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Dr. Frank Tian Xie

John M. Olin Palmetto Chair Professor in Business

Dr. Frank Tian Xie

"Teaching is the way in which humanity learns and grows."

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Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. – Georgia State University, 2003
  • MBA – Georgia State University, 1999
  • Ph.D. program – Purdue University, 1986-1992
  • M.S. program – Peking University, 1984-1986
  • B.S. – Peking University, 1984

Career Highlights

Dr. Frank Tian Xie graduated from Peking University in Beijing, China, with a bachelor's degree in earth science. He was then admitted to the Graduate School of Peking University to study geochemistry and cosmochemistry. He attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, to pursue a doctorate in chemistry in the mid-1980s and continued to obtain an MBA in finance and a Ph.D in marketing from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Dr. Xie was on the faculty at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is now Associate Professor (with tenure) of Marketing and John M. Olin Palmetto Chair in Business at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Dr. Xie’s research areas include marketing strategy, business-to-business marketing, global marketing, ecommerce, research methodology, and Chinese business and economy. Before he started his career in academia, Dr. Xie had eight years of industry and consulting experience in science and technology, retail banking, and telecommunications. His consulting clients include the USPS, SunTrust Bank, Hutchins & Rea, Apeks International, and AirTouch Cellular (predecessor of Verizon Wireless).

Professor Xie also writes a weekly business and economics column for the global Chinese language magazine New Epoch Weekly. Dr. Xie has been a speaker at numerous forums and seminars at the UN in New York, the UNHCR in Geneva, and in universities in the U.S., Canada, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, and South Korea. He is a frequent guest on "Radio Free Asia," "Radio Australia," "NTD Television," "SOH Radio International," and a guest columnist for The Tokyo Shimbun newspaper.

In which online degree programs do you teach?

MBA General

Why did you start teaching?

Teaching is the way in which humanity learns and grows.

What advice would you give to those considering this degree program?

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Begin your first step.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"Zhuan Falun" (

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