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Joseph Cheng

Professor Emeritus of Business Adminsitration

Biographical Sketch

Joseph L. C. Cheng is Professor of International Business in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also Principal Investigator and Founding Director of The CIC Center for Advanced Study in International Competitiveness (CASIC) sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a university consortium of the Big Ten Conference members and the University of Chicago. During 2012, he was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Center.

Professor Cheng received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a B.S. (with honors) in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1999 to 2006, he was the director of the University of Illinois CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research), a U.S. federally-funded national resource center. He is also a former Chair of the Academy of Management (AOM) International Management Division.

Professor Cheng's research focuses on issues concerning innovation, R&D productivity, and international competitiveness. He has investigated these topics in a variety of institutional settings including industry, government, and university as well as across different national contexts. More recently, he has extended this work to the study of subsidiary learning and innovation within large multinational firms and its effect on parent firms’ ability to attain first-mover advantage, particularly among those competing in the Asia-Pacific. Findings from his research have been published in seven books and also in leading U.S. and European academic journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Human Relations, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Management International Review, Management Science, and Organization Studies, among others.

Professor Cheng’s research has been supported by funding agencies both in the U.S. and abroad, including two CIBER grants from the U.S. Department of Education, a grant award from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Center for Innovation Management Studies, and corporate sponsorships from U.S. and foreign multinational firms, among others. He has organized major academic and business conferences in a number of international cities, including Beijing, Hong Kong, Seattle, Sydney-Newcastle, Toronto, Washington D.C., and more recently, in Chicago for the 2011 CASIC Research Summit, “Competing in the New Innovation-Driven Global Economy: Interdisciplinary Research, Experimentation, and Breakthrough Knowledge.”

Professor Cheng has received recognition for research, teaching, and professional service excellence, including a Leading Book Series Editor Award from Emerald Group Publishing, a Best Paper Award from the AOM Organization and Management Theory Division, Excellent Teacher Listings at the University of Illinois, an Outstanding Elective Professor Award from The Ohio State University MBA Programs (full-time, evening, and weekend), and a Distinguished Service Award from the AOM International Management Division. He is a Consulting Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies, a Senior Editorial Consultant to the European Journal of International Management, and was the lead Co-Editor of Advances in International Management (with Mike Hitt) during 1996-2009. He currently serves or has served on the editorial review boards of Management International Review, Journal of World Business, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of International Management, and Journal of Engineering and Technology Management.