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e-Bulletin February 2022



Professor Edwin Cheng Tops P-Rank Contributor and Collaborator Lists and Wins Decision Sciences Journal Best Paper Award

Faculty Dean Ir Professor Edwin Cheng is number one as contributor and collaborator, and ranks between four and 13 as individual that counts only single-authored output, in all the rankings used for “P-Rank 2022” of business research.

P-Rank 2022 (Goel, 2022) presents the top 1,000 contributors, the top 1,000 collaborators, and the top 250 individuals in business research based on various rankings of publication output of scholars in the field of business studies. The rankings are based on the ABDC Journal Quality List, the CABS Academic Journal Guide, the ERIM Journal List, the FMS Journal Rating Guide, the list of the Handelsblatt BWL Ranking, the Hcéres liste des revues, Scimago Journal Ranks, and the VHB Jourqual 3 List. Different publication metrics are used to account for different ways to assess co-authored publications.

Professor Cheng’s co-authored paper, entitled “Consumer Inter-Product Showrooming and Information Service Provision in an Omni-Channel Supply Chain”, received the Decision Sciences Journal Best Paper Award at the Decision Sciences Institute 2021 Annual Conference.



PolyU is the Best University in the World for Business and Management and the Second in Hong Kong for Economics and Finance

PolyU occupies the first position, in the league table of Top Business and Management Universities developed by, with a sum of h-index values of 898, 16 scholars in the area of Business and Management, and 3,085 publications. The ranking process involved a detailed examination of more than 5,972 Business and Management researcher profiles from Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph and scientists from more than 507 institutions and affiliations.

For Top Economics and Finance Universities, PolyU ranks second in Hong Kong with three scholars, 350 publications, and an h-index of 133. This ranking process involved an examination of more than 7,858 Economics and Finance researchers’ profiles from Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph and scientists from more than 543 institutions and affiliations.

Among the Top Business and Management Scientists are current members of the Faculty of Business - Faculty Dean Ir Professor T.C. Edwin Cheng (54th in the world), Professor Kee-hung Lai (83rd), Professor Eric W.T. Ngai (113th), and Professor Andy C.L. Yeung (1,011th). Among the Top Economics and Finance Scientists are Professor James A. Ohlson and Professor K.C. John Wei.




Three Teams of Undergraduates Enter I.C.B.C. Finals

Three teams of seven BBA students, from the School of Accounting and Finance, the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, and the Department of Management and Marketing, were finalists at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (I.C.B.C.) hosted by the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Canada. Through competing in the preliminary round and final events of Business Policy, Human Resources, and Ethics, they gained valuable experience of cross-major cooperation, real-life case analysis, and putting knowledge into practical applications.

I.C.B.C., Canada's premier undergraduate business case competition, entered its 44th year in 2022. This year’s finals were held online in January.


A FBCC Case is Available at Harvard Business Publishing

“Luckin: From Brewing Coffee to Brewing Fraud” is the title of a case developed by members of the Faculty of Business Case Consortium (FBCC) and published recently on Harvard Business Publishing - Education.

The case is co-authored by Mr Raymond Chan, Dr Justin Law, and Dr Sunny Sun in the School of Accounting and Finance together with Professor Chen Shimin at China Europe International Business School. It inspires students to consider the spillover implications of accounting scandals for other stakeholders and exposes students to business-related, accounting, and finance issues.



Knowledge Transfer Forum Examines Publishing Shipping and Logistics Research

The Faculty and its Shipping Research Centre hosted a knowledge transfer forum on 12 January 2022 on publishing shipping and logistics research.

During the forum, editors-in-chief of prestigious journals in the field provided the participants with practical advice and important tips on what makes a high quality research article and how to get research findings published. This is the sixth in a series of forums organized by the Centre to promote best practices and strengthen the theoretical base of decision-making in shipping and logistics, as well as encourage the industry to leverage research studies.



Faculty Members Win Outstanding Achievement Awards and PBS Fellow Award

Congratulations to the following academics, in the School of Accounting and Finance (AF), the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies (LMS), and the Department of Management and Marketing (MM), on receiving the Faculty’s Outstanding Achievement Awards and the PBS Fellow Award for the year 2020-2021.

Faculty Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, Research and Scholarly Activities, and Services

Individual Award
Category Department Awardee
Teaching AF Dr Te-Feng Chen
Research and Scholarly Activities Outstanding Researcher MM Professor Yuwei Jiang
Outstanding Young Researcher LMS Dr Guang Xiao
Services MM Professor Eric Ngai
Team Award
Category Department Awardee
Services AF Dr Feng Tian
Dr Justin Law


Faculty Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, and Research and Scholarly Activities

Individual Prize
Category Department Awardee
Teaching LMS Professor Shuaian Wang
LMS Dr Chung Lai Johnny Wan
MM Dr Chi Hong Simon Chan
Research and Scholarly Activities Outstanding Researcher AF Dr Jungmin Kim
Outstanding Young Researcher MM Dr Jia Katrina Lin


PBS (PolyU Business School) Fellow Award

Department Awardee
AF Dr Seongkyu Gilbert Park
Professor John Wei
LMS Dr Xiaomeng Guo
Professor Yick-hin Hung
Dr Kai Pan
Professor Miao Song
Professor Yulan Wang
Dr Guang Xiao
Dr Dong Yang
MM Dr Shuping Li



Research Insights

Dr Ha Yoon Yee


Legal Expertise and the Role of Litigation Risk in Firms’ Conservatism Choices
The Accounting Review, forthcoming

Jonathan Black, Purdue University
Charles G. Ham, Washington University in St. Louis
Michael D. Kimbrough, University of Maryland
Ha Yoon Yee, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Firms face a greater risk of lawsuits for overstated rather than understated earnings or net assets, suggesting conservatism can reduce firms' expected legal costs. Because managers with legal expertise are more likely than other managers to recognize the legal benefits of conservatism, this study examines whether legal expertise among members of senior management promotes greater conservatism. Consistent with this prediction, the authors find that firms with a general counsel (GC) in senior management (their proxy for legal expertise) report more conservatively. They also find that GC firms recalibrate their conservatism levels in response to changes in the legal environment - their conservatism choices are more responsive to litigation against peer firms and to two judicial rulings that affected the litigation risk for firms located in the Ninth Circuit. Overall, the findings suggest that populating senior management with legal experts affects the extent to which a firm's level of conservatism incorporates legal risks.


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