Lili Yan


Professional Overview: 

Dr. Lili Yan is an Assistant Professor of Business Ethics in the Department of Organizations and Responsible Business. Her research and teaching interests lay at the intersection of business ethics, law and nonmarket strategy in international business. Her interdisciplinary research synthesizes theories from business ethics and international business with law and economic sociology to examine firm strategy in a multinational context. Her research has been presented at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Society of Business Ethics Annual Conference, and Strategic Management Society Annual Conference. 

Dr. Yan received her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from George Washington University School of Business and Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Indiana University-Bloomington Maurer School of Law. Prior to her academia career, Dr. Yan worked as an attorney in an international antitrust case on price-fixing investigations. She is a licensed attorney of the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), George Washington University School of Business;

Juris Doctor (J.D.), Indiana University-Bloomington Maurer School of Law;

BA, Beijing International Studies University                                                                                                                        

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, School of Economics and Business Administration, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2016-present

Courses Taught

  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (BUSAD181)
  • Business Law (BUSAD120)
  • Ethical and Social Issues in Business (ORB315)
  • Global Persepctives in Business and Society (BUSAD10)



Member, Academic Honor Council, Fall 2016 - present;

Co-program representative, Assessment of Learning Committee, Spring 2017 - present;

ORB Department representative, Undergraduate Program Committee, Fall 2017


Yan, Lili. “A Context-Based Strategy to Combat Corruption” (Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon 2018)

Yan, Lili. “A Context-Based Strategy to Combat Corruption” (Society for Business Ethics Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia 2017);

Yan, Lili & Weiner, Robert. “Do Birds of a Feather Flock Together? Firm-level Evidence on Corruption and FDI” with Robert Weiner (Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia 2017; IM:  Corruption and International Management Session)

Yan, Lili & Weiner, Robert, “Corruption as Nonmarket Strategy: Evidence from the UN Oil-for-Food Program” (Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, August 2015; IM: Political Connection and Corruption Session).

Yan, Lili & Weiner, Robert, “Corruption as Nonmarket Strategy: Evidence from the UN Oil-for-Food Program” (Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, Madrid, Spain, September 2014; Global Strategy Session).


Yan, L. & Fort, T. 2013. Review of Human Rights and the Ethics of Globalization by Daniel E. Lee & Elizabeth J. Lee. Business Ethics Quarterly, 23(2): 337-344.

Active Research Projects

Dr. Yan's current research examines the implications of home country corruption and firm-specific bribery on firms’ location strategies in multinational business, as well as context-based strategies to combat corruption from business ethics and law perspectives.

  • Business Ethics
  • Law
  • International Business