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Research Overview

It is the School's mission to create and share knowledge of business and management. Academic research is highly encouraged by the School, especially research collaboration with colleagues within the School, colleagues in other schools at USST, colleagues from other universities, and researchers from scientific institutions and corporations. As part of one of the three key universities of Shanghai Municipal Government, the School cooperates on academic research with other schools at USST, including the school of publishing and art design, the school of optical-electrical andcomputer engineering, and the School of Environment and Architecture.

The interdisciplinary cooperation focuses mainly on strategic planning of transportation, industrial development, electronic commerce, regional development, and environmental protection. These efforts include the joint government think-tank project builtby USST and the Shanghai Municipal Government's development research center.The project is the USST research base of innovation development of Shanghai based on Internet+ and the E-commerce development research institute of USST. 

In addition, the School builds long-term relationships involving research cooperation with local governments such as Shanghai, multinational corporations such as IBM (China),and large and medium-sized domestic enterprises. The School conducts comprehensive research on strategic planning for local economy, technology, andeducation development and for enterprise development.

Furthermore, the School actively participates ininternational collaborative research projects. For example, the School plays acentral role in building the international collaborative research center onhuman-machine integration at USST. This interdisciplinary and multinational research center integrates scholars from related research areas within USST andfrom other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the United States, andRussia. Leadership of the research center includes professors representing the participating countries. One of the School's professors, Sun Shaorong, is director of the Chinese side. Mark Nixon, a professor in the computer science department at the University of Southampton, is director of the United Kingdom side. Ирен Евгеньевна Кузнецова, a professor of the electronic informationindustry at the Russia Science Institution, is director of the Russia side. WeiJun, a management professor at the University of West Florida, is director of the United States side. Liu Jiyun, chair of the economy and trade department atDongguan University of Technology, is deputy director of the Chinese side. 

In addition, between 2012 and 2016, the School heldmore than 50 domestic or international conferences, seminars, and workshops alone or in cooperation with other schools.

Research Grants and Publications

The School’s facultymembers have published their research output in top domestic and internationaljournals with high-level impact factors. These high-quality journals include,for example, the European Journal of Operational Research,Operational Research Letters, Omega, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Studies in Science of Science, Journal of Industrial Engineering/Engineering Management, Systems Engineering – Theory & Practice, and R&D Management. Table 1 indicates the number of papers published inpeer-review journals for the last five years.

Table 1. Number of Papers Published in Peer-Review Journals (PRJ), 2012-2016

Total number of PRJ articles 

Year

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

432

511

573

517

550

  

There are various sources of research funds in China, but the most honoured are those from the National Nature Science Foundation and the National Social Science Foundation, followed by foundations supported by the government department of industry and the provincial government. Research foundations supported by companies are also important components. By participating in research projects supported by these foundations, Business School serves society at large by contributing newknowledge and innovations that will inform public policy and national initiatives.  In this way, the School hasan impact and influences positive change beyond the School itself.

Table 2.  Number of Research Projects Conducted byBusiness School, 2012-2016

Item

Year

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Number of projects

116

163

157

148*

127*

Funding amount of projects 

(in thousand USD)

1,200.78

1,208.56 

1,721.76 

1,453.30 

1,257.60 

*Note: The number of projects decreased from  2014 to 2016 because of government administration reform and the current recessionary  economy. 

Business School’s faculty members are regularlyinvited to attend domestic and international academic conferences and todeliver keynote speeches and special reports on their research achievements.For example, in October 2014, Professor Chen Jin gave a plenary lecture inSingapore on ‘Research of the Relationship Between Flexible Human ResourceManagement and Enterprise Innovation Performance Based on Organization Learning Capability' at the 4th International Conference on Global ChineseManagement Studies. In November 2014, Professor Sun Shaorong gave a specialreport on‘The Equilibrium Curve of Benefit-Seeking Behaviour of Multi-Unit's Consuming Frailly Regenerative Resource’ at the International Conference onManagement Science and Operational Research (INFORMS) in San Francisco,California (USA).  In December 2016,Associate Professor Geng Xiuli made a presentation on ‘Research on CustomerValue in PSS Design for Design Driving and Concept Evaluating’ at the 4thCIRP International Conference on Industrial Product Service Systems in Tokyo, Japan.

Academic Awards

Given the intense competition for the limitednumber of scientific research awards – more so in a vast country like China –the number of awards won by faculty of Business School is further recognitionby its peers in the scientific community of the quality and influence ofresearch produced by the School. Such research contributes to the body ofknowledge in society and industry and enriches the learning and teaching takingplace at the School. In so doing, it fulfills the School’s mission ‘To createmanagement knowledge through academic research and participation in socialservice, using a variety of teaching methods to impart knowledge.’ 

Table 3 lists scientific research awards receivedby Business School faculty from 2012 to 2016. Only awards granted by thecentral government or by the Shanghai municipal government are listed.

Table 3.  Scientific Research Awards Received byBusiness School Faculty, 2012-2016

Year

Award

Name

Department

2012

3rd  Prize, Shanghai Decision-Making Consultation Research 

Yang Jianzheng

Information Management &  Information System

3rd  Prize, Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award

He Jianjia, Xu Fuyuan

Information Management &  Information System

3rd  Prize, Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award

Sun Shaorong

Business Administration

2013

2nd Prize, China Machinery  Industry Science and Technology Progress Award

Fan Chongjun

Information Management &  Information System

Yang Jianzheng

Information Management &  Information System

Zhu Xiaodong

Information Management &  Information System

National Business Development Research Achievement Award

He Jianjia, Xu Fuyuan

Information Management & Information System

2014

1st  Prize, Innovation and Entrepreneur-ship Outstanding Instructor Team 

Yang Jianzheng

Information Management &  Information System

2015

2nd  Prize, Shanghai Decision-Making Consultation Research

Yang Jianzheng

Information Management &  Information System

2016

2nd  Prize, Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award*

Sun Shaorong

Business Administration

2nd  Prize, Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award

Geng Xiuli

Industrial Engineering 

*There was only one 2nd prize inmanagement science, no 1st prize. Other winners all received 3rdprize.



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