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Stephen Morgan

Associate Provost for Planning, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, and Professor of Chinese Economic History, Faculty of Social Sciences



Stephen Morgan is currently on secondment to the University of Nottingham Ningbo China campus. Since 1 August 2016, he is the Associate Provost for Planning with a wide range of responsibilities related to developing resources and people to enable the University to meet its Strategy 2020 goals. Previously, from April 2013 to July 2016, he was Dean of Social Science. He remains Professor of Chinese Economic History at the University of Nottingham, now in the Nottingham University Business School (formerly in the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies). His research is focused on Chinese economic and business history, along with an interest in contemporary economic development and human welfare as well as international business and strategic management, of which the latter are the main areas of teaching.

Prof Morgan joined the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at Nottingham University as an associate professor in September 2007, after many years as a senior lecturer in Asian economic history at the University of Melbourne. In 2011 he was promoted to Associate Professor and Reader, and in 2012 he was appointed to a Chair.

He has more than 35 years of experience studying and writing about China, first visiting China in January 1981. In an earlier life, he was a journalist with, among others, the Standard Newspapers Group in Melbourne, the Geelong Advertiser, a China-based contributor to the South China Morning Post and The China Trade Report, the chief correspondent of the Hong Kong Standard, and an assistant editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review.

His primary research lies in the fields of economic and business history of 18th-20th Century China, while mostly teaching graduate and undergraduate programmes in international business and strategic management. In 2006, he became the Co-Editor of the Australian Economic History Review, the only English-language journal that specialises in the economic, business and social history of the Asia-Pacific region. He was editor-in-chief of the AEHR 2012-13, stepping down just prior to relocating to Ningbo, China.

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Expertise Summary

Economic and business history of China, 18th-20th centuries; Anthropometric approaches to the study Chinese health, nutrition, welfare and the standard of living; Comparative economic development; International business and strategic management in contemporary China; the organisation and management of the Chinese firm, with a focus on social networks.

Teaching Summary

T13172, Undergraduate Dissertation, UG Single Honours

T14104, Management for China, MSc

T14105, Human Resource Management and Marketing for China, MSc

Research Summary

Topics related to China: Economic reform and transition; regional developmental programs, especially western development and central regional development; governance and institutional renewal; energy… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

Topics related to China: Economic reform and transition; regional developmental programs, especially western development and central regional development; governance and institutional renewal; energy and maritime diplomacy; policies for addressing income and regional inequalities.

Broader topics: democratization and nationalism; East Asian summit.

Future Research

Prof. Morgan is interested in supervising PhD students or Master by Research (MRes) students in the following areas:

Economic and business history of China, International business and China, Strategic management and China.

  • SHAOYU ZHAO and STEPHEN L. MORGAN, 2016. Business-to-Government Networks in Resource Acquisition: The Case of Chinese Private Enterprises. In: JANE NOLAN, CHRIS ROWLEY and MALCOLM WARNER, eds., Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms: Enduring Trends, Emerging Patterns Elsevier. (In Press.)
  • YANG, HAILAN, MORGAN, STEPHEN L. and WANG, YING, eds., 2015. The Strategies of Chinese Firms: Resolving Dilemma Chandos Publishing.
  • JOHNSTON, LAUREN A., MORGAN, STEPHEN L. and WANG, YUESHENG, 2014. The Gravity of China’s African Export Promise World Economy.
  • YAO, SHUJIE, WU, BIN, MORGAN, STEPHEN and SUTHERLAND, DYLAN, eds., 2011. Sustainable Reform and Development in Post-Olympic China: Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy
  • MORGAN, S. and SU, F., 2011. Regional inequalities in China: a non-monetary view. In: YAO, S., WU. B., MORGAN, S. and SUTHERLAND, D., eds., Sustainable reform and development in Post-Olympic China Routledge.
  • YANG, H. and MORGAN, S.L., 2011. Business strategy and corporate governance in the Chinese consumer electronics sector Chandos.
  • YAO, SHUJIE, DAN, LUO and STEPHEN, MORGAN, 2010. Bank share prices and stock market integration in Greater China, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy. 15(4), 388-95
  • YAO, SHUJIE, DAN, LUO and STEPHEN, MORGAN, 2010. Impact of the US credit crunch and housing market crisis on China, Journal of Contemporary China. 19(64), 401-17
  • MORGAN, S.L. and SHANAHAN, M., 2010. The supply of economic history in Australasia: the Australian Economic History Review at 50 Australian Economic History Review. 50(3), 217-239
  • BATEN, J., MA, D., MORGAN, S. and WANG, Q., 2010. Evolution of living standards and human capital in China in the 18–20th centuries: Evidences from real wages, age-heaping, and anthropometrics Explorations in Economic History. 47(3), 347-359
  • YANG, HAILAN and MORGAN, STEPHEN, 2010. Development of China’s State-controlled Firms, the Case of the Consumer Electronics Sector Management Revue. 21(4), 458-479
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2009. Stature and economic development in South China, 1810–1880 Explorations in Economic History. 46(1), 53-69
  • BATEN, J., MA, D., MORGAN, S. and WANG, Q., 2008. The evolution of living standards and human capital in China, 18th – mid-20th century In: ECONOMIC CHANGE AROUND THE INDIAN OCEAN IN THE VERY LONG RUN, Venice.
  • YAO, SHUJIE and MORGAN, STEPHEN L., 2008. On the New Economic Policies Promoted by the 17th CCP Congress in China World Economy. 31(9), 1129-39
  • MORGAN, S.L. and LIU, S., 2007. Was Japanese colonialism good for the welfare of Taiwanese? Stature and the standard of living The China Quarterly. 192, 990-1017
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2007. Managerial Knowledge in China before 1949 - A Preliminary Bibliometric Exploration (中国在1949 年之前的管理知识 – 初步文献统计分析 的探索) In: New Paradigms of Chinese Business History: Conception and Case Studies 「中國企業史的新典範:概念與個案」學術研討會, Department of History, Fudan University, August 24-25, 2007.
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2007. Stature and Famine in China: The Welfare of the Survivors of the Great Leap Forward Famine, 1959-61 In: Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Economic and Business History Conference, Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand, University of Sydney, 12-14 February 2007 (
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2006. Transfer of Taylorist ideas to China, 1910-1930s Journal of Management History. 12(4), 408-424
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2006. Australian Immigration Archives as Sources for Business and Economic History Australian Economic History Review. 46(3), 268-282
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2006. The Biological Standard of Living in South China during the 19th Century: Estimates using Data from Australian Immigration and Prison Records In: Asia Pacific Economic and Business History Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 16-18 February 2006. (In Press.)
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2006. The Welfare Consequences of the Great Leap Forward Famine in China, 1959-61: The Stature of the Survivors In: Session 123: Famines in History, International Economic History Congress, Helsinki, 20-25 August 2006 (
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2006. Corporate Governance and Institutional Dynamics of Chinese Firms: Experiments in the 1920-30s and Their Contemporary Relevance In: The Business History Conference, 8-10 June 2006, University of Toronto.
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2006. Height, Health and Welfare in South China over Two Centuries In: The Third International Conference on Economics and Human Biology, Strasbourg, France, 22-24 June.
  • MORGAN, S. L., 2004. Economic growth and the biological standard of living in China, 1880-1930 Economics & Human Biology. 2(2), 197-218
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2004. Professional associations and the diffusion of new management ideas in Shanghai, 1920-30s – A Research Agenda The Business History Conference, Business and Economic History Online. Available at: <>
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2003. China’s Encounter with Scientific Management in the 1920-30s The Business History Conference, Business and Economic History On-Line. Available at: <(>
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2002. Did economic growth increase net consumption levels in late Qing and Republican China? The stature evidence In: First International Conference on Economics and Human Biology, Tübingen, July 2002.
  • WANG, Y., NICHOLAS, S.J. and MORGAN, S.L., 2002. Contractual Joint Ventures in China: Contractual Choice and Transaction-Specific Features. In: RENFORTH, W., ed., Assessing International Business Theory and Practice: Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of International Business Queensland University of Technology - School of International Business. 461-476
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2002. Economic Wellbeing among the Chinese around the beginning of the 20th Century: Stature in China and Taiwan In: The 13th International Economic History Congress, Buenos Aires, July 2002.
  • MORGAN, S.L. and LIU, S.Y., 2002. Health, nutrition and economic development in Taiwan under Japanese colonialism, 1895-1945 In: First International Conference on Economics and Human Biology, Tübingen, July 2002.
  • MORGAN, S. L., 2001. Personnel discipline and industrial relations on the railways of Republican China Australian Journal of Politics & History. 47(1), 24-38
  • MORGAN, S.L., 2000. Stature, Nutritional Status and Economic Reform in China. In: LLOYD, P.J. and ZHANG, X., eds., China in the Global Economy Edward Elgar. 282-304
  • MAITLAND, E., MORGAN, S. and NICHOLAS, S., 2000. Australian Multinational Enterprises in China: Motivations, Technology Transfer and Operations Thammasat Economics Journal. 17(1), 90-115
  • MORGAN, S.L., 1999. PRC-Hongkong Business Coalitions: conceptualising the extra-economic compliance structures that govern intermediate contractual forms among ethnically linked firms In: Australia-New Zealand International Business Academy, University of NSW, Sydney, 1-2 October 1999.
  • NICHOLAS, S., MAITLAND, E. and MORGAN, S., 1999. Australian Firms in China — Strategies for Success Australian Centre for International Business, Department of Management, University of Melbourne.
  • MORGAN, S.L., 1999. Globalisation of Chinese state firms and business alliances in Hong Kong In: Chinese Studies Association of Australia, 6th Biennial Conference, Perth, 8-10 July 1999.
  • MORGAN, S.L., 1998. Red Chips — The Increasing Power of Listed PRC-owned Firms in Hong Kong In: AACPCS/ANZSA, International Conference on Communist and Post-Communist Societies, University of Melbourne, July 7-10, 1998.
  • MORGAN, S.L., 1998. Biological Indicators of Change in the Standard of Living in China during the 20th Century. In: KOMLOS, J. and BATEN, J., eds., Studies on the Biological Standard of Living in Comparative Perspective Franz Steiner Verlag. 7-34
  • MORGAN, S.L., 1998. Economic Reform and Regional Disparities in the Standard of Living, 1975-1995 In: Chinese Economic Reform: Comparative Perspectives. International Conference, Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong, 12-13 March, 1998.
  • MORGAN, S.L., 1997. Web-based Tutorials — System Design, Student Behavior and Student Performance. In: MASON, J., NOTT, M., FUNG, J., HART, G. and MCTIGUE, P., eds., Doing IT at Melbourne: Papers, Case Studies and Resources Multimedia Education Unit, The University of Melbourne. 135-141
  • MORGAN, S.L., 1997. Stature and the standard of living in China, 1910s-1990s In: Pre-conference for the A-Session of the 12th International Economic History Congress, Seville, Spain, August 1998, titled “The Biological Standard of Living and Economic Development: Nutrition, Health and Well Being in Historical Perspective”, held in Munich, Germany, January 18-21, 1997.
  • MORGAN, S.L., 1994. The Impact of the Growth of Township Enterprises on Rural-Urban Transformation in China, 1978-1991. In: DUTT, ASHOK K., COSTA, FRANK J., AGGARWAL, SURINDER and NOBEL, ALLEN G., eds., Asian City: Processes of Development, Characteristics and Planning Kluwer Academic. 213-236

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