The Political Root of Business Network Change
Business elites are connected by interpersonal ties to form a network, and more-central positions in a network are commonly considered to be more desirable. But what determines the centrality of business elites among their peers? We argue that in China, because politics critically shape business, a businessperson’s centrality in the network of business elites (i.e., business network) is to a significant extent determined by his/her centrality in the network of politicians (i.e., political network). Using data on all top managers and board of directors of publicly listed firms and all politicians at the prefecture level and above in China in the period of 2000-2017, we examine how political conditions shape the position occupied by each business elite in the business network.

Associate Professor Nan Jia holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (Canada). Her research interests include corporate political strategy, business-governance relationships, and corporate governance in international business. Nan’s research has been published in the Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of Politics. She serves on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and the Journal of International Business Studies. Nan’s teaching interests and experience encompass Strategic Management and International Business.

Faculty host: Jean Hong (  
Speaker(s) Prof. Nan Jia
USC Marshall School of Business
Date 9 May 2019 (Thursday)
Time 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Venue Room 3301 (via lifts 17-18), Academic Building, HKUST
Prof. Nan Jia
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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