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Dr Keyan Lai

Dr Keyan Lai

Associate Lecturer in Management

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 7352

Teaching 2018-2019

  • MN1001 Organisations and Society
  • MN3102 Organisation Studies
  • MN3126 International Business
  • MN3202 Research Methods:2
  • MN5421 Managing People in Global Markets


Keyan is an Associate Lecturer in Management at the University of St Andrews School of Management. He received his PhD from Cardiff Business School in 2017.

Keyan's research lies at the intersection of organisation studies, international business and sociology. It focuses on the study of identity, discourse and power in the context of MNCs. Empirically, his research investigates the international business management and organisational dynamics of Chinese firms in the UK. Currently he is working on a number of projects, exploring:

  • the dynamic and processual nature of organisational identity
  • the role of news media in international business
  • the power relations in a high-tech firm.

Before he embarked on an academic career, Keyan worked with HSBC and management consultancy Towers Watson. Previously he also worked as an editor in a Shanghai-based publishing house for four years.

Research interests

Identity in and around MNCs
The role of news media in international business
The internationalisation of emerging market MNCs

Selected publications


‘Eating bitterness’ in a Chinese multinational: identity regulation in context
Lai, K., Morgan, G. & Morris, J., 28 Mar 2019, In : Organization Studies. OnlineFirst
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle