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The 3rd Frontiers of Business Research in China International Symposium Held Successfully

The 3rd Frontiers of Business Research in China International Symposium, cohosted by Frontiers of Business Research in China (FBR), School of Business, Renmin University of China, and Higher Education Press, was held successfully on 20-21 June 2016 in Beijing. More than a hundred of scholars from 13 countries and regions attended the conference.


Professor Zhihong Yi, Vice President of Renmin University of China, made the opening speech to welcome symposium participants and invited guests. Professor Yi pointed out that research and international cooperation have been playing a very important role in seeking better solutions to economic and business management problems, especially when facing unsteady and challenging international and domestic environment. She emphasized that FBR and its annual symposiums have provided right and excellent venues for these efforts to both domestic and overseas’ scholars. The achievements of the FBR in the past decade were also esteemed by Professor Jiye Mao, Dean of School of Business, in his speech. He emphasized that FBR have become not only a show-case window of the School, but also an important platform for expressing and broadcasting Chinese scholars’ voices and ideas in business administration research to the rest of the world.


Opening speech by Professor Zhihong Yi, Vice President of Renmin University of China


Opening speech by Professor Jiye Mao, Dean of School of Business, Renmin University of China


Professor James Ohlson, Member of the Accounting Hall of Fame, of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Michael Carney of Concordia University, Canada, and Professor Jiing-Lih Larry Farh of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology delivered the keynote speeches, respectively. In Professor James Ohlson’s speech, some deficiencies in the implications of OLS PLUS in traditional empirical accounting research were identified. He suggested that researchers should focus on pre-exiting issues and make the data analysis as simple as possible. Focusing on the succession of family firms, Professor Michael Carney found that the initiation of the succession is associated with significant strategic change, the succession − strategic change relationship is positively moderated by a successor’s international education, and strategic change is found to be associated with weaker performance. Professor Jiing-Lih Larry Farh’s speech examined specific leadership styles such as paternalistic leadership, transformational leadership, empowering leadership, abusive supervision, and ethical leadership in organizations in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. His speech focused on paternalistic leadership and its three dimensions of authority, benevolence, and morality and then discusses its implications for leadership practices in the Chinese contexts and identifies future directions for leadership research.


Professor James Ohlson


Professor Michael Carney


Professor Jiing-Lih Larry Farh


Professor Mike Peng, from University of Texas at Dallas, USA, gave a workshop on “Secrets behind publishing academic papers” to share with the participants his rich experience on academic research and publishing. Specifically, he summarized the issues need to be noticed in academic research and provided actionable practices on how to enhance the odds for successful publishing.


 Professor Mike Peng


A round-table discussion session was held between leading international journal editors and symposium participants. Professor Michael Carney (APJM), Professor Mike Peng (APJM),Professor Ghon Rhee (PBFJ) and Professor Jason Shaw (AMJ) introduced the development of their journals, respectively. All of them are also editorial board members of the FBR. The editors pointed out the common issues faced by academic journals nowadays, and discussed face to face with symposium participants on how to develop and publish articles at leading international academic journals.


Professors Mike Peng, Ghon Rhee, Jason Shaw, and Michael Carney at the Meet the Editors Session


The theme of the 2016 symposium is “Celebration of the Decade: Innovations in Business Administration, Emerging Markets, Global Perspectives” as FBR celebrated its 10th anniversary. The symposium selected five “Most Download Paper Awards” and four “Best Reviewer Awards” to appreciate the contributions made by the authors and reviewers.



FBR Executive Editor-in-Chief Prof. Steven Shuye Wang, Senior Editor Prof. Jun Liu with some of the Best Reviewer Awardees

Three “Best Paper Awards”, one “Best Case Study Award” and one “Best Young Scholar Paper Award” were issued for the 3rd FBR symposium.


Prof. Steven Shuye Wang with one of the Best Paper Awardees


 The symposium had 15 parallel sessions with topics in the areas of organization behavior, human resources management, strategy, accounting, finance, marketing, management information systems, banking and internet banking. Authors from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, USA, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Pakistan presented their papers.



Group photo of part of the symposium participants


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