Henry Shi

Dr Henry Shi

Lecturer

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of the Professions


My research focuses on strategy and entrepreneurship in SMEs and their internationalisation. One specific line in my research has been on strategy and entrepreneurship in small to medium-sized family businesses. My research makes both theoretical and empirical contributions to understanding family business as a form of organisation, and identifies distinctive patterns in which private entrepreneurship sustains across generations. My research also investigates the evolution of socio-economic contexts and its impacts on SME entrepreneurship, innovation, and internationalisation, and is frequently comparative.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Lecturer in Family Business and Entrepreneurship University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2015 Lecturer in International Business Auckland University of Technology
    2012 - 2013 Lecturer in Management and International Business University of Auckland
    2002 - 2008 Lecturer in International Business Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    1999 - 2002 Sales Manager Jiangsu Overseas Group
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Cantonese) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2008 - 2012 University of Auckland New Zealand PhD in Management
    2004 - 2004 University of Melbourne Australia Master in International Business
    1995 - 1999 Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics China BA in International Trade
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2007 Certificate in Advanced English Language Teaching University of British Columbia Canada
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Wang, Y., & Shi, H. (2019). Particularistic and system trust in family businesses: The role of family influence. Journal of Small Business Management.
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    2018 Shi, H., Graves, C., & Barbera, F. (2018). Intergenerational succession and internationalisation strategy of family SMEs: Evidence from China. Long Range Planning.
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    2015 Shi, H. (2015). "Made in New Zealand’ with help from China. The National Business Review.
    2015 Shi, H., Shepherd, D., & Schmidts, T. (2015). Social capital in entrepreneurial family businesses: the role of trust. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 21(6), 814-841.
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    2013 Shi, H., & Dana, L. (2013). Market orientation and entrepreneurship in Chinese family business: a socialisation view. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 20(1), 1-16.
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    2013 Shi, H. X. (2013). Rethinking entrepreneurshipin family business: Insights from China. University of Auckland Business Review, 16(1), 16-25.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2014 Shi, H. (2014). Entrepreneurship in Family Business: Cases from China. Switzerland: Springer.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2019 Shi, H. (2019). Making sense of succession in family business internationalisation: An exploratory approach. In H. Chung, H. Ding, & A. Yu (Eds.), Entrepreneurial Family Businesses: Innovation, Growth, and Succession. New York: Edward Elgar.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2019 Barbera, F., Veldhuizen, E., Matser, I., Shi, H., & van Dalfsen, M. (2019). Values-based internationalization: Evidence from a global family firm. In The 15th Family Enterprise Research Conference Proceedings. Burlington, VT, USA.
    2019 Wang, Y., Shi, H., Graves, C., & Lowe, C. (2019). Towards embeddedness via co-creation: A case study of family businesses in digitalisation from Australia. In The 19th Annual Conference of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy Proceedings. Bergamo, Italy.
    2019 Graves, C., & Shi, H. (2019). Wealth concentration and the entrepreneurial orientation of family-controlled firms: An examination of the moderating effect of a formal board. In The 19th Annual Conference of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy Proceedings. Bergamo, Italy.
    2018 Graves, C., Shi, H., & Barbera, F. (2018). Family-oriented non-economic objectives and the internationalisation of family firms. In UWA Family Business Symposium Proceedings. Perth, Australia.
    2017 Shi, H. (2017). Trust in leadership: A family business perspective. In STEP Academic Community Publications. Singapore.
    2017 Shi, H. (2017). Family business internationalisation through succession: An exploratory approach. In 2017 IFERA Taiwan Conference Proceedings. Kaohsiung/Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan).
    2016 Wang, Y., & Shi, H. X. (2016). Particularistic and system trust in family businesses: A four-C perspective. In International Family Enterprise Research Academy 2016 Annual Conference Proceedings. Bogota, Colombia.
    2016 Shi, H. X. (2016). Making sense of succession in family business internationalisation. In STEP Academic Community Publications. Hong Kong.
    2015 Shi, H., & Whittaker, D. (2015). Measuring "familiness": An exploratory approach. In China 2015 Family Business Conference Proceedings. Beijing, China.
    2015 Nagar, S., & Shi, H. (2015). Firm-specific advantages and the internationalisation of small- and medium-sized family businesses: Evidence from the New Zealand civil construction sector. In Global Strategy Journal Workshop Program. Milan, Italy.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2017 Steen, A., D'Alessandro, S., Graves, C., Perkins, M., Genders, R., Barbera, F., . . . Davis, N. (2017). Estate planning in Australia.
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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Preparing for an uncertain future: Socioemotional wealth and the resilience of family firms The University of Adelaide Master of Business Research Master Full Time Suwimon Khorphanlert
    2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor CEO tenure, wealth concentration and entrepreneurial orientation in family business: Examining the moderating effect of a formal board The University of Adelaide Master of Business Research Master Full Time Beatrice Amonoo Nkrumah
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2018 - 2018 Chair Doctoral Colloquium of the People, Technology and Change Cluster Adelaide Business School, The University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 - 2016 China Advisory Board Capability Group Limited New Zealand
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - 2017 Member Learning and Teaching Committee, School of Marketing and Mangement Adelaide Business School Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices Project, Babson College United States
    2016 - ongoing Member Academic Community, Society of Trustees and Estate Practitioners United Kingdom
    2013 - ongoing Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association
    2013 - ongoing ASEAN New Zealand Business Council
  • Industry Partnerships

    Date Engagement Type Partner Name
    2017 - ongoing Consultant Air China
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Visiting Professor University of International Business and Economics China
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2017 - 2017 Family business succession and internationalisation Australian Centre for Asian Business, University of South Australia Australia
    2016 - 2016 Immigrant entrepreneurship in Australia: Ethnic capital and self-employment Graduate School of Management, University of Auckland New Zealand
    2015 - 2015 Hong Kong, Your Global Super-connector Business Breakfast with the Director-General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong Asia New Zealand Foundation and Invest Hong Kong New Zealand
    2014 - 2014 Entrepreneurship in family business New Zealand Asia Institute Book Launch Seminar The University of Auckland New Zealand
    2013 - 2013 Engaging with China: Guanxi and foreignness 5th “Connect Hong Kong” Business Seminar Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region New Zealand
    2010 - 2010 Family business in China: Succession and entrepreneurship The 17th Research Seminar of the Japan Society for Business Succession Doshisha University Japan
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Routledge Handbook of Asian Family Business Peer Review Routledge United Kingdom
    2018 - 2018 Maori leadership in China Thesis Review Auckland University of Technology New Zealand
    2018 - 2018 Principles of Effective Management Peer Review Palgrave Macmillan United Kingdom
    2017 - 2017 Performing through others: Fundamentals of effective management and leadership Peer Review Palgrave Macmillan United Kingdom
    2016 - 2017 Family business consulting in Asia: The consultant's tool kit Journal Review Financial Planning Research Journal Australia
    2016 - 2016 Examining entrepreneurial opportunity for new venture creation in the biotechnology industry: A family business perspective Journal Review International Journal of Management Practice
    2016 - 2016 Executives’ metacognitive diversity, entrepreneurial orientation and affect firm performance: Evidence from Australian SMEs Journal Review Australian Journal of Management
    2016 - 2016 Management: The essentials Peer Review Pearson Australia
    2013 - 2013 The experience of New Zealand firms with Chinese regulations: What can be learnt? Thesis Review The University of Auckland New Zealand
    2013 - 2013 EasyYo strategy on combating gray market and navigating distribution channel in China Thesis Review The University of Auckland New Zealand
    2013 - 2013 Internationalization pathway of family business SME – family influence Thesis Review The University of Auckland New Zealand
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83139193
  • Email: henry.shi@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 10
  • Room: 10 25
  • Org Unit: Marketing and Management

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