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Joseph Cheng

Joseph Cheng

Primary Affiliation: Research Professor and Director of Special Projects, Gies School of Business | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Skill Highlights

Research Professor and Director of Special Projects, Gies School of Business | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Policy Expertise

Global innovation
Entrepreneurship
Multinational management
International business
National innovation ecosystems

Experience & Background

Joseph Cheng
About
Experience & Background

Joe’s research centers on three main areas: (1) innovation, R&D productivity, and international competitiveness; (2) globalization and multinational management; and (3) organizational learning, adaptation, and change. He is currently studying the inner-workings of national, regional, and district/city innovation ecosystems and how companies (both established and startup) can leverage ecosystem resources to build a competitive advantage.   He has founded and/or directed five interdisciplinary research centers at multiple universities including the University of Illinois, Ohio State University, George Washington University, and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His research has been supported by competitive grant awards from the U.S. National Science Foundation and Department of Education, corporate sponsorships, and internal university matching totaling over $6 million.

Joe has published seven edited books and many refereed articles in top U.S. and European academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Human Relations, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Long Range Planning, Management and Organization Review, Management Science, Organization Studies Strategy Science R&D Management, among others.  A former elected Chair of the Academy of Management (AOM) International Management Division, he currently serves or has served on the editorial boards of 12 academic journals, including appointments as a consulting editor, reviewer, and special issue editor.

Professional Appointments

Gies College of Business, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL. 

Director of Special Project, 2018 to Present. 

Research Professor of Innovation and International Business, 2018 to Present.

Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, 2013 to Present. 

Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research, 1999 – 2006. 

Professor at the Gies College of Business, 1996 – 2013.

George Washington University, Washington D.C. 

Research Professor at the School of Business, 2016 – 2018. 

Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Professor and Michael J. Crouch Chair in Innovation, 2013 – 2016. 

Stanford University, Stanford, CA. 

Visiting Professor at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2012. 

Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Visiting Scholar, 2011. 

The CIC Center for Advanced Study in International Competitiveness.

Director, 2010 – 2013.

Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong Kong.

Visiting Professor, 2008 – 2009. 

Illinois Global Business Initiative. 

Director, 2007 – 2013. 

Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, CA. 

Visiting Scholar, 2003. 

School of Economics and Political Science, University of Sydney. 

Visiting Scholar, 2003. 

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. 

Associate Professor, 1992 – 1996.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and States University, Blacksburg, VA. 

Assistant to Associate Professor, 1980 – 1992. 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Lecturer in Management, 1977 – 1980. 

Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Ph.D in Business Administration, 1997.

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; B.S. in Industrial Engineering, 1974.

Recent Publications

WHO technical manual on tobacco tax policy and administration
WHO technical manual on tobacco tax policy and administration

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