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About Li-Wen Lin

I am currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology, Columbia University. I received a Bachelor's degree in Law at the National Taiwan University, a Master's degree in Law and a Doctoral degree in Law (J.S.D., equivalent to PhD in Law) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I am mainly interested in comparative institutions of corporate governance. My current research is to analyze the structure and management of large Chinese enterprises through the lens of organizational networks. My sociology PhD dissertation constructs the networks of Chinese executive careers since the early 1990s to understand Chinese capitalism.
I am also interested in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and how CSR interacts with the institutional environments of a country. My doctoral dissertation in law examines the impetus for and the institutional constraints on the development of corporate social and environmental disclosure in emerging securities markets. My recent paper published in American Journal of Comparative Law investigates how codes of vendor conduct in global supply chains are emerging as a form of legal transplantation and how they would interact with local institutions.


Present LL.M; J.S.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Present PhD candidate, Columbia University Department of Sociology, Columbia University

Research Interests

Comparative Corporate Governance, Economic Sociology (esp. organizational networks), Corporate Social Responsibility, Law and Development, and Law and Society

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Contact Information

501 Knox Hall - MC 9649
606 West 122nd Street
New York, NY 10027


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