Pao Kao

researcher at Department of Business Studies

+4618-471 1494
Mobile phone:
+46 73 5573581
Visiting address:
Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsg. 10, ingång C
Postal address:
Box 513
751 20 UPPSALA

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Pao T. Kao received his Ph.D. in December 2013 from the Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University. His thesis involved longitudinal case studies on the market entry processes of three Swedish firms in China between 1980 and 2010 and aimed to understand how recurring changes in regulative institutions in a host market affect the entry of foreign firms.

Dr. Kao currently holds Postdoc Researcher position in the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, founded by Wallanderstipendiat. He has previously taught in the Department of Marketing, I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba (Canada). He has also been a visiting scholar in the Nordic Centre in Fudan University in 2011.

Dr. Kao's research mainly concerns Internationalization processes of the firm, changes in the market, institutional and technological environment, and business opportunity discovery and development.

Dr. Kao previously received an MSc in International Business from the University of Nottingham, and an MA in Media and Communications from the University of Westminster.


Project heading: Institution change, internationalisation of the firm, and emerging markets

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Previous studies of MNCs' entry and expansion in emerging markets have tended to hold a static view of the host markets. However, changes in institutions host markets are inevitable. Certain changes can significantly affect the operations and ongoing expansion of the MNCs, requiring them to respond strategically. MNCs' responses may enable them to adapt to the new market situation, while contributing to the social good and sustainability of the host market.

Project leader: Pao Kao, Duration: 2016-2018, Financed by: Handelsbaken Wallanderstipendiat


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