Prior to joining the Business Research Institute, Dr Wing Lam was a Lecturer in Management at Durham University.  Attracted by the role and opportunities that this post can offer, Dr Lam joined the BRI in October 2015 as the Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Chinese Business Development.

Dr Wing Lam

Deputy Director, Business Research Institute
Director, China Centre


Before pursuing an academic career, Dr Lam spent nearly ten years in commerce (international trading, consultancy and internal auditing) in her native Hong Kong. Her international industrial and academic background helps to shape her research areas and thus her academic career.  Intending to bridge the gap between the academic community and the business world, Dr Lam has been actively involved in research and outreach activities which emphasises both the practical and theoretical values.  In particular, she has been working on several cross-national research projects in entrepreneurship, family business, female entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, ethnic minority entrepreneurship and cross-cultural management.

Awards and Prizes

  1. Winner of Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award 2015, Durham University Business School, Durham University.
  2. Highly Commended Award Winner, Emerald Literati Network 2011 Awards for Excellence: Lam W., (2010) Funding Gap, What Funding Gap? Financial Bootstrapping: Supply, Demand and Creation of Entrepreneurial Finance, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 16 (4), 268-295.
  3. Best paper in Family Business Track, Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 33rd National Conference, 2-4 November 2010, London, UK: Lam, W., “Understanding the Relationship Marketing Process of Family Businesses in the Industrial (B2B) Sector”.
  4. Best Paper in Track ‘Management, Skills Development and Growth Issues’, Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 30th National Conference, 7-9 November 2007, Glasgow, Scotland, UK:
    Lam, W., Shaw, E., & Carter, S., Entrepreneurial Capital: Convertibility, Personal Reputation and Firm Performance.
  5. Best Paper Award in Track ‘Entrepreneurship’, British Academy of Management (BAM) 2007, 11-13 September, Warwick Business School, UK: Carter, S., Shaw E., & Lam, W. (2007) Bank Lending to Entrepreneurs: How Gender Impacts on the Decision-making Process
  6. Best Paper Award for Women’s Entrepreneurship, 2006 International Council for Small Business World Conference (ICSB), 18-21 June, 2006, Melbourne, Australia, awarded by National Women’s Business Council, USA: Shaw, E., Lam, W., Carter, S., & Wilson, F. (2006). Theory, Practice and Policy: An Integrated View on Gender, Networks and Social Capital.
  7. Barclays Best Paper Award for Small Business Finance, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 28th National Conference, 1-3 November 2005, Blackpool, UK: Shaw, E., Carter, S., Lam, W., & Wilson, F. (2005). Social capital and accessing finance: the relevance of networks

Potential Areas of Supervision

I am willing to supervise research students in any of my fields of interest listed below.

  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business
  • Family Business
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Female Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship
  • Cross-cultural Management



Journal papers: academic

  • Lam, W., Zhou, J., Gu, C., & Xiao, T. (2018). Embracing business start-up programme in UK mainstream entrepreneurship education. University Education Science(in Chinese language) (171-5), 94-100,CN: 43-1398/G4; ISSN: 1672-0717
  • Zhou, J., Tang, X., & Lam, W. (2018). The Correspondence between Design Thinking and Human Resource Management and Its Application Journal of Hebei GEO University (in Chinese langauge), 2018-2(41), 110-115; CN:13-1422/Z; ISSN: 1007-6875
  • Zhou, J., Tang, X., & Lam, W. (2018). Demographic factors, personality and entrepreneurial inclination. Guangxi Social Science (in Chinese language), 2018-3(273), 143-150; CN: 45-1349/C; ISSN: 1673-8179
  • Lam, W. & Harker, M.J. (2015). Marketing and Entrepreneurship: An integrated view from the entrepreneur’s perspective. International Small Business Journal 33(3): 321-348.
  • Jayawarna, D., Jones, O., Lam, W. & Phua, S. (2014). The Performance of Entrepreneurial Ventures: Examining the Role of Marketing Practices. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 21(4): 565-587.
  • Lam W. (2011). Dancing to Two Tunes: Multi-entity Roles in Family Business Succession Process. International Small Business Journal 29(5): 508-533
  • Lam W. (2010). Delivery, student engagement and the implementation of good practice in entrepreneurship education Learning from the UK’s New Entrepreneur Scholarship Initiative. Industry & Higher Education 24(6): 467-473.
  • Lam W. (2010). Funding Gap, What Funding Gap? Financial Bootstrapping: Supply, Demand and Creation of Entrepreneurial Finance. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research 16(4): 268-295.
  • Shaw, E., Marlow, S., Lam, W. & Carter, S. (2009). Gender and Entrepreneurial Capital: Implications for Firm Performance. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship 1(1): 25-41.
  • Shaw, E., Lam, W. & Carter, S. (2008). The Role of Entrepreneurial Capital in Building Service Reputation. Service Industries Journal 28(7): 899-917.
  • Wilson F., Carter S., Shaw E., Tagg S. & Lam W. (2007). Bank Loan Officers’ Perceptions of Business Owners: the role of gender. British Journal of Management 18(2): 154-171.
  • Carter S., Shaw E., Lam W. & Wilson F. (2007). Gender, Entrepreneurship and Bank Lending: The Criteria and Processes Used by Bank Loan Officers in Assessing Applications. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice 31(3): 427-444.
  • Ritchie, B. & Lam, W. (2006). Taking Stock of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Research. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research 12(6): 312-327.


Industry Reports

  • Lam W., Harris P., Sidsaph H., Wang D., Zhou J., & Yang S., (2018) Internationalisation, Sustainability and Key Challenges Facing SMEs: A Comparative Study of the UK and China; 51 pages;  University of Chester & West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce.  ISBN: 978-1-910481-03-5
  • Ritchie, B., & Lam, W. (2006). Review of Small Business Research and Policy Issues: Small Business Service, Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), UK


Book Sections

  • Lam, W. (2015). Case Study “Volkswagen in China: The People’s Car in the People’s Republic”. In Marketing: An Introduction (3rd edition). Armstrong, G., Kotler, P., Harker, M. & Brennan, R. London: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall.  pp. 512-513, ISBN: 978-1292017518
  • Lam, W. (2012). Case Study “Volkswagen in China: The People’s Car in the People’s Republic”. In Marketing: An Introduction (2nd edition). Armstrong, G., Kotler, P., Harker, M. & Brennan, R. London: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall. 496-497. ISBN: 9780273762607
  • Shaw, E, Carter, S &Lam, W. (2010). “An integrated View of Gender, Finance and Entrepreneurial Capital: Theory, Practice and Policy, in de Bruin, A.;Brush, C. G., Gatewood, E. J., &Hendry C. (Eds.): “Women Entrepreneurs and the Global Environment for Growth”. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp.187-205, ISBN 978- 1-84720-914-6; e-book ISBN978-184980-663-3
  • Lam, W. (2009), ‘Developing new entrepreneurs: the role of research and hands-on experience‘, in Babatunde Buraimo, et al. (eds.), Impact: Linking Teaching & Teaching, UCLAN, pp. 10-12, ISBN 978-0-9562343-0-8
  • Lam, W. (2009). Case Study: “People’s Car in People’s Republic: The Case of Volkswagen China.” In G. Armstrong, P. Kotler, M. Harker & R. Brennan, Marketing: An Introduction. London: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall, pp.508-510, ISBN 978-0-273-71395-1
  • Carter, S., Shaw, E., Wilson, F., & Lam, W. (2006). Gender, entrepreneurship and business finance: Investigating the relationship between banks and entrepreneurs in the UK. In P. Greene, C. G. Brush, N. M. Carter, R. M. Schulze & E. Gatewood (Eds.), Growth orientated women entrepreneurs and their businesses: A global research perspective (pp. 448-460). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. ISBN: 978-1845422899