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Tong He

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Dr Tong He (Sophie) is an Assistant Professor at Entrepreneur College (Taicang), Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Her research interests lie in digital entrepreneurship, responsible digital innovation, platform ecosystem governance, social enterprise sustainability, and entrepreneur education. Her research has been published in high-impact business and information system-related journals, including Technological Forecasting and Societal Change, Internet Research, and Electronic Commerce Research, and has been sponsored by the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR). Prior to joining XJTLU, Sophie earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham with a full doctoral scholarship. She completed her master’s degree at Imperial College London with half a scholarship, specializing in Economics and Business Strategy. She also holds a first-class honours degree in Finance, Accounting and Management for an undergraduate degree. Sophie adopts a pedagogical approach rooted in student-centred experiential learning.  As a business educator, researcher, and EdTech enthusiast, Sophie is passionate to elevate the caliber of higher education by harnessing innovative technologies to create immersive entrepreneurship experiences.

Research interests

Digital entrepreneurship

Responsible digital innovation

Social enterprise sustainability

Platform ecosystem governance

Entrepreneurship education


ENT301TC Capstone Project

ENT302TC Cutting-Edge Practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

ENT201TC Business Model Generation

CAT303TC Business Coaching

MFE304TC Haier Ren Dan He Yi Management Model

Awards and honours

2018 Vice Chancellor’s Medal of University of Nottingham

2016 President’s Ambassador of Imperial College London

2015 Imperial College Business School Scholarship Winner 

2015 Outstanding Graduate of Zhejiang Province

2014 Outstanding Graduate of University of Nottingham Ningbo China

2014 President’s Scholarship provided by University of Nottingham Ningbo China (top 1.5% of the major)

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Marketing and Information Systems, University of Nottingham

MSc., Economics & Strategy for Business, Imperial College London

BA (Hons), Finance & Accounting and Management (First Class), University of Nottingham

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