U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

Affiliated Research Associates

By creating research affiliation for Bryant faculty members who are engaged in China related research, the U.S.-China Institute provides on-going support for faculty members in locating research resources and grants, collaborating with Chinese scholars and institutions, and disseminating research findings. Faculty members can apply for the affiliation by contacting Kongli Liu at kliu1@bryant.edu or 401-232-6566. 

2010-2011 Research Associates

Crystal Jiang, Ph.D. 

Dr. Crystal Jiang is an Assistant Professor of Management at Bryant University. Dr. Jiang received her Ph.D. in International Business and Strategy at Temple University. Dr. Jiang teaches Business Policy at the undergraduate level. Prior to joining Bryant, she was an investment manager at the China Foreign Economic and Trade Committee in Qingdao city. Her research area includes internationalization of emerging economy firms, with a special focus on Chinese multinational corporations’ innovation and knowledge management strategy, and corporate entrepreneurship of emerging economy firms. She has presented her research work in numerous academic conferences and her research work has appeared in the Oxford Handbook of International Business, Journal of World Business, Journal of Small Business Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Academy of Management Proceedings, and Marketing Management.

Related Bryant Courses:
BUS 400, Business Policy

Related Publications:
Managerial ties, knowledge acquisition, realized absorptive capacity and new product   market performance of emerging multinational companies. Journal of World Business, forthcoming.

Institutional Relatedness, Resources Acquisition, and Performance Outcomes of Chinese Multinational Companies. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2008, pp.1-6.

Location Advantages and Subsidiaries' R&D Activities in Emerging Economies: Exploring the Effect of Employee Mobility, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 2007, 24(3): 341-353.

Three Dimensional, Marketing Management, March/April, 39-43.

With My Head or with My Heart? A Study of How Chinese Executives Trust Overseas Chinese and Non-Chinese Business Partners. Acceptance by Madrid workshop on Trust within and between Organizations, 2009.

An Evolutionary Analysis of Multinational Companies from Emerging Economies. Academy of International Business (AIB) 2009 panelist on knowledge diffusion and global auto industry, San Diego.

Achieving corporate entrepreneurship in emerging economies: How do firm resources and capabilities matter? Academy of Management (AOM) 2009 annual conference.

Intangible resources, agglomeration effect of FDI intensity, and firm performance: Empirical evidence from Chinese semiconductor firms. Academy of International Business (AIB)2008 annual meeting, San Diego.

Can Guanxi be a Source of Competitive Advantages? Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting, Milan, Italy July 2008.


Jongsung Kim, Ph.D. 

Dr. Jongsung Kim is a Professor of Economics at Bryant University in the U.S.A.   His research interests include various labor market issues about inequalities, the economic status of foreign-born workers in the U.S. labor market, and economic development and growth in East Asia.  He is the author of Labor Supply and Occupational Structure of Asian Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Market, published by the Garland Publishing Company. He is also studying the economic growth pattern of China and its sustainability into the future and its inter-workings of politics, social norms and economic development, with emphasis on the effects of these variables on labor market issues.  His research “Diverging Fortunes: Will China Sustain its Growth in the Next Decade? Challenge Facing China” was recently published in The Journal of East Asian Affairs. Jongsung Kim received a Ph.D. in economics at the Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

Related Bryant Courses:
ECO 215, Econometrics

Related Publications:
Kim, Jongsung. 2009. “Diverging Fortunes: Will China Sustains its Growth in the Next Decade?Challenges Facing China. The Journal of East Asian Affairs 23


Qin Leng, Ph.D. 

Dr. Qin Leng’s research covers both neo-botany and paleo-botany: On living and fossil seed plants, including their morphology, origin, evolution, and classification based upon material from China and other parts of the world. Before joining Bryant University, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Idaho, a visiting scholar at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, a senior visiting scholar and guest professor at the University of Vienna, and a research professor at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She published more than 40 scientific papers and has been granted a number of research grants and prestigious awards. She recently initiated a new research project “Chinese plants in America: Impact on culture, science, and life.”

Related Bryant Courses:
SCI 361, Diversity and Evolution of Plants

Related Publications:
Leng, Qin; Langlois, Gaytha; Yang, Hong. Early Paleogene Arctic Terrestrial Ecosystems Affected by the Change of Polar Hydrology under Global Warming: Implications for Modern Climate Change at High Latitudes. Science China Earth Science (Sci Chi, 2009 IF=0.725) (in press)

Leng, Qin; Yang, Hong. 2009. A new approach to reconstruct Paleogene atmospheric hydrology at high latitudes (Cover article). Science Foundation in China, 17: 46-49

Yang, Hong; Leng, Qin. 2009. Molecular hydrogen isotope analysis of living and fossil plants - Metasequoia as an example. Progress in Natural Science. 19: 901-912

Leng, Qin; Fan, Shen-Hou; Wang, Li; Yang, Hong; Lai, Xu-Long; Cheng, Dan-Dan; Ge, Ji-Wen; Shi, Gong-Le; Jiang, Qing; Liu, Xian-Qun. 2007. Updated database of all known native Metasequoia glyptostroboides in South-Central China based on new census surveys and expeditions. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, 48 (2): 185-233

Leng, Qin; Friis, Else Marie. 2006. Angiosperm leaves associated with Sinocarpus infructescences from the Yixian Formation (mid-Early Cretaceous) of NE China. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 262 (3-4): 173-187.


Suhong Li, Ph.D. 

Dr. Suhong Li is an Associate professor of Computer Information Systems at Bryant University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Toledo in 2002. She has published more than 30 journal papers since 2003. Her research appears in many leading journals including Journal of Operations Management, OMEGA: the International Journal of Management Science, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Computer Information Systems, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of HealthCare Technology and Management, and International Journal of Electronic Business, among others. Her china-related research interests include comparison of supply chain management in China and the US, cultural impact of supply chain partnership between Chinese and American companies, comparison of electronic commerce and mobile commerce in China and the US, and adoption and implementation of IT innovation in China.

Related Bryant Courses:
CIS 201G, Fundamentals of Global Information Systems
CIS 470, Managing Global Information Resources

Related Publications:
Li, S., Prichard, J, MacDonald, L, (2008) “Student Perceptions of an Effective Professor: A Comparison of American and Chinese Students”, the International Journal of Learning, 15(5), pp. 95-108.

Li., S., Records, Hal., “An Empirical Investigation of Mobile Commerce Adoption in China”, International Symposium and Workshop on Global Supply Chain, Intermodal Transportation and Logistics, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, , October 25-26, 2007.

Li., S., Records, H., Lin, Runhui, “A Comparison of the Adoption of Internet Services and Wireless Web Services in the US and China”, the 38th Annual Meeting of the Decision Science Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, November 17-20, 2007.

Li., S., Lin, R., Records, H. (2006), “A Comparison of Mobile Commerce Adoption between the US and China”, the 3rd Sino-US E-Business Advanced Forum, Tianjin, China, June 3-5, 2006.

Bhatt, Bhal J., and Li, Suhong, (2001), “A Conceptual Framework to Asses Key Success Factors in International Joint Ventures between Partners from Diverse Systems: the Chinese Experience”, Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Decision Science Institute, San Francisco, California, November 17-20.

Kunnathur, Anand S. and Li, Suhong, (2000), “Antecedence and Consequence of Information Technology Investment in Chinese Firms”, Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Decision Science Institute, Orlando, Florida, November 18-21.


 Judy Barrett Litoff, Ph.D.

Professor of History, Dr. Judy Barrett Litoff is the author of 13 books and more than 100 articles, book chapters, and reviews in American women’s history.  Over the last two decades, she has focused her research and writing on American women and the Second World War.  Her research has included a nationwide search for women’s correspondence that has resulted in the assembling of an archive of 30,000 wartime letters written by American women.  She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Humanities. For additional information about Litoff’s research and professional activities, go to her home page at:  http://web.bryant.edu/~jlitoff/

Dr. Litoff’s interest in China was sparked when she discovered an extensive collection of letters and related materials written by an American Red Cross Club Director, Rita Pilkey, stationed in Yunnan Province during World War II. She has presented lectures and scholarly presentations in Germany, the United States, and China about Pilkey’s wartime experiences.  She also teaches a special topics course, The United States and China, 1931-1950. Currently, she is working on a book about American women, including missionaries, journalists, intelligence officers, and Red Cross workers, who lived in China between 1931 and 1950.

Related Bryant Courses:
HIS 385, Special Topics in History-The United States and China, 1931-1950

Related Publications:
"Gunther’s Travels: The Odyssey of Metasequoia Seeds from the 1920s" in The Geobiology and Ecology of Metasequoia, Ben A. LePage, Christopher J. Williams, and Hong Yang, eds. New York:  Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2005.