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Department of Management
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Boyi Li

PhD candidate in Information Systems and Innovation


Boyi Li is pursuing a PhD in the Information Systems and Innovation Group (ISIG) within the Department of Management. He holds a bachelor degree in Economic Information Management from Renmin University of China, and a master degree (Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems, ADMIS) from LSE.  

Boyi’s research aims to understand the emergence of virtual industrial networks that are enabled by e-commerce platforms, and the significance of such virtual networks for the logic of clustering in geographic locations. By focusing on the ongoing internet-enabled industrial clustering phenomena in China, his doctoral thesis explores a socio-technical process of how individuals and institutions, in China’s socio-economic and cultural context, form up complex collaboration networks via the medium of both material place and cyberspace. This research contributes to the understanding of how the business network emerged in cyberspace can be materialised in a local context of geographic place. 

This research project receives substantial help from the Alibaba Group and Chinese local governments in Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province. It is also generously sponsored by the Great Britain-China Centre with a Chinese PhD Student Award. 

Boyi is a member of International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), WG 9.4 Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, and the SIG Global Development (SIG-GlobDev), Association of Information Systems (AIS). He is also serving as the deputy chair of Renmin University Alumni Association in UK.

Research interests

  • ICT-enabled Industrial Clustering and Regional Development
  • Embeddedness Theory and Networked Sociality 
  • Development and Political Economy
  • Chinese ICT Policy




Relational and Institutional Embeddedness of Web-enabled Entrepreneurial Networks: Case Studies of Netpreneurs in China, Information Systems Journal, doi: 10.1111/isj.12012

The Social Embeddedness of Industrial Networks in the Age of Internet: A Tale of Two Regions in China. Global Development Workshop (SIG GlobDev), International Conference on Information Systems 2011, December, Shanghai

Exploring the Socio-economic Structures of Internet-enabled Development: a Study of Grass-roots Netpreneurs in China, Proceedings for International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) WG 9.4: Partners for Development – ICT Actors and Actions, May 2011, Kathmandu, Nepal (Conference Best Paper). Published in the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC), 2011, Vol 49, 4.

Fostering Software Service Industry for Domestic Manufacturers: New Development Strategy for China?, Proceedings for International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) WG9.4: Assessing the Contribution of ICT to Development Goals, June 2009, Dubai

Innovation in ICT Clusters: Interpretive Framework and Case Analysis in China, Proceeding for International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) WG9.4: Social Implication of Computers in Developing Countries, May 2007, São Paulo, Brazil.

Standards and Models for Evaluating Enterprise Informatization, Selected Proceedings for U.S – China Advanced Workshop in E-Commerce 2004 (University of Texas at Austin), June 2004. Southeast University of Finance & Economics Press


Boyi Li