Research Centers

The HKUST Business School's reputation in business research derives from the world-class interdisciplinary work developed by our leading research and professional development centers.

Center for Asian Financial Markets

Founded in 1997, this Center has been promoting research on financial market activities by establishing strong data and knowledge bases about Asian financial markets, with a particular focus on Hong Kong and China. The Center provides an academic interface with government and business that promotes research and facilitates the dissemination of knowledge. The Center is also active in organizing seminars, public lectures, and conferences on topics of relevance to Asia financial markets.

Please contact us to learn more.

Vidhan K Goyal, Head
Chair Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 7678

Chu Zhang
Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 7684

Veronique Lafon-Vinais
Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 7686

Center for Business Data Analysis

The Center for Business Data Analysis (CBDA) was found in April 2013 with the generous support from Goldstone Investment Co. Ltd. We aim to promote business applications of statistical data analysis to solve practical business problems, and develop insights from innovative statistical techniques to analyze high-dimensional data that facilitates prediction and decision making. The Centre provides a platform between academic and business communities for broader dialogue and information dissemination. Through the exchange of ideas, it also enhances the synergy between research and teaching of statistical methodology.

We welcome your interest and inquiries:

Inchi Hu
Chair Professor of ISOM
(852) 2358 7734

Xuhu Wan
Associate Professor of ISOM
(852) 2358 7731

Center for Business Strategy and Innovation

This Center seeks to advance management practices through rigorous academic research in strategy and innovation. Our world-class research has promoted a better understanding of critical issues related to business strategy and innovation facing business and community leaders in the region. Its objectives are to:

  • Facilitate, sponsor and publish high quality, applied research addressing critical issues related to innovation and strategy, and relevant public policy issues;
  • Improve the practice of management by publishing the results of applied research in local and international business publications;
  • Serve as a platform for conducting executive seminars, speaker series, and conferences.

We invite you to learn more about our outstanding work and contact us to partner in similar endeavors.

Jiatao Li
Associate Dean, Chair Professor and Department Head of Management
(852) 2358 7757

Yan Xu
Associate Dean, Associate Professor of ISOM
(852) 2358 7640

Center for Economic Development

This Center endeavors to enhance the understanding of economic developments through research. We put a special emphasis on China and the Asia Pacific region which have risen to become engines of the world's economic growth.

Since its establishment in 1995, the Center has conducted timely and relevant research projects on the economic developments in the regions of focus. We emphasize theoretical and empirical research on economic growth in transitional economies, and we are actively involved in public policy debates in Hong Kong.

Please contact us to learn more:

Francis Lui
Professor of Economics
(852) 2358 7606

Center for Experimental Business Research

This Center is the first of its kind in Asia which aims to advance understanding of theory and practice in business and related disciplines through the use of experimental methods. We actively conduct experimental research in business, economics, psychology and neuroscience, and expand experimental methodologies through research and teaching. In this capacity, we develop groundbreaking insights from the new frontiers of knowledge and apply the methodologies to solve real-life problems faced in business.

We invite you to experiment with us:

Yuk Fai Fong
Associate Professor of Economics
(852) 2358 7620

Wooyoung Lim
Assistant Professor of Economics
(852) 2358 7628

Center for Marketing and Supply Chain Management

This Center was founded in April 2005 with the generous support of the Fung Foundation Ltd. We focus on marketing and supply chain management research, specifically applied to China. To this end, our practice targets policy-makers, industry-leaders, expert scholars, including students and budding researchers, who will influence marketing and supply chain management in the future.

The Center's purpose is to:

  • Increase the visibility and prestige of the School's leadership in marketing and supply chain management;
  • Further instill the global academic leadership of the School in the field;
  • Enhance the competitiveness of companies in the aforementioned areas, particularly China.

We welcome your interest and inquiries:

Hongtao Zhang
Professor of ISOM
(852) 2358 7755

Ying Zhao
Associate Professor of Marketing
(852) 2358 7701

Hang Lung Center for Organizational Research

This Center is dedicated to advancing knowledge about organizational management in the Chinese context. This goal is currently being pursued through extensive academic research in two broad areas. First, scientific analyses of individual, group, and firm behaviors in the Chinese context; second, cross cultural or comparative analyses of individual, group, and organizational level studies on firms inside and outside China. Our vision is to become the world's leading center for superior knowledge of China-related organizational management.

Contact us to learn more and join us in this endeavor:

Jiing-Lih (Larry) Farh
Chair Professor of Management
(852) 2358 7735

Yaping Gong
Associate Professor of Management
(852) 2358 7748

Shui On Center for China Business & Management

This Center was established with the generous support of Shui On Holdings Limited. It strives to contribute to the development of business in China by advancing and circulating insights on China business, and nurturing premier business managers and entrepreneurs in China. A keen supporter of knowledge transfer and sharing, the Center is committed to strengthening academia and business partnerships with development programs, industry forums, applied research and case projects for business and management in China.

We encourage you to learn more and get in touch:


Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies

The Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies aims to become a leading research center of excellence in the understanding of the burgeoning Asian family business and entrepreneurship sectors, and to bridge the knowledge gap between academics and practitioners. Recognizing the multi-disciplinary nature of the field of family business and entrepreneurship, the Center collaborates with various departments at HKUST to achieve the following objectives:

  • Organize academic and industry symposiums and roundtable events;
  • Conduct top-quality multi-disciplinary academic research;
  • Provide tailor-made courses and executive programs;
  • Develop and teach customized corporate, executive and MBA courses;
  • Promote case method, case writing and teaching on Asian family business and entrepreneurship.

Please visit our website to learn more about the Center.

Roger King
Adjunct Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 8259

Winnie Peng
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 8259

Thompson Center for Business Case Studies

The Center builds expert insights through case studies focusing on business in Asia. We work closely with the HKUST Business School faculty and company executives to develop cases that merge academic concepts with real-world business challenges and opportunities.

The Center's objectives are to:

  • Facilitate the development of quality Asian business cases under the supervision of HKUST faculty;
  • Promote the case method of teaching at HKUST;
  • Organize and host case teaching and writing workshops;
  • Promote inter-faculty and inter-university collaboration;
  • Develop closer links with Asia's business community.

Please visit our website to learn more about the Center and our case studies:

Roger King
Adjunct Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 8259

Winnie Peng
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 8259

Jeroen van den Berg
(852) 2358 6012

Tongyi Industrial Group Center for Electronic Commerce

This rapidly growing Center has made considerable headway in advancing the theory and application of the ever-changing e-commerce platform through research in the integration of technology, organization and market structure. Areas of focus include the Electronic Market, the eChannel for Promotion and Order Fulfillment, Promotion and Marketing using Social Media, Human Computer Interface and Personalization, Mobile Computing Applications, and Technology Adoption and Diffusion.

Guided by our commitment to excellence, we strive to positively impact the economic development of Hong Kong by:

  • Enabling e-Commerce through frontier research on technology integration in organizational and market structures;
  • Upgrading the manpower of Hong Kong e-commerce leaders with executive online programs;
  • Collaborating closely with industrial partners to implement technologies and process innovations developed by the Center.

Contact us to learn more:

Kar Yan Tam
Chair Professor of ISOM
(852) 2358 7636

Value Partners Center for Investing

This Center promotes Hong Kong's role as a preeminent regional investment hub thanks to a generous donation from Value Partners Group Limited. The Center's work is wide-ranging from providing investment management training courses for HKUST students and supporting the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), to organizing seminars and conferences to enhance industry-academia partnerships. It also conducts a diverse array of scientific and policy research on investment management focusing on Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Please visit our website to find out more about our dynamic Center for Investing:

K.C. John Wei
Chair Professor of Finance

Haifeng You
Associate Professor of Accounting
(852) 2358 6290