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Weili Teng

Weili Teng

External Supervisor

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Management


Dr Weili Teng is Professor of Innovation and International Management. She is very entrepreneurial in the sense of developing courses and building up international partners through her research outcomes, context knowledge and previous work experience. She provides strong support to colleagues at various levels of the university to deliver targets, particularly in China related developments. She offers full support to students for their success in their study. After years devoting to developing university international partnership, she now concentrates on research in the field of ambidexterity, which is critical to innovation in the higher education and other sectors.

Weili supervises doctoral candidates, examines doctoral theses and chairs doctorate viva examinations. She teaches on MBA and EMBA in the areas of innovation, and lectures on cross-cultural management to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She is also personal tutor for a group of mature students who came from China Publishing Group and students from other partners in China.

She is an active member of Responsible and Sustainable for Business lab. Her research takes on a comparative approach, and China is one of the key contexts in her research.

She actively and continuously supports the school’s strategic development in China with focus on research and its related activities as well as students’ international experience.

Career overview

Weili was a senior official in central government of China and was involved in drafting the 8th Five-Year plan for the central government of China. She evaluated and offered consulting services to more than 100 big projects in Chemical industries of China before joining academic world in the UK. Working experience in China and education backgrounds in China and the UK develop her knowledge in business management and its applications in practice. She developed and led the first UK MPA course for Chinese public servants, and established partnership with Motorola for DBA in China, and many other strategic partners in China including University of Chinse Academy of Science, Sichuan University and Beijing and Language and Culture University and Chinese local governments. She was Course Leader of MPA, DBA (China) and Chair of University’s China Committee.

Research areas

Weili’s research focuses on Chinese context in various fields of business and management, including:

  • Cross-cultural management
  • Management innovation
  • Leadership
  • Talent management
  • Trust
  • Knowledge management
  • Networking Ambidexterity

Please visit the NTU Doctoral School website for information on doctoral research opportunities at NBS.

External activity

  • Member of the Chinese Overseas Federation of Beijing (2016-2021)
  • Overseas advisor for the Chinese Overseas Federation of Beijing West District  (2016-2021)
  • Visiting Professor of Beijing Language and Cultural University since 2014
  • Member of HEA
  • Member of BAM
  • External PhD examiner
  • External examiner for 7 modules at PG course at University of Hertfordshire
  • Reviewer of applications for Cheung Kong Scholarships by the Ministry of Educaiton of China
  • Assessor of PhD applications for Chinese governments scholarships for 2016

Sponsors and collaborators

Examples of sponsors and collaborators including:

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC) sponsors a project on big data –knowledge management with RMB600, 000 for five years. Professor Teng as CI works with Dr Lingling Zhang at University of Chinese Academy of Science between 2015 and 2020.

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC) sponsored project on Innovation Management in Technology Development. Professor Teng, as CI worked with Dr Weiwei Wu at Harbin Institute of Technology, China between 2012 and 2014.

Suzhou Good-Ark Electronics Co. Ltd sponsored on project Developing Happiness Organisational Culture through Confucius Teaching with £5,400. Weili as IP worked with Dr Xiaozheng Zhang in 2013 -2014.

Santander sponsored a project on Trust in partnership with £1,000. Weili was the IP in 2014.

Santander sponsored a project on International Student Experience with £2,000. Weili was the IP and worked with colleagues in Tsinghua university and Renmin University, China.

Press expertise

Professor Teng can offer comment on innovation and knowledge management; strategic leadership; Chinese public administration; and institutional issues in international business and management, especially comparative research between Chinese and western management (e.g. Trust development).