As a research-led school, IBSS excels across many areas of management, economics, accounting and finance.

Researchers enjoy close links with the University of Liverpool in the UK as well as with Chinese and international research networks, thus enabling research collaborations with colleagues at institutions around the globe. IBSS academic staff also engage with XJTLU colleagues across departments on a variety of multi-disciplinary research projects.

Much of IBSS’s research in applied science directly benefits companies and organisations. This helps to fulfil IBSS founding principles of positively impacting the societies we serve.

Research activities

In line with its vision and location, the main IBSS research strategy is to have a substantial majority share of research-active staff members who target high-quality international research outlets with significant impact for the academic, business and policy community.

The steps taken to ensure that our research activities are in line with our vision are reflected in our:

  • recruitment and evaluation process
  • provision of research time for research-active staff members
  • publication guidelines
  • multidisciplinary academic institutes and centres
  • collaboration with business and government organisations
  • visibility at, and organisation of, conferences and workshops
  • stimulation of research through grants and professional support staff
  • recognition of exceptional achievements in research organisation and output.

Collaborative research

As a research-led school, IBSS has strengths in many different areas of business, economics and finance. Our researchers enjoy close links with the University of Liverpool in the UK and they sustain strong Chinese and international research networks, enabling research collaboration with colleagues at other institutions around the globe. IBSS academic staff also pursue China-specific, cross-disciplinary research collaborations with XJTLU colleagues from different academic departments. Examples include:

  • IBSS Centre for Fintech Studies – IBSS Centre for FinTech Studies (CFTS) is a first step for IBSS to consolidate all its FinTech-related research and development efforts under a common platform. The CFTS vision is to bring together the research efforts of academics with technical expertise in data science and machine-learning models, and those who require such technical expertise in various research applications pursued by the main disciplines of a business school. The CFTS mission is to establish research links with strong data-science research centres of overseas universities.
  • Centre for Responsible and Sustainable Business Education (CRSBE) – Established in September 2020, the Centre for RSBE aims to facilitate internal and external learning and dialogue in the areas of ethics, responsibility and sustainability. The Centre aims to support the development applied ERS research that will go on to impact education for sustainable development in China and beyond.
  • IBSS Biometrics Lab (IBSS) – Established in 2019 and funded by IBSS’s autonomous profit pool, the IBSS Biometrics Lab is a new initiative to facilitate cutting-edge behavioural research that incorporates biometrics readings, such as eye-tracking, skin-conductance, heart rate and emotion-recognition. The array of 'choice process' data allows researchers to better understand the neuro-psycho-physiological processes behind individuals’ preferences and decision-making. Hosted in IBSS, the Biometrics Lab aims to connect researchers from different disciplines, both within the business school and with other departments.
  • IBSS Experimental Economics lab – Supported by the University, IBSS has an established experimental laboratory, with this located in BS294. Experimental economics has become one of the most successful and fastest-growing fields of economics in the last two decades. It is a subfield of economics that uses experiments to explore human behaviour, test economic theories and suggest new models that better capture human behaviour. In the lab, researchers can conduct various experiments based on their research and students make interactive decisions in the designed economic environment and receive monetary rewards based on their actions. With respect to teaching, classroom experiments are especially useful when teaching difficult concepts, such as those in game theory: students are able to learn organically and apply the concepts of conjecture and best response before these are formally introduced in lectures.
  • Research Institute for Operations and Supply Chain Excellence (University-level)- The Research Institute for Operations and Supply Chain Excellence is a multidisciplinary institute for the research and development of innovative approaches to establishing excellence in the areas of operations and supply chain management. The Institute’s work is formative in identifying and researching challenges faced by companies as they operate in turbulent business environments with rapidly changing market needs. What is clear is that solutions that have worked in the past are no longer sufficient.
  • Research Institute of Quantitative Finance - The Institute of Quantitative Finance was established in 2014 by academic staff from the Departments of Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science and Software Engineering and International Business School Suzhou. The institute has internal and external members from various disciplines with common research interests in quantitative finance.
  • Research Institute for Smart and Green Cities (work with Department of Urban Planning and Design ,and the introduction can be found here: