In 1991, Lu Liu receive her BE Engineering Economics degree from Harbin Engineering University in China. After the graduation, she worked as a business analyst in a state-owned textile company for five years. From 1996 to 2001, she was a lecturer at Harbin Engineering University - School of Humanities and Social Science. She taught a wide range of modules in the disciplines of business and economics, including Principles of Marketing; Market Research; Market Forecasting and Decision Making; An Introduction to Political Economics; Market Economics; Economics of Socialist States, etc. At the meantime, she was supervising UG degree dissertations and doing research on market economics. She was also a part-time public relations and marketing consultant for local SMEs and a visiting lecturer at several universities and colleges.
In 2002, with the sponsorship of Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, she obtained her BA from Ostfold University College, Norway, by completing a one-year top-up programme titled International Economics and Business.
In 2004, with the sponsorship of Swedish Institute, she successfully completed her MSc degree studies in international business with a pathway of E-business and SMEs international marketing.
She did her PhD from 2006 to 2010 at the University of Bolton in the research domain of knowledge and information management. She was sponsored by the University funding. Meanwhile, she was a part-time lecturer teaching business modules as well as supervising BSc and MSc degree dissertations.
Before working for Bath Spa University, she was teaching economics and business modules at University of Sheffield-Sheffield International College.
Her research interests include integrating knowledge management activities into management information systems for SMEs and none-profit organisations, international business and e-business. As a member of teaching staff, she is also interested in the research topic of integrating e-learning pedagogy into class teaching methodology so as to help HEIs to effectively use virtual learning tools and technologies to provide practical teaching and training programme for SMEs.
- PhD University of Bolton.
- 09/87 07/91 Harbin Engineering University, China, BEng in Engineering Economics (in Chinese)
- 08/01 06/02 Ostfold University College, Norway, BA in International Business and Economics (in English, one year top-up)
- 08/02 02/04 Lule University of Technology, Sweden, MSc in International Business e-business (in English)
- 03/06 07/10 The University of Bolton, PhD in Information Systems and Knowledge Management.
- Fellow of the HEA.
- Business Economics; International Business; Operations Management.
PhD Research Supervision
My research interests include exploring the strategies for SMEs to enter international markets and studying their post-entry performance, seeking strategies for SMEs and non-profit organisations to gain, manage and use knowledge to develop and retain competitive advantages, and business ethics in emerging markets.
Current PhD supervision includes:
- "An investigation into Cultural Impact on Internal auditor's Ethical decision making in India"
- "Using crowdsourcing methodology to create new consumer behaviour model" and
- "An investigation into the impact of the WTO on Chinese Manufacturing SMEs since the accession of China to the WTO."
- international small and medium sized enterprises’ (SMEs) behaviour and performance
- knowledge and information management in the SMEs and non-profit organisations
- business ethics in emerging markets.
- Case studies
- Grounded theory
- Action research.
- Cross-sectional studies
- Longitudinal studies.
Research and academic outputs
How to enhance international and domestic students’ interaction? A case study of the design and development of an international business module
Liu, L and Sibley, S (2014) 'How to enhance international and domestic students’ interaction? A case study of the design and development of an international business module.' In: Orme, M, ed. Supporting internationalisation through languages and culture in the twenty-first-century university. Intercultural Studies and Foreign Language Learning (ISFLL) (15). Peter Lang AG, Oxford, pp. 125-140. ISBN 9783034309806
Liu, L, Oliver, S, Green, G and Qi, B (2007) 'Knowledge-based management information systems for effective supply chain management in SMEs.' In: Logistics Research Network 2007 conference proceedings. Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, pp. 149-155. ISBN 9781904564195
Liu, L, Qi, B and Liu, V (2007) 'A conceptual framework of the factors influencing online shopping behaviour.' In: Logistics Research Network 2007 conference proceedings. Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, pp. 143-148. ISBN 9781904564195
Liu, L, Qi, B and Wang, C (2009) 'E-learning tools to improve students’ learning experience: a case study.' International Journal of Modern Education and Computer Science, 1 (1). pp. 1-9. ISSN 2075-017X
Liu, L, Green, G and Qi, B (2009) 'Knowledge-based management information systems for the effective business performance of SMEs.' Journal of International Technology and Information Management, 18 (2). pp. 201-222. ISSN 1543-5962
An investigation into helping international students to be better prepared before coming to the UK: a case study at Business and Management Department in Bath Spa University
Liu, L and Sibley, S (2012) An investigation into helping international students to be better prepared before coming to the UK: a case study at Business and Management Department in Bath Spa University. In: Supporting Internationalisation through Languages and Culture in the 21st Century University, 19-20 July 2012, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.
Liu, L, Qi, B, Wang, C, Oliver, S and Zhang, R (2009) Can ICT Replace Traditional Learning Model? A case study. In: International symposium on education and computer science (ETCS 2009).
Liu, L, Green, G and Qi, B (2009) An Investigation into Students’ Experiences on E-Learning. In: UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) Conference 2009, 31 March-1 April 2009, St Anne's College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
A Dynamic Framework Facilitating HEI to Build a Co-Constructive Management Information System: the University of Bolton case study
Liu, L and Green, G (2008) A Dynamic Framework Facilitating HEI to Build a Co-Constructive Management Information System: the University of Bolton case study. In: Information Systems (UKAIS) 2008 Conference. The Scope of Information Systems: Perspectives from Academia and Practice, 10-11 April 2008, Bournemouth, UK.
Knowledge-based management information systems for effective small and medium-sized enterprises management
Liu, L, Oliver, S and Green, G (2007) Knowledge-based management information systems for effective small and medium-sized enterprises management. In: Knowledge and Innovation Conference, 20 - 21 March 2007, University of Bolton.