Dr Yee Kwan Tang
- Senior Lecturer (Management)
Room 629, The Huntarian Office Space, East Quad, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences Building, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Kwan joined the University of Glasgow in 2011. She holds a PhD degree in Management (University of Glasgow), a MEd in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (University of Glasgow), an MBA degree with distinction (University of Manchester), a BA (Hons) degree (Chinese University of Hong Kong), and a BBA degree (University of South Australia).
Kwan has over 15 years of postgraduate work experience, with nearly 10 years in areas of project management, financial management, and operational systems design and development in manufacturing and service multinationals. Before joining the University of Glasgow, she worked for the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland. Specifically, she supported the entrepreneurship and innovation programme run by UNCTAD (EMPRETEC) and the design of its business linkages programme that prepares small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries to partner with large corporations. She also worked as an assistant professor in international business at the Chinese campus of the University of Nottingham. Kwan has served as an academic and technical advisor of a number of business projects on the business development and internationalisation of new and small ventures in high-technology and traditional industries.
Kwan is a member of the School's International Business and Enterprise research cluster.
Areas of expertise:
- Internationalisation of SMEs
- Entrepreneurship and enterprise development in developing countries
- International business strategy
- Networks in business development
- Innovate UK Energy Catalyst. ‘A Self-contained Solar-Hydro Micro Power Plant for Uninterrupted Supply in All Weather Conditions’, 2020-2021. £290,000 (UK Co-I).
- GCRF, Scottish Funding Council, Small Grants Fund, 2018, £27,620 (Co-investigator, with Chong Li - Principal Investigator - School of Engineering, University of Glasgow).
- ESRC - Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) - Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs), 2016, £13K (Principal investigator).
- ESRC - Impact Accelerate Account Early User Engagement Fund, 2016, £5K.
- British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant, 2013, £10K (Principal investigator, with Dr. Victor Konde, UNECA, Ethiopia, and ATDF Entrepreneurship Hub, Zambia; and Professor Stephen Young, ASBS).
- The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland research grant, 2013, £2.2K (Principal investigator, with Dr Victor Konde, UNECA, Ethiopia, and ATDF Entrepreneurship Hub, Zambia; and Professor Stephen Young, ASBS).
- Adam Smith Research Foundation Seedcorn Funding, 2012, £2K (Principal investigator, with Dr Victor Konde, UNECA, Ethiopia, and ATDF Entrepreneurship Hub, Zambia; and Professor Stephen Young, ASBS).
- Seedcorn Funding, Department of Management, University of Glasgow, 2008, £1.5K (Investigator, with principal investigator Professor Stephen Young, and co-investigator Professor Pavlos Dimitratos).
Kwan is interested in supervising doctoral research on internationalisation and international business strategy of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises; social and business networks in business development; entrepreneurship and enterprise development in developing country contexts; and business environment and firm development in China.
Current PhD students
- Li, Zhengyu
Influence of CSR on Chinese enterprises' outbound investment.
- Li, Zining
Knowledge Exchange in the Context of Emerging Market MNEs: A Multiple Dyadic Perspective of Headquarters and Subsidiary
- Song, Jing
How emerging market multinationals (EMNEs) restore and rebuild their legitimacy in developed economies after legitimacy crises
- Wang, Zejin
Innovation Policy, State Ownership and Firms’ International Innovation Performance: A Case Study of Chinese Semi-conductor Firms
- Zhang, Kun
Compositional Capabilities and Emerging-Market Ordinary Companies: An Explanatory Study
- Zhao, Jinbang
Institutional Determinants, Positive Deviance and SME Innovation: Evidence from the Subnational Level in China
- Programme Director, MSc in Finance and Management (2016 -2022)
- Course coordinator and lecturer:
- International Business Strategy for Multinational Enterprise, MBA elective (2013 – present)
- International Management Solutions (IMS, real life business consultancy projects), core course, MSc in International Business (2018 – present)
- International Business and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, MSc in Finance & Management and MSc in International Business elective (2019 – present)
- Entrepreneurship, UG Level 2 elective course (2013-2018)
- Professional Practice, UG Level 4 course for engineering students (2013-2017)
- Business Environment in China, PG management specialist programmes elective (2012 – 2017)
- UG, PG and MBA dissertation supervisor
- International Management Solutions (IMS) project supervisor
- Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK
External Knowledge Exchange and Network Building
- Panel of Judges, Origin Youth Innovation Bootcamp Business Pitching. 17 December 2021. Coordinated by UNECA.
- Guest Speaker and Mentor. 3rd Africa Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum Bootcamp. 22-26 February 2021. By UNECA, UNESCO and African Union (AU).
- Advisor of project entitled “Feasibility studies of deploying solar hydro mini/micro grids for 24/7 electricity in remote off-grid communities in South Asia”, funded by Innovate UK (10018443) 2020-2021. Led by SEMWaves Ltd.
- Advisor of project entitled “Advancing Technology Transfer for Sustainable Development” 2021-2022. Led by UNECA.
- Advisor of project entitled “Advancing Entrepreneurial Universities in Africa”, covers Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana and South Africa (first round). 2020-2021. Led by United Nations Economics Commission for Africa (UNECA).
- External Examiner of MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets, University of Edinburgh. 2018-present.
- Technical Advisor of project entitled “Accelerate Identification and Realization of Agri-business Opportunities (AIRBO)” (2015-2017, CAD464,200). A component of Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF) programme of Expanding Business Opportunities for African Youth in Agricultural Value Chains in Southern Africa, financially supported by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.
- Founding members of African Innovation Research Network (AIRNET)