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The keynote Speakers for ICESM 2018

Prof. Shaofeng Liu
Plymouth University, UK

Shaofeng Liu is Professor of Operations Management and Decision Making at University of Plymouth, UK. She is the Research Director for the Product and Service Value Chain Group, specializing in digital business, knowledge management, decision making, and value chain innovation. She obtained her PhD degree from Loughborough University, UK. She sits on the Management Board for Euro Working Group on Decision Support Systems. She is currently a Senior Editor for Cogent Business and Management, and on Editorial Boards for a number of international journals. She has undertaken a number of influential research projects funded by UK research councils and the European Commission with a total value over €40M. She is currently principal investigator and co-investigator for 4 EU projects (3 of which are funded by Horizon 2020 and one by Erasmus Plus) and 1 project funded by UK research council - Innovate UK. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed research papers.
Speech Title: Knowledge Management: Evolution, Research Trend and Application In Food Value Chain
Abstract: This talk will provide a systematic analysis of knowledge management (KM) evolution, from individual knowledge power through knowledge competence in organisations to the current phenomenon of knowledge economy. Some of the most representative KM theories in the KM evolution will be discussed. At the individual knowledge power level, the presentation will look at the famous SECI model (socialisation, externalisation, combination and internalisation) and “Ba” theory (i.e. knowledge space). At the organisational level, knowledge-based view (KBV) and the five learning cycles (i.e. individual learning cycle, individual/group learning cycle, group learning cycle, group/organisation learning cycle, and organisation learning cycle) into competence will be presented. Finally the talk will examine how knowledge can be mobilised crossing boundaries in order to create knowledge economy. An application of the knowledge mobilisation framework in food value chain will be illustrated, based on the most recent development from the EU collaborative project, RUC-APS (standing for Risk and Uncertain Conditions in Agriculture Production Systems), which is funded by European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Assoc. Prof. Belinda Luke
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Belinda is an Associate Professor in the School of Accountancy at Queensland University of Technology. She has approximately 10 years experience in academia, teaching accounting at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Prior to that she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a tax manager and human resources senior manager for approximately 10 years, in Australia, Ukraine, Papua New Guinea, and China.

Belinda’s research focuses on accountability and reporting in public sector and third sector organisations. Her research publications include 2 books, 7 book chapters, and more than 30 journal publications.

She has previously held positions such as Chair of the Public sector and not-for-profit stream of Accounting and Finance Association of Australian and New Zealand (2011-2014), is co-author of ‘Financial Reporting’, a textbook published by Wiley and used throughout Australia, and Associate editor of Accounting Research Journal.

Speech Title: Read about it? The Value of Social Performance Reporting
Abstract: While the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as organisational activity is relatively well established, the development of social reporting on such activity is somewhat fragmented. This presentation examines the development of social reporting in theory, and status of social reporting in practice. In particular, it considers the usefulness of current social reporting approaches, and opportunities to address shortcomings in these approaches.

Principles of financial reporting are considered in the context of social reporting to evaluate social reporting frameworks and examine how social reporting might be improved. The importance of social reporting is considered from the perspective of a range of stakeholders. Proposed developments aim to provoke a reconsideration of the usefulness of social reporting, such that the value of this type of reporting may be enhanced, and stakeholders might actually be informed.

Plenary Speaker for ICESM 2018

Assoc. Prof. Jung-Ho Lai
National Taipei University of Business, Taiwan

Dr. Jung-Ho Lai is an associate professor of department of Finance at National Taipei University of Business. She received her PhD in international business management from National Cheng Kung University and has been a visiting scholar at Ivey Business School, Western University during 2017. Her research interests include foreign direct investment and corporate governance. Her works have been published in several premier journals such as Financial Management, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, R&D management, Journal of International Management, Omega-International Journal of Management Science. Her teaching focuses on financial management and futures and options.

Speech Title: How outside directors’ human and social capital create value for corporate international investments?
Grounded in theories of resource dependence, vicarious learning, information processing, and board group and process literature, this study examines how outside directors’ human and social capital affect the value of their corporate foreign direct investments. We employed the event study approach and examined 1,210 international investment cases of 836 US firms over a period of thirteen years. We found significant but distinct, non-linear impacts from the quantity of board members’ human capital (U-shaped effect) and social capital (inverted U-shaped effect). The quality of board capital also matters, as shown by the directors’ prior foreign investment performance, the size of the interlocked companies and their degree of internationalization. The alternative performance measure from operating ROA yields similar results. Our findings highlight the importance of incorporating factors related to board human and social capital for a more complete analysis of outside boards’ contributions to firms’ international success.

Assoc. Prof. Wang Wanqiu
Beijing University of Technology, China

Wang Wanqiu (PhD, Beijing University of Technology) is an associate professor of School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Technology. Her research focuses on mergers and acquisitions, and recently paid particular interest in technological mergers and acquisitions. The researches have been published in Management Review, Studies in Science of Science, among others.

Speech Title: Vertical Integration, Social Capital and the Mergers &Acquisitions Performance
Abstract: Mergers & acquisitions, as one of the strategies for promoting the factor flow and optimizing the resource allocation, is playing a leading part in the economic structure upgrade. From a macro perspective, vertical merger and acquisition will definitely play an important role in optimizing the efficiency of resources’ allocation; from a micro perspective, it has already become a critical strategic tool for enterprise resources’ integration. According to transaction costs theory, vertical mergers & acquisitions can decrease the operating costs; enhance the operating efficiency through internal trading instead of market trading to improve the operation performance. So, our research focuses on whether the different relationships appearing among the acquirer and the target enterprises can enhance the resource collaboration brought by vertical integration and improve operation performance?

Keynote Speakers for ICESM 2017

Prof. Tim Huh
University of British Columbia, Canada

Tim Huh is expert in operations management, supply chain management and dynamic pricing. He has worked with companies in the semiconductor industry, health care organizations, insurance companies, and manufacturing facilities both in Canada and the United States.  In particular, his work with semiconductor companies was on capacity expansion and configuration when both the production technology and demand for products are subject to high uncertainty.  He has conducted workshops on operational effectiveness for various audiences.  He is in several editorial boards for leading journals in operations management.  He received PhD from Cornell University.  He received multiple teaching awards.


Assoc. Prof. Tao Zeng
Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Dr. Tao Zeng is an associate professor with supervision status for Master and Ph.D. students at Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University. She has many publications in academic journals including Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Review of Accounting and Finance, Journal of Financial Economic Policy, Canadian Tax Journal, Asian Review of Accounting, etc. She is an Academic Editor of British Journal of Economics, Management & Trade.

Prof. Jacques Picard
Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Dr. Tao Zeng is an associate professor with supervision status for Master and Ph.D. students at Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University. She has many publications in academic journals including Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Review of Accounting and Finance, Journal of Financial Economic Policy, Canadian Tax Journal, Asian Review of Accounting, etc. She is an Academic Editor of British Journal of Economics, Management & Trade.

Assoc. Prof. Bixia Xu
ed Laurier Unviersity, Canada

Dr. Xu obtains her Ph.D. from Concordia University in 2012. Her research interests are in the fields of R&D investments, stock valuation, corporate disclosure, corporate social responsibilities and information science. She has publications in number of journals including a couple of top journals such as Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of Business Research. Her teaching focuses on financial accounting theory, advanced financial reporting and management accounting.