During the process of the completion of this tfiesis, I have received muchguidance, help and support from many people. Here I'd like to extend my sinceregratitude.
Firstly, I am greatly indebted to my supervisor Song Hongbo for his enlighteningguidance and valuable advice through the entire process from preparation toaccomplishment. Without his great patience and constant encouragement, theaccomplishment of this thesis wouldn't have been possible. I am also deeplyimpressed by his strong sense of responsibility and professional dedication, which hasnot only taught me how to do academic research but also set a good example for myfuture work.
Secondly, many thanks go to all the other teachers who have taught me duringmy postgraduate period. Their lively and enlightening lectures have enriched myknowledge in linguistics, academic writing, statistics, and translation and so on. Alsomy heartfelt thanks go to my friends and classmates, who offer me great support andhelp in data collection, thesis writing and so on.
Last but not the least, I'd like to give my special thanks to my beloved parents,my elder sister,my wife, and my newly born son Leo, who have always stood by meand brought me much joy.
At the last press on the keyboard, I am so excited to finish the thesis,and at the sametime, I want to express my appreciation to lots of people without whom I couldn't make it intime.
My wholehearted appreciation goes first to professor Huang Shufang,my supervisor, forher selfless and patient guidance to my graduate study in ECUST. My supervisor gives meabundant help both in the published essay and in my graduate thesis. I will never forget thedifficult time when I was in a loss to finish the thesis. It is my supervisor who keeps onencouraging me and looking for references for me. Without her generosity and patience tohelp and without her wide literature and critical knowledge,I cannot get through the graduatestudy. Besides,her personal charm and attitude have always been and will ever be anillumination instruction for my future life.
Then I would like to extend my genuine thanks to my prestigious and edifying teachersof school of foreign languages in East China University of Science and Technology, ProfessorShao Zhihong,Professor Yu Yuguo,Professor Yan Jinglan,Professor Wang Jianguo,Professor Wang Zhiqin, Professor Chen Li and all the other responsible teachers andprofessors. Their classes,lectures and suggestions shed invaluable enlightenment on me andwill have great influence on my fiiture study.
Finally,my sincere gratitude goes to my family and friends for their unweaving supportand understanding which encourages me to overcome academic struggle and support me tospend three years' life here. With the help of such selfless individuals, I am glad to dedicatemy heartfelt thanks to all of you.
Before concluding this thesis,I would like to take the precious opportunity to extend mywholehearted gratitude to all that have helped me with my accomplishment of this paper.
First and foremost, I owe my deepest gratitude to my distinguished and cordialsupervisor, Ms. Chen Li, who has supported me from the material and psychological aspect,guided me in collection of abundant materials, and enlightened me while in confusion.
Without her dedicated assistance and insightful supervision, this paper would have gonenowhere.
Secondly, I would express my heartfelt thanks to my family for their unconditional loveand care all the time without whose support I would be easily beaten down by the difficultiesencountered in the writing process.
Last but not least,my sincere appreciation also goes to my prestigious and edifyingprofessors in our English department including Prof. Yan Jinglan, Prof. Wang Zhiqin, Prof.
Shao Zhihong and Prof. Wang Jianguo, who have inspired me and push me forward to theacademic world, and to Ms. Ren Zhiyi the librarian of ECUST,who has provided me withtimely material support.
Before concluding this thesis, I would like to take the precious opportunity to extend mywholehearted gratitude to all who have been helping me with my accomplishment of thispaper.
First and foremost,I owe my deepest gratitude to my distinguished supervisor, ProfessorYan Jinglan,who empowered me with inspiration and instruction, guided me in collection ofabundant materials, and enlightened me while in confusion. I am deeply grateful for thecontinuous support throughout my post-graduate study, especially during the time I studied atImperial College London. Without her dedicated assistance and insightfiil supervision, Iwould not have the courage to pursue for another master degree at Imperial, let alone thisthesis.
My sincere appreciation also goes to my prestigious master programme team at EastChina University of Science and Techonlogy, just to name a few, Professor Yu Yuguo,Professor Shao Zhihong,Professor Wang Jianguo, Professor Yang Huimin,Ms. Zhang Pan,Ms. Lin Mei, etc.,whose thought-provoking instruction imparted profound knowledge andmorality and who accredited me the opportunity to study abroad and experience in the globalcontext within my post-graduate study.
Last but not least,I am so gratefial to the programme team at Imperial College BusinessSchool, which allowed me getting access to the facilities and data polls,represented by MarcoMongiello, MBA programme senior director and Frankie Galati, senior programmecoordinator and associate professor Sankalp Chaturvedi, supporting me with direct data andkey facts about course designs through personal emails and interviews. Without their kindestassistance, this study would have gone nowhere.