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Qian (Cecilia) Gu

Assistant Professor    

Ph.D., National University of Singapore
B.A., Wuhan University, China


Corporate strategy
International business
Emerging economies
Family business


Dr. Qian Gu is an assistant professor in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of strategic management and international business. In particular, Dr. Gu is interested in understanding how various institutional contexts can influence firm’s strategic decisions and the consequent performance implication. Her works have been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Dr. Gu was a recipient of the IACMR Li Ning Dissertation Proposal Award and China’s National Scholarship for Excellent International Student. She was a runner-up for the AOM Douglas Nigh Award, the AIB Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award, and the IACMR Best Conference Macro Paper Award.

  • Dean, Xu, Lu, Wenzhen Jane and Gu, Qian, 2014. “Organizational forms and multi-population dynamics: Economic transition in China,” Administrative Science Quarterly, 59(3): 517-547.
  • Gu, Qian and Lu, Xiaohui, 2014, “Reputation and alliance behavior: The interplay of opportunity and need in China’s venture capital industry,” Strategic Management Journal, 35: 739-750.
  • Gu, Qian and Lu, Wenzhen Jane, 2011, “Effects of inward investment on outward investment: Venture capital industry worldwide 1985-2007,” Journal of International Business Studies, 42(2), 263-284. Read the paper »