Xu Han (“Henry”) is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Management Department at the Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow in the Wharton Global Family Alliance. Henry earned his Ph.D in Management (Strategy) from Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in 2011. His main areas of interest include corporate governance, business model, corporate entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Henry’s dissertation examines privatization and restructuring of state-owned enterprises in China. Privatization, in which the government sold their ownership to private parties, brings radical changes to the governance structure of the firms and is an important ongoing phenomenon which reshapes both Chinese firms as well as the overall economic landscape of China. Henry’s dissertation focuses specifically on the post-privatization organizational changes (e.g. CEO turnover, business portfolio restructuring) and studies the antecedents as well as the consequences of these changes after privatization.
Besides privatization, Henry also examines the transition of the business model and organization design in established firms. He specifically studies the process through which an established firm transforms from its old business model into new business model and how such transition is facilitated or hindered by the design of its organization.