Dr Chao Li

Honorary Research Associate

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I am currently a Research Associate in Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, after my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Philip Shapira and Dr. Mercedes Bleda. I am specialized on innovation, management and policy, with a solid engineering background. With 4 years’ project experience in both UK and China, I have obtained abundant knowledge on innovation strategy, policy and system development. I am intelligent, responsible and energetic, as well as innovative and adventurous. I am a multi-tasker and dedicated to perform excellence. Quoting a friend, I am the one who has “power and softness in the same soul.”


I got the Bachelor degree of Mechanical Engineering and Master degree of Management Science and Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, and was proactive in social activities and volunteering programs. With my interdisciplinary background and rich internship experience in consulting and venture capital industries back in China, I have been researching the innovative trajectories of SMEs in Chinese manufacturing sectors along with the take-off of China’s economy.

My research focuses on innovation strategies of SMEs in China's manufacturing sectors during the transition of China's economy from the manufacturing-based quantitative growth to the innovation-led qualitative development. In particular, four different manufacturing industries, including medical device, intelligent hardware, machinery and electrical equipment and the auto-parts, are selected based on two dimensions, market dynamics and technological level respectively. Distinct trajectories of the innovation development in SMEs in these sub-sectors will be demonstrated.

External positions

Research Assistant, Alliance Manchester Business School

Dec 2017Mar 2018

Research Assistant, Manchester-Beijing-Atlanta Innovation Co-Lab

Sep 2014Mar 2018

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2013 - Master in Science, MSc. in Management Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2011 - 2013)
  • 2009 - Bachelor of Engineering, B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2005 - 2009)

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