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Li Sun

Li Sun
Li SunAssociate Professor

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship, corporate governance, venture capital networks and institutions.

Education

  • Ph D: Organization, Strategy, and International Business, (2010), The University of Texas at Dallas - Dallas, Texas
  • MPH: Marketing, (1997), The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong
  • BA: Philosophy and Science & Technology Information Management, (1993), The Renmin University of China - Beijing, China

Biography

Sunny Li Sun is an associate professor in the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to joining UMass Lowell, Sun was an assistant professor of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.? His research interests include entrepreneurial firm growth, new venture creation and financing, business models, internationalization, and corporate governance. Experienced in the areas of raising capital, startup management and bootstrapping, Sun was co-founder of NewTimeFly, a management consulting firm and co-founder of Miaxis Biometrics, a startup company focusing on the innovation of the fingerprint pattern recognition algorithms and raised fund from Intel Capital. Sun has led many consulting projects. He was an active angel investor and a popular columnist in CEO & CIO China, a leading magazine on entrepreneurship and innovation. Sun has authored 32 articles in peer-reviewed English journals, 17 English book chapters or case studies, and 19 books, with over 2,200 Google Scholar Citations.? He received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas, a master’s in philosophy (concentration in marketing) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a B.A. from Renmin University of China.

Publications

  • Chen, V.Z., Sun, S.L., , (2017) "Barbarians at the gate of the middle kingdom: The international mobility of financial contracting and governance," Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice Forthcoming:
  • Shi, W., Sun, S.L., Yan, D., Zhu, Z. (2017) "Institutional fragility and outward foreign direct investment from China," Journal of International Business Studies 48:4 pp. 452–476
  • Sun, S.L., Peng, M.W., Tan, W. (2017) "Institutional relatedness behind product diversification and international diversification," Asia Pacific Journal of Management 34:2 pp. 339-366
  • Yang, X., Sun, S.L., Zhao, X. (2017) "Search and execution: Examining the entrepreneurial cognitions behind the lean startup model," Small Business Economics Forthcoming:
  • Sarma, S., Sun, S.L. (2017) "The genesis of fabless business model: Institutional entrepreneurs in an adaptive ecosystem," Asia Pacific Journal of Management 34:3 pp. 587-617
  • Liang, H., Renneboog, L., Sun, S.L. (2016) "A state-stewardship view on executive compensation," Emerald pp. 39-91
  • Yang, X., Sun, S.L., Lee, R.P. (2016) "Micro-innovation strategy: The case of WeChat," Asian Case Research Journal 20:2 pp. 401-427
  • Liang, H., Ren, B., Sun, S.L. (2015) "An anatomy of state control in the globalization of state-owned enterprises," Journal of International Business Studies 46:2 pp. 223-240
  • Sun, S.L., Zhu, J., Ye, K. (2015) "Board openness during an economic crisis," Journal of Business Ethics 129:2 pp. 363-377
  • Sun, S.L., Im, J. (2015) "Cutting microfinance interest rates: An opportunity co-creation perspective," Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 39:1 pp. 101-128
  • Peng, M.W., Sun, S.L., Markoczy, L. (2015) "Human capital and CEO compensation during institutional transitions," Journal of Management Studies 52:1 pp. 117-147
  • Sun, S.L., Peng, M.W., Lee, R.P., Tan, W. (2015) "Institutional open access in the home country and outward internationalization," Journal of World Business 50:1 pp. 234-246
  • Yang, X., Sun, S.L., Yang, H. (2015) "Market-based reforms, synchronization, and product innovation," Industrial Marketing Management 50:October pp. 30-39
  • Im, J., Sun, S.L. (2015) "Profits and outreach to the poor: The institutional logics of microfinance institutions," Asia Pacific Journal of Management 32:1 pp. 95-117
  • Sun, S.L., Zhang, Y. (2015) "Qihoo 360: Building a “free” business model," The CASE Journal 11:2 pp. 163-183
  • Liang, H., Renneboog, L., Sun, S.L. (2015) "The political determinants of executive compensation: Evidence from an emerging economy," Emerging Markets Review 25:December pp. 69-91
  • Ding, Z., Sun, S.L., Au, K. (2014) "Angel investors’ selection criteria: A comparative institutional perspective," Asia Pacific Journal of Management 31:3 pp. 705-731
  • Shi, Weilei (Stone), ., Sun, S.L., Pinkham, B., Peng, M.W. (2014) "Domestic alliance network to attract foreign partners: Evidence from international joint ventures in China," Journal of International Business Studies 45:3 pp. 338-362
  • Sun, S.L., Liang, H. (2014) "Morphing: The linkage of inward private equity and outward venture," Thunderbird International Business Review 56:5 pp. 421-438
  • Sun, S.L., Yang, X., Li, W. (2014) "Variance-enhancing corporate entrepreneurship under deregulation: An option portfolio approach," Asia Pacific Journal of Management 31:3 pp. 733-761
  • Sun, S.L., Shi, Weilei (Stone), ., Prescott, J.E., Chen, V.Z. (2013) "All things work together for innovation: Market reform synchronization and firm network prominence," Academy of Management Proceedings No. 14664:
  • Sun, S.L., Zhang, Y. (2013) "Corporate governance and organizational survival under punctuational change: The case of China’s burgeoning banking industry, 1897-1927," Nankai Business Review International 4:4 pp. 268 - 289
  • Sun, S.L., Lee, R.P. (2013) "Enhancing innovation through international joint venture portfolios: From the emerging firm perspective," Journal of International Marketing 21:3 pp. 1-21
  • Markoczy, L., Sun, S.L., Peng, M.W., Shi, W., Ren, B. (2013) "Social network contingency, symbolic management, and boundary stretching," Strategic Management Journal 34:11 pp. 1367-1387
  • Sun, S.L., Zhang, Y., Chen, Z. (2013) "The challenges of Chinese outward investment in developed countries: The case of CITIC Pacific’s Sino Iron project in Australia," Thunderbird International Business Review 55:3 pp. 313-322
  • Sun, S.L., Chen, V.Z., Peng, M.W., Liang, H. (2013) "The process of international institutional entrepreneurship: The case of equity ratchet practice in China," Global Perspectives on Entrepreneurship: Public and Corporate Governance, CGIR Conference
  • Sun, S.L., Yang, X. (2013) "Transformative capacity and absorptive capacity: The rise of Chinese wind turbine manufacturers," Routledge pp. 109-135
  • Sun, S.L., Yang, X. (2012) "Absorptive Capacities and Innovation in an Emerging Wind Turbine Industry," 2012 IEEE International Technology Management Conference pp. 23-31
  • Shi, W., Sun, S.L., Peng, M.W. (2012) "Sub-national institutional contingencies, network positions, and IJV partner selection," Journal of Management Studies 49:7 pp. 1221-1245
  • Yang, H., Sun, S.L., Lin, Zhiang (John), ., Peng, M.W. (2011) "Behind M&As in China and the United States: Networks, learning, and institutions," Asia Pacific Journal of Management 28:2 pp. 239-255
  • Peng, M.W., Sun, S.L., Blevins, D.P. (2011) "The social responsibility of international business scholars," Multinational Business Review 19:2 pp. 106 - 119
  • Sun, S.L., Zhao, X., Yang, H. (2010) "Executive compensation in Asia: A critical review and outlook," Asia Pacific Journal of Management 27:4 pp. 776-802
  • Sun, S.L., Chen, H., Pleggenkuhle-Miles, E. (2010) "Moving upward in global value chains: The innovations of mobile phone developers in China," Chinese Management Studies 4:4 pp. 305-321
  • Lin, Z., Peng, M.W., Yang, H., Sun, S.L. (2009) "How do networks and learning drive M&As? An institutional comparison of China and the United States," Strategic Management Journal 30:10 pp. 1113–1132
  • Sun, S.L. (2009) "Internationalization strategy of MNEs from emerging economies: The case of Huawei," Multinational Business Review 17:2 pp. 129-155
  • Peng, M.W., Sun, S.L., Pinkham, B., Chen, H. (2009) "The institution-based view as a third leg for a strategy tripod," Academy of Management Perspectives 23:3 pp. 63-81
  • Au, K., Sun, S.L. (1998) "Hope Group: The future of private enterprises in China," Asian Case Research Journal 2:2 pp. 133-148