Center for International Business

Victor Chen

Assistant Professor
Belk College of Business
University of North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina





Dr. Victor Zitian Chen is an Assistant Professor of International Management at The Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he teaches global business at both undergraduate and MBA levels. His research focuses on the integration of market and non-market strategies under different institutional configurations (e.g., rules of the game of the markets, politics, and civil societies). He is also EMGP Global Coordinator with Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, a joint center of Columbia Law School and The Earth Institute at Columbia University. At the Center, he currently leads a global research group to study the regulatory and developmental issues concerning outward foreign direct investment (FDI) from major emerging markets. In addition to his academic career, he was active in both the international economic and commercial arenas. He served as an economic officer at the coordination office of the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) at Government of Canada in 2010-11, where his role included supporting Minister Stockwell Day's Asian business missions. In 2008-09 he was a Research Fellow at the Asian Pacific Foundation of Canada, and in 2006-07, a founding partner of an Ottawa-based foreign investment policy consulting company. He co-founded the journal Transnational Corporations Review, advised by such leading scholars as late Dr. Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel laureate in economics, and Dr. Karl Sauvant, and retains an honorary role as Associate Editor. Supervised by Dr. DM Shapiro and Dr. J Li, he received a PhD in Strategy and International Business from Simon Fraser University. He has completed all three exams of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and his research has been widely quoted by such major public media as Globe and Mail, Business News Network (BNN), Vancouver Sun, and Singtao Daily among others. In his spare time, he is a street basketball fast forward and a rookie golfer.