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Academic Biography

Dr Xiaoxian Zhu specialises in talent management, learning&development and employability in high-tech industries. She is the research lead and a programme leader for doctoral programmes at Teesside University Business School. Dr Zhu is an academic member of CIPD and a subject examiner of international examining bodies. For her academic performance in this field, she has a good record of high quality public presentations in the UK and internationally, publications and research funding. She is a Distinguished Professor at Xi'an International University and a Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University of Technology, China.

Xiaoxian has taught in HRM and Business Management at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels at universities in the UK and overseas. She has held roles of principal lecturer (International) and programme leader of MBA and MA HRM at TUBS. She has also served leading UK universities for online MBA and MSc HRM programmes. Prior to her academic career, she was a marketing executive at a multinational automotive company in FT Global 500.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Talent Management; AI impacts on Future of Work
  • International HRM and cross cultural studies;
  • Skills development and employability; Knowledge management
  • SME, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Regional development

Research Projects & External Funding

Research Awards, Honours and Prizes:

  • 'Creative Fuse North East’, AHRC. Co-Investigator. 2016-2018
  • ‘Emergency Medical Response Evaluation’, ILG. Co-Investigator. 2016
  • ‘Prime Minister Initiative 2 (PMI2) British Council Project on Regional Economic Development and University Educational partnership between UK and China’. LeedsMet-ZJUT. With Prof. J. Shutt and Prof. P. Iles.  Funded by British Council. 2010-2013.
  • ‘Fun Door: An open door for your better future career’ Project. CEEMAN 2012 Global Challenge Future Competition. Finalist. With Tingting Jiang. Grand Summit Funded by CEEMAN and UNESCO.
  • ‘Talent Management and Employability in High-Tech Industries in Hangzhou, China’. As part of PhD, working with Prof P. Iles, Prof G. Aouad. Awarded Postgraduate Research Funding, University of Salford, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012.
  • ‘Talent Management and HRD in high-tech’. Research Funding. Centre of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership Research, University of Salford, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012.
  • ‘Organisational Transformation and Innovative Development in Industrial Leading Enterprises in Zhejiang, China’. With Prof H. Cheng and Prof. J. Shutt. Funded by Zhejiang Province Government and High Education Key Research Centres. 2011-2013.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Dr Zhu currently welcomes PhD students in Talent Management/International HRM, Labour Market/Employability, cross cultural management, in particular, AI impacts at workplace (HRM/Talent Management/Employability focused). 

Current PhD and DBA students supervised by Xiaoxian are conducting the following research projects:

  • Talent Management and Human capital development (in Nigeria; in China; in Libya; in UK)
  • Talent development in public sector (in Nigeria)
  • Decision Making, Comparative Studies (UK and China)
  • Gender issues, Female Entreprenurship (UK; China)

Doctorate Supervision to Completions:

  • Gary Norris (DBA, 2017)
  • Alistair Bowden (PhD, 2018)
  • Gillian Danby (DBA, 2018)
  • Sayed Alawi (DBA, 2019)
  • Muhammad Nazir (PhD, 2019)
  • Anil Kumar (PhD, 2020)
  • Euphemia Okoye (PhD, 2020)


Enterprise Interest and Activities

Non-Executive Advisory Board: Summit

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

FHEA, Certified online academic facilitator.

Modules (20/21):

  • Learning and Development (L7)
  • Human Resource Planning (L7)
  • Research Methods for Doctorate Students (Doctoral)
  • Applying Management and Organisational Studies (Doctoral)
  • Advanced Independent Work (Doctoral)

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Academic Member CIPD, Committee Member CIPD Tees Valley
  • Academic Advisory Board: Overseas Returnees Centre
  • Association of Business Executive
  • PhD external examiner, Sunderland University, 2016-2019
  • Distinguished Professor: Xi'an International University, China

External positions

External Examiner, Northumbria University

Feb 201930 Dec 2022

External Examiner, University of Greenwich

1 Sep 201830 Dec 2022

Distinguished Professor, Xi'an International University

13 Apr 2018 → …

External Validation Advisor, Coventry University

Jul 2016Jun 2017

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Emergency Medical Response Evaluation

Lloyd, A., Hall, A., Zhu, X. & Crow, R.


Project: Research

Creative Fuse North East

Archer, G., Ciesielska, G., McKeown, S., Paterson, S., Reid, P., Stockton, M. & Zhu, X.



Project: Research

Research Output

Systematic Review of Usability Engineering Management Studies for the Aging Population -UEM4Agin

Ashraf, A., Zhu, X., Liu, J. & Rauf, Q., 5 Apr 2020, In : International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research (IJSBAR). 50, 2, p. 190-214

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 45 Downloads (Pure)

    The Impacts of Air Pollution on Mental Health: Evidence from the Chinese University Students

    Zu, D., Zhai, K., Qiu, Y., Pei, P., Zhu, X. & Han, D., 16 Sep 2020, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health..

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 141 Downloads (Pure)

    Cyber consumer decision-making styles: a qualitative approach

    LOW, T., Zhu, X., Swainston, K. & Taylor, J., 10 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Employee Engagement in China

    Zhu, X., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Employee Engagement in Contemporary Organisations. Turner, P. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Projectification and Partnering: An Amalgamated Approach for New Venture Creation in an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

    Li, Z., Liu, J., Wang, F., Xia, S. & Zhu, X., 27 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Emerging Markets Finance and Trade. 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 12 Downloads (Pure)

    Press / Media

    Why SMEs face extra talent identification challenges

    Xiaoxian Zhu


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    How HR can support SMEs competitive advantage

    Xiaoxian Zhu


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research