Dr Fiona Chai

Job: Lecturer in Business and Management

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0) 116 3664 4643

E: fiona.chai@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Fiona is a Lecturer in Business and Management. Previously, she had teaching experience in the International Business related areas in the Essex Business School, the University of Essex.

Fiona's doctorate research explores the recruitment practice in the Hong Kong Colonial Government before WW2, and currently is under the examination stage. She further has developed her research interest that lies in the business or managerial activities in the turbulent environment, and the disadvantaged groups in the Business world. Fiona is particularly passionate about looking into the research through social and historical context perspectives.

Recently, she has developed interests in evaluating how cultural elements impact on strength, the resilience of the communities or societies, whose values are dramatically increasing to societies nowadays, especially considering the reality that the COVID-19 pandemic brings us and other possible crises might encounter in the future. 


Publications and outputs

Chai, Q., Cheung, C.W.M. and Kwong, C., 2016. Early global Trotters and their entrepreneurial employment practices: A case study of the colonial Hong Kong Government, 1845-1850. Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies.

Research interests/expertise

Chinese studies;

Cross-cultural studies;

Business management and human resource management in conflict zones (e.g. Hong Kong Colony);

Disadvantaged groups in the business world (e.g. refugee, ethnical minority);

Workplace inequity.

Areas of teaching

Businese Management; International Business.


BA, China, 2014
MSc in Organisation Studies and International Human Resource Management, the University of Essex, 2015
PhD in Management Studies, the University of Essex, 2020

Courses taught

CORP2166 Principles in Contemporary Management

CORP2165 Contemporary Management

IBUS1001 Global Business Environment

Professional licences and certificates


Conference attendance


The European Conference on the Social Sciences (ECSS2019)