Faculty and Staff

William Wei

Associate Dean, School of Business
Professor, Bachelor of Commerce 
Professor, Asia Pacific Management
Department of International Business, Marketing, Strategy and Law

PhD (Limerick); MBA (Berlin); MA (Brandenburg); BA (China)

7-252N, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. William X. Wei is professor and associate dean, Research and International, at MacEwan University’s School of Business. He is co-supervisor of Master and PhD programs at China University of Petroleum, visiting professor at the Shanghai University of International Economics and Business, visiting professor at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and vice chair at Sino-Canada Asia Pacific Economic Research Institute, jointly established by JUST (Jiangsu University of Science and Technology) and MacEwan University. Dr. Wei is also a research associate at the Centre for China and Globalization in Beijing and Editor-in-Chief, Asia Pacific and Globalization Review.

Dr. Wei was awarded distinguished scholar by the Academy For Global Business Advancement in 2012. Before joining MacEwan University, Dr. Wei finished his MBA at Berlin University of Applied Sciences, his MA at Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus in Germany, his PhD at University of Limerick in Ireland and his Post-Doc visiting research at Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, Canada.

Dr. Wei has over 100 publications including journal articles, books, book chapters, business cases and conference proceedings. His most recent publications are listed below. To view more works by Dr. Wei, visit Research Online at MacEwan.  

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Culture
  • Energy Regulation
  • International Business

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Muralidharan E., Wei X., Zhang, J. & Bapuji, H. (2016). Product‐quality failures in international sourcing: Effect of institutions. Current Topics in Management, 18, 123-152. http://www.transactionpub.com/current_topics_in_ management

Shan, J., Jiang, L., & Wei, W. (2016). Who is the real fan for luxury? An investigation of generational differences in China. Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal, 44(6), 953-964. doi:10.2224/sbp.2016.44.6. 953

Wei, W., Chen, D., & Hu, D. (2016). Study on the evolvement of technology developments and energy efficiency: A case study of the past 30 years of development in Shanghai. Sustainability, 8(5), 457-478. doi:10.3390/su8050457

Chen, D., Wei, W., Du, Y., & E. Muralidharan. (2016). Survival strategy of OEM companies: A case study of the Chinese toy industry. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 36(9), 1065-1088. doi:10.1108/IJOPM-04-2015-0212

Muralidharan E., Wei W. and X. Liu (2016). Integration by Emerging‐Economy Multinationals‐ Perspectives from Chinese M&As, Thunderbird International Business Review, 59(4), 503-518. doi:10.1002/tie.21850

Awards / Grants / Fellowships


  • Received as member of Best Initiative Team Awards at Hong Kong Forum, December 2012
  • Received twice Track Chair Service Award during IAABD (International Academy of African Business and Development) Annual Conference, May 2011 and May 2012
  • Awarded as distinguished scholar at AGBA (Academy for Global Business Advancement 9th World Congress), 2012
  • Awarded as member of outstanding team at 40th anniversary of MacEwan University, 2012


  • From 2007 to 2012, Received 5 times conference travel grants from DAAD (German Academy of Scholar Exchange) to attend World Heritage Alumni Conference for chairing and presenting papers at International Conference organized by DAAD and Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus, Germany
  • From 2008-2013, Received 8 times MacEwan Scholarly Activity and Research Fund as well as Conference Fund
  • Received twice Chunhui International Travel Fund from Ministry of Education, China, in 2007 and 2011
  • Received Conference Travel Fund from Chief Holding, Ltd for attending the World Green Forum in Hong Kong, May 2011
  • Received twice MacEwan School of Business Research Fund, in 2011 and 2013
  • Received RBC Management Research Centre Fund in 2013
  • Received PetroChina Research Fund jointly with China University of Petroleum in 2013
  • Received China Trade and Investment Database Research Fund jointly with Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in 2012 and 2013

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • President, International Association of Energy Regulation
  • Board Member, International Association of World Heritage Professionals
  • Board Member, Hong Kong Canada Business Association, Edmonton Section
  • Founding Member, International Association of Chinese Management Research

Boards / Committees

  • Editor-in-Chief, Asia Pacific and Globalization Review