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e-bulletin September 2017

Faculty of Business – Belt and Road Centre is Officially Open

Faculty of Business – Belt and Road Centre opening
Faculty of Business – Belt and Road Centre opening

With China looking to strengthen its links with the rest of Eurasia, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road – together known as the Belt and Road Initiative – have formed a key development strategy and framework for connectivity and cooperation. Responding to the Chinese government's call for Hong Kong to participate in the Initiative, the Faculty has established a Belt and Road Centre to pool its strengths in various subject areas to conduct interdisciplinary research as well as offer educational training and consultancy.

A ceremony cum symposium was held on 20 September 2017 to mark the Centre's official opening. The Symposium gathered scholars and experts from the Chinese mainland, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Poland for an exploration of opportunities and challenges brought by the Belt and Road Initiative. The keynote presentation was given by Dr Yin Wenquan, Director of China's Institute of Economic System and Management National Development and Reform Commission.


Two Faculty Members were Appointed to Endowed Professorships

Professor Lin Ji-Chai (right) and Ms Christina Lee
Professor Lin Ji-Chai (right) and Ms Christina Lee

Professor Lin Ji-Chai and Professor Jason D. Shaw were officially appointed endowed professors during the third inauguration of endowed professorships of PolyU held on 5 September 2017.

Lin Ji-Chai

Christina Lee Professor in Accounting and Finance
Chair Professor of Finance
Associate Head (Research), School of Accounting and Finance

Professor Lin obtained his PhD from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining PolyU in 2015, he held the Lloyd F. Collette Endowed Chair of Financial Services at Louisiana State University. He had given lectures in Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Finland, the UK and the US, and won awards in teaching and research.

Professor Lin is currently Associate Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Financial Studies and the Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies. He has a broad range of research interests, particularly in Investments, Corporate Finance, Market Microstructure, Investor Behaviour, Market Efficiency, and Analyst Recommendations.

Professor Jason D. Shaw (right) and Dr Yeung Kin-man
Professor Jason D. Shaw (right) and Dr Yeung Kin-man

Jason D. Shaw

Yeung Kin Man Professor in Business Administration
Chair Professor of Management
Head, Department of Management and Marketing
Director, Centre for Leadership and Innovation

Professor Shaw obtained his PhD from the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining PolyU in 2013, he was Curtis L. Carlson School-wide Professor in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He had been invited for visiting scholar positions and other speaking engagements in mainland China, Finland, Austria, Denmark, Norway, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, Israel, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Thailand, and the US.

Professor Shaw is currently Editor-in-chief of the Academy of Management Journal. His research interests include Team Effectiveness, The Psychology of Pay, Organizational Turnover, and Person-Environment Congruence Issues.


Four Graduates Passed QP Exam with Flying Colours

(From left) Ellis Yau Chun Wui, Lam Hon Keung, Sham Wing Yin, Peggy Cheng Wai Yiu
(From left) Ellis Yau Chun Wui, Lam Hon Keung, Sham Wing Yin, Peggy Cheng Wai Yiu

Four graduates of the Faculty sat the December 2016 and June 2017 sessions of the HKICPA QP programme and achieved top scores. The awards presentation was held on 23 September 2017.

Graduate Curriculum Year of graduation QP exam Current employment
Mr Ellis Yau Chun Wui Accountancy 2016 Top student in Module B (Corporate financing)
December 2016
Staff accountant at EY
Mr Lam Hon Keung Accounting and finance 2013 Top student in Module C (Business assurance)
December 2016
Senior associate at PwC International Assignment Services (Hong Kong) Ltd
Miss Sham Wing Yin Accountancy 2015 Top student in Final exam / Bronze award
December 2016
Accountant at KPMG
Miss Peggy Cheng Wai Yiu Accounting and finance 2016 ICAEW / Simon Morris Memorial Prize
June 2017
Staff accountant at EY

The qualification programme (QP), hosted by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), comprises four modules and a final examination. The modules are aimed at developing the skills and competencies essential for students to become successful CPAs. The final examination tests students' ability to integrate knowledge and skills from all parts of the module syllabuses and apply them across all fields of competency.


Business School Students are in HKPolyU Racing FSAE Team

HKPolyU Racing FSAE team
HKPolyU Racing FSAE team

HKPolyU Racing is the first team representing Hong Kong to take part in the Formula SAE competition. Established in 2015, the team presently consists of 70 students mainly from the Business School, the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Design. It is supported internally by PolyU professors and technicians and externally by racing drivers, trainers and automotive engineers. Apart from the University, over 30 corporate and organizational sponsors back the team with materials, purchase price discounts and financial and technical support.

The team unveiled its self-designed racing car HKF-01E in the presence of journalists, sponsors and supporters on 8 September 2017. It will enter the 2017 Formula Student Electric China competition to be held in Xiangyang, Hubei in October to compete against 42 other teams in business proposal, car design, acceleration, endurance and other functions.



Dr Xin Xu
Dr Xin Xu

Winning Back Technology Disadopters: Testing a Technology Readoption Model in the Context of Mobile Internet Services
Journal of Management Information Systems, 34, 102–140 (2017)
Xin Xu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
James Y.L. Thong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Kar Yan Tam, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The authors investigate how information and communication technology (ICT) service providers can win back disadopters of an earlier generation of technology when a new technology generation appears on the market. Integrating prior research on consumers' defensive bias, knowledge accessibility, diffusion of innovation, and technology adoption, they developed a model to predict disadopters' intention to readopt a technology. They postulate that the primary reason for disadoption moderates the impacts of both the drivers of readoption (perceived superiority, effort expectancy, price value of the new technology generation, and social influence) and the characteristics of prior usage experience with the disadopted earlier technology generation (duration of disadoption, tenure with the old generation, and usage intensity of the old generation) on readoption intention. The authors tested their technology readoption model in the context of mobile Internet services. Data were collected from 274 disadopters of an earlier generation of mobile Internet services before the advent of the third generation (3G) technology. The results supported most of their hypotheses. These findings have significant theoretical and practical implications, especially for firms interested in winning back technology disadopters. Finally, the authors present an agenda for further research into technology readoption.