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Lucy Zheng PhD

Professor Of International Business Management


Professor of International Business Management
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Lead of International Business Research Cluster



I am Professor of International Business Management at Sheffield Business School. My research interests lie in international business, management, and economics, with focus on foreign direct investment and emerging economies. My research has appeared in international impactful journals, including Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), European Journal of Operational Research, Economic History Review, Management International Review, World Development, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Rural Studies, International Journal of Production Economics, among others. My work has received international recognition including “JIBS Decade Award 2017”.

While publishing in academic journals, I have been disseminating my research findings via authored book, book chapter, and international conference, such as Academy of Management (AoM), Academy of International Business (AIB), and European International Business Academy (EIBA). I have advised UK industry and government including UK Parliament's Treasury Committee.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). I have taught in various countries such as China, Vietnam, and Finland. I have received teaching awards in different universities. While supervising PhD and DBA research projects, I have served as an internal and external examiner and an independent chair for doctoral degree examinations in several UK HEIs. I have served various administrative roles including as a member of the university professoriate committee and the research lead of international business research cluster.

I welcome PhD research proposals especially in the areas of foreign direct investment (FDI), multinational enterprises (MNEs), and emerging economy. Examples of my PhD supervision topics:
“The motivations and impact of inward R&D FDI in the UK - An empirical approach”
“Measuring the effectiveness of tax policy and incentives on foreign direct investment: a case study of oil and gas sector in Nigeria”
“The determinants and impact of foreign direct investment in Kenya and Tanzania: an OECD and non-OECD perspective”
“UK manufacturing industry inward foreign direct investment, the determinants and impact, firm level analysis”
“The determinants of outward foreign direct investment from an emerging economy: Evidence from South Africa


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

International Business


Journal articles

Zheng, L., Shepherd, D., & Batuo, M.E. (2021). Variations in the determinants of regional development disparities in rural China. Journal of Rural Studies, 82, 29-36.

Ding, H., Wang, L., & Zheng, L. (2018). Collaborative mechanism on profit allotment and public health for a sustainable supply chain. European Journal of Operational Research, 267 (2), 478-495.

Ding, H., Fu, Y., Zheng, L., & Yan, Z. (2018). Determinants of the competitive advantage of dairy supply chains: Evidence from the Chinese dairy industry. International Journal of Production Economics.

Buckley, P., Clegg, J., Cross, A., Liu, X., Voss, H., & Zheng, L. (2017). A retrospective and agenda for future research on Chinese outward foreign direct investment. Journal of International Business Studies, 49 (1), 4-23.

Zheng, L., Batuo, M., & Shepherd, D. (2017). The Impact of Regional and Institutional Factors on Labour productive Performance : Evidence from the Township and Village Enterprise sector in China. World Development, 96, 591-598.

Ding, H., Liu, Q., & Zheng, L. (2016). Assessing the economic performance of an environmental sustainable supply chain in reducing environmental externalities. European Journal of Operational Research, 255 (2), 463-480.

Deng, K., & Zheng, L. (2015). Economic restructuring and demographic growth: demystifying growth and development in Northern Song China, 960-1127. Economic History Review, 68 (4), 1107-1131.

Zheng, L. (2014). Antecedents to international student inflows to UK higher education: A comparative analysis. Journal of Business Research, 67 (2), 136-143.

Zheng, P. (2013). The Variation in Indian Inward FDI Patterns. Management International Review, 53 (6), 819-839.

Zheng, P., & Tan, H. (2011). Home economy heterogeneity in the determinants of China’s inward foreign direct investment. Transnational Corporations, 20 (2), 1-28.

Zheng, P. (2011). The determinants of disparities in inward FDI flows to the three macro-regions of China. Post-Communist Economies, 23 (02), 257-270.

Zheng, P. (2009). A comparison of FDI determinants in China and India. Thunderbird International Business Review, 51 (3), 263-279.

Buckley, P.J., Clegg, J., Zheng, P., Siler, P.A., & Giorgioni, G. (2007). The impact of foreign direct investment on the productivity of China’s automotive industry. Management International Review, 47 (5), 707-724.

Buckley, P.J., Clegg, L.J., Cross, A.R., Liu, X., Voss, H., & Zheng, P. (2007). The determinants of Chinese outward foreign direct investment. Journal of International Business Studies, 38 (4), 499-518.

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