Meet the Faculty
Dr Dylan Sutherland
BSc, MPhil, PhD
Dr Dylan Sutherland has a broad range of research interests related to contemporary East Asian business, with a specific focus on Chinese business. His current research looks at explaining the emergence of Chinese business groups and MNEs in light of current economic and business theory.
I completed an M.Phil. in the Economics of Developing Countries at Cambridge University before undertaking an ESRC funded PhD at the Judge Business School (looking at the emergence of Chinese business groups). In 2002 I was appointed as an Assistant Director of Development Studies at Cambridge's world leading Centre for Development Studies. In 2004 I moved to Trinity College, Dublin where I designed and delivered a new suite of modules in Development Studies (2004-7). In 2005 I was awarded a €300,000 Development Education Grant by Irish Aid (affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ireland) which was used to promote awareness of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. To this end I built a successful team to run the high profile MDG lectures series and accompanying on-line learning and teaching resources. In 2007 I moved to Nottingham University’s newly created School of Contemporary Chinese Studies to pursue my research interests on Chinese business. As Director of the Masters Programmes I designed and managed a number of successful new programmes and modules on Chinese business (also offered at Nottingham’s business school). In 2011 my growing research focus on Chinese MNEs brought me to Durham University Business School. In Durham I assumed responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate modules on East Asian business (Asia and Pacific Rim, BUSI 3041 and East Asian Business & Management, BUSI 5A815). I currently supervise a number of PhD students that regularly meet as part of the activtities for the Centre for Marketing and International Business.
Throughout my career I have been involved in designing and delivering new modules and programmes and have won a number of education related grants (and publshed research papers in pedagogic journals). My modules are well received by students and are very popular. I have been awarded the Durham University Business School Dean’s teaching award for teaching excellence as well as the DUBs teaching innovation award. I take an active interest in pedagogical methods and use active, problem based learning methodologies (coupled with reflective teaching practices). I have acted as an internal and external examiner on numerous occasions (i.e. UCD, Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Leeds, Aston etc.).
I have lived and worked in China for several years (i.e. Foreign Expert, Tianjin Ligong Xueyuan (1995-6) Beijing Waiyu Xueyuan, (1998-9)) and speak and read Chinese. I have undertaken extensive funded fieldwork across China (i.e. ESRC, British Academy, Lloyds Tercentenary grants). I make frequent visits to China for work (such as conferences, research trips, leading study tours etc.) and pleasure. Prior to moving into academia I worked in a successful family business. I like sailing (trans-atlantic yachtsman), football and kitesurfing.
I have a broad range of research interests stemming from my early academic appointments teaching Development Studies and Chinese Studies. I lived, worked and studied in China for several years, where I undertook extensive funded fieldwork (i.e. via the ESRC, British Academy, Lloyds Tercentenary Foundation). As well as producing two research monologues, an edited book and numerous book chapters, my research is published across a broad range of disciplines in internationally recognised academic journals. This includes the fields of business and management (i.e. Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Management International Review, Journal of International Business Policy etc.) economics (i.e. Cambridge Journal of Economics), economic geography (Journal of Economic Geography, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society), innovation (Technovation, Technological Forecasting and Inustrial Change, Industry and Innovation etc.) and Chinese Studies (China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China). My research outputs have been returned for the past two UK research assessment exercises and its impact is growing rapidly (three articles, for example, were among the most highly cited papers in their respective journals). My research is highly topical (i.e. tax havens, Chinese MNEs etc.) and I regularly contribute media stories and commentary on Chinese business (i.e. International Finance Review, China Daily). My research on the transiting of Chinese outward FDI via tax havens was awarded the annual best paper award of the Chinese Economics Association (based on citation metrics over previous five years).
I am associate editor of Asian Business and Management (Palgrave), Multinational Business Review (Emerald) and East Asia: An International Quarterly (Springer). My current research projects have focused on explaining the emergence of Chinese MNEs in light of current economic and business theory, with a focus on technology acquisition and strategic asset seeking behaviours, as well as the routing of FDI via tax havens and offshore financial centres (an issue of growing methodological interest and importance in International Business Studies).
- Tax haven use
- Understanding emerging market MNEs in the light of current International Business theory
- Measurement of MNE Activity (see co-organised AIB 2014 panel with Prof. J. F. Hennart)
- Business groups, including their positive and negative attributes and understanding these in light of current business and management theory
- Sutherland, D. & Hsu, J. (2012). HIV/AIDS in China: The Economic and Social Determinants. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
- Sutherland, D. (2003). China's large enterprises and the challenge of late industrialisation. RoutledgeCurzon.
- Sutherland, D. & Lutao, N. (2015). The Emergence and Evolution of Chinese Business Groups: Are Pyramidal Groups Forming?. In State Capitalism, Institutional Adaptation, and the Chinese Miracle. Naughton, B. & Tsai, K. S. Cambridge University Press. 102-153.
- Sutherland, D., Ning, L. & Wang, J. (2012). An Exploration of Pyramidal Business Groups in China. In Rising China in the Changing World Economy. Wang, L. Routledge. 138-162.
- Ning, L. & Sutherland, D. (2010). On the Internationalization of China's Big Business Groups after Three Decades of Reform. In Thirty Years of China’s Economic Reform: Institutions, Management Organizations and Foreign Investment. Wang, Y. & Ramburuth, P New York: Nova Science Publishers.
- Sutherland, D. & Ning, L. (2010). China's business groups after three decades of economic reform: Diversified conglomerates or focused industrial groups. In China's three decades of economic reforms. Liu, X. & Zhang, W. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxford. 267-285.
- Ning, L. & Sutherland, D. (2010). China’s Business Groups after Three Decades of Economic Reform Diversified Conglomerates or Focused Industrial Groups? . In China's Three Decades of Economic Reforms. Xiaohui, L. & Zhang, W. London: Routledge. 267-284.
- Sutherland, D. & Whelan, G. (2010). Corporate Social Responsibility in China’s Largest TNCs. In Sustainable Reform and Development in Post-Olympic China. Shujie, Y., Wu, B., Morgan, S. & Sutherland, D. Routledge. 144-171.
- Sutherland, D. (2009). Income Inequality and China’s HIV Epidemic: Is there a relationship? In Governance of HIV/AIDS: Making Participation and Accountability Count. Harman, S. & Lisk, F. Routledge.
- Sutherland, D. (2006). Applying the Scientific Concept of Development to HIV/AIDS in China. In Kexue fazhan yu zhongguo xinxing gongyehua lilun. Chen, Q. Xiamen University Publishing House.
- Sutherland, D. (2001). Policies to build national champions: China’s "National Team" of enterprise groups. In China and the global business revolution. Nolan, P. Palgrave Macmillan. 67-139.
- Yao, S.Y., Morgan, S., Sutherland, D. & Wu, B. (2010). Sustainable Reform and Development in Post-Olympic China. Routledge.
- Shi, Xinwei Sutherland, Dylan, Williams, Chris & Rong, Ke (2021). Chinese MNE Acquisition of Unrelated Foreign Businesses: The Role of Diversified Business Group Affiliation, Private Ownership and Strategic Asset Seeking. Journal of Business Research 129: 145-156.
- Anderson, J, Sutherland, D, Fan, Z & Yangyang, Z (2020). Analyzing the reliability of Chinese outward FDI studies: a replication approach. Critical Perspectives on International Business
- Sutherland, D., Anderson,J. & Hu, Z. (2020). A Comparative Analysis of Location and Non-Location-Bounded Strategic Asset Seeking in Emerging and Developed Market MNEs: An Application of New Internalization Theory.. International Business Review 29(2): 101635.
- Sutherland, D., Anderson, J.R., Bailey, N. & Alon, I. (2020). Policy, Institutional Fragility, and Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment: An Empirical Examination of the Belt and Road Initiative. Journal of International Business Policy 3(3): 249-272.
- Froese, F. J., Sutherland, D., Lee, J. Y., Liu, Y. & Pan, Y. (2019). Challenges for foreign companies in China: Implications for research and practice. Asian Business & Management 18(4): 249-262.
- Sutherland, Dylan., Hennart, Jean-Francois. & Anderson, John R. (2019). How does the routing of FDI to and via tax havens confound our understanding of Chinese MNE identity? A critical review of the empirical literature on Chinese MNEs.. Asian Business & Management 18(5): 337-359.
- Sutherland,D, Warwick,P. & Anderson, J (2019). What factors influence student satisfaction with module quality? A comparative analysis in a UK business school context.. The International Journal of Management Education 17(3): 100312.
- Sutherland, D., Warwick, P., Anderson, J. & Learmonth, M. (2018). How do Quality of Teaching, Assessment and Feedback Drive Undergraduate Course Satisfaction in U.K. Business Schools? A Comparative Analysis with Non-Business School Courses using the U.K. National Student Survey. Journal of Management Education 42(5): 618-649.
- Wang, D., Sutherland, D., Ning, L., Wang, Y. & Pan, X. (2018). Exploring the influence of political connections and managerial overconfidence on R&D intensity in China's large-scale private sector firms.. Technovation 69: 40-53.
- Sutheland, D., Anderson, J. & Hertenstein, P. (2018). Is the Strategic Asset Seeking Investment Proclivity of Chinese MNEs Different to that of Developed Market MNEs? A Comparative Analysis of Location Choice and Orientation.. Management International Review 58(6): 911-933.
- Li, J., Sutherland, D. & Ning, L (2017). Inward FDI spillovers and innovation capabilities in Chinese business: exploring the moderating role of local industrial externalities.. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 29(8): 932-945.
- Ning, L., Sutherland, D. & Fu, X. (2017). Local context and innovation in China. . Asian Business & Management 16(3): 117-129.
- Hertenstein, P., Sutherland, D. & Anderson, J. (2017). Internationalization within networks: Exploring the relationship between inward and outward FDI in China’s auto components industry. Asia Pacific Journal of Management 34(1): 69-96.
- Li, J., Strange, R., Ning, L. & Sutherland, D. (2016). Outward Foreign Direct Investment and Domestic Innovation Performance: Evidence from China . International Business Review 25(5): 1010-1019.
- Anderson, J. & Sutherland, D. (2015). Entry mode and emerging market MNES an analysis of Chinese Greenfield and acquisition FDI in the United States.. Research in International Business and Finance 35: 88-103.
- Anderson, J., Sutherland, D. & Severe, S. (2015). An event study of home and host country patent generation in Chinese MNEs undertaking strategic asset acquisitions in developed markets.. International Business Review 24(5): 758-771.
- Buckley, P. J., Sutherland, D., Voss, H. & El-Gohari, A. (2015). The economic geography of offshore incorporation in tax havens and offshore financial centres: the case of Chinese MNEs.. Journal of Economic Geography 15(1): 103-128.
- Sutherland, D. & Anderson, J. (2015). The pitfalls of using foreign direct investment data to measure Chinese multinational enterprise activity.. The China Quarterly 221: 21-48.
- Wang, Y., Sutherland, D., Ning, L. & Pan, X. (2015). The evolving nature of China's regional innovation systems: Insights from an exploration–exploitation approach.. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 100: 140-152.
- Huang, S., Chen, J., Wang, Y., Ning, L., Sutherland, D., Zhou, Z. & Zhou, Y. (2015). External heterogeneity and its impact on open innovation performance. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 27(2): 182-197.
- Anderson, J. & Sutherland, D. (2015). Developed Economy Investment Promotion Agencies and Emerging Market Foreign Direct Investment: The Case of Chinese FDI in Canada. Journal of World Business 50(4): 815-825.
- Wang, Y., Sutherland, D. & Ning, L. (2014). A Dynamic Comparative Analysis of International Innovation Networks in Emerging Market MNCs.. Industry and Innovation 21(6): 457-475.
- Li, J., Sutherland, D., Ning, L. & Wang, Y. (2014). Firm ownership, industrial structure, and regional innovation performance in China's provinces.. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 26(9): 1001-1022.
- Ning, L. & Sutherland, D (2012). Internationalization of China's private-sector MNEs: An analysis of the motivations for foreign affiliate formation. Thunderbird International Business Review 54(2): 169-182.
- Sutherland, D., Ning, L. & Beatson, S. (2011). Productivity performance in Chinese business groups: the positive and negative impacts of business group affiliation.. Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies 9(2): 163-180.
- Sutherland, D. & Ning, L. (2011). Exploring ‘Onward-Journey’ ODI Strategies in China’s Private Sector Businesses. . Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies 9(1): 43-65.
- Sutherland, D. (2011). Reform, Openness and Public Health: On the Economic and Social Determinants of HIV/AIDS in China.. Journal of Contemporary China 20(68): 117-133.
- Sutherland, D. & Yao, S. (2011). Income Inequality in China Over 30 Years of Reforms.. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 4(1): 91-105.
- Yao. S., Sutherland, D. & Chen, J. (2010). China's Outward FDI and Resource-Seeking Strategy: A Case Study on Chinalco and Rio Tinto.. Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics 17(3): 313-325.
- Guest, P. & Sutherland, D. (2010). The impact of business group affiliation on performance: evidence from China's ‘national champions’.. Cambridge Journal of Economics 34(4): 617-631.
- Sutherland, D. (2009). Do China's 'National Team' Business Groups Undertake Strategic-Asset-Seeking OFDI?. Chinese Management Studies 3(1): 11-24.
- Sutherland, D. & Yao, S. (2009). Chinalco and Rio Tinto: a Long March for China's National Champions.. China Quarterly 199: 829-836.
- Sutherland, D. (2005). China’s science parks: production bases or a tool for institutional reform?. Asia Pacific Business Review 11(1): 83-104.
- Sutherland, D. (2005). OEM-supplier relations in the global auto and components industry: is there a business revolution?. International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management 5(2): 234-251.
- Nolan, P., Sutherland, D. & Zhang, J. (2002). The challenge of the global businesss revolution.. Contributions to Political Economy 21(1): 91-110.
- Sutherland, D. & Anderson, J.R. (2019). Trends in Chinese Offshore Incorporation. IFC Review 2018/19(1): 26, 98.
- Sutherland, D., Voss, H. & Buckley, P. J. (2014). Chinese incorporation for institutional arbitrage and access to finance. International Finance Corporation Review
- Sutherland, D., El-Gohari, A., Buckley, P.J. & Voss, H. (2010), The Role of Caribbean Tax Havens and Offshore Financial Centres in Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment, n/a: The 2nd Conference on Emerging Market Multinationals, Outward Investment from Emerging Economies, 25-26th Nov 2010. Copenhagen Business School, n/a, Copenhagen Business School, n/a.