Qian is a PhD candidate at Cass Business School. She's fascinated with the (mis)alignment of thinking, i.e., talking, and doing i.e., walking, of organizations (for her research) and human beings (for her hobby). Theoretically, she focuses on resource strategy, strategy-as-practice, discourse, logic and assumptions, and identity formation. Empirically, she explores InsurTech (or FinTech) space in general. Prior to her life in London, she has spent years in Australia and U.S.A. She is a committed yogi and world traveler.
- Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy, Jul 2019
- Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy, U.K., Aug 2018
- Master of Commerce in Management (Research), University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, Jul 2007 – Dec 2008
- Bachelors of Commerce in Marketing, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, Sep 2004 – Jun 2007
- Bachelors of International Business, Shanghai Ocean University, Shanghai, China, Sep 2003 – Jun 2007
- Guest Teacher, Marketing, London School of Economics and Political Science, Sep 2017 – Jun 2018
- Tutor, New Venture Thinking, Cass Business School, City, University of London, Sep – Dec 2017
- Instructor (Lecturer), Strategic Management, University of Missouri, Columbia, Jul 2015 – Jul 2016
- Research Assistant, University of Missouri, Columbia, Aug 2013 – May 2015
Memberships of professional organisations
- Academy of Management
- European Group for Organization Studies
- OMT Division, Academy of Management Conference (2019) Above-and Beyond-the-Call-of-Duty Reviewer Award
- OMT Division, Academy of Management Conference (2018) Above-and Beyond-the-Call-of-Duty Reviewer Award
- Academy of Management Meeting (2016) Best Student Paper in Management History division 2016
- Academy of Management Conference (2015) Best Student Paper in Management History Division
- University of Missouri - Columbia (2014) Trulaske, Sr. College of Business Centennial Mini Grants
- Zhejiang University (2010) Outstanding Teaching Staff of Continuing Education
- University of Missouri - Columbia Raymond and Susan Chen Trulaske College of Business International PhD Scholarship
- University of Missouri - Columbia Business Administration Scholarship, Trulaske College of Business
- University of Missouri - Columbia College of Business Scholarship, Trulaske College of Business
- University of Missouri - Columbia Ponder Scholarship in Business, Trulaske College of Business
Title of thesis: Resource mobilization practices and processes of InsurTech ventures
Summary of research
The set of studies in my dissertation focuses on how InsurTech ventures at early and mature stages create, mobilize, and actualize non-financial resources, i.e., social and culture resources following an interpretivist tradition. In specific, I investigated 1) how an early stage InsurTech venture create a set of discursive resources to build an identity and a product, 2) how InsurTech start-ups make sense of resource practices used by business incubators and come up their resource practices in practice, and 3) how mature InsurTech start-ups mobilize and actualize a bundle of resources to develop their business in a corporate-run business growth program. In a separate ethnographic project, I explore 1) the process of how strategy emerges, and 2) the logic, assumptions, and ideologies in an entrepreneurial context.
- Chiles, T.H., Elias, S.R.S.T.A. and Li, (2017). Entrepreneurship as process. In Langley, A. and Tsoukas, H. (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Process Organization Studies London: Sage.
Conference papers and proceedings (14)
- Li, and Jarzabkowski, P. (2019). Unpacking business incubators: Sensemaking, resource enacting practices, and emerging ventures. The 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 8-14 August, Boston, MA.
- Li, , Jarzabkowski, P. and Furnari, S. (2019). Actualizing the potentiality: A process study on how emerging organizations realize the resource(s) in a corporate-run accelerating program. The 11th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies 19-22 June, Chania, Crete.
- Li, Q., Jarzabkowski, P. and Furnari, S. (2018). Strategy-as-practice, identity, and capability to perform in a pluralist context: A case study. 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 10 August, Chicago.
- Li, Q., Furnari, S. and Jarzabkowski, P. (2018). Start-up programs as a constraint to innovative disruption: Preliminary evidence from InsurTech start-ups. 34th EGOS Colloquium 10 July, Tallinn.
- Li, , Jarzabkowski, P. and Furnari, S. (2017). Co-construction of strategy and identity: The emergence of a Fintech start-up. FinTech Annual Conference 15 September, Toronto.
- Li, , Jarzabkowski, and Furnari, (2017). Strategizing into becoming through organization identity as a resource: A case study of a Fintech start-up. 33rd EGOS Colloquium 5-8 July, Copenhagen.
- Li, (2016). Through the looking glass: Toward a metaphysics of organizing practice in less institutionalized organizations. Academy of Management Meeting 9 August, Anaheim.
- Li, and Seyrek, U. (2016). A historical comparative perspective on theory development in organization studies. 8 Aug 2016 – 13 Aug 2017.
- Li, (2016). The masters of meanings: Using phenomenology to study meanings of work. 32nd EGOS Colloquium 7 July, Naples.
- Li, (2016). Know Thyself: Reflexivity as an identity work. Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference (QRM) 21 March, Albuquerque.
- Li, (2016). Beyond meaningful work: A phenomenological study on workers in education industry in China. Journal of International and Interdisciplinary Business Research Symposium 1 March, Los Angeles.
- Li, (2015). Know Thyself: A Reflection on Assumptions. Academy of Management Conference 5 August, Vancouver.
- Elias, S.R.S.T.A., Chiles, T.H. and Li, (2015). Austrian Economics and Organizational Entrepreneurship: A Typology. Academy of Management Conference Vancouver.
- Chiles, T.H., Elias, S.R.S.T.A., Li, and McMullen, J.S. (2014). Austrian Economics in Organization Studies: The Contribution of Hayek's Ideas. Austrian Economics Research Conference 10 March, Auburn.