Prof. Qiang (John) Li

Prof. Qiang (John) Li

Assistant Professor

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. University of Maryland, Strategy and Enterpreneurship
  • M.Sc. Tsinghua University, Management
  • B.A. Renmin University of China, Human Resource and Labor Economics



  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Department of Management, Assistant Professor, July 2013 - present.


Refereed Journal Publications (Chronological, alphabetical)

  • Connelly, B, Li, Q, Shi, W, & Lee, K. Forthcoming. CEO dismissal: Consequences for the strategic risk taking of competitor CEOs. Strategic Management Journal. (All authors contributed equally)

  • Garg, S.*, Li, Q.* & Shaw, J. 2019. Entrepreneurial firms grow up: Board undervaluation, board evolution, and firm performance in newly public firms. Strategic Management Journal, 40: 1882-1907.(*shared first-authorship)

  • Garg, S., Li, Q. & Shaw, J. 2018. Undervaluation of directors: Impact on turnover of directors (and CEO) in newly public firms. Strategic Management Journal, 39: 429-457.

  • Li, Q., Maggitti, P., Smith, K., Tesluk, P., & Katila, R. 2013. Top management attention to innovation: The role of search selection and intensity. Academy of Management Journal, 56: 893-916. (First two authors contributed roughly equally)(Donwload here)

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Garg, S., Li, Q., & Shaw, J. 2018. Social comparison among outside directors as a driver of board evolution and firm performance. The Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

  • Li, Q. 2010. How do action signals matter in competition? The relationship between action signals and reaction intensity. The Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.


  • Li, Q., Zhao, B & Stroube, B. 2017. Social norms as a strategic tool: Evidence from a randomized field experiment.. To be presented at the annual meeting of Strategic Management Society, Houston, TX.

  • Garg, S., Li, Q. & Shaw, J. 2016. Board and firm evolution after the IPO. . Presented at INSEAD Behavioral Corporate Governance Conference, France.

  • Garg, S. & Li, Q. 2016. Board leadership structure and CEO departures in entrepreneurial firms. Presented at the annual meeting of Academic of Management, Anaheim, CA.

  • Garg, S. & Li, Q. 2015. Director exit: Power premium in newly public ventures. Presented at the Asia Management Research Conference, INSEAD Singapore.


  • Ad Hoc reviewers:

    • Academy of Management Journal

    • Strategic Management Journal

    • Organization Science

    • Journal of Management Studies

    • Family Business Review


  • Information search

  • Innovation


  • Entrepreneurship

  • Executive compensation

  • IPO


  • RGC General Research Fund "External status meets local status in the board room: When does it benefit the firm and when does it hurt?", 2016-2019, HKD403,500.

  • HKUST Initiation Grant "Conflicts in strategic decision-making process in board meetings, conflict management, and firm performance", 2013-2015, HKD100,000.