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Prof. Dr. WU Xiaobo

Member of the CDA Scientific Advisory Board


1992.6                 PhD in Innovation Management, Zhejiang University

1989.6                 Master in Energy Economics, Zhejiang University

1982.1                 Bachelor in Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University



2016 -                  Research Fellow, Waseda University, Japan

2000.09-2001.08 Fulbright visiting scholar, Sloan School of Management, MIT, USA

1996.09-1997.10 Visiting scholar, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK

1996.01-1996.06 Post-doctoral researcher, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand



2015-                   Cheung Kong Chair Professor of Innovation & Strategy, Ministry of Education, China

2011-                   Director, Global Zhejiang Entrepreneur Study Center, Zhejiang University

2005-                   Director, National Institute for Innovation Management, Zhejiang University

1998-                   Professor, School of Management, Zhejiang University

currently              Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Zhejiang University

2009-2017           Dean, School of Management, Zhejiang University

2013-2016           Smiths Chair Professor, Business School, Leeds University, UK

2012- 2013          Senior Vice President, International Council of Small Business (ICSB)

2002-2005           Director, EMBA Program, Zhejiang University

1998-2005           Head, Department of Management Sciences and Engineering,

1994-1998           Associate Professor, College of Business Administration, Zhejiang University

1992-1994           Lecture, College of Business Administration, Zhejiang University



Member, The Supervisory Committee of Management Sciences and Engineering Management Education, The Ministry of Education, P.R. China

Member, Academy of Management Science and Engineering, P.R. China

Founding Member, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK

Vice-president, Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN), Slovenia

Member, WEF - Global Future Council, Switzerland

Associate Editor, Asian Journal of Technological Innovation

Chief Editor, Journal of Engineering Management

Member of Editorial Broad,IEEE-Transaction on Engineering Management



Innovation Management

Strategic Management

Global Manufacturing and Competitive Strategy

Information Technology and Management Reform


He proposed the theory of “secondary innovation” based on Chinese manufacturer’s innovative rising in catch up, and initiated the researches on inclusive innovation in China. His recent studies go further focusing on “Beyond Catch up”.



PAPERS (in English)

  1. Linan Lei, Hinrich Voss*, Jeremy Clegg, Xiaobo Wu, Climate change strategies of multinational enterprises in China, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017, 160(1): 98-108.

  2. Jie Wu, Steven Si*, Xiaobo Wu. Entrepreneurial finance and innovation: Informal debt as an empirical case. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2016, 10(3): 257-273.

  3. Xiaobo Wu*, Li Jing. Towards an Innovation-driven Nation. STI Policy Review, 2015, 6(1), 36-53.

  4. Xiaobo Wu, Wei Dou, Jian Du*, Yuanlin Jiang. Production network positions, innovation orientation and environment dynamics: an empirical analysis of Chinese firms. International Journal of Technology Management, 2015, 67(1): 77-102.

  5. Xiaobo Wu, Wei Dou*, Yu Gao, Fangli Huang. How to implement secondary product innovations for the domestic market: a case from Haier washing machines. International Journal of Technology Management, 2014, 64(2-4):232-254.

  6. Mingu Kang, Xiaobo Wu, Paul Hong*, Kihyun Park, Youngwon Park. The role of organizational control in outsourcing practices: An empirical study. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 2014, 20(3): 177-185.

  7. Honggeng Zhou, Yongyi Shou*, Xin Zhai, Ling Li, Craig Wood, Xiaobo Wu. Supply chain practice and information quality: A supply chain strategy study. International Journal of Production Economics, 2014, 147: 624-633.

  8. Xiaobo Wu, Dou W, Wang YQ. China’s ICT industry: Catch-up trends, challenges and policy implications. China-An International Journal, 2013, 11(2) 117-39.

  9. Zhigang Fan, Dong Wu*, Xiaobo Wu. Proactive and reactive strategic flexibility in coping with environmental change in innovation. Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, 2013, 21(2): 187-201.

  10. Haiyang Hou*, Xiaobo Wu, Weihua Zhou. The competition of investments for endogenous transportation costs in a spatial model. Economic Modelling, 2013, 31:574-577.

  11. Suli Zheng*, Huiping Li, Xiaobo Wu. Network resources and the innovation performance evidence from Chinese manufacturing firms. Management Decision, 2013, 51(6): 1207-1224.

  12. Xiaobo Wu, Haojun Zhou, Dong Wu*. Commitment, satisfaction, and customer loyalty: a theoretical explanation of the 'satisfaction trap'. Service Industries Journal, 2012, 32(11): 1759-1774.

  13. Xiaobo Wu, Yanbin Jiang*. Sectoral role change in transition China: A network analysis from 1990 to 2005. Applied Economics, 2012, 44(21): 2699-2715.

  14. Mingu Kang, Xiaobo Wu, Paul Hong*, Youngwon Park. Aligning organizational control practices with competitive outsourcing performance. Journal of Business Research, 2012, 65(8): 1195-1201.

  15. Yanbin Jiang*, Xiaobo Wu, Heng Zhu. Finding the best research and development strategy under different conditions. Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, 2012, 20(1): 13-31.

  16. Xiaobo Wu*. The evolution of innovation policy in China: A brief introduction. Australian Economic Review, 2012, 45(4):463-466.

  17. Xiaoning Zhu, Jiaqin Yang, Xiaobo Wu*, June Wei. Online promotion and marketing of mobile communication devices: An empirical study. International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2012, 10(1): 21-40.

  18. Xiaobo Wu*, Rufei Ma, and Yongjiang Shi(2010), “How do Latecomer Firms Capture Value From Disruptive Technologies? A Secondary Business-Model Innovation Perspective”. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 57(1): 51-62.

  19. Xiaobo Wu*, Xuefeng Liu, Absorptive Capacity, Network Embeddedness and Local Firm’s Knowledge Acquisition in Global Manufacturing Network. International Journal of Technology Management, 2009, 46(3-4): 326 – 343.

  20. Wu, Xiaobo & Ma, Rufei & Xu, Guannan. (2009). Accelerating Secondary Innovation through Organizational Learning: A Case Study and Theoretical Analysis. Industry & Innovation. 16. 389-409.

  21. Xue-feng, Liu & Xiao-bo, Wu & Jiong, Wang & Guan-nan, Xu. (2006). Potential Absorptive Capacity, Network Embeddedness and Knowledge Acquisition in Global Manufacturing Network. 10.1109/ICMSE.2006.314220.



  1. Non-Linear Growth : The Road to Geely, Zhongxin Press, 2021

  2. Global Manufacturing and Secondary Innovation: Gain Late-comer advantage, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore ,2020

  3. The Transformation of Huawei, Cambridge University Press ,2020

  4. The Transformation of Huawei (Chinese version), Zhongxin Press, 2017

  5. Handbook of Research on Driving Competitive Advantage through Sustainable, Lean, and Disruptive Innovation, IGI Global, Hershey, United States, 2016

  6. The Globalization of Zhejiang Businesses: network and innovation, Zhejiang University Press, 2011

  7. Business Model Innovation Cases in Service Sectors of Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang University Press, 2011

  8. Venture Management in China, Mechanical Engineering Press, 2011

  9. Blue Book of the Zhejiang Innovation Economy, Zhejiang University Press, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017,2018,2019,2020

  10. Management of Technology and Innovation: A Strategic Approach, Electronics Industry Press, 2008

  11. Global manufacturing and secondary innovation: gaining late comer’s advantage, China Machinery Press, 2005

  12. Theory and Practice of IT Propelling Industrialization, Zhejiang University Press, 2005

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