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Xiaolan Fu

Research Associate


Innovation economics; management, innovation and business performance; productivity and efficiency analysis; trade and foreign direct investment; economic development.


A Study of the Experiences of UK Mid-corporate Companies in Accessing and Working in the Emerging Asian Economies

An Analysis of Middle Market Firms for the DTI

International Innovation Benchmarking

SME Growth Trajectories

The i10 MAPSME Project, Mapping Manufacturing SMEs in the East of England

The Role of Management Practices in Closing the Productivity Gap

Personal background

Dr Xiaolan Fu is Director of the Technology and Management for Development Centre (TMD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green College at the University of Oxford. She is Co-Leader of two EPSRC projects on The Role of Management Practices in Closing the Productivity Gap and Rural E-services. She has received the European Commission, Gate2Growth Academic Network 2005 "European Best Paper Award". Before she came to the UK, Dr Fu was an Associate Professor in international economics in China. She also has five years' first-hand experience in international business.

Selected publications

Fu, X., Kaplinsky, R. and Zhang, J. (20112) 'The impact of China on low and middle income countries export prices in industrial-country markets' World Development. 10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.04.001. 

Fu, X. (2012) 'Foreign Direct Investment and Managerial Knowledge Spillovers through the Diffusion of Management Practices', Journal of Management Studies, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2011.01036.x.

Fu, X. (2012) 'How does openness affect the importance of incentives for innovation?' Research Policy, Vol. 41 (3): 512-523. doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2011.12.011. 

Fu, Helmers and Zhang, (2012) 'The two faces of foreign management capabilities', International Business Review, Vol. 21, no 1: 71-88.

Fu, Li and Johnson, (2011) 'Internal and external sources of tacit knowledge: evidence from the optical fibre and cable industry in China', Journal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies, Vol. 9, No. 4: 383-400. 

Fu, X. (2011) 'Processing-trade, FDI and Exports of Indigenous Firms: Firm-level Evidence from High-technology Industries in China', Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2011, Vol. 73, No. 5.

Fu, X. and Zhang, J. (2011) 'Technology transfer, indigenous innovation and leapfrogging in green technology: Solar-PV panel industries in China and India', Journal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies,Vol. 9, No. 4. 

Fu, X. and Gong, Y. (2011) 'Indigenous and foreign innovation efforts and drivers of technological upgrading: evidence from China', World Development, Vol. 39, No. 7: 1213-1225. 

Fu, X., Pietrobelli, C. and Soete, L. (2011) 'The Role of Foreign Technology and Indigenous Innovation in the Emerging Economies: Technological Change and Catching-up' (Introduction to the special issue), World Development, Vol. 39, No. 7. 1203-1212.

Fu, X. (2011) China's Role in Global Economic Recovery, Routledge.

Fu, X., Hlmers, C. and Zhang, J. (2011) 'The two faces of foreign management capabilities: spillovers and competition from FDI in UK retail sector', Review of International Business. doi:10.1016/j.ibusrev.2010.12.002.

Cosh, A., Fu, X. and Hughes, A. (2011) 'Organisation structure and innovation performance in different environments' Small Business Economics. doi: 10.1007/s11187-010-9304-5.

Fu, X. and Soete, L. (2011)The Rise of Technological Power in the South, Palgrave MacMillan.

Fu, X. and Yang, Q. (2009) 'Exploring the cross country innovation gap in patenting: a stochastic frontier approach', Research Policy, Vol. 38 (7): 1203-1223.

Fu, X. and Gong, Y. (2009) 'International and intranational Technology Spillovers and Productivity Growth in China', Asia Economic Papers, Vol. 8, No. 2: 1-23.

Fu, X. (2008) 'Foreign direct investment, absorptive capacity and regional innovation capabilities in China', Oxford Development Studies, Vol. 36, No. 1: 89-110.

Fu, X. and Zhang, J. (2008) 'Does intra-country pollution heaven exist' FDI and environmental regulations in China?, Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, Vol. 13, No. 3: 332-353.

Fu, X. (2008) 'Trade-cum-FDI, human capital inequalities and regional disparities in China', Journal of Economic Change and Restructuring, Vol. 40, No. 1-2: 137-155. 

Cosh, A., De Hoyos, R., Eisingerich, A., Fu, X. and Hughes, A. (2006) 'Experiences of UK Mid-corporate Companies in Emerging Asian Economies', UK Trade & Investment, © URN 06/1137. 

Fu, X. (2005) 'Exports, technical progress and productivity growth in a transition economy: a non-parametric approach for China', Applied Economics, Vol. 37, No. 7: 725-239.

Balasubramanyam, V.N. and Fu, X. (2005) 'Exports, foreign direct investment and employment: the case of China', The World Economy, Vol. 28, No. 4: 607-625. 

Fu, X. (2004) 'Exports, Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Development in China', Palgrave Macmillan. 

Fu, X. (2004) 'Limited linkages from growth engines and regional disparities in China', Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 32, No.1: 148-164.

Balasubramanyam, V.N. and Fu, X. (2003) 'lsquo;Township and village enterprises in China', Journal of Development Studies Vol. 39, No. 4: 27-46. 

Contact details

Xiaolan Fu
Centre for Business Research
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG


View Xiaolan Fu's full profile on the Oxford Department of International Development website