Tailan Chi

Carl A. Scupin Professor
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 4183
University of Kansas


Academic Areas

Strategic Management and International Business

Joined the University of Kansas in 2003


I have taught a variety of international business courses at the undergraduate, M.B.A. and Ph.D. levels. My current teaching interests include the global regime of international business and business in China.

My current research interests include (1) choice of foreign market entry modes, (2) organization structures of multinational corporations, and (3) market evaluations of a firm's intangible assets.

Current Activities

Editor: Journal of International Business Studies

Editorial Board Member: Strategic Management Journal, Journal of World Business, Global Strategy Journal, International Journal of Strategic Change Management and Journal of International Business & Economy

Selected Publications

Tailan Chi. 2015. Commentary: Internalization theory and its relation to RBV and TCE. Journal of World Business, 50: 634–636.

Tailan Chi & Jane Zhao. 2014. Equity structure of MNE affiliates and scope of their activities: Distinguishing the incentive and control effects of ownership. Global Strategy Journal, 50: 634-636.

Yong Li & Tailan Chi. 2013. Venture capitalists’ decision to withdraw: The role of portfolio configuration from a real options lens.Strategic Management Journal, 34 (11): 1351-1366.

Edward Levitas & Tailan Chi. 2010. A look at the value creation effects of patenting and capital investment though a real options lens: The moderating role of uncertainty. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal: 4: 212-233.

Tailan Chi & Anju Seth. 2009. A dynamic model of the choice of mode for exploiting complementary capabilities. Journal of International Business Studies, 40(3): 365-387.

Moses Acquaah & Tailan Chi. 2007. A longitudinal analysis of the impact of firm resources and industry characteristics on firm-specific profitability. Journal of Management and Governance, 11:179–213.

Tailan Chi, Paul C. Nystrom & Philipp Kircher. 2004. Knowledge-based resources as determinants of MNC structure: Tests of an integrative model. Journal of International Management, 10: 219-238.

Edward Levitas & Tailan Chi. 2002. Rethinking Rouse and Daellenbach’s rethinking: Isolating versus testing for sources of sustainable competitive advantage. Strategic Management Journal, 23: 957-962.

Tailan Chi & John Liu. 2001. Product life cycle, and market entry and exit decisions under uncertainty. IIE Transactions, 33 (9): 695-704.

Tailan Chi. 2000. Option to acquire and divest a joint venture. Strategic Management Journal, 21: 665-687.

Reprinted in Alan Rugman & Jing Li,, Editors. 2005. Real Options and International Investment . Edward Elgar Publishing Inc, Northampton, MA.

Tailan Chi & Paul C. Nystrom. 1998. An economic analysis of matrix structure, using multinational corporations as an illustration. Managerial and Decision Economics, 19: 141-156.

Tailan Chi & Thomas W. Roehl. 1997. The structuring of interfirm exchanges in business know-how: Evidence from international collaborative ventures. Managerial and Decision Economics, 18: 279-294.

Tailan Chi & Dashan Fan. 1997. Cognitive limitations and ‘investment myopia’. Decision Sciences, 28(1): 27-57.

Tailan Chi, John Liu & Hong Chen. 1997. Optimal stopping rule for a project with uncertainty completion time and partial salvageability. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 44(1): 54-66.

Tailan Chi & Donald J. McGuire. 1996. Collaborative ventures and value of learning: Integrating the transaction cost and strategic option perspectives on the choice of market entry modes. Journal of International Business Studies, 27(2): 285-307.

Reprinted in Jeffrey J. Reuer, Editor. 2004. Strategic Alliances: Theory and Evidence . Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

Reprinted in Alan Rugman & Jing Li, Editors. 2005. Real Options and International Investment . Edward Elgar Publishing Inc, Northampton, MA.

Tailan Chi. 1996. Performance verifiability and output sharing in collaborative ventures. Management Science, 42(1): 93-109.

Tailan Chi & Paul C. Nystrom. 1995. Decision dilemmas facing managers: Recognizing the value of learning while making sequential decisions. Omega—The International Journal of Management Science, 23(3): 303-312.

Tailan Chi. 1994. Trading in strategic resources: Necessary conditions, transaction cost problems, and choice of exchange structure. Strategic Management Journal, 15(4): 271-290.


  • Ph.D. in Business Administration, University of Washington (1990)
  • M.A. in Economics, University of Washington (1988)
  • MBA, University of San Francisco (1985)
  • B.E. in International Trade, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China (1983)

Selected Publications

Chi, T. (2015). Commentary: Internalization theory and its relation to RBV and TCE. Journal of World Business, 50, 634–636.

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