Qi Li graduated from the management & organizations department of the S.C. Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Her research focuses on corporate social responsibility, sustainable business and business model innovation for private enterprises in emerging economics. Prior to enrolling at Johnson, Qi was a research assistant to the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. Qi holds an MPA from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the Olin Business School at Babson College, where she received a full merit scholarship. Before coming to Harvard, Qi was an entrepreneur in China who launched a successful education venture (later acquired). She has also interned at the U.S. Congress (House of Representatives), the Development Research Center of the State Council of China, and the China Development Bank. Qi has also served as the president of the Harvard Kennedy School Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Through her student leadership role at HKS, Qi has developed a deep understanding of Chinese political dynamics via her numerous collaborations and interactions with minister and deputy-minister level members of the Chinese Leadership.


Corporate social responsibility

Non-market strategy 

Global Sustainability

Business model innovation

Awards and honors
  • 2022
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2018
  • 01


    Qi Li was named as one of the Top 50 Best Undergraduate Business Professors of 2022 by Poets and Quants

  • 02


    The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) SME Tier 1 Research Fund Rewards

  • 03


    the CUHK-Shenzhen University Development Fund

  • 04


    2019 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad

  • 05


    Best IACMR Reviewer

  • 06


    Kwok Leung Memorial Dissertation Fund Award


1. "Guilty and Corporate Philanthropy: The Case of the Epic Privatization in China.",Ji, Junkang, Zhi Huang, and Qi Li,,ja (2020)

2. Political Uncertainty Dynamics and Corporate Donations: A Study of Publicly Traded Firms in China.,Qi Li ,,July, 2018

3. “The Impact of Transactional and Relational Corporate Political Strategies on Charitable Donations.”,Qi Li,,November, 2017

4. “The Chinese Collectivist Model of Charity”,Marquis, Christopher, Qi Li and Kunyuan Qiao,,15(3): 40-47,2017

5. “Beacon Group of Hong Kong: Finding Light in the Shadow Education Industry.”,Marquis, Christopher and Qi Li,,June, 2015

6. “Fei Ni Mo Shu (You are the One) and the Chinese Employment Market.”,Marquis, Christopher, Qi Li.,,June, 2015

7. “Continental Hope Group”,Marquis, Christopher, and Qi Li.,,January 2015