Prof Liu actively contributes to the academic community by serving as a keynote speaker and track/session chair in international academic conferences, such as Academy of Management, European Academy of Management and British Academy of Management. He has served as Guest Editor for Special Issues at leading management and organization journals, including Journal of Organisational Behaviour, Group and Organisation Management. He is a Senior Editor of Management and Organisation Review, an Associate Editor of Asian Business and Management, and currently serves on the editorial review board of five international journals, including Journal of Management Studies. His research has been sponsored by British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, Sino-British Fellowship Trust and DAAD in Germany, among others.
Prof Liu has gathered broad professional experience in the business world such as management consulting, venture capital, business development and engineering in Asia, North America and Europe before moving to the academic world. He worked for clients such as Bosch, Heidelberg Druckmaschinen, Fresenius, Siemens, Allianz and Deutsche Telekom.
His research interests centre on the international entrepreneurship and emerging market multinationals from a cross-cultural and comparative perspective by embracing the notion of 'West-Meets-East'. Prof Liu believes that exploring the social mechanisms and illuminating the multi-faceted human side factors of micro-foundations in an international context can advance management and organisation studies in important ways. A nuanced and micro-level understanding of individuals, their behaviours and social interactions in organisations is instrumental for explaining processes and macro-level outcomes and thereby important for scholars, managers and policymakers to tackle societal and economic grand challenges facing the global economy today. Prof Liu's engaged scholarship research projects cover the areas of emerging market multinationals' global strategy, international entrepreneurship and global talent mobility, risk and resilience, behavioural micro-foundations of sustainability and healthcare management from a cross-cultural comparative perspective.