Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Xiao Cici He

PhD Research Student

Title of research: The internationalisation process of Chinese privately-owned SMEsPhoto for profile

Qualifications: BA (Arts, major in Advertising, China), PGDip (Business and Administration in Marketing, Massey University, New Zealand), MA (Management in Marketing, Massey University, New Zealand)

PhD start date: April 2010 (in Massey University) and May 2013 (transfer to University of Otago)

Supervisors: Professor Sylvie Chetty, Associate Professor Henry Chung (Massey University), Professor Brendan Gray

Email: cici.he@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Research Summary:
The main research objective of the thesis is to explain the internationalisation process of Chinese privately-owned SMEs by integrating network theory and institutional theory. In the international business research, SMEs in emerging economies show distinct differences to the firms in mature Western economies. However, the existing research lacks a holistic approach to understanding their internationalisation process. This research addresses this research gap by studying the topic in the context of Chinese SMEs. It is designed to be a theory building research based on multiple case studies. The data collection process has been conducted in eight SMEs in China. The data analysis is in progress and the preliminary results show that integrating network and institutional theory could deepen our understanding and help explain Chinese SMEs’ internationalisation process.

Research Objectives and Questions:
The purpose of this study is formulated as follows:
To explain the internationalisation process of Chinese privately-owned SMEs by integrating network theory and institutional theory

Publications:
MIE conference 2015 (McGill International Entrepreneurship)
Accepted to attend and present in MIE conference in London

ANZMAC 2015 (Australia and New Zealand Marketing Academy)
Accepted to attend and present in ANZMAC Postgraduate Colloquium

ICSB conference 2012
"The internationalisation process of privately-owned SMEs in China "
Doctoral Colloquium in Wellington, New Zealand

Research Interests:
Chinese SMEs, institutions, networks, internationalisation process, international entrepreneurship, methods of qualitative research