Dr. Xu received his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Minnesota，and he is Essilor Chair Professor in Accounting and Associate Dean at CEIBS, and the recipient of CEIBS Medal for Teaching Excellence. He was awarded as Honorary Fellow of CIMA. His research focuses on mechanism design, and its application in management decision-making, performance evaluation and incentive.
Professor Xu is the executive director of the editorial board of China Management Accounting Review and the founding chairman of CGMA 100 North Asia Leaders Think Tank. Professor Xu is a financial management advisor to some local governments and several top Chinese and multinational corporations. He has designed and delivered company specific programmes for a number of companies, such as GE, IBM, COFCO and Tencent. He also serves on the board of directors of The People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Limited (PICC), China Cinda Asset Management Co., Ltd, SANY Heavy Industry, Societe Generale (China) Ltd, Kweichow Moutai Co., Ltd, and Shanghai Shyndec Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. etc.