Dr. Mike Peng
Professor of Organizations, Strategy and International Management
O.P. Jindal Chair of Management
Peng is a leading China scholar who has provided insight about the country's rise in global business. He has examined the Chinese government's role in the development of Chinese multinational enterprises. His recent research has focused on Chinese firms' increasing use of acquisitions to enter new markets.
He has addressed myths that China will dominate world commerce through foreign investments. Peng says the existing data do not substantiate the notion that China's investments are a threat. Instead, China’s investments bring in dollars and generate jobs in host economies. Peng argues that the notion of a so-called "China threat" underscores how researchers have a social responsibility to use evidence-based, scholarly analysis to debunk myths.
"I think this is the critical mission of research," he said. "We need to train our students to have critical thinking skills. On the one hand, we want our students to be well read. On the other hand, we don’t want our students to believe in every word that is printed by today's media…. What we hope is that they come away from this education with a set of critical thinking skills."
Peng was recently named a fellow of the Academy of International Business. The Academy of Management Perspectives published a study that ranks Peng as the fourth-most influential scholar among all management professors who received PhD degrees since 1991 based on impact inside and outside of academia.
Peng is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a U.S. Small Business Administration Best Paper Award and a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Southwestern Academy of Management.
Peng has more than 100 publications. His textbooks, Global Strategy, Global Business, and GLOBAL, are used in more than 30 countries.
Peng joined UT Dallas in 2005. He earned his bachelor of science in business administration from Winona State University and his doctorate in business administration from the University of Washington.
Naveen Jindal created the chair on in June 2011. Peng filled the position in September 2011. The chair supports the research and scholarly activities of the holder in the Naveen Jindal School of Management.
Dr. Mike Peng is widely recognized as one of the most prolific and influential scholars in global strategy and business today. Both the United Nations and the World Bank have cited his work. His research has investigated business strategies in more than 20 countries.
"Investiture is a tremendous demonstration of our University's commitment to excellence in scholarship. My field is global competition. So how do universities compete? It's really top faculty competing with other top faculty at other universities. In that regard, we are initiating at UT Dallas a fine tradition to honor top faculty."