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My research interest lies in corporate governance issues, institutional development, and entrepreneurship.

My thesis concentrates on evaluating the impact of political connection on firm performance, how ownership structure and institutional development moderate the relationship between political connection and firm performance. My results show that political connection hampers firm performance, and the speed-up of the privatisation process and institutional development helps to diminish the negative effect of political connection on firm performance.   

I’m currently working as a lecturer in a public university in Vietnam. With the knowledge and network accumulated from learning in UK, I would like to make a major contribution to the development of educational quality in Vietnam at university level, and to develop a solid partnership between UK and Vietnamese Universities in the future.  

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