Xin Liang, Ph.D.

Xin Liang
Professional Title
Department Chair and Professor; Faculty of Strategic and International Management


  • Ph.D in Strategic Management from the Universtiy of Kansas (2007)
  • B.A. and M.A. in Management Engineering from Northwestern
  • Polytechnical University in China

Research Interests

  • Top Management Team
  • Business Turnaround
  • Global Strategy

This faculty member is interested in working with students on research.


  • Wei, W., Liang, X., Lu, F., Wang, J., & Ren, Y. (2022). Jiangyiqi attitude: an exploratory research into its measure and examination of construct validity. International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management, 5(3), 261-279.
  • Gong, L., Jiang, S., & Liang, X. (2022). Competing value framework-based culture transformation. Journal of Business Research, 145, 853-863.
  • Liang, X., Xiu, L., Fang, W., & Wu, S. (2020). How did a local guerrilla turn into a global gorilla? Learning how transformational change happened under dynamic capabilities from the rise of Huawei. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 33:2, 401-413
  • Xiu, L., Lu, F., & Liang, X. (2019). Legitimized identity vs identifiable legitimacy: Toward a theoretical framework of the relationship between organizational identity and organizational legitimacy. Nankai Business Review International.
  • Liang, X., Barker, V. L. III, Schepker, D. J.  2018. TMT Knowledge Structure Complexity and Centrality in Turnaround: Decision Making and Outcomes’, Barker, V. L. III.  Journal of Change Management, 1-23
  • Liang, X., Wu, S., & Zhang, S. 2018. From Friendship to Family: Jiangyiqi and Strong Interpersonal Relationship Development in Chinese Organizations, Management and Organization Review, 14(02): 275-303
  • Xiu, L., Liang, X.,Xu, W. & Zhao, C.. 2017  Strategic Flexibility, Innovative HR Practices, and Firm Performance—A Moderated Mediation Model Personnel Review, 46 (7), 1335-1357
  • Liang, X., Xiu, L., Wu, S. & Zhang, S. 2017. In search of sustainable legitimacy of private firms in China, Chinese Management Studies, 11(3):555-578,
  • Chen, S., Bu, M., Wu, S., & Liang, X., 2015. How does TMT attention to innovation of Chinese firms influence firm innovation activities? A study on the moderating role of corporate governance. Journal of Business Research, 68(5), 1127-1135.
  • On, L. W., Liang, X., Priem, R., & Shaffer, M. 2013. Top management team trust, behavioral integration and the performance of international joint ventures. Journal of Asia Business Studies, 7(2), 99-122.
  • Wu, S. & Liang, X.  2012 An examination of the relationship between corruption and national entrepreneurial activity. World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development. 8(4):478-489
  • Liang, X., Liu, Y., Wu, S, & Zhang S. 2012. Fending knights or masked kings: Toward a theoretical framework of interim CEO successions.  Corporate Governance: The international journal of business in society. 23(3):367-377
  • Liang, X., & Picken, J., 2011. Relational Demography, Cognitive Difference and Communication within Top Management Teams, Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, 32(7):689 – 714
  • Musteen, M., Liang, X., & Barker, V. L. III. 2011 Personality, perceptions and retrenchment in response to decline, The Leadership Quarterly. 22:926-941
  • McClelland, P., Liang, X. & Barker, V.L. III. 2010. CEO commitment to the status quo: Replication and extension using content analysis. Journal of Management, 36: 1251-1277
  • Liang, X., Ndorfor, H., Priem, R., & Picken, J. 2010. Top Management Team Communication Networks, Environmental Uncertainty, and Organizational Performance: A Contingency View, Journal of Managerial Issues, 4: 436-455
  • Liang, X., Musteen, M. & Datta, D. K., 2009. Links between business strategies and foreign market entry mode choices: An Empirical Examination’ Management International Review, 49:269-290
  • Liang. X., Wu, S., & Jung, J. Y. 2009. Re-coupling top management compensation - firm performance relationship: A mediating role of performance, International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 9(4):317-333

Courses Taught

  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Change
  • Organizational Studies
  • High Performance Organization Design & Transformation