Dr. Wei Chen

Dr Wei Chen MSc, BA

Course Leader, International Hospitality and Tourism Management


Wei Chen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and Economy as well as a Master's Degree in International Business and Trade, both obtained in China. He further pursued his academic career and earned a PhD Degree in the United Kingdom. From 1999 to 2002, Wei Chen served as the international business manager for British Oriental Development Associates Ltd., a British consultancy company. Subsequently, he established his own business in China before joining Sheffield Hallam University as academics.

Wei Chen possesses extensive experience in strategic business analysis and cross-cultural management. His co-authored book, "International Hospitality Management," written alongside Professor Alan Clarke, has been published in multiple languages, including English, French, and Portuguese by Elsevier. Additionally, Wei Chen has translated books such as "Trade Show and Event Marketing" into Chinese. In 2022, his latest book, "Global Strategic Management in the Service Industry: A Perspective of the New Era," co-authored with Dr. Tabari, was published by Emerald.

For a decade, Wei Chen has served as the chief overseas editor for 'Finance and Economy,' a prominent business magazine in China. Throughout his career, he has conducted various consultancy projects, including a feasibility study of the Sheffield Chinatown project in collaboration with Dave Egan, funded by Sheffield City Council. He has also undertaken the 'China's economic impacts on Sheffield' project, sponsored by HSBC.



  • 2004: PhD International Tourism and Hospitality Marketing, University of Derby, United Kingdom
  • 1997: Masters - International Business, Other, United Kingdom
  • 1994: Bachelors - Finance and Economics, Other, United Kingdom

Member of professional body


  • 2006: Founder member of International Tourism Studies Association, International Tourism Studies Association


Department of Service Sector Management

Sheffield Business School


Courses taught 


Modules taught 

  • Strategic Management
  • Introduction to Business
  • Business Analysis
  • Strategic Resort Hotel Management 
  • Business Strategic Management 
  • Dissertation


• The Global Hospitality Management
• Entrepreneurship and Cross-culture Management
• Marketing and Consumer Behaviour in Service Industry
• China Business and Culture study


Journal articles

Chen, W., Tabari, S., & Prokop, D. (2025). Survival instincts of Chinese entrepreneurs in the UK: adaptation or hibernation. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 1 (1). http://doi.org/10.1504/ijesb.2025.10059695

Tajeddini, K., Chen, W., Ratten, V., & Tabari, S. (2019). Chinese educational migration: evidence from UK service industry. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, 13 (1/2), 196-215. http://doi.org/10.1108/JEC-11-2018-0093

Chen, W., & Wilton, M. (2018). A Study of the Practice of Contemporary Mindfulness During Work Breaks on Increasing Job Performance Levels in Hospitality Industry. Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Sports, 35. https://iiste.org/Journals/index.php/JTHS/article/view/41436

Chen, W., & Tabari, S. (2017). A study of negative customer online reviews and managerial responses on social media— case study of the Marriott Hotel Group in Beijing. Journal of Marketing and Consumer Research, 41, 53-64. http://iiste.org/Journals/index.php/JMCR/article/view/40095

Dah, H.M., Chen, W., & Prempreh, V.M. (2015). Assessing the Impact of Loyalty Program on Consumer Purchasing Behavior in Fine-Dining Restaurant. Journal of Business and Management, 7 (30). https://iiste.org/Journals/index.php/EJBM/article/view/26322

Chen, W. (2013). Product localization in the fast food industry. Innovative Marketing, 9 (1), 37-45.

Chen, W. (2012). The Impacts of London Olympics on British Economy and Tourism Industry. Journal of Chinese Economics and Finance, 12 (7), 108-113.

Li, G., Chen, W., & Duanmu, J.L. (2010). Determinants of international students' academic performance: A comparison between Chinese and other international students. Journal of Studies in International Education, 14 (4), 389-405. http://doi.org/10.1177/1028315309331490

Wang, Y., Xia, Z., & Chen, W. (2008). Aesthetic values in sustainable tourism development: A case study in zhangjiajie national park of wuling yuan, China. Journal of China Tourism Research, 4 (2), 205-218. http://doi.org/10.1080/19388160802313837

Chen, W., & Myasin, M. (2008). Working with Chinese Culture in Luxury Hotels in Shanghai: an Expatriate Manager's Perspective on Management Challenges. International Journal of Chinese Culture, 1 (2), 198-207. http://doi.org/10.1504/IJCCM.2008.017171

Chen, W., & Egan, D. (2006). The Intra-urban Location of Hotels in the Chinese Cities of Beijing, Shanghai & Shenzhen. China Tourism Research, 2 (4), 516-530.

Chen, W. (2006). The Intra-Urban Location of Hotels in Chinese Cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Journal of China Tourism Research, 2 (4), 570-585.

Chen, W. (2003). Implications of the Iraq War on the Stability of Chinese Economy. Journal of Finance and Economics, 14 (2), 26-29.

Conference papers

Chen, W., & Samiun, V. (2021). Consumers Behaviour and Experience Towards FSC Airlines. In 4TH INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE “TOURMAN 2021”, Greece, 21 May 2021 - 24 May 2021.

Book chapters

Chen, W., & Tabari, S. (2022). Ethnic Female Entrepreneurs in the Service Sector: Challenges and Motivations. In Global Strategic Management in the Service Industry A Perspective of the New Era. Emerald Publishing Limited


Tabari, S., & Chen, W. (2022). Global Strategic Management in the Service Industry A Perspective of the New Era. Emerald Group Publishing.

Chen, W. (2011). L'accueil International: Concepts et cas de Management. Louvain-la-Neuve: De Boeck.

Chen, W., Fitzgerald, D., & Tattersall, J. (2010). Strategic management: undergraduate programme in service sector management. London: Pearson Education.

Chen, W. (2009). Hospitality - Theoretical Foundations and Practice. Publisher.

Chen, W. (2009). Hotelaria. Boston: Elsevier Science.

Hirst, C., & Chen, W. (2008). Strategic Analysis and Management: Industry Text and Cases. London: Pearson Education.

Chen, W. (2007). International Hospitality Management. Abingdon: Routledge.

Hirst, C., & Chen, W. (2006). Strategic Management: Undergraduate Programme in Leisure and Food Management Second Edition. London: Pearson Education.

Hirst, C., & Chen, W. (2005). Strategic Management: Undergraduate Programme in Leisure and Food management. London: Pearson Education.


Elsmore, I., & Chen, W. (2021). A study on the impacts of alternative delivery models on hospitality postgraduate students in the Department of Service Sector Management at Sheffield Hallam University. Presented at: CHME

Chen, W. (2013). Globalisation and its Challenges in China: case studies of KFC. Presented at: CHEM Conference, 2013

Chen, W. (2005). Carsington Water: From A Water Catchments Reservoir to a Tourism Resource.

Chen, W. (2004). Relationship Marketing and State Owned Hotel: Case Study of Shanghai International Convention Centre.

Other publications

Chen, W. (2010). HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR, 4th EDITION, 2010, Laurie J. Mullins & Penny Dossor. New York: Pearson

Other activities

Research funding or grant

  • 2012: ARKOTO Project, European Union
  • 2011: Research and Consultancy Module for FCSI, Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI)
  • 2011: Welcome to Yorkshire, Tourism Destination Promotion Project
  • 2010: Chinese Supermarket Market Research Project, Taisun Group
  • 2009: First International Student Conference Project, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2008: Huiwei Chinese Restaurant Logistic Improvement Project, Huiwei Chinese Restaurant Logistic Improvement Project
  • 2007: The Economic Relationship between Sheffield and China, HSBC Bank Plc
  • 2006: Sheffield Chinatown Feasibility Study, Sheffield City Council

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate supervision

Supervisor for DBA and Ph.D. students in business and management studies.

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