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Li Dai, Ph.D. - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Li Dai, Ph.D. Li Dai, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management, College of Business Administration | Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

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Biography

Li Dai teaches undergraduate and MBA courses in international business, strategic management and global strategy at LMU. In addition, Dai has taught extensively in the business programs at Texas A&M University and Ivey Business School, with the latter's MBA program ranked #1 in the world by Bloomberg Businessweek. Her studies utilizing geo-referencing methodology on firm strategy in hostile contexts are considered seminal by peers in the field of management. This research, along with her work on institutions in emerging markets, has been recognized with prestigious awards and invited for publication by Oxford University Press and featured in the highest-ranked journals in fields spanning international business, strategic management and entrepreneurship. She is a faculty fellow at the Center for Emerging Markets at Northeastern University and sits on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of International Business Studies and Journal of International Business Policy, both top-ranked journals in the field of international business and the two flagship journals of the Academy of International Business.

Education (2)

Texas A&M University: Ph.D., Strategic Management and International Business 2011

University of Toronto: B.Com., Finance and Economics 2006

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Areas of Expertise (6)

Political Violence

Emerging Markets

Multinational Corporations

Institutional Theory

Firm Strategy in Hostile Contexts

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Industry Expertise (3)

Education/Learning

Political Organization

Management Consulting

Accomplishments (16)

LMU EMBA Business Applications of Blockchain Certificate (professional)

2019

eFaculty Certificate for Online and Hybrid Teaching and Learning (professional)

2019

Strategic Management Society Best Paper Prize Finalist (professional)

2017

Association Francophone de Management International Best Paper Award (professional)

2016

New Jersey Business and Industry Association Bright Idea Award (professional)

2015

The Moon Fellowship (professional)

2015

Multinational Business Review Most Cited Paper (professional)

2012

Skolkovo Best Paper Award Finalist (professional)

Academy of Management, 2012

Best Paper on Emerging Markets Finalist (professional)

Academy of Management, 2012

Farmer Best Dissertation Award Runner-Up (professional)

Academy of International Business, 2012

Best Overall Doctoral Paper (professional)

Southern Management Association, 2010

Best Paper in Strategy Track (professional)

Southern Management Association, 2010

Haynes Prize for Most Promising Scholar Finalist (professional)

Academy of International Business, 2009

Best Conceptual Paper Award (professional)

Emerald Publishing, 2008

Regents Scholarship (personal)

Texas A&M University, 2007

Dean's List (personal)

Faculty of Commerce, University of Toronto, 2003-2006

Affiliations (3)

  • Academy of Management
  • Strategic Management Society
  • Academy of International Business

Articles (13)

International diversification of family-dominant firms: Integrating socioemotional wealth and behavioral theory of the firm Journal of World Business

2020-04-01

Drawing on the behavioral theory of the firm, we shed light on an extant debate about whether family firms are more or less likely to diversify internationally. In an analysis of firm-level data from 93 countries over 2011–2018, we find that family-dominant firms—with their established preference for low breadth-high depth international diversification—will seek to increase their breadth when performance falls below aspiration level, but that doing so can hurt their performance stability. Our study advances the literature by identifying important boundary conditions to their prioritization of socioemotional wealth and micro-foundational mechanisms that underlie strategic change in family-dominant firms.

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A delicate balance for innovation: Competition and collaboration in R&D consortia Management and Organization Review

2019-03-04

This study examines how competitive and cooperative relationships within R&D consortia influence member firms’ innovation output. We propose a U-shaped relationship between the presence of market competitors for a member firm and the firm's joint R&D output with other consortium members, and examine how the relationship is mediated by interactions with other members at the firm level and moderated by collaborative efforts at the consortium level. Using a unique sample of 320 firms from 52 R&D consortia in China, we find support for our predictions. This multi-level study extends our understanding of competition and cooperation in multi-party networks and provides insights for creating a balance between the two forces that is conducive to innovation.

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Caught in the crossfire: Dimensions of vulnerability and foreign multinationals’ exit from war-afflicted countries Strategic Management Journal

2016-11-30

When war occurs in a country, some foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) stay on, while others flee. We argue that MNE responses to external threats depend on the firm's vulnerability, which we decompose into exposure (proximity to threat), at-risk resources (potential for loss), and resilience (capacity for coping).

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Multinational enterprises and emerging markets Oxford Bibliographies in Management

2015-08-31

This article presents research on how multinational enterprises (MNEs) seeking high-growth opportunities tackle these challenges in entering emerging market countries before introducing a group of studies on emerging market multinationals.

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Entrepreneurial orientation and international scope: The differential roles of innovativeness, proactiveness, and risk-taking Journal of Business Venturing

2014-07-01

This research integrates the international business and entrepreneurship literatures by examining the independent influences of innovativeness, proactiveness, and risk-taking on the ability of a firm to broaden its scope across international markets.

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Global strategy: MNEs in deadly environments: Strategic responses to disasters, conflict and crime Academy of Management, Best Paper Proceedings

2014-05-01

An emerging body of research in international business examines firm response to challenging environments involving disasters, conflict and crime.

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Place, space, and geographical exposure: Foreign subsidiary survival in conflict zones Journal of International Business Studies

2013-04-18

This study focuses on the role of geography in foreign subsidiary survival in host countries afflicted by political conflict. We argue that survival is a function of exposure to conflicts, and depends on the characteristics of place (the conflict zone) and space (geographic concentration and dispersion of other home-country firms).

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Understanding technology and industry emergence: A qualitative study of the fuel cell industry Academy of Management, Best Paper Proceedings

2013-04-01

This research empirically examines the Aldrich and Fiol (1994) model of industry creation to assess the cognitive and sociopolitical factors at the organizational, intra-industry and inter-industry levels that influence emerging technologies and industries.

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External threats and MNE strategy: The role of exposure, resources and coping mechanisms Academy of Management Proceedings

2012-01-01

Multinational enterprises (MNEs), when threatened by political violence in a host country, make different choices; some stay, others exit. What determines who stays and who leaves?

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International business, international management, and international strategic management: What is in a name? International Studies of Management and Organization

2010-12-10

In this article, we build on Boddewyn's earlier research to explore the three fields of inquiry, develop new domain statements, and link them to one another.

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Rethinking the O in Dunning’s OLI paradigm Multinational Business Review

2010-05-01

In this paper, we focus specifically on the O in the OLI paradigm, tracing the history of Dunning’s ownership advantages. We argue that the modifications of O advantages over the past 37 years, as Dunning attempted to bring all IB phenomena and IB‐related theories under the OLI “big tent,” has had mixed results.

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Caught in the middle: Multinational enterprise strategy in interstate warfare Competitiveness Review

2009-09-25

The purpose of this paper is to investigate interstate warfare and its association with foreign direct investment (FDI) and multinational enterprise (MNE) strategy by integrating insights from international business (IB) and international political economy (IPE) literature.

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Maximizing cooperation in a competitive environment Competitive Forum

2008-06-05

The purpose of this paper is to delineate the conditions and governance structures that facilitate cooperation among firms, which are by default competitors. The theoretical lenses of resource dependence theory, institutional theory, and transaction cost theory are employed to show how organizations can coordinate to achieve the optimum level of cooperation along two dimensions, uncertainty and technology.

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