Department of Management, Society and Communication

External lecturer

Xin Li

I am, by inclination, a theory-oriented researcher, aspiring to develop new theories that deepen our understandings of critical academic questions and important practical issues. I have broad research interests within business and management field. Currently, I focus on addressing some foundational theoretical questions of international business, strategic management, and paradox research. I am particularly interested in bridging Chinese and Western perspectives in business and management scholarship.



Garima Sharma; Jean Bartunek; Patrice M. Buzzanell; Simone Carmine; Carsyn Endres; Michael Etter; Gail Fairhurst; Tobias Hahn; Patrick Lê; Xin Li; Vontrese Pamphile; Camille Pradies; Linda L. Putnam; Kimberly Rocheville; Jonathan Schad; Mathew Sheep; Joshua Keller (2021). ‘A Paradox Approach to Societal Tensions during the Pandemic Crisis’, Journal of Management Inquiry, published online on 24 January 2021, https://doi.org/10.1177/1056492620986604


Xin Li (in press). ‘Solving paradox by reducing expectation’, published online on 7 May 2020 by Academy of Management Review, https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2020.0005

Xin Li (in press). ‘Quantum approach to organizational paradox: A Copenhagen perspective’, published online on 27 May 2020 by Academy of Management Review, https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2019.0480

Xin Li (2020). ‘The Neither-And thinking: Understanding James March’s unique solution to paradox’, Management and Organization Review, accepted for publication on 10 Sept. 2020.

Xin Li & Ma, L. (2020). Chinese management research needs self-confidence but not over-confidence. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, vol 37, no. 2, pp. 481-498.


Xin Li (2019). ‘Is “Yin-Yang balancing” superior to ambidexterity as an approach to paradox management?’, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 17-32. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-018-9569-9


Xin Li (2018). ‘How emerging market resource-poor firms compete and outcompete advanced country resource-rich rivals: An asymmetry reversing theory’, Cross-Cultural & Strategic Management, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 538-544. https://doi.org/10.1108/CCSM-08-2016-0155. This article is the winner of “2019 Emerald Literati Award: Highly Commended Paper”.

Xin Li (2018). ‘Zhong-Yong as dynamic balancing between Yin-Yang opposites’, Cross-Cultural & Strategic Management, vol. 25, no. 2, 2018, pp. 375-379. https://doi.org/10.1108/CCSM-12-2016-0209

Xin Li, V. Worm, & P. Xie (2018). ‘Towards an integrative framework of conflict-handling behaviour: Integrating Western and Chinese perspectives’, Asia Pacific Business Review, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 22-36. https://doi.org/10.1080/13602381.2017.1357322


Xin Li (2014). ‘Can Yin-Yang guide Chinese indigenous management research?’, Management and Organization Review, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 7-27. https://doi.org/10.1111/more.12042 (Lead article)

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Teaching at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Asian Economic Organization and Competitiveness (BSc in International Business in Asia, formerly ASP)
  • Institutions and Business Strategies in the Chinese Context (MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BLC)
  • Teaching at Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC), Beijing, China
  • Government and Business (MScoSci in Public Management & Social Development)