(From left) Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong, Prof.
Frederick Ma Si-hang, Mr Silas Yang Siu-shun and Prof. Alan
Au Kai-ming officiate at the Inauguration Ceremony of IIBG.
Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong said that IIBG will
be keen to foster meaningful networks with academics and
experts all over the world, to drive and develop more
research projects related to international business and
In his lecture, Prof. Frederick Ma
shared with participants his views on embedding sustainable
thinking in corporate strategies of government-owned public
The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) launched a new
research institute today to bolster research in
international business and governance that will generate
innovative ideas for local businesses and for the betterment
of Hong Kong.
The research focus of the Institute of International
Business and Governance (IIGB) is to provide data-driven
insights and advice to government bodies for public policy
Housed under the OUHK’s Lee Shau Kee School of Business and
Administration, the Institute also aims to nurture talents
for developing application-oriented research projects to
meet the practical needs of the Hong Kong business sector.
This is one of the University’s five research institutes
established by the funding from the Research Grants Council.
Under the Institute, two research centres, namely the Centre
of International Business and Centre for Responsible
Business, have been set up to foster research development in
four strategic areas:
- Big data analytics in international business;
- Outward foreign direct investment;
- Globalization and governance; and
- Spiritual orientation, ethics and management.
Today’s inauguration ceremony was officiated by the
Non-executive Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited
Prof. Frederick Ma Si-hang; Deputy Chairman of OUHK
Council Mr Silas Yang Siu-shun; OUHK
President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong; and Dean of
OUHK Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration
Prof. Alan Au Kai-ming.
Addressing the ceremony, Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong said that the
OUHK has made great efforts in recent years to drive
research that has a clear applied focus to enhance teaching
and transfer knowledge into practical use. He pointed out
that IIBG has been organizing different research activities
to share the research outcomes and the latest business
trends with various parties including academics, students
and the public.
“Around this time in 2017, IIBG will be holding its first
international conference with the theme ‘Competing in an
Innovation-Driven Global Economy: Institutions,
Infrastructures, and Organization Design’ here at OUHK,
which will be a great opportunity to bring together
academics, professionals, and experts from different parts
of the world as well as government officials to deliberate
on this important theme,” Prof. Wong added.
Following the ceremony was a public lecture entitled “How to
Embed Sustainable Thinking in Corporate Strategies of
Government-owned Public Companies in Hong Kong” given by
Prof. Ma at which he shared with participants his years of
experience in corporate management.
In addition to holding academic conferences and research
workshops, IIBG has invited six renowned international
scholars to be the Institute’s Distinguished Professors.
They will visit OUHK regularly to share their research
findings and experience with the staff of the University and
serve as mentors of young researchers, providing them with
valuable guidance and professional advice. The six
Distinguished Professors are:
- Professor of International Human Resource Management of
the Middlesex University Business School, London,
Prof. Yochanan Altman;
- Professor Emeritus of Business Administration of the
College of Business, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, Prof. Joseph Cheng;
- Professor of International Business and Innovation of
Leeds University Business School, Prof. Mario
- Professor of Computer Science of University of Nottingham,
Prof. Graham Kendall;
- University of Waterloo School of Accounting and Finance
Prof. Jeong-bon Kim; and
- Professor of Finance of University of East Anglia,
Prof. Raphael Nicholas Markellos.
The Institute will also send academic staff to participate
in various international conferences and academic activities
to broaden their horizons and explore opportunities for
collaborations to support the University’s long term
research development. The insights and intelligence gained
could then be shared with students of the University. IIBG
is also considering to set up a third research centre
related to entrepreneurial opportunities in response to
latest business trends.
About the OUHK:
Established by the Government in 1989, The Open
University of Hong Kong (OUHK) provides high quality and
flexible university education and professional training
to secondary school graduates and working adults. The
University currently offers about 220 programmes of
different academic levels to more than 10,000 distance
learning students and 9,000 full-time students.
OUHK comprises four Schools, i.e. School of Arts and
Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and
Administration, School of Education and Languages, and
School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing
Institute of Professional and Continuing Education
offers overseas degree programmes and short courses. The
University originally has two buildings on the campus of
Ho Man Tin, with another recently-opened Jubilee
College, and two learning centres at various convenient
locations, namely OUHK-CITA Learning Centre (OCLC) and
OUHK Kwai Hing Learning Centre (KHLC). Website: