JT has been with the HKUST for 19 years since he joined in January 1997 as an Assistant Professor of Management. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000, Full Professor in 2006, and Chair Professor in 2009. JT received his Ph.D. in strategy from the University of Texas, and was previously with McKinsey & Company in Hong Kong, a leading global management consulting firm.
At HKUST, JT has served on various university-level committees, including as the Chair of the University Appointments and Substantiation Committee and a member of the University Administrative Committee. As Senior Associate Dean since July 2013 he oversees all aspects of the school’s research portfolio. From 2009 to 2013 he served as Associate Dean (Faculty), with responsibility for the school’s faculty development. And since 2006 he has been serving as Head of the Management Department, which has won the Franklin Department Teaching Excellence Award six times during his tenure.
An award-winning scholar and teacher, JT is a leading expert in global business strategy. His research interests include organizational learning, strategic alliances, corporate governance, innovation, and entrepreneurship. His research work has been published regularly in premier management journals, and several of which have won best paper awards. A passionate teacher at the UG, MBA, EMBA, Executive Education, and PhD levels, he has repeatedly been recognized on the Teaching Excellence Honor Roll and with teaching excellence citations over the years.
JT is very active in the global community. He serves since 2009 as Associate Editor for the Strategic Management Journal, a leading journal in management. He is also an Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, a prestigious lifetime fellowship. He has also been elected as Vice President and a board member of the Academy of International Business, serving as Program Chair for the 2018 AIB conference in the US.
JT has served the Hong Kong community in multiple roles. He writes regularly for the Hong Kong Economic Journal. He has served on the Business Panel of the University Grants Committee in its Research Assessment Exercise in 2014, and he has been a member on the Research Grants Council’s Business Panel. He has also served on the Human Resources Committee of the Fu Hong Society which provides homes for the handicapped in Hong Kong.