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Every week, a business school professor, an expert in his or her field, will define key terms on FT Lexicon, our online economics, business and finance glossary.

Yadong Luo is the Emery M. Findley distinguished chair and professor of management at the University of Miami. He is also an elected fellow of the Academy of International Business and a distinguished honorary professor at Sun Yat-Sen Business School, China.

Prof Luo has written more than a dozen books, about 150 refereed journal publications and more than 100 other publications. He was ranked the world’s most productive author in international business by International Business Review (2010) and by Management International Review (2012) and the world’s most prolific author on Chinese management by Asia Pacific Journal of Management (2007).

His research interests include co-opetition in international business; business-government relationships; cross-cultural co-operative strategies; multinational enterprises in emerging markets; and international expansion of emerging market enterprises. He is also an expert in research on several frontier issues, such as dynamic capabilities in global business, cultural friction in international interactions, organisational justice in inter-firm relationships and global dimensions of corporate governance.

Prof Luo received his PhD from Temple University, Philadelphia. Prior going to the US, he was a provincial official in charge of international business in China. He is the recipient of a dozen research and teaching awards at the University of Miami and the University of Hawaii, where he taught before joining UM.

The five terms defined by Yadon Luo on FT Lexicon this week are:

Cultural friction




Organisational ambidexterity

Compiled by Emmanuelle Smith

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