC-funded project on Rural e-Services; and a EUR2.5 million European Commission FP7 project on Multinational Enterprises and Global Development.

She has conducted consultancy research for UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNIDO, ILO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, UKTI and the Chinese government. Professor Fu serves on the Advisory Expert Group of the OECD Global Investment Forum and the DFID/ESRC Economic Growth Directorate (DEGP), and is President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK) in 2010-11. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and University of Tsinghua, and a Visiting Professor at Fudan University and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. As a leading China expert, she has participated in various interviews and panel discussions in the mainstream media, including BBC Newsnight, BBC News, BBC Radio 2, Sky News, Arise News, People's Daily, China Daily and China Radio International.

Professor Fu came to Oxford from Cambridge University, where she was a Senior Research Fellow. Before coming to the UK, she was an Associate Professor in international trade and finance at a higher education institution of the central bank of China.

Books and Monographs

Fu, Xiaolan (2015) China's Path to Innovation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Fu, Xiaolan (ed) (2011) China's Role in Global Economic Recovery, Routledge. Translated and reprinted in Chinese by Yilin Press, 2012.

Fu, Xiaolan (with Luc Soete) (eds) (2010) The Rise of Technological Power in the South, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Fu, Xiaolan (with A Cosh, A Hughes, R De Hoyos, A Eisingerich) (2006) Experiences of UK Mid-corporate Companies in Emerging Asian Economies, UK Trade & Investment

Fu, Xiaolan (2004) Exports, Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Development in China, London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Monograph)

Journal Articles and Special Issues

Fu, Xiaolan (with J Li) (forthcoming) 'The value of foreign universities: international university-industry collaboration and industrial innovation in emerging economies', International Journal of Technology Management

Fu, Xiaolan (with G Zanello, P Mohnen and M Ventresca) (forthcoming) 'The diffusion of innovation in the private sectors in low-income countries (LICs): A systematic literature review', Journal of Economic Survey

Fu, Xiaolan (with H Xiong, J Li and Henry Chesbrough) (2014) 'Open innovation as a response to constrains and risks and the moderating role of ownership', Asian Economic Papers 13 (3): 30-58 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (with F Wang, J Chen) (2014) 'Differential Forms of Technological Change and Catch-Up: Evidence from China', International Journal of Innovation Technology Management 11 (2) (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (with R Mu) (2014) 'Enhancing China's Innovation Performance: The Policy Choices', China & World Economy 22 (2): 42-60 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (with G Shen) (2014) 'Trade effects of US anti-dumping actions against China', World Economy 37 (1): 86-105 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (2014) 'Trade, Technology and Development in LDCs, SSA and SVEs: An Assessment', Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics 104

Fu, Xiaolan (with T Li, M Fu) (2013) 'Technology Development Path in an Open Developing Economy: Evidence from China', Applied Economics 45 (11): 1405-18 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (with S Zhu) (2013) 'Drivers of Export Upgrading', World Development 51: 221-33 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (2013) 'Computerisation and efficiency of rural credit cooperatives: evidence from India', Journal of International Development 25 (3): 412-37 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (with S Heffernan, M X Fu) (2013) 'Financial innovation in the UK', Applied Economics 45 (24) : 3400-11 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (with C Helmers, J Zhang) (2012) 'The Two Faces of Foreign Management Capabilities: FDI and Productive Efficiency in the UK Retail Sector', International Business Review 21 (1): 71-88 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (2012) 'Foreign Direct Investment and Managerial Knowledge Spillovers Through the Diffusion of Management Practices', Journal of Management Studies 49(5): 970-99 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (2012) 'How Does Openness Affect the Importance of Incentives for Innovation?', Research Policy 41 (3): 512-23 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (with R Kaplinsky, J Zhang) (2012) 'The Impact of China on Low and Middle Income Countries' Export Prices in Industrial-Country Markets', World Development 40(8): 1483-98 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (with Y Gong) (2011) 'Indigenous and Foreign Innovation Efforts and Drivers of Technological Upgrading: Evidence from China', World Development 39 (7): 1213-25

Fu, Xiaolan (with A Cosh, A Hughes) (2011) 'Organisation, Structure and Innovation Performance in Different Environments', Small Business Economics

Fu, Xiaolan (with J Zhang) (2011) 'Technology Transfer, Indigenous Innovation and Leapfrogging in Green Technology: Solar-PV Panel Industries in India and China', Journal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies 9(4): 329-47

Fu, Xiaolan (with H Xiong) (2011) 'Open Innovation in China: Policies and Practices', Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China 2(3): 196-218

Fu, Xiaolan (2011) 'Processing-trade, FDI and Exports of Indigenous Firms: Firm-level Evidence from High-technology Industries in China', Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 73 (6): 792-817 (Download from external site)

Fu, Xiaolan (with Carlo Pietrobelli, Luc Soete) (2010) 'The Role of Foreign Technology and Indigenous Innovation in Emerging Economies: Technological Change and Catch-up', World Development 39(7): 1203-12

Fu, Xiaolan (with Q Yang) (2009) 'Exploring the Cross Country Innovation Gap in Patenting: A Stochastic Frontier Approach', Research Policy 38(7): 1203-13

Fu, Xiaolan (with J Zhang) (2008) 'FDI and Environmental Regulations in China ', Journal of Asia Pacific Economy 13(3): 332-53

Fu, Xiaolan (2008) 'Foreign Direct Investment, Absorptive Capacity and Regional Innovation Capabilities in China', Oxford Development Studies 36(1): 89-110

Fu, Xiaolan (2007) 'Trade-cum-FDI, Human Capital Inequalities and Regional Disparities in China', Journal of Economic Change and Restructuring 40(1-2): 137-55

Fu, Xiaolan (with V N Balasubramanyam) (2005) 'Exports, Foreign Direct Investment and Employment: The Case of China', The World Economy 28(4): 607-25

Fu, Xiaolan (2005) 'Exports, Techical Progress and Productivity Growth in a Transition Economy: a Non-parametric Approach for China', Applied Economics 37(7): 725-39

Fu, Xiaolan (2004) 'Limited Linkages from Growth Engines and Regional Disparities in China', Journal of Comparative Economics 32(1): 148-64

Fu, Xiaolan (with VN Balasubramanyam) (2003) 'Township and Village Enterprises in China', Journal of Development Studies 39(4): 27-46

Chapters

Fu, Xiaolan (with J Hou) (forthcoming) 'Key Determinants of Technological Capabilities for a Green Economy in Emerging Economies'. In R Vos, D Alarcon (eds) Going Green. Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, World Bank

Fu, Xiaolan (forthcoming) 'Innovations in the Informal Economy: Recent research development and areas for future research '. In Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, Erika Kraemer-Mbula (eds) The Informal Economy in Developing Nations: Hidden Engine of Innovation? - New economic insights and policies, Cambridge University Press

Fu, Xiaolan (with Q Sun) (2011) 'China in the Global Economic Crisis: Impact and Adjustment'. In X Fu (ed) China's Role in the Global Economic Recovery, Routledge

Fu, Xiaolan (with R Kaplinsky, D Kale) (2011) 'Global Manufactures Prices: How Do China's Exports Compare?'. X Fu (ed) China's Role in the Global Economic Recovery, Routledge

Fu, Xiaolan (with D Xu) (2011) 'The Private Sector and the Sustainability of China's Export Growth'. In X Fu (ed) China's Role in the Global Economic Recovery, Routledge

Fu, Xiaolan (with C Polzin) (2010) 'Sustainability of Technology Intensive Social Innovations: The Role of Absorptive Capacity and User Freedom of Choice'. In Xiaolan Fu, Luc Soete (eds) The Rise of Technological Power in the South, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Fu, Xiaolan (with L Soete, L Sonne) (2010) 'Science, Technology and Development: Emerging Concepts and Visions'. In Xiaolan Fu, Luc Soete (eds) The Rise of Technological Power in the South, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Fu, Xiaolan (2006) 'Exports, FDI, Linkages and Regional Disparities in China'. In S Yao, J Chen (eds) Globalization, Competition and Growth in China, London: Taylor and Francis: pp 163-81

Other Publications

Fu, Xiaolan (2014) 'What potential does open innovation hold for Asia', The Economist Intelligence Unit

Fu, Xiaolan (with M Fu, T Li) (2008) 'International and Intra-national Technology Spillovers and Technological Development Paths in Developing Countries', UNU-WIDER Research Paper No 2008/96

Fu, Xiaolan (with P-O Siebers et al) (2008) 'Enhancing Productivity: The Role of Management Practices', Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Working Paper 065

Fu, Xiaolan (with A Eisengerich, R De Hoyos) (2007) 'Clusters of Management Practices, Structural Embeddedness and Firm Productivity', SLPTMD Working Paper Series 008 University of Oxford


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