Academic appointments:

Associate Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (2022 – present)

Assistant Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (2019 – 2022)          

Post-doc, China Institute for Science & Technology Policy at Tsinghua University (2017 –  2019)



Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

(2012 – 2017; Ph.D in Business Administration and Management)

Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

(2009 – 2011; M.Sc. in Communication Systems)

Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing, China

(2005 – 2009; B.Eng. in Electronic Information Engineering)


Li, D., & Malerba, F. (2024). Technological change and the evolution of the links across sectoral systems: The case of mobile communications. Technovation, 130, 102936.

Li, D., & Valentini, G. (2023). When are acquisitions a viable catch-up strategy? Some empirical evidence from China. Long Range Planning, 56(1), 102265.

Li, D., Tong, T. W., Xiao, Y., & Zhang, F. (2022). Terrorism-induced uncertainty and firm R&D investment: A real options view. Journal of International Business Studies, 53(2), 255–267.

Li, D., Liang, Z., Tell, F., & Xue, L. (2021). Sectoral systems of innovation in the era of the fourth industrial revolution: An introduction to the special section. Industrial and Corporate Change, 30(1), 123–135.

Li, D., Tong, T., Xiao, Y. (2021). Is China Emerging as the Global Leader in AI? Harvard Business Review.

Capone, G., Li, D., & Malerba, F. (2021). Catch-up and the entry strategies of latecomers: Chinese firms in the mobile phone sector. Industrial and Corporate Change, 30(1), 189–213.

Capone, G., & Li, D. (2021). History-Friendly Modeling: An Evolutionary Tool for Strategy Research. Strategy Science, 6(4), 436–443.

Xue, L., Li, D., & Yu, Z. (2021). China’s national and regional innovation systems. In X. Fu, J. Chen, & B. McKern (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of China Innovation. Oxford, England, UK: Oxford University Press.

Li, D., Xiao, Y., Tong, T., Chen, G. (2020). Racing into the 5G Era: Generational Technological Change and Firm Strategy in Mobile Telecommunications. INSEAD Publishing. in Harvard Case Center and The Case Centre.

Li, D., Capone, G., & Malerba, F. (2019). The long march to catch-up: A history-friendly model of China’s mobile communications industry. Research Policy, 48(3), 649–664.

China AI Development Report 2018 [R]. Beijing: China Institute for Science and Technology at Tsinghua University, 2018. (participated in overall planning, research, and writing)

Work experience:

Research Manager at TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance, Beijing, China (2011 - 2012)

Reliability Engineer at Intel Products (Chengdu) Ltd., Chengdu, China (2012)

Prefessional services:

Served as a reviewer for journals such as Research PolicyIndustrial and corporate change, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Innovation: Organization & Management, and for conferences such as AOM and SMS.


Academy of Management (AOM), Strategic Management Society (SMS), etc.