Xihui Chen

Xihui Chen

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Academic Biography

Xihui is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Teesside University Business School. She joined Teesside in 2019 after completing her PhD in Corporate Governance from Nottingham Trent University. Her PhD research looks at the relationship between corporate governance, corporate entrepreneurship, and firm performance amongst Chinese listed firms.

Xihui was awarded Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor Scholarship for her PhD. She was awarded the Highly Commended International Student of the Year in 2013 by the UK Council for International Students, and the National Union of Students (NUS) for outstanding performance in extracurricular activities as well as contributions at the University of Northampton and the local community. She was the 2013-2014 President of Students’ Union at the University of Northampton and the Internationalisation Ambassador for Shaoguan University, P.R. China.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Xihui is currently teaching on undergraduate modules in 

  • Accounting for Management performance
  • Advanced Auditing (Module Leader); 
  • Advanced Financial Accounting;
  • Business Finance; 
  • Interpreting & Communicating Business Information (Module Leader)
  • Introduction to Management Accounting; 
  • Project and Operations Management (Module Leader)
  • Sports Business Finance (Module Leader). 

Xihui also supervises final year undergraduate dissertation projects and DBA student theses.

Summary of Research Interests

Xihui's research interests include:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and corporate governance regulation
  • Corporate governance and innovation
  • FinTech and information system
  • Board gender diversity
  • Firm efficiency 

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Member of British Accounting and Finance Association
  • Member of British Academy of Management
  • Member of European Accounting Association

Xihui is actively engaged in research activities within the Teesside University Business School across various disciplines such as Accounting and Finance, innovation, and operations management intending to deliver a high number of quality academic/practice outputs to support the forthcoming REF and impact research.

Xihui is also a reviewer for the European Management Review and Cogent Business & Management.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Xihui welcomes PhD applications from prospective students in any area that relates to her research. 

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Corporate Governance is key to companies responding to the challenges of a rapidly changing business world, enabling sustainable growth in the long term, while maintaining stakeholder confidence. My approach looks at the relationship between corporate governance, corporate entrepreneurship and firm efficiency. Combining advanced auditing and management accounting practices, I offer in-depth diagnosis of organisation’s themselves and in relation to their sector/competitors to define and implement relevant best practice.

For organically grown and fast scale-up businesses in particular I offer the opportunity to take stock, examine and optimise a company’s governance arrangements. Specifically, this could include one or more of the following:

-       Exploring key governance frameworks, approaches and guidelines

-       Diagnosing the suitability of existing board structures/arrangements/activities/reporting and disclosure requirements

-       Understanding optimum formal board structures for individual businesses

-       Defining the most effective roles and responsibilities for board members

-       Clarifying non-executive’s roles/input to maximise impact

-       Identifying key business risks and initiating appropriate processes for approvals and escalation to manage these

-       Considering an individual company’s corporate social responsibility

-       Confirming key legislation and adherence required for an individual company/sector  
(e.g. Ethics of AI –Adherence, establishing rules/procedures and establishing skills/procedures to manage risks associated with this)

-       Advanced analytical research to compare sectors/competitors to identify areas for improvements

-       Exploring the definitions and differences between good and bad governance practice

-       Offering practical advice on best practice to meet both organisation and stakeholder expectations

-       Identifying key areas for in-depth expertise in order to underpin any of the above (e.g. AI or legal specialists)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Nottingham Trent University

Master, University of Northampton

Bachelor, University of Northampton


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