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 Business and Social Analytics

The Center for Business and Social Analytics (CBSA) serves as a platform for academics and researchers from external advisory bodies, commercial organizations, non-government organizations, and think tanks to collaborate on research that generates business and social insights from analyzing the emerging big data on the Internet. It will apply state-of-the-art statistics and econometrics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence tools and methods to analyze timely business and social issues for both the professional and general audience. The objective is to offer evidence-based insights and advice generated from advanced analytics for business and social policies. Such insights and advice will benefit the economic and social development of Hong Kong and Greater China.

DIRECTOR
Kai-Lung HUI
Associate Dean, Elman Family Professor of Business, Chair Professor and Deputy Head of ISOM
(852) 2358 7641

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS
Allen HUANG
Associate Professor of Accounting
(852) 2358 7559

Wenfang TANG
Chair Professor and Head of Social Science
(852) 2358 7782

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE MEMBERS
James KWOK
Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
(852) 2358 7013

Utpal BHATTACHARYA
Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 8498

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.

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

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
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 visit our website to learn more about the Center.

DIRECTOR
Edwin LAI
Professor of Economics
(852) 2358 7611

Center for Economic Policy

The mission of the Center for Economic Policy (CEP) is to improve the effectiveness of economic policies and programs by providing high quality research insights. Two research programs have been established within the Center. One is on Antitrust and Competition Policy, focusing on the study of interactions of business strategies and market competition, as well as the impact of laws and regulations on competition, business strategies, and the general economy. The other is the Development Economics Action Research (DEAR) Program, which focuses on rigorous evaluation of policy interventions in developing countries. The DEAR Program seeks to become the leading center for such evaluation research in Asia.

Please visit our website to learn more about the Center.

DIRECTOR
Albert PARK
Head of Economics and Chair Professor
(852) 2358 5981

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Siu Fai LEUNG
Professor of Economics
(852) 2358 7618

Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies

The Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies is a leading research center in the burgeoning field of Asian family business and entrepreneurship studies, bridging the knowledge gap between academics, practitioners and policymakers in all of its programs and activities. Recognizing the multi-disciplinary nature of the field, the Center collaborates with leading families, practitioners, various academic departments at HKUST and institutions around the world to achieve the following objectives:

  • Conduct quality academic research and case studies on Asian family businesses;
  • Provide custom and open programs and EMBA and MBA courses in family business; and
  • Organize academic and industry symposiums and roundtables.

Please visit our website to learn more about the Center.

DIRECTOR
Winnie PENG
Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 8259

SENIOR ADVISOR
Roger KING
Adjunct 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:

DIRECTOR
Winnie PENG
Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 8259

SENIOR ADVISOR
Roger KING
Adjunct Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 8259

Center for Investing

The Center has broadened its focus and extended its work to cover various aspects of applied research in financial development in Hong Kong and elsewhere as its mission. Based on the strong research expertise of the faculty members in the Department of Finance, the Center works with various partners and associates to conduct research that generates both theoretical potentials and applicable techniques.

The Center has the following research areas as its priority.

  • Banking - As a financial center in the world, Hong Kong is known for its banking industry. A rich financial history often prompts important issues as research topics.
  • Securities markets - Vibrant stock market and derivative warrants market in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, generate many interesting questions for research. The Center is well poised to study these questions and generate implications for the other markets.
  • Venture capital and private equity - Being in Hong Kong and close to Shenzhen where numerous start-up companies choose to call home, and where VC and PE attract most talents, the Center has its comparative advantage in doing related research.
  • Fintech and financial innovation - Riding on the new wave of financial technology development, the Center engages in various activities, such as seminars and workshops.

Please visit our website to learn more about the Center

DIRECTOR 
Chu ZHANG
Professor of Finance and Head of Department
(852) 2358 7669

HKUST-NES-SKOLKOVO China-Russia Eurasian Studies Center (CREC)

The HKUST-NES-SKOLKOVO China-Russia Eurasian Studies Center (CREC) aims to become the world's leading research and educational platform focused on the study of relations and prospects for synergies between China, Russia and the rest of Eurasia. It is the first Center to be established at HKUST’s Guangzhou campus.

The Center will leverage the existing partnership between four institutions: the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (represented by the School of Business and Management), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) (represented by the Society Hub), the New Economic School, and the Moscow School of Management-SKOLKOVO. It will involve international experts in Eurasia to conduct research in the fields of economics, business, technology development, politics, and environmental studies that address regional, transnational, and international comparative and interdisciplinary topics related to China, Russia and Eurasia.

The Center will also build a global network to support new national and international leaders in the macro region through educational activities and global training programs, and to promote research and expertise through regional and theme-based conferences and seminars.

CO-DIRECTORS
Ye QI
Professor, Division of Public Policy, HKUST
Area Head, Innovation, Policy, and Entrepreneurship Thrust, HKUST (Guangzhou)
(852) 2358 8327

Shlomo WEBER
President, New Economic School
Adjunct Professor of Economics and Special Advisor to the Dean of SBM, HKUST
(852) 2358 8210