University of Calgary

Pengfei Li

  • Associate Professor


I joined the Strategy and Global Management group at Haskayne School of Business in January 2021. Before Calgary, I was an assistant professor at HEC Montreal, a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Toronto, a consultant for World Bank, and a lecturer at East China Normal University in Shanghai after receiving my PhD from Peking University.

My research touches the overlapping areas of international business, economic geography, innovation, and strategy management, focusing on the topics of industrial clusters, innovation ecosystems and cities. Specifically, I am interested in how location shapes business strategies and practices. My work has appeared in Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, Journal of Economic Geography, Global Strategy Journal, and Regional Studies, among others.

Selected Publications:

Bathelt, H. and Li, P. 2020. Processes of building cross-border knowledge pipelines, Research Policy, 49(3):

Li, P. and Bathelt, H. 2018. Location strategy in cluster networks, Journal of International Business Studies, 49(8): 967-989.

Li, P. 2014. Global temporary networks of clusters: structures and dynamics of trade fairs in Asian economies. Journal of Economic Geography, 14(5): 995-1021.

Bathelt, H. and P. Li. 2014. Global cluster networks: foreign direct investment flows from Canada to China. Journal of Economic Geography, 14(1): 45-71.

Li, P., Bathelt, H. and Wang, J. 2012. Network dynamics and cluster evolution:  changing trajectories of aluminum extrusion industry in Dali, China. Journal of Economic Geography, 12(1): 127-155.


Photograph of Pengfei Li

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