Professor Xiaohong He wins best paper award

Xiaohong He
Xiaohong He

Jan. 14, 2013 - Xiaohong He, a professor of international business in the School of Business, won the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy and the University of Central Arkansas College of Business Best Paper in Public Policy Award at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference in San Francisco on Jan. 10.

He and her co-author, Renyong Chi, a professor at the Zhejiang University of Technology, won the award for their research paper, "Conceptualization and Practice of Cluster Evolution in Developing Economies: Underlying Logics that Transform Survival or Subsistent Entrepreneurship Cluster."

"Research shows there is no shortage of entrepreneurship at the bottom of the world's pyramid," He said. "However, more often than not, the entrepreneurship does not produce regional development as it does in developed countries. In fact, many poor entrepreneurs in developing countries are trapped at a subsistent level. This research looks at cases in China where these survival-motivated, rural-based poor entrepreneurial cottage firms have evolved into innovative regional industrial powerhouses."

He earned her doctorate in international management studies and master's degrees in finance and international business from the University of Texas-Dallas. She also holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Jilin University in China.