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Dr. Cao is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Sustainability Management at International Business School at Suzhou (IBSS), Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). Dr. Cao’s research interest, at the intersection of strategy and sustainability, include corporate environmental strategy, corporate sustainability, sustainable entrepreneurship and sustainable innovation. Since 2008, he has conducted one NSFC research project and ten contracted consulting research projects for Suzhou government as principal investigator. Currently, he is supervising a Ph.D student focusing on research of entrepreneurial orientation, corporate environmental strategy and performance. Dr. Cao is the honorary Middle-Aged Academic Leadership awarded by Qing-Lan Project of the Education Department of Jiangsu Province. In the past years, Dr. Cao pioneered many innovative teaching practices in XJTLU. He has developed broad international collaborations on research and teaching. Dr. Cao is the visiting researcher at Institute of China Business and Economy of University of Würzburg and Centre for Sustainable Management of University of Lüneburg, Germany. Within IBSS of XJTLU, Dr. Cao is the team leader of PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education) working group. Dr. Cao is also the founder, convener and host of PRME China Signatories Sustainability Management Education Roundtable Forum, an annual event of PRME signatories for promoting sustainability management education in business schools. Beyond IBSS, Dr. Cao keeps close engagement with businesses in Suzhou and Shanghai. Dr. Cao is a member of the PRME i5 Project Pedagogy Expert Group.

Research interests

Strategic Management Organization Theory CSR, Sustainability and Innovation Entrepreneurship amp; Leadership


Associate Professor, Business School, XJTLU - 2017 to Present

Lecturer, Business School, XJTLU - 2009 to 2017

Post Doctor and TA, Department of Business, Economics and Management, XJTLU - 2008 to 2009

RA, Management School, Xiapos;an Jiaotong University - 2004 to 2006

Lecturer, Shanxi University - 1999 to 2004


SMO417 Sustainability Management

MAN001 Business Essentials

MAN104 Doing Business in China

MAN201 Corporate Social Responsibility

MAN303 Final Year Project

MAN314 Strategic Management and Business Policy

MAN413 Dissertation (MSc MAN)

MAN433 Business and Management as a Social Science

MAN441 Contemporary Issues in the Ethics of Business Analytics

MAN455 Global Sustainability and Social Responsibility

MAN601 PhD Supervision

Awards and honours

2021 IBSS ERS Award

2015 Jiangsu Government Scholarship for Overseas Studies, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education

2014 quot;Middle-Aged Academic Leadershipquot; selected and awarded by apos;Qing-Lan Projectapos; of the Education Department of Jiangsu Province, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education

2013 Young Excellent Teacher, the Education Department of Jiangsu Province under the support of Qing-Lan Project of Jiangsu Province

2013 Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy (HEA, UK).

2013 Certificate of Professional Studies in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (CPS), University of Liverpool

2009 Best Paper, China Academy of Sci. amp; Tech. Policy and Management Science

2006 Ph.D Scholarship, China Scholarship Council

2006 Ph.D Scholarship, HSS, Germany

2003 Scholarship from The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, InWEnt (Capacity Building International, Mannheim, Germany)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

PhD , Xi'an Jiaotong University, - 2008

PhD , Free University of Berlin, Germany, - 2008

MSc , Shanxi University, China, - 1999

BSc , Shanxi University, China, - 1996

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