Rong Ke








Dr. Ke Rong

Professor, Ph.D. (Cantab.)

Deputy director, Institute of Economics, Tsinghua University

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



I am currently the deputy director and tenured professor at the Institute of Economics, School of Social Science at Tsinghua University in China. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge having obtained a bachelor’s degree at Tsinghua University. Before joining Tsinghua, I was a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter and Bournemouth University in the UK and a visiting scholar in the Harvard Business School. My current research interests focus on Business/Innovation Ecosystems, Digital Economy, and Data Ecosystems. The articles I have had published are numerous – over 50 refereed articles for journals including the Journal of International Business Studies (UTD24), International Journal of Production Economics, Management Organization Review, Journal of International Management, Group and Organization Management, Technological Forecasting & Social Change and Expert System with Applications. I have been the principal investigator of several research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation of China and the British Academy, along with leading firms such as Huawei, Bytedance, China Mobile, and Haier. These projects explore the business ecosystem and platform strategy in several emerging industries in the global landscape such as digital economy, integrated chips, 3D printing, electric vehicles, smartphone, mobile internet and rideshares in the sharing economy. I have received several awards for my academic work, including the Distinguished Young Scholar of China’s elite ‘Yangtze River Scholars Programme’ accolade from the Minister of Education in China. I also serve on the editorial board of the leading journal Long Range Planning and is a member of the Expert Network of World Economic Forum.


 Education Background                                            

09/2007–07/2011       University of Cambridge (UK), Ph.D. in Manufacturing and Management, Institute for Manufacturing and Downing College

09/2003–07/2007       Tsinghua University, B. Eng. in Automation

Professional Experience

2016–Now                 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             Young Scholar of ‘Yangtze River Scholar Programme’, by Minister of Education China (top elite programme in China)

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.      Member of Expert Network, World Economic Forum.

2.      Editorial Board member: Long Range Planning (Leading journal on Strategic Management)

3.      Editorial Board member: Cross Cultural & Strategic Management (SSCI)

4.      Editorial Advisory Board member: International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior.

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

6.      Editorial Advisory Board member: Management Research.

7.      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’.

8.      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’.

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

10.  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’.

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

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

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

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

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

16.  Ad hoc reviewer: Strategic Management Journal, 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, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China; AOM, AIB, EURAM, EUROM conferences.

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



Honors and Awards

2020–present   Young Scholar of ‘Yangtze River Scholar Programme’, by Minister of Education China (top talent programme in China)

2017–2018     Young Scholar of Distinction in Tsinghua University, Tsinghua University

2017–Now     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

2012–present   Fellowship of Higher Education Academy

2010–2011      IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

2009–2010      Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad

2008–2010      Cambridge Overseas Trust





1.        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.

2.        王勇,戎珂2018,《平台治理:在线市场的设计、运营与监管》,中信出版社,北京


1.        Shi,X, Hong,H, Luo,Y, Rong,K*, Shi,Y, (2021), Exploring the Process of Business Ecosystem Emergence from Value Chains: Insights from the Chinese Mobile Phone Industry, Management Organization Review,  in press SSCI

2.        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)

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

4.        Shi,X, Sutherland, Williams, Rong K 2021, Emerging Market MNE Acquisition of Unrelated Foreign Businesses: The Impacts of Diversified Business Group Affiliation, Private Ownership and Strategic Asset Seeking, Journal of Business Research, 20210212 acceptedSSCI

5.        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

6.        Rong, K., Lin, Y., Yu, J., Zhang, Y., & Radziwon, A. (2020). Exploring regional innovation ecosystems: an empirical study in China. Industry and Innovation, 1-25. (SSCI)

7.        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

8.        Ren, J., Luo, J. D., & Rong, K. (2020). How do Venture Capitals Build up Syndication Ecosystems for Sustainable Development?. Sustainability, 12(11), 4385. (SSCI/SCI)

9.        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 industryInternational Journal of Production EconomicsVol.225, P107583. (SSCI/SCI)

10.    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 Researchvol.62, issue 3, p350-368 (SSCI)

11.    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).

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

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

14.    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)

15.    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)

16.    Yuge Ma, Ke Rong*, Luo, Y, Wang, Y, Diana Mangalagiu and Thomas F. Thornton (2019), Value Co-creation for Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Sharing Economy in China, Journal of Clean Production, vol.208, pp1148-1158 (SCI

17.    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.

18.    Rong, K*., Patton, D. and Chen, W. (2018), Business model and ecosystem in the 3D printing industry: the interplay between business models and business ecosystems. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol.134, pp234-245.(SSCI)

19.    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 (SSCIESI高被引论文)

20.    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.(SSCI)

21.    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. (SSCI).

22.    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).

23.    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

24.    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).

25.    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)

26.    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 (SSCI).

27.    Lin,Y, Luo,J, Ieromonachou,P, Rong,K, Huang,L, (2018) "Strategic orientation of servitization in manufacturing firms and its impacts on firm performance", Industrial Management & Data Systems, accepted (SCI)

28.    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)

29.    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)

30.    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)

31.    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).

32.    Hsieh, Y.-C., Lin, K.-Y., Lu, C. and Rong, K., (2017). Governing a sustainable business ecosystem in taiwan’s circular economy: the story of spring pool glass. Sustainability, vol.9, no.1068 (SSCI).

33.    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 (SSCI).

34.    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.

35.    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)

36.    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)

37.    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)

38.    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.

39.    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)

40.    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) .

41.    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) .

42.    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).

43.    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) .

44.    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) .

45.    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.

46.    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.

47.     戎珂,施新伟,周迪*,如何建立计算产业第二创新生态,《科学学研究》,第39, 6, 2021

48.     陈衍泰,厉婧,程聪,戎珂2021, 海外创新生态系统的组织合法性动态获取研究:以一带一路海外园区领军企业为例,《管理世界》

49.    周迪,董雪峰,吴悠然,尤毓姝,戎珂*,短视频行业的平台定位模型研究——以抖音、快手为例,《研究与发展管理》,2019 (获得2020年度该杂志优秀论文)

50.    戎珂,王勇,康正瑶,2018,从平台战略到生态战略的STEP模型,《哈佛商业评论》,第10, 页码109-114

51.    戎珂, 肖飞, 王勇, 康正瑶, 2018,‘互联网商业生态的扩张:基于并购的视角《研究与发展管理》, 30卷,第4.

52.    戎珂, 王勇,  2017, 分享经济2.0:原生性分享, 《哈佛商业评论》中文

53.    戎珂, 马潇南, 王勇, 2017. 分享经济的十字路口:向左分担, 向右经营. 《环境经济》 vol.4, pp.20–23.

54.    陈衍泰, 吴哲, 范彦成, 戎珂, 2017. 研发国际化研究:内涵、框架与中国情境. 《科学学研究》, vol.35, pp.387–395, 418.

55.    路江涌, 戎珂, and 王萌, 2016. 滴滴优步如何成功上位-网约车合法化之路及后续挑战. 《清华管理评论》, (11), pp.24–35.

56.    卢超, 尤建新, 戎珂, 石涌江, and 陈衍泰, 2014. 新能源汽车产业政策的国际比较研究. 《科研管理》, vol.12

57.    姚明明, 吴晓波, 石涌江, 戎珂, and 雷李楠, 2014. 技术追赶视角下商业模式设计与技术创新战略的匹配——一个多案例研究. 《管理世界》, (10), 149–162.

58.    侯杰, 陆强, 石涌江, and 戎珂, 2012. 基于组织生态学的企业成长演化: 有关变异和生存因素的案例研究. 《管理世界》, vol.12, 11.