Rong Ke

Dr. Ke Rong

Professor, Ph.D. (Cantab.)

Deputy director, Institute of Economics, Tsinghua University

Deputy dean, Institute for Global Industry, Tsinghua University

Address: Institute of Economics, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, China, 100084



Professor Ke Rong (戎珂教授) currently serves as the Deputy Director at the Institute of Economics, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, China. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge after completing his bachelor's degree at Tsinghua University. Before his appointment at Tsinghua, he held positions as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter and Bournemouth University in the UK, and as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School in the US.

His primary research interests include the internationalization of Business and Innovation Ecosystems, Digital Economy, and Data Ecosystems. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles in esteemed journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies (UTD24), Production and Operations Management (UTD24), Scientific Report (Nature), Management and Organization Review, and the Journal of International Management. He has also been the Principal Investigator for more than 20 research projects funded by the National Science Foundation of China, the British Academy, and leading companies like Huawei, Bytedance, Haier, Tencent, and China Mobile. These projects have investigated business ecosystems and platform strategies across various emerging industries on a global scale, including the digital economy, integrated chips, data markets, 3D printing, electric vehicles, mobile internet, and the sharing economy.

In recognition of his academic achievements, Professor Rong has received several awards, such as being named a Distinguished Young Scholar under the prestigious Changjiang Scholars Programme of China's Ministry of Education and earning the Highly Cited Chinese Researchers distinction from Elsevier from 2021. He also holds the position of Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Digital Economy and serves on the editorial boards of leading journals like Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Business Policy, Management and Organization Review, and Long Range Planning. Additionally, Prof. Rong is a member of one of China's top think tanks, providing policy advice to the central government, and is part of the Expert Network of the World Economic Forum.

Education Background                                           

09/2007–07/2011 University of Cambridge (UK), Manufacturing and Management,Institute for Manufacturing and Downing College
09/2003–07/2007 Tsinghua University,B. Eng. in Automation

Professional Experience

2016- Present Tenured Professor (2021), Tenured Associate Professor (2018),Deputy Director (2018) and Associate Professor,Institute of Economics, School of Social Science, Tsinghua University, China
2020- Present Professor(2021), Associate Professor, China Top Think Tank in Tsinghua University, China
2020- Present Young Scholar of ‘Yangtze River Scholar Programme' by Minister of Education China (top eliteprogramme inChina)
2022- Present Advisory Member, Committee of ‘the Intellectual Property of Data’, China National Intellectural PropertyAdministration.
2021- Present Deputy Dean, Institute for Global Industry, Tsinghua University
2015- 2016
Senior Lecturer at the Business School of University of Exeter, U.K (Russell Group University)
2014- 2015
Visiting Faculty to Harvard Business School
2011- 2015 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Strategy (2014 Promoted) at the Business School of Bournemouth University, UK

Areas of Research                                      
•Business/Innovation Ecosystems
•Digital Economy
•Data Ecosystems

Academic Citizenship        

1.Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Digital Economy

2.Member of Expert Network, World Economic Forum.

3.Area Editor, Journal of International Buisness Policy, an official journal of AIB

4.Senior Editor, Management Organization Review, an official journal of IACMR

5.Editorial Board and ERB Member: Journal of International Business Studies (UTD24), Long Range Planning (Leading journal on Strategic Management, SSCI); Cross Cultural & Strategic Management (SSCI)

6.Editorial Advisory Board member: International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior; Management Research.

7.Editorial Review Board member: Management Quarterly Journal (Chinese), a leading management journal in China.

8.Guest Editor: Academy of Management Discoveries (official journal of Academy of Management) working with Prof. Jeffrey Pfeffer (Stanford Univ.), Prof. Andrew Van de Ven (Univ. of Minnesota) and Prof. Tomi Laamanen (Univ. of St. Gallen), article entitled ‘Business Models, Ecosystems and Society in Sharing Economy’.

9.Guest Editor: Resource, Conservation and Recycling (SCI Q1 journal) special issue on Sharing Economy, article entitled ‘The Sharing Economy and its Implications for Sustainable Value Chains’.

10.Guest Editor: Asian Business & Management (SSCI journal), first guest editor, call for paper entitled ‘Business Ecosystem in Asian Context: Social Embeddedness’.

11.Guest Editor: Journal of Knowledge Management (SSCI Q1): ‘Knowledge Management in Innovative or Complex Inter-Organizational Arrangements: How to Effectively Share, Transfer, Integrate and Apply Dispersed Knowledge’.

12.Guest Editor: Resarch and Development Management (Chinese), special issue on ‘Digital Innovation of Platform Ecosystems’.

13.Guest Editor: Studies in Sciences of Sciences (Chinese), special issue on ‘Digital Innovation’.

14.Executive Board Member, China Information Economics Society

15.Committee Member of National Reprensentative, European Academy Management (2019–present).

16.Committee member: Digital Innovation and Management committee in Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy since 2020.

17.Conference organizer: Track chair in the European Academy of Management 2014–present; Track chair in the Academy of Management 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2022.

18.Ad hoc reviewer: Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, British Journal of Management, Management Organization Review, Organiztion Studies, Long Range Planning, Information System Journal, California Management Review, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, International Journal of Production Economics; AOM, AIB, EURAM, EUROM conferences.

19.Membership: American Economic Association, Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, European Academy of Management, EuroMA.

Honors and Awards

2023–2023 Best paper award, the 10th International Symposium on Management of Technology (ISMOT)
2022- 2022 Innovation Research Award of China Information Economics Society
2021- present Award of Highly Cited Chinese Researchers from Elsevier
2021- 2021
Excellent paper award, 11th Asian-Pacific Innovation Conference
Young Scholar of Distinction in Tsinghua University, Tsinghua University
2017- present
The Award of Beijing Excellent Talent Training Program
2016–present Tang Youth Scholar Awards (仲英青年基金)
2015–2016 Best Macro paper award, leading journal: Group & Organization Management
2014–2015 Best Runner-Up paper award, European academy of management annual conference
Fellowship of Higher Education Academy
2010–2011 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship
2009–2010 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad
Cambridge Overseas Trust


1.戎珂,周迪,2023,《数字经济学》“Digital Economics”,清华出版社,北京

2.戎珂,陆志鹏,2022,《数据要素论》“The Theory of Data”,人民出版社,北京

3.Rong, K and Shi, Y (2014) ‘Business Ecosystems: Constructs, Configuration and Nurturing Process’, Palgrave Macmillan Press, London. Endorsed by Dr. James Moore, the founder of business ecosystem theory.



Journal Articles:

1.Rong, K , Du, W, Yang, S, Lin, Y* , 2023, Business Ecosystem oriented business model in the digital era, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 2023.3.1 accepted

2.Zhou, D, Rong, K*, Parente, R, 2023, Why do Platform Multinational Companies Struggle Abroad? A Multi-method Study of the Role of Informal Institutional Distance, Journal of Digital Economy, accepted

3.Litan, H., Rong, K., Wu, Y., Xie, D., Zhang, H., & Zhao, D. (2023). Profit versus Sustainability in Bikeshare. Sustainable Cities and Society, 93, 104512. (SCI Q1)

4.Rong, K, Zhou, D*, Shi,X, Huang, W, 2022, Social Information Disclosure of Friends in Common in an E-commerce Platform: An Online Experiment, Production and Operations Management, vol.31, issue 3, pp:984-1005. (UTD24)(2022年中国信息经济学会创新成果奖)

5.Barak, D., Gallo, E*., Rong, K*., Tang, K., & Du, W. (2022). Experience of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan leads to a lasting increase in social distancing. Scientific Reports (Nature), Vol.12, No.1, 18457. (SCI Q1)

6.Rong, K, Kang,Z* and Williamson, P, 2022, Liability of Ecosystem Integration and Internationalization of Digital Firms,Journal of International Management, vol.28, 100939 (SSCI Q1)

7.Shi,X, Hong,H, Luo,Y, Rong, K*, Shi,Y, (2022), Exploring the Process of Business Ecosystem Emergence from Value Chains: Insights from the Chinese Mobile Phone Industry, Management Organization Review,  Vol.18 , Issue 1 , pp. 4 – 42.

8.Moore, J, Rong, K*, Zhang R. 2022, The Human Ecosystem, Journal of Digital Economy, accepted, 12 Aug.2022.

9.Rong, K , 2022, Research agenda for the digital economy,Journal of Digital Economy, vol.1, issue 1, pp20-31.

10.Rong, K, Sun,H, Li,D and Zhou,D* 2021, Matching as Service Provision of Sharing Economy Platforms: An Information Processing Perspective, Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Vol.169. (SSCI Q1)

11.Rong, K., Lin, Y., Yu, J., Zhang, Y., & Radziwon, A. (2021). Exploring regional innovation ecosystems: an empirical study in China. Industry and innovation, Vol.28, No.5, pp545-569. (SSCI Q1)

12.Rong, K, Li, B, Peng,X, Zhou,D and Shi,X*, (2021), Sharing Economy Platforms: Creating Shared Value at a business ecosystem level, Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Vol.169. (SSCI Q1)

13.Shi,X, Sutherland, D, Williams,C and Rong, K 2021, Patent- and Trademark-Seeking Outward Foreign Direct Investment by Chinese Firms: The Role of Business Group Affiliation, Industrial and Corporate Change, accepted

14.Shi, X., Sutherland, D., Williams, C., & Rong, K. (2021). Chinese MNE acquisition of unrelated foreign businesses: The role of diversified business group affiliation, private ownership and strategic asset seeking. Journal of Business Research, Vol.129, pp145-156. (SSCI Q1)

15.Rong K, Lin Y, Yu J, et al (2020). Manufacturing strategies for the ecosystem-based manufacturing system in the context of 3D printing[J]. International Journal of Production Research, 1-20. (SCI Q1)

16.Rong, K., Zhou, D., & Parente, R. C. (2020). Why Do Platform Multinationals Struggle Abroad? The Role of Informal Institutions. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2020, No. 1, p. 16994). (AOM 2020 Best Paper Finalist)

17.Lu, C, Chang, F, Rong, K, Shi, Y and Yu X (2020), Deprecated in policy, abundant in market? The frugal innovation of Chinese low-speed EV industry,International Journal of Production Economics,Vol.225, P107583. (SCI Q1)

18.Ren Q., Rong K., Lu C., Liu G., and Ross, M. (2020), Value-informed Pricing for Virtual Digital Products: Evidence from Chinese MMORPG Industry, International Journal of Market Research,vol.62, issue 3, p350-368.

19.Parente, R., Rong, K.*, Geleilate, J.-M, and Misati, E. (2019). Adapting and Sustaining Operations in Weak Institutional Environments: A Business Ecosystem Assessment of a Chinese MNE in Central Africa. Journal of International Business Studies, vol.50 issue.2, pp275-291 (SSCI, UTD24) (Q1)

20.Rong, K, Xiao F, and Wang Y., 2019, Redundancy in the sharing economy, Resources Conservation & Recycling, vol.151, pp104455. (SCI Q1)

21.Rong, K, Xiao, F*, Zhang, X and Wang, J (2019), Platform strategies and User Stickiness in online video industry, Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Vol.143, pp249-259, (SSCI Q1)

22.Liu, Y, Zhang, Y, Batista, L and Rong, K, 2019, Green operations: what’s the role of supply chain flexibility?, International Journal of Production Economics, vol.214, pp30-43. (SCI Q1)

23.Meng, D, Li, X*, and Rong, K (2019), Industry-to-university knowledge transfer in ecosystem-based academic entrepreneurship: Case study of automotive dynamics & control group in Tsinghua University, Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Vol.141, pp249-262, (SSCI Q1)

24.Ma,Y, Rong, K*, Luo, Y, Wang, Y, Mangalagiu, D and Thomas, T (2019), Value Co-creation for Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Sharing Economy in China, Journal of Clean Production, vol.208, pp1148-1158 (SCI Q1)

25.Lin,Y, Luo,J, Ieromonachou,P, Rong, K, Huang,L, (2019) "Strategic orientation of servitization in manufacturing firms and its impacts on firm performance", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 119 No. 2, pp. 292-316

26.Laamanen, T, Pfeffer, J, Rong, K and Van de Ven, A, 2018, Editors’ Introduction: Business Models, Ecosystems, and Society in the Sharing Economy, Academy Management Discoveries. Vol. 4, No. 3, 213–219. (SSCI Q1)

27.Rong, K*., Patton, D., and Chen, W. (2018), Business models dynamics and business ecosystems in the emerging 3D printing industry. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol.134, pp234-245. (SSCI Q1)

28.Parente, R., Geleilate, M., Rong, K.* (2018). The sharing economy globalization phenomenon: a research agenda. Journal of International Management, Vol.24, No.1, pp52-64 (SSCI Q1,ESI高被引论文)

29.Rong, K, Lin, Y, Li, B, Burstrom, T, Butel, L and Yu, J (2018), Business ecosystem research agenda: more dynamic, more embedded and more internationalized. Asian Business & Management, Vol.17, No.3, pp167-182.

30.Luo, J., Rong, K.*, Yang, K., Zou, Y. and Guo, R. (2018). Syndication through social embeddedness: a comparison of foreign, private and state-owned venture capital (VC) firms in China. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, pp1-29.

31.Rong, K*., Hu, J., Ma, Y., Lim, M., Liu, Y. and Lu, C. (2018). The sharing economy and its implications for sustainable value chains. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, vol.130, pp.188–189 (SCI Q1).

32.Rong, K*., Ren, Q. and Shi X. (2018). The determinants of network effects: evidence from online games business ecosystems. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol.134, pp45-60. (SSCI Q1)

33.Ma, Y., Rong, K.*, Mangalagiu ,D., Thornton ,T. and Zhu, D. (2018). Co-evolution between urban sustainability and business ecosystem innovation: evidence from the sharing mobility sector in Shanghai. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol.188, p942-953 (SCI Q1).

34.Liu, G, Rong, K* and Ko, W (2018), Promoting employee entrepreneurial attitudes: an investigation of Chinese state-owned enterprises, International Journal of Human Resource Management, pp1-19. (SSCI Q1)

35.Rong, K., Secchi, D. and Shou, Y. (2018). Culture, trust and business ecosystems: the mediating role of online chat in China. International Journal of Mobile Communications, Vol.16, No.3, pp247-265.

36.Hao,H, Liu,Z, Zhao,F, Ren,J, Chang,S, Rong, K and Du,J, (2018), Biofuel for vehicle use in China: Current status, future potential and policy implications, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 82:645-653 (SCI Q1)

37.Rong, K., Shi, Y., Shang, A., Chen. Y. and Hao, H. (2017). Organizing business ecosystems in emerging electric vehicle industry: structure, mechanism and configuration patterns. Energy Policy, vol.107, pp.234–247 (SSCI/SCI Q1)

38.Wei, S., Guo, L., Sharma, R. and Rong, K.* (2017). Investigating e-business models' value retention for start-ups: the moderating role of venture capital investment intensity. International Journal of Production Economics, vol.186, pp.33–45 (SCI Q1)

39.Lu, C., Liu, H., Tao, J., Rong, K.* and Hsieh, Y. (2017). A key stakeholder-based financial subsidy stimulation for Chinese EV industrialization: a system dynamics simulation. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol.118, pp.1–14 (SSCI Q1).

40.Guo, L., Sharma, R., Yin, L., Lu, R. and Rong, K. (2017). Automated competitor analysis using big data analytics: evidence from the fitness mobile app business. Business Process Management Journal, vol.23, pp.735–762 .

41.Van de Ven, A., Laamanen, T., Rong, K. and Pfeffer, J. (2016). Business models, ecosystems and society in Sharing Economy. Academy of Management Discoveries, vol.2 no.2.

42.Lin, Y., Luo, J., Cai, S., Ma, S. and Rong, K*. (2016). Exploring the service quality in the e-commerce context: a triadic view. Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol.116, no.3 (SCI Q1)

43.Rong, K., Hu, G., Lin, Y., Shi, Y. and Guo, L. (2015). Understanding business ecosystem using a 6C framework in Internet-of-Things-based sectors. International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 159, pp.41–55 (SCI Q1)

44.Rong, K., Wu, J., Shi, Y. and Guo, L. (2015). Nurturing business ecosystems for growth in a foreign market: incubating, identifying and integrating stakeholders. Journal of International Management, vol. 21, no.4, pp.293–308 (SSCI Q1)

45.Liu, G. and Rong, K*. (2015). The nature of the co-evolutionary process: complex product development in the mobile computing industry’s business ecosystem. Group & Organization Management, vol.40, no.6, pp.809–842 (SSCI)  Best Marco Paper Award of the journal, 2015.

46.Lu, C., Rong, K., You, J. and Shi, Y. (2014). Business ecosystem and stakeholders’ role transformation: evidence from China’s emerging electric vehicle industry. Expert Systems with Applications, vol.41, no.10 (SCI Q1)

47.Hu, G., Rong, K.*, Yu, J. and Shi, Y. (2014). Sustaining the emerging carbon trading industry development: a business ecosystem approach of carbon traders. Energy Policy, vol.73, pp.587–597 (SSCI Q1) .

48.Chen, Y., Rong, K*., Xue, L. and Luo, L. (2014). Evolution of collaborative innovation network in China’s wind turbine manufacturing industry. International Journal of Technology Management, vol.65, pp.262–299 (SSCI/SCI) .

49.Rong, K., Hu, G., Hou, J., Ma, R. and Shi, Y. (2013). Business ecosystem extension: facilitating the technology substitution. International Journal of Technology Management, vol.63, no.3/4 (SSCI/SCI).

50.Rong, K., Lin, Y., Shi, Y. and Yu, J. (2013). Linking business ecosystem lifecycle with platform strategy: a triple view of technology, application and organization. International Journal of Technology Management, vol.62, no.1 (SSCI/SCI) .

51.Rong, K., Shi, Y. and Yu, J., (2013). Nurturing business ecosystem to deal with industry uncertainties. Industrial Management & Data System, vol.133, no.3(SCI Q1) .

52.Rong, K., Liu, Z., and Shi, Y. (2011). Reshaping the business ecosystem in China: case studies and implications. Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, vol.2, no.2, pp.171–192.

53.Wu, X., Ma, R., Shi, Y. and Rong, K. (2009). Secondary innovation: the path of catch-up with ‘Made in China’. China Economic Journal, vol.2, no.1,pp.93–104.






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