The centre's researchers and research affiliates engage in a wide range of academic research concerning the Asian business environment. Publications span a wide range of media, including:
Books, Refereed Journal Articles, Conference Papers, Book Chapters and Other Edited Volumes.


Business Leaders and Leadership in Asia

Deepak, S, Zhu, Y, 2017, Conducting Business in China and India: A Comparative and Contextual Analysis, Palgrave Macmillian






Business Leaders and Leadership in Asia

Zhu, Y, Collins, N, Warner, M, 2017, Business Leaders and Leadership in Asia, Routledge







Employers' Associations in Asia: Employer Collective ActionBenson, J, Zhu, Y, Howard, G, 2017, Employers' Associations in Asia: Employer Collective Action, Routledge






Strategic Human Resource Management in China: A Multiple PerspectiveMin, M, Bambacas, M, Zhu, Y, 2017, Strategic Human Resource Management in China: A Multiple Perspective, Routledge







Managing Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment  From Entry Strategy to Sustainable Development in AustraliaHuang, X, Zhu, Y, 2016, Managing Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment. From Entry Strategy to Sustainable Development in Australia, Palgrave Macmillan






Teacher Management in China The Transformation of Educational SystemsHuang, E, Benson, J, Zhu, Y, 2016, Teacher Management in China. The Transformation of Educational Systems, Routledge







Business Leadership Development in ChinaRen, S, Wood, R, Zhu, Y, 2015, Business Leadership Development in China, Routledge






Issues in Governance, Growth and Globalisation in Asia Zhu, Y, Lan, H, Ness, DA, Xing, K, Schneider, K, Lee, S & Jing, G 2014, Transforming Rural Communities in China and Beyond: Community Entrepreneurship and Enterprises, Infrastructure Development and Investment Modes, Springer.






Hong, JK & Lee, Y (forthcoming) 2013 Influence of National Culture on Customers' Cross Buying Intentions in Asian Banking Services: evidence from Korea and Taiwan.


Issues in Governance, Growth and Globalisation in Asia

Cavoli, T, Listokin, S, RS, Rajan 2013 Issues in Globalisation, Growth and Governance: an Asian perspective. World Scientific Press, Singapore.

This volume is a compilation of important papers relating to the financial, governance and political-economy structures of the region, through a variety of methods and topics. Following the Asian crisis and subsequent global financial upheavals, policymakers and academics issued cries for institutional reform at the state and firm level; in many cases, reform was actually implemented rather than simply rhetorical. This volume begins by addressing issues relating to corporate governance within firms located in East Asia and as entities participating in corporate ownership elsewhere. Next, the key issues of globalization are directly addressed, including foreign direct investment into the region, integration among Southeast Asian countries and with the rest of Asia, and multinational enterprise investment strategy in Asia following initial entry decisions. Finally, the macroeconomic policies of state actors, and the effects of economic growth are examined.


Tourism in China: Destinations, Planning and Experiences

Ryan, C, & Huang, S 2013, Tourism in China: Destinations, Planning and Experiences, Channel View Publications, Bristol, UK.

This book offers an in-depth understanding of tourism development and destination planning in China's transitional economy. It is a unique collaboration between editors and contributors to present issues in current Chinese tourism research to Western colleagues. The influences informing the book range from pragmatic concerns about destination planning in China, to senses of injustice about how that planning generates unequal distributions of revenue via concerns about needs for new conceptual approaches. The book also examines the changing nature of Chinese society and its political system, and commentary on the changing role of the Chinese State in tourism planning. It will be a valuable resource for postgraduate students and tourism researchers as well as for tourism industry professionals who want to understand China as a domestic, outbound, and inbound tourism market.


Ying Zhu published book

Cooney, S, Biddulph, S & Zhu, Y 2013, Law and Fair Work in China, Routledge Contemporary China Series, Routledge, USA.

China’s economic reforms have brought the country both major international clout and widespread domestic prosperity. At the same time, the reforms have led to significant social upheaval, particularly manifest in labour relations. Each year, several thousand disputes break out over working conditions, many of them violent, and the Chinese state has responded with both legal and political strategies.

This book investigates how Chinese governments have used law, and other forms of regulation, to govern working conditions and combat labour disputes. Starting from the early years of the Republican period, the book traces the evolution of the law of work in modern China right up to the reforms of the present day. It considers the structure of Chinese work law, drawing on both Chinese and Western scholarship to provide new insights into its unique features and assess where the law is innovative and where it is stagnant and unresponsive. The authors explore the various legal and extra-legal techniques successive Chinese governments have adopted to enforce work law and the responses of firms, workers and organizations to these practices.


Workforce Development & Skill Formation in AsiaBenson, J, Gospel, H, & Zhu, Y (eds) 2013, Workforce Development and Skill Formation in Asia, Routledge, eds. London and New York.

Asia has undergone rapid transformation over the past several decades as many countries have embraced new technologies and the processes of globalisation. Over this period the inflow of foreign capital into the region, the level of trade amongst these countries, and trade with other parts of the world has increased substantially. The ensuing economic growth has led to some significant changes in labour markets and the demand for skilled employees and their deployment within organisations. Focusing on a number of developed and developing Asian economies, this book explores the dynamics of workforce development and skill formation, and considers questions of both skills shortages and skills gaps. The book assesses the current state of training in the selected Asian economies, the weaknesses and strengths of their various training approaches, and what the present state of training means for the future economic development of these economies..


The Dynamics of Asian Labour Markets

Benson, J, & Zhu, Y (eds) 2011, The Dynamics of Asian Labour Markets: balancing control and flexibility. Routledge, London.

Asia has undergone rapid economic transformation over the past two decades. Despite its constant economic growth, the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis and the resulting surge in unemployment highlighted the vulnerability of national systems that base development solely on economic growth. This book fills a major research gap by exploring the nature, dynamics and functioning of Asian labour markets in eight major Asian economies, including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Vietnam, India and Malaysia. It examines the type of labour markets that exist in Asia; how they have responded to globalisation; and how flexible they are to changing social and economic conditions. The book analyses how the current transformation has impacted on the key parties, such as employers, employees, trade unions, governments, organisations and society as a whole, and considers the likely future trends and developments in Asian labour markets.



R&D Intensive Foreign Direct Investment: Performance and Policy Issues (in Korean). Gyeonggi Research Institute, Seoul.

Hwang, S, Lee, YI, Kim, WS & Lee, M, 2010, Gyeonggi-do's (Gyeonggi Province) R&D Intensive Foreign Direct Investment: Performance and Policy Issues (in Korean), Gyeonggi Research Institute, Seoul.

The Everyday Impact of Economic Reform in China

Zhu, Y, Webber, M, & Benson, J 2010, Everyday Impact of Economic Reform in China: management change, enterprise performance and daily life. Routledge, London.

During the past 30 years, China has undergone extensive economic reform, replacing the government's administration of enterprises with increasing levels of market-oriented enterprise autonomy. At the heart of the reform are changes in the employment relationship, where state control has been superseded by market relationships. These reforms have had far-reaching implications for many aspects of everyday life in Chinese society. This book appraises the impact of the economic reforms on the employment relationship and, in turn, examines the effects on individual workers and their families, including salaries, working conditions and satisfaction, job security and disparities based on location, gender, age, skill, position and migrant status. In particular, it focuses on how changes in the employment relationship have affected the livelihood strategies of households. It explores the changing human resource management practices and employment relations in different types of enterprises: including State-Owned Enterprises, Foreign-Owned Enterprises and Domestic Private Enterprises; throughout different industries, focusing especially on textiles, clothing and footwear and the electronics industry; and in different regions and cities within China (Beijing, Haerbin, Lanzhou, Hangzhou, Wuhan and Kunming). Overall, this book provides a detailed account of the everyday implications of economic reform for individuals and families in China.


Exchange Rate Regimes and Macroeconomic Management in Asia

Cavoli, T, & Rajan, R 2009, Exchange Rates Regimes and Macroeconomic Management in Asia, Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong.

With the rise of China, India and the re-emergence of East Asia from the financial crisis of 1997-98, monetary issues in Asia have acquired great significance as the region holds the largest reserves in the world and consequently plays a major role in the global macroeconomy. In addition, there are also a great variety of monetary policy regimes at play in the region - reflecting each country's needs and policy preferences. This volume explores monetary, exchange rate and macroeconomic policies in Asia. A particular question that is analysed is Asia's experience since the crisis with the use of monetary policy to manage the resurgence in capital inflows. It also examines the theoretical and policy issues associated with international capital flows, the increasing degree of integration of financial markets and exchange rates for emerging Asian economies. The book is unique in focussing on China, India and Southeast Asia, rather than just having a sub-regional or country-specific focus. Rigorous empirical analysis is applied to important practical policy issues. The book also provides accessible overviews of recent research relevant to the questions that are explored and is written throughout in a manner that is accessible to policy makers, students and business/financial journalists.

Structural Analysis of Tourist Behaviour

Huang, S, & Hsu, CHC 2009, Structural Analysis of Tourist Behaviour: a study on past mainland Chinese visitors to Hong Kong, Lambert Academic Publishing, Australia.

Tourism is claimed to be one of the biggest industries in the world and characterised by its people-to-people interactions. Tourist behaviour plays a pivotal role in understanding tourism and thus remains at the centre of tourism research. However, the complexity of tourist behaviour under various social and cultural contexts challenges researchers in the field on their methodologies because tourist behaviour appears to be influenced not by linear associations but by structural interactions and relationships among its determinants. The world tourism development currently witnesses a market shift signifying the importance of some developing countries like China as tourist-generating sources. Accordingly, studies on the behaviors of these new tourists form an emerging research agenda. This book provides a structural analysis on an emerging international travel market, mainland China, regarding tourist behaviours in the context of visiting Hong Kong as an outbound destination. The book provides insights and innovations in studying tourist behaviours theoretically, methodologically, and practically.


Trade Unions in Asia

Benson, J, & Zhu, Y (eds) 2008, Trade Unions in Asia, Routledge, London.

Offering a comprehensive account of the role of trade unions in Asia today, this book, put together by two editors who have published extensively in the areas of business and economics in Asia, covers all the important Asian economies: both developed and developing.
Making a vital contribution to the very small amount of literature that has been published on this topic, this book focuses, in particular on how trade unions have organized to represent workers and the strategies they have adopted. It discusses the issues surrounding wages and working conditions, health and safety, women's employment opportunities and human resource development, in the context of the major regional economies, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, India, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.

This is an essential read for both professional and postgraduate students , studying or working in the areas of Asian business.

Tourism Marketing

Hsu, CHC, Killion, L, Brown, G, Gross, M, & Huang, S 2008, Tourism Marketing: an Asia-Pacific perspective, Milton, Australia, John Wiley & Sons, Australia.

Tourism Marketing provides a contemporary approach to formulating, implementing and monitoring marketing strategy for regional tourism marketers and small businesses, the latter comprising over 90% of the 'tourism industry'. The principal aim of Tourism Marketing is to demonstrate how marketing principles apply in the tourism industry in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific.
This text provides students with a thorough understanding of:
- a conceptual framework for tourism and travel marketing
- the role and importance of destination marketing organisations
- factors influencing tourism demand and supply
- characteristics of consumer-traveller behaviour
- services marketing in tourism
- the role of marketing research in management decision making
- approaches to branding, positioning and segmentation
- the philosophy of integrated marketing communications performance metrics


The Korean Economy

Kim, W-S, & Lee, Y-I 2010, The Korean Economy: the challenges of FDI-led globalization. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK.

The Korean Economy examines how Korea's inward FDI-led globalization, particularly since the financial crisis of 1997, has been experienced, understood, managed and often strongly resisted in various economic, social and cultural domains. It is an in-depth analysis combining perspectives from politics and economics, examining a number of grievances as seen through the eyes of actual foreign investors operating in Korea. The authors argue that it is precisely these obstacles that need to be addressed if Korea is to live up to its full potential in terms of becoming a truly attractive magnet for FDI and comprehensively integrating into the global economy. The authors make a convincing case that the challenges Korea currently faces are by no means limited to institutional and policy reforms, but rather are entrenched in an anti-globalization mindset shared by all sectors of society.

This critical examination of the Korean government's inward FDI policies includes the experiences of around 50 CEOs of operating MNCs in Korea including various chambers of commerce and law firms. It also examines both perceptions and realities of the Korean market from in-depth interviews with over 50 foreign CEOs of MNCs operating in Korea, as well as a critical examination of Korea's current efforts to become a Northeast Asian business centre. This book will appeal to academics and postgraduate students of Asian studies and international business, the foreign business community (including existing and potential foreign investors to the Korean market) as well as government and policy makers.