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Exploring the Role of CSR in Chinese Firms' Outward FDI

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  • Full or part time
    Dr T Bai
    Prof F Mcdonald
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Project Description

The past two decades have witnessed rapid growth and remarkable transformation in Chinese market. However, the development of Chinese foreign subsidiaries in the host countries is not going well. Chinese firms are often accused of social misdeeds, including environmental pollution, product quality flaws, or abusive labor. These accusations easily turn into public crises, which would be exposed to national media, causing long-lasting and serious financial and reputational damage. This project explores the mechanisms through which corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities impact the outward FDI of Chinese firms. We consider CSR as non-market strategy to help Chinese firms gain legitimacy and adapt into local contexts. At the same time, the effect of CSR activities is contingent on the host institutional environment and the expectations of local stakeholders. This project will conduct case study and quantitative analysis to develop and test our theoretical framework.

The candidate should have a first class or upper second class honours degree, or a masers eree (or equivalent qualification), in management, economics, finance or mathematics. Evidence of good spoken and written English is essential. The candidate should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, or an equivalent qualification, if the first language is not English. This position is open to all qualified candidates irrespective of nationality.

Degree: The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program.

For more information aou ooral solarsi an roramme a ian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU): Please visit:

How to Apply

Interested applicants are advised to email the following documents to [email protected] (please put the project title and the supervisor's name in the subject line).
- CV
- Two reference letters
- Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
- Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of above 6.5 or equivalent is required
- Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
- Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Tao Bai ([email protected]), whose personal profile is linked below:

Funding Notes

The PhD studentship is available for three years subject to satisfactory progress by the student. The award covers tuition fees for three years (currently equivalent to RMB 80,000 per annum) and provides a monthly stipend of 3500 RMB as a contribution to living expenses. It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award. It is a condition of the award that holders of XJTLU PhD scholarships carry out 300-500 hours of teaching assistance work per year.
The scholarship holder is expected to carry out the major part of his or her research at XJTLU in Suzhou, China. However, he or she is eligible for a research study visit to the University of Liverpool of up to three months, if this is required by the project.

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