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Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 4066

Email: h.li5@aston.ac.uk

Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • (Entrepreneurial) leadership
  • Migrant/refugee entrepreneurship
  • Identity and reputation
  • Knowledge management
  • Daoist philosophy
  • Qualitative research methods

Following industrial experience in MNCs and SMEs in Shanghai for eight years, Hongqin studied for a PhD in leadership at the University of Exeter Business School, where she got full studentship. Her research has covered British, Chinese and Australian contexts associated with both SMEs and large organizations. Hongqin has published in top journals such as British Journal of Management and Entrepreneurship & Regional Development. Her research focuses on three areas. First, on how entrepreneurs/migrants/refugees evolve leadership skills to grow their businesses. Second, on the identity and reputation. Third, on some of the methodological, fieldwork and practical challenges with interviewing business elites. She welcome PhD students from related research areas.  

Selected publications

  1. Harvey, W., Beaverstock, J.V. and Li, H. (2019) ‘How can organisations manage their reputations in response to threats?’. The European Business Review. March-April, 2019. 
  2. Harvey, W., Beaverstock, J.V. and Li, H. (2018) ‘Commons threats and reputation change in executive search firms’. British Journal of Management. Vol. 00, 1–22. 
  3. Jones, O. and Li, H. (2017). Effectual entrepreneuring: sensemaking in a family-based start-up. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development29(5-6), 467-499.

 I welcome PhD students related to leadership, entrepreneurship, reputation, identity, and knowledge management.

Education/Academic qualification


Sep 2012Nov 2016

Award Date: 14 Nov 2016


Sep 2011Aug 2012

Award Date: 9 Sep 2012

MA, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

Sep 2003Mar 2006

Award Date: 31 Mar 2006


Sep 1996Jun 2000

Award Date: 6 Jul 2000


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