The China Business Studies Initiative is led by an Executive Board with support from the membership listed below.


Director, Professor of International Business
(415) 422-4330

Professor Xiaohua Yang has been recognized in both the international academic community and media for her research on Chinese enterprises in the U.S. and the globalization of Chinese business. As an award winning scholar, she explores the relationship between brand recognition and firm performance, internationalization of Chinese firms, R&D strategic alliances, and foreign market entry strategies. She is very active in the business community and has served on many boards.


Associate Director, Associate Professor
(415) 422-5801

Associate Professor Liang Wang brings a wealth of cross-cultural experience to USF. His esteemed research, published in leading academic journals, focuses on the interplay between strategy and geography, with an emphasis on local competitiveness within a global context.


Professor of Strategic Management and Innovation
(415) 422-6546

Professor Roger Chen brings to USF forward-thinking expertise in the fields of corporate innovation and growth, competition and global strategy - areas he views as entirely interdependent. By developing a balanced approach to his research endeavors - devoting equal time and effort between pure quantitative/academic research and case research methods - Dr. Chen embodies academic rigor, benefiting his students, fellow academics, global corporations and communities with his egalitarian work philosophy.

Peter Lorentzen

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4744

Professor Peter Lorentzen is a member of the Economics Department at the University of San Francisco and director of the Master's of Science in Applied Economics.  He was previously on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, and has also taught at Stanford University.


Program Director
Assistant Professor

Dr. Gleb Nikitenko brings almost 20 years of program development, international management, entrepreneurial, and academic experience to the School of Management (SOM) of University of San Francisco (SOM). His background includes work at commercial enterprises in his native Ukraine during the nation's transition to the market economy and policy analyses work at the U.S policy think tank and the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency.

Dr. Nikitenko also serves on advisory boards of tech startups, such as iWallet, Remedly, KardZee, and several boards of the Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. His research is focused on issues of student self-directed learning readiness in online and hybrid environments, and assessment of the entrepreneurship and finance student attendance and engagement.

Sun-Young Park

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6547

Sun-Young Park, Associate Professor, draws from her extensive academic and professional expertise in strategy, service management, corporate social responsibility, business branding, and marketing. She strives to help her students develop more sustainable business models for various firms.

As a former management consultant for a leading multinational firm, Park has advised global companies and national government agencies in both the Asia Pacific and U.S. Additionally, while pursuing her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University, she produced reports evaluating Texas State agencies' marketing programs.

Most recently, Park has examined the role of corporate social responsibility activities in fostering a quality relationship with frontline employees within firms.

Park enjoys exercising and learning about the workings of the brain and mind.


(415) 422-6080

Stephen Roddy is Professor and Chair of Modern & Classical Languages at the University of San Francisco.  His research focuses on premodern East Asian literary history and cross-border cultural exchange. He has recently held research fellowships at Sogang University (Seoul), the National Library (Taipei), Nanjing University, Peking University, and the International Research Institute for Japanese Studies (Kyoto).

Emeritus executive board members


Professor of Business Law (Retired)
(415) 422-6409

Karl Boedecker, Professor of Law, is one of the great pillars of USF's School of Management. Dr. Boedecker's research and course work with students investigates: social, legal and ethical issues in management, corporate identity and accountability, emerging legal doctrines and their implications, unfair competition, employment discrimination, products liability and consumer protection.


Co-Director, Professor of Finance (Retired)
(415) 422-6129

Barry W. Doyle, Professor of Finance, is a much admired leader and educator in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs, having been with the School of Management since 1984. Professor Doyle serves as acting Faculty Director at China Resources Holding Company and Guangzhou Enterprises, overseeing their Executive MBA Distance Learning Program as well as teaching corporate finance.


Assistant Professor

School of Management


School of Management, Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy

Assistant Professor

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy

Assistant Professor

Zifei “Fay” Chen is an assistant professor of public relations and strategic communication in the
Communication Studies department. Specifically, her research focuses on public relations, social media,
corporate social responsibility, crisis communication, and consumer psychology.

Associate Professor

Xiaoya (Sara) Ding is an associate professor of finance in the School of Management. Her
research interests are primarily in international finance, empirical corporate finance, and asset

Associate Professor

Department of Accounting, School of Management

Assistant Professor and Director of Master of Sciences in Financial Analysis

Department of Finance, School of Management

Associate Professor and Director of Gallert Family Business Center
Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy, School of Management

Associate Professor
Department of Organization, Leadership, and Communication, School of Management

Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, School of Management

Assistant Professor
Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy, School of Management

Assistant Professor of Law
Director of International Relations for LLM Programs, School of Law

Adjunct Professor
Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, School of Management

Associate Professor
Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences

Honors Program Director, Assistant Professor
Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy, School of Management


School of Management, Department of Economics, Law, and International Business


Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Strategies, School of Management

CEO, SDG.Services – President, SCI-Institute

Professor, USF School of Management

Dr. Tavanti's publications


School of Management, Department of Finance

Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) SDG.

Services – Sustainable Capacity International SCI-Institute


Professor of Economics, School of Management

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