Prof. Roger KING

Prof. Roger KING

Adjunct Professor,
Founder & Director, Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies, HKUST
Founder & Director, Thompson Center for Business Case Studies, HKUST

Academic Qualifications

  • BSEE, University of Michigan
  • MSEE, New York University
  • AMP, Harvard Business School
  • PhD (Finance), HKUST

Research and Teaching Interests

Family business; entrepreneurship; corporate and family governance

Industry Experience

Professor King was a former US Naval Officer; member of Technical Staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories (USA); Chief Operating Officer of Orient Overseas (Holdings) Limited, listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK); Chairman and Founder of ODS System-Pro Computers Limited; Chairman of Euro-Asia Shipyard Limited; Chairman of Pacific Coffee Limited; President and Chief Executive Officer of Sa Sa International Holdings Limited, listed on SEHK; Independent Non-Executive Director of Sincere Watch (Hong Kong) Limited, listed on SEHK; Board Director of Arrow Electronics Corporation, listed on the New York Stock Exchange; Supervisory Board member of TNT Express, listed on Amsterdam Exchange; President of Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong; Chairman of the Association of Honorary Consuls in Hong Kong and Macau; Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia in HKSAR; Standing Committee Member of the Zhejiang Province People’s Political Consultative Conference; and Council member of The Hong Kong Baptist University and HKUST.

Professor King is currently a Non-Executive Director of Orient Overseas (International) Limited; Honorary Court Member of HKUST; member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University (TAU); member of the International Advisory Board of Coller School of Management at TAU; member of the Academic Council of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO; Chairman of the Case Center, Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools; member of the Advisory Council of the Israel-Asia Center; member of the Ernst & Young Family Business Advisory Council; and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Business Strategy.

Selected Publications

  • King, R., & Peng, W.Q. (2013). The effect of industry characteristics on the control longevity of founding family firms. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 4(4), 281-295.
  • King, R., & Peng, W.Q. (2015). Chinese family business: A thing of the past? In Family Business Committee of the China Private Economy Research Team (Eds.), Chinese Family Business Succession Report (pp.257-262). Beijing, China: China CITIC Press.
  • King, R., Peng, W.Q., & Stewart, C. (2017). Family office: the Eastern approach. The International Family Offices Journal, 3, 27-32.


Professor King has published various case studies on companies such as Chevalier Group, Crown Worldwide Group, Harilela Enterprises, Jebsen Group, Langham Hospitality Group, Lee Kum Kee, Pacific Coffee, and Sun Hing.

Awards and Honors

Professor King is the 2011 recipient of the HKUST Honorary Fellowship and a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Beta Gamma Sigma, the honorary societies for electric engineers and business scholars respectively.