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Professor Stephen Morgan

BA (Monash University (Australia)), Master of Arts in Comparative Asian Studies (University of Hong Kong), PhD (Australian National University)
Emeritus Professor (Strategy and International Business)

Department: Strategy and International Business

Stephen Morgan is Professor of Chinese Economic History. Until end July 2020, he had been seconded for 7.5 years at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, where he was Dean of Social Sciences (2013-16), Associate Provost for Planning (2016-18) and most recently the Executive Director of the Nottingham China Health Institute.

He has joined the Strategy and International Business Division of NUBS. Most of his teaching has focused on Asia/China economic and business development, international business and strategic management. His research is cross-discipline focused mostly on China (see below).

Before he went to the China campus, he was in the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, which he joined in 2007 after about 14 years at the University of Melbourne. Stephen has a PhD from the Research School of Pacific and Asia Studies at the Australian National University, a MA from the University of Hong Kong and a BA from Monash University. In an earlier career he was a journalist, foreign correspondent and magazine and newspaper editor in Australia, China and Hong Kong.

Areas of Expertise
Economic and business history of China
International business and strategic management related to China
Economic development, politics and society of contemporary China
Health and welfare in China


The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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His teaching is primary related to strategy and international business.

Stephen Morgan is Professor of Chinese Economic History, but his research is multi-discipline.

In economic history, his research spans 18-20th centuries economic and business history. This includes the pioneering the application anthropometric methods to estimate long-run change in health and welfare in China extending back to the 18th century. He has also researched the transfer of managerial knowledge to China in the early 20th century and the integration of grain markets in the 18th century.

Research on contemporary China includes international business, strategic management, and the role of social networks in the organisation and management of Chinese firms. Another area related to anthropometric methods is focused on health and wellbeing of the Chinese population, especially children, including publishing on childhood obesity.

Recently he completed a book manuscript on the Chinese economy, which will be published in the World Economies Series of Agenda Publishing (out in March 2021). A major focus is on the constraints that will hold back innovation in China and in turn future economic growth.


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