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.

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

Associate Professor of Accounting
(852) 2358 7559

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

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

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.

Jiatao LI
Senior 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 visit our website to learn more about the Center.

Please contact us to learn more:

Edwin LAI
Professor of Economics
(852) 2358 7611

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.

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

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:

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

Roger KING
Adjunct Professor of Finance
(852) 2358 8259

Center for Investing

This Center promotes Hong Kong's role as a preeminent regional investment hub. 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.

Professor of Finance and Head of Department
(852) 2358 7669