Kai Xu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management


  • Ph.D. Texas A&M University
  • M.A. Xi’an Jiaotong University
  • B.A. Xi’an Jiaotong University


Dr. Kai Xu is a Lutcher Brown Fellow and associate professor of management at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She joined the UTSA faculty in 2015 after her graduation from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Xu has teaching and research interests in strategic management. Her research interests broadly focus on two areas: international strategy and corporate governance. She is interested in and has been working on such topics as the application of institutional theory in international context; family firm international strategies; and corporate governance issues in emerging economies.

Her work has been published in the Journal of Operations Management, Journal of World Business and Long Range Planning, among others.

Research Interests

•International strategy
•Corporate governance
•Family business

Selected Publications


“A Current View of Resource Based Theory in Operations Management: A Response to Bromiley and Rau,” with M.A. Hitt, and C.M. Carnes, Journal of Operations Management, , Vol. 41, No. 1, 2016, pp. 107-109.

“International Strategy: From Local to Global and Beyond,” with M.A. Hitt and D. Li, Journal of World Business, Vol. 51, No. 1, 2016, pp. 58-73.

“Resource Based Theory in Operations Management Research,” with M.A. Hitt and C.M. Carnes, Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2016, pp. 77-94.

“The Transformation of China: Effects of the Institutional Environment on Business Actions,” with M.A. Hitt, Long Range Planning, 2014, forthcoming.

“Giving Fish or Teaching to Fish? An Empirical Study of the Effects of Government R&D Policies,” with K. Huang, R&D Management, Vol. 44, 2014, pp. 484-497.