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Kai Xu, Ph.D.
Lutcher Brown Fellowship

The Lutcher Brown Fellowship was established in 2020 with funds from the Lutcher Brown Endowment for Academic Excellence in order to help recently tenured faculty accelerate the success of their research. The fellowship is a one-year, nonrecurring honorific appointment. Fellows are nominated by academic leadership and selected by the provost through a competitive process.

Kai Xu, Ph.D.

Lutcher Brown Fellowship

Associate Professor, Management

Kai Xu is a force within the field of strategic management. With an h-index of 13 and over 1,200 citations, she is quickly becoming both a leader in her field and a forerunner in UTSA’s destination as a premier research institution. 

Xu’s research interests concern international strategy and corporate governance. She has worked on areas such as the application of institutional theory in an international context, family firm international strategies, and corporate governance issues in emerging economies.

Xu’s growing publication history includes 16 refereed publications, three non-refereed publications and 32 paper presentations. Her work has been published in several notable journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of World Business, and the Journal of Operations Management. Xu also has several works in progress, including an article for the Global Strategy Journal, a manuscript, and several data collection publications. 

Xu is an ad hoc reviewer for a variety of publications in her field, including the Asia Pacific Journal of Management, the British Journal of Management, the Family Business Review, the Global Strategy Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, the International Business Review, the Journal of Business Research, the Management International Review, and the Journal of Management Studies. She is also a reviewer for the Academy of Management (AoM) Annual Conference and Strategic Management Society (SMS).

Xu received her B.A. and M.A. in economics as well as her first Ph.D. in management from Xi’an Jiaotong University. She then received an additional Ph.D. in 2015 from Texas A&M University before joining UTSA as an assistant professor. Xu received the 2020 Dean’s Distinguished Research Award and the 2021 Journal of Operations Management 2020 Ambassador Paper Award.