Business Administration

Business Administration
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  • Biography

  • Research & Achievement

  • Projects

  • Teaching

Research Areas

Entrepreneurship, OrganizationalTheory, Management Education


Deanof Nankai Business School


1992.9-1995.12,PhD in Business Management, NankaiUniversity

1987.9-1989.12,Master in Business Management, Nankai University

1983.9-1987.7,Bachelor in Management, Nankai University, 1987


Further Educationand Training Experience

2002.2-2002.8,Senior visiting scholar, North Carolina University of the United States

1999.11-2000.2,Visiting Scholar, Business School of University of Utah of the United States

1998.11-1999.2,Carry out field research in Hongkong, funded by the Graduate StudentsFoundation of University of Hong Kong

Professional Experience

2011.6-Present,Dean, Business School of Nankai University

2011.5-Present,Director, Research Base for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium EnterpriseManagement (Key Research Base for Humanities and social sciences of TianjinUniversities and Colleges)

2009.5-Present,Director, Tianjin Youth Entrepreneurship Research Center

2008.5-2011.6,Vice Dean, Graduate School of Nankai University

2004.6-Present,Deputy Director, SMEs Research Center of Nankai University

2003.9-Present,Director, Entrepreneurship Research Center of Business School of NankaiUniversity

2000.12-2008.5,Vice Dean, Business School of Nankai University

1999.9-2007.9,Deputy Director, MBA Center of Nankai University

1990.3-Present,Teach in Business Management Department of Business School of Nankai University


[1]    2014,National Video Demonstration Course “Entrepreneurial Management”, taught by Zhang Yuli, Niu Fang, Yang Jun and XueHonzhi

[2]    2013, Chosenas Distinguished Professor of “Cheung Kong Scholars Programme”

[3]    2013,Tianjin Level Teaching Team “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Teaching Team”,led by Zhang Yuli

[4]    2013, 2nd Prize of Tianjin 13th Excellent Achievements in Social Sciences Research (Zhang Y., Long D, Yang J. An Overview of CPSED and Its AcademicValue. Foreign Economics &Management. 2011, No.1,11-18)

[5]    2013, 1st Prize of Teaching AchievementAward of Nankai University (Zhang Y. Et al. Explorationand Practice of Constructing the Ecological System of EntrepreneurshipEducation)

[6]    2013, 2nd Prize of 6th Universities and Colleges Excellent Research Achievements (Zhang Y., Yang J, Ren B8. SocialCapital, Prior Experience and Entrepreneurial Opportunities: A Moderation Modeland Implications. Management World. 2008, No.7:91-102)

[7]    2010, 1st Prize of Tianjin 12th Excellent Achievements in Social Sciences Research (Zhang Y., Yang J, Ren B. SocialCapital, Prior Experience and Entrepreneurial Opportunities: A Moderation Modeland Implications. Management World. 2008, No.7:91-102)

Social Service


[1]    2013,Member, 5th National Business Administration Professional Degree GraduateEducation Committee

[2]    2013,Expert, Discipline Planning and Review Group of National Social SciencesFoundation

[3]    2013,Member, 13th Tianjin Social Sciences Outstanding Achievements AwardsCommittee

[4]    2012,Standing Director, Chinese Society for Management Modernization

[5]    2011,Member, 14th Expert Review Group of National Science FoundationManagement Committee

WorkingExperience Related with Profession

[1]    2014, Member,World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council

[2]    2010,Member, Entrepreneurship Education Committee of the Ministry of Education

[3]    2009,Member, Entrepreneurship Research Expert Committee of Shanghai TechnologyEntrepreneurship Foundation for Graduates

[4]    2007,China Torch Entrepreneurship Mentor

[5]    2006,Vice Chairman, “Entrepreneurship and SMEs” and “Innovation and TechnologicalEconomy” Specialized Committee of Chinese Society for Management ModernizationAnnual Meeting

[6]    Memberof Editorial Committee for R&D Management, Chinese Journal of Management, Journalof Entrepreneurship Research



[1]    EntrepreneurshipEducation Oriented Entrepreneurship Research, the 4th International Conference on Innovation andEntrepreneurship, Jinlin University, 2013.12.6-12.7

[2]    Explorationof Practice Oriented Training Model, Beijingand Tianjin Area Business School Association and the 3rd ChineseBusiness School Dean TOP Forum, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2013.12.3.

[3]    Priorexperience and social class as moderators of the planning-performancerelationship in China's emerging economy, StrategicEntrepreneurship Journal Special Meeting and Entrepreneurship Seminar, ShanghaiTongji University, 2012.5.24-5.26.

[4]    InternalRules and Key Elements of Entrepreneurship, 1st International Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Tianjin Binhai NewArea, 2011.12.15.

[5]    Exploringthe Process of Entrepreneurship: Chinese Panel Study of EntrepreneurialDynamics, ICSB-GWU Business CreationConference at George Washington University of the United States, 2011.10.6-10.8.


2009.11-2010.11, Cooperatedwith Shanghai Technology Entrepreneurship Foundation for Graduates, and TsinghuaUniversity National Entrepreneurship Research Center, to hold the International Conference on Innovative EntrepreneurshipEducation, delivered a speech about Entrepreneurship Education, Shanghai, C

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers


[1]    Han W.,Yang J, Zhang Y. A Case Study on theSelection of Mixed Governance Mechanism of Entrepreneurial Network. ManagementWorld. 2014, No.2:118-136. (Published in Chinese)

[2]    Li H., Zhang Y, Wang X. An Empirical AnalysisBased on CPSED about the Relationship between Entrepreneurial Ethic andEntrepreneurial Opportunity. Chinese Journalof Management. 2014, No.1:95-100.(Published in Chinese)

[3]    Zhu X.,Chen H, Zhang Y. Interaction amongHeterogeneous ResourcesEntrepreneurialOpportunity and Entrepreneurial Performance. Chinese Journal of Management.2014, No.9:1358-1365. (Published in Chinese)

[4]    Li H, Zhang Y. The Integration ofEntrepreneurship and Ethics: Research Review and Prospect. Chinese Journal of Management.2014, No.11:1686-1691. (Published in Chinese)

[5]    YangJ., Han W, Zhang Y. Affiliation ofPrior ExperienceMarketizationandEntrepreneurial Speed. Journal ofManagement Sciences in China. 2014,No.8:10-22. (Published in Chinese)

[6]    Zhang Y., Qu Y, Yun L. aSummary of Management Research and Entrepreneurship Research Themes in theChinese Context. Foreign Economics & Management. 2014, No.1:65-72,81. (Published in Chinese)

[7]    Qin J.,Xu Z, Zhang Y. University TechnologyTransfer and its Performance Influence Mechanism: A Perspective of AcademicEntrepreneurship. Research of Institutional Economics. 2014, No.2:169-195.(Published in Chinese)

[8]    Zhang Y. ManagementEducation Needs to Transform to Return to Essence. Business Management Review.2014, No.7:65. (Published in Chinese)

[9]    Li H., Zhang Y, Zheng J. Context andIntegration: A Review on the Relationship between Entrepreneurship and Ethics. East China Economic Management. 2014, No.7:153-156. (Published inChinese)

[10]              Zhang Y., Yang Y., Qin J, Xue H. The Development and Empirical Study of theFrontier Theory of Entrepreneurial Alliance. Modernization of Management.2014, No.1:42-44. (Published in Chinese)

[11]              Li H., Zhang Y, Li Y. Colorful First Pot ofGold: Analysis on the Path of Opportunity Choice Based on the Perspective ofEntrepreneurs Ethics. Forum on Science and Technology in China.2014, No.7:133-138. (Published in Chinese)

[12]              Yun L., Yang J, Zhang Y. 2014. The GenerationMechanism of Innovative Business Model Archetypes Based on EntrepreneurshipFirms. Journal ofManagement Sciences in China. 2014, No.3:367-375.(Published in Chinese)



[1]    Zhang Y., Yang J, Chen Z. Ten Questions aboutEntrepreneurial Partnership. CEIBS Business Review. 2013, No.10:66-71.(Published in Chinese)

[2]    Wang X., Li H, ZhangY. Entrepreneurial Environment and New Ventures' Competitive Advantage:Test from CPSED. Studies in Science of Science. 2013, No.10:1548-1552.(Published in Chinese)

[3]    Zhang Y., Yang Y, Qin J. Research and Prospect on DrivenFactors of University Technology Transfer. Science of Science and Management ofS.&T. 2013, No.10:48-58.(Published in Chinese)

[4]    Long D., ZhangY, Li Y. Study on the New Venture Emergence Based on Interactions betweenExperience and the Newness of Opportunity. Journal of Management Science. 2013, No.5:1-10.(Published in Chinese)

[5]    Qin J, ZhangY. Research on the Influence of Social Capital on Entrepreneurial Firms’Resource Acquisition. Modern Economic Science. 2013, No.2:96-106.(Published in Chinese)

[6]    Zhang Y. Let Failure Be Entrepreneurial Resource. PKU Business Review. 2013, No.10:60-63. (Published in Chinese)

[7]    Zhang Y., Yang J., Tang J., K. Au and Xue H. PriorExperiences and Social Class as Moderators on Planning-Performance Relationshipin China’s New Business Ventures. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 2013, No.7:214–229



[1]    Du Y, ZhangY. Interaction Orientation and New Venture Performance: The Mediating Roleof Organizational Legitimacy. Journal of Management Science. 2012, No.8:22-30.(Published in Chinese)

[2]    Du Y., ZhangY, Ren B. Showing or Hiding Competitive Advantage? The U-shaped CurvilinearRelationship between Competitor Orientation and New Venture Performance and theMediating Role of Organizational Legitimacy. Management World. 2012, No.7:96-107. (Publishedin Chinese)

[3]    Zhang Y, Yun L. Corporate Entrepreneurial Mechanism andManagement Challenges. Study & Exploration. 2012, No.5:86-88.(Published in Chinese)

[4]    Du Y, ZhangY. An Empirical Study on Relationship between Customer Empowerment and NewVenture Legitimacy: The Moderating Role of Political Network, and ItsImplications. Chinese Journal of Management. 2012, No.5:735-741.(Published in Chinese)

[5]    Li H, ZhangY. Analysis on Green Trend of Entrepreneurship Research and Construction ofIntegrated Framework for Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Foreign Economics &Management. 2012, Vol.34,No.9:26-33.(Published in Chinese)

[6]    Wang X., ZhangY, Yang J. Study on the Mechanism between Entrepreneurial Human Capital andNew Venture Performance based on Competence Perspective. Management Review. 2012, No.4:76-84,93.(Published in Chinese)

[7]    Tian L, ZhangY. Market Entry Strategy Selection of New Technology Venture Based on PriorExperiences of Entrepreneurial Team. Journal of Management Science. 2012, No.1:1-14.(Published in Chinese)

[8]    Zhang Y, Yang J. Analysis on Status of EntrepreneurshipResearch and Suggestions for Future Research in Chinese Context. ForeignEconomics & Management. 2012,No.1:1-9,56.(Published in Chinese)

[9]    Zhang Y, Li J. Refining Academic Issues and SummarizingChinese Management Models Based on China’s Management Practice. ChineseJournal of Management. 2012, No.2:179-183. (Published inChinese)

[10]              Yin J, Zhang Y. Institutional Dynamics andCorporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in an Emerging Country Context: Evidencefrom China. Journal of Business Ethics. 2012, Vol.111, No.2:301-316. (Published in Chinese)



[1]    Li H., ZhangY, Yao Q. Empirical Research on the Relationship between EntrepreneurialActivity and Ethics: Analysis of the Survey Based on CPSED. EconomicManagement. 2011, No.12:60-67. (Published in Chinese)

[2]    Niu F., ZhangY, Yang J. Heterogeneity of Entrepreneurial Team and New Ventures’Performance: The Moderating Role of Team Leaders’ Optimism. ManagementReview. 2011, Vol.23, No.11:110-119. (Published inChinese)

[3]    Tian L, ZhangY. The Innovativeness of the Market Entry Strategy and New TechnologyVenture PerformanceAnalysis of the Different Impact on Growth andScale Performance. Science of Science and Management of S.&T. 2011, No.5:123-130.(Published in Chinese)

[4]    Zhang Y., Long D., Yang J, Tian L. Analysis of the NascentTech-entrepreneurs and Their Entrepreneurial Process—Based on the Micro-LevelRandom Sampling Data from CPSED. R&D Management. 2011, No.5:1-10,109.(Published in Chinese)

[5]    Zhang Y, Wang X. Empirical Study on Prior Experience, LearningStyle and Entrepreneurial Competence. Journal of Management Science. 2011,No.3:1-12.(Published in Chinese)

[6]    Zhang Y., Tian X, Wang R. Entrepreneurial Decision-making:Effectuation Theory and Its Development. R&D Management. 2011, No.2:48-57.(Published in Chinese)

[7]    Hu W, ZhangY. New Venture Capability of the Transformation from EntrepreneurialOrientation to the New Venture Performance: A Theory Model and Empirical Studyin China. Nankai Business Review. 2011, No.1:83-95.(Published in Chinese)

[8]    Zhang Y., Long D, Yang J. An Overview of CPSED and ItsAcademic Value. Foreign Economics & Management. 2011, No.1:11-18. (Published in Chinese)



[1]    Yang J, ZhangY. Who Are New Entrepreneurs and How to Start a Business—Class View andInvestigation Finding. Social Sciences in China. 2010, No.6:24-40.(Published in Chinese)

[2]    Yin J, ZhangY. CSR Orientation, Behavior and Management: A Survey Study of ChineseManagers. Economic Theory and Business Management. 2010, No.9:63-70. (Published in Chinese)

[3]    Zhang Y., Yan L, Hu W. Growth Aspiration of theEntrepreneurs in the New Venture Creation. Chinese Journal of Management. 2010,Vol.7, No.10:1448-1454,1471. (Published in Chinese)

[4]    Yang J., Tian L., Zhang Y, Wang W. Innovation or Imitation: The Role of PriorExperience Heterogeneity and Conflict in Technology-based EntrepreneurialTeams. Management World. 2010, No.3:84-96. (Published in Chinese)

[5]    Zhang Y. Analysis on the Status of EntrepreneurshipResearch and the Promotion in the Application Process of Its Achievements. ForeignEconomics & Management. 2010,Vol.32, No.1:1-7. (Published in Chinese)

[6]    Zhang Y, Tian X. Risk-Taking Behavior of Entrepreneurs inthe Real World—An Exploratory Research Based on Multi-Cases In-depth Interview. ChineseJournal of Management. 2010, Vol.7, No.1:82-90. (Published inChinese)

[7]    Hu W., ZhangY, Yang J. The Transformation from Entrepreneurial Orientation toPerformance of New Venture in China: Research Based on Capability Perspective. ForeignEconomics & Management. 2010, Vol.32, No.2:1-8.(Published in Chinese)

[8]    Zhang R, ZhangY. The Measure Study on Corporate Culture Base on Denison's ModelA Compared Study under Chinese Situation. Science of Science and Managementof S.&T. 2010, No.6:160-165.(Published in Chinese)

[9]    Tang J., Tang Z., Marino L., Zhang Y., Li Q. An Investigation of Entrepreneurial Orientation andOrganizational Strategies in Chinese SMEs. World Review of Entrepreneurship. Managementand Sustainable Development. 2010,Vol.6, No.3:206-223


Non-Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

[1]    Deng Y.Interview with Professor Zhang Yuli: “Entrepreneurial Veteran’s EntrepreneurialManagement”. Sino Foreign Management. 2011, No.3:34-35. (Published inChinese)

[2]    Zhang Y. With Whom ShouldYou Choose to Start a Business? Sino Foreign Management. 2011, No.4:94-95.(Published in Chinese)

[3]    Zhang Y. How to IdentifyEntrepreneurial Opportunities? Sino Foreign Management. 2011, No.5:104-105.(Published in Chinese)

[4]    Zhang Y. How DoEntrepreneurs Integrate Resources? Sino Foreign Management. 2011, No.6:102-103.(Published in Chinese)

[5]    Zhang Y. How to Preventthe Loss of Key Resources during the Start-up Period? Sino Foreign Management. 2011,No.7:98-99. (Published in Chinese)

[6]    Zhang Y. 2011. FacingEntrepreneurial Difficulty, insist on or Give up? Sino Foreign Management. 2011,No.8:102-103. (Published in Chinese)

[7]    Zhang Y. How to Learnfrom the Failure of Entrepreneurship? Sino Foreign Management. 2011, No.9:104-105.(Published in Chinese)



[1]    Zhang Y., Zhu X, Yang J.What is the Crux of the Problem of Lack of Stamina in College Graduates Entrepreneurship? ChinaEducation Newspaper. 2013-10-21(7).(Published in Chinese)

[2]    Zhang Y., Yang J, Chen Z. Ten Questions aboutEntrepreneurial Partnership. CEIBS Business Review. 2013, No.10:66-71.(Published in Chinese)


Books and Chapters

[1]    Zhang Y. Management (3rd Edition). Tianjin: Nankai University Press, 2013. (Editor-in-Chief)

[2]    Zhang Y., Chen H, Xue H.Entrepreneurship (Basic Edition). Beijing: China Machine Press, 2013. (Editor-in-Chief)

[3]    Zhang Y., Xue H, Chen H.Entrepreneurship (3rd Edition). Beijing: China Machine Press, 2013.(Editor-in-Chief)

[4]    Li J., Zhang Y, Lei J. Foundations ofEntrepreneurship. Beijing: Beijing Normal University Press, 2013. (Editor-in-Chief)

[5]    Zhang Y, Chen H.Entrepreneurship (2nd Edition). Beijing: China Machine Press, 2011.(Editor-in-Chief)

[6]    Zhang Y, Yang J. A Reviewof the Literatures on Entrepreneurial Management. Tianjin: Nankai UniversityPress, 2010. (Editor-in-Chief)

[7]    Zhang Y., Ren B., Du G,Yang J. Dancing with Change: A Co-Evolutionary Perspective for PrivateEntrepreneurship during China’s Institutional Transition. In Chikako Usui (ed.).Comparative Entrepreneurship Initiatives: Studies in China, Japan and the USA.Palgrave Macmillan. 2011.

[8]    PaulReynolds, Richard Curtin. Zhang Y.,Yang J., K. Au and P. Reynolds. Anatomy of Business Creation in China: InitialAssessment on Chinese Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics. In Paul Reynoldsand Richard Curtin (Eds). New Business Creation: An International Overview.Springer, 2011.

[9]    Zhang Y. Et al. Report onChinese Entrepreneurship (2009-2011). Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, 2012.(Participate in Writing)


[1]    2014.4-2015.4,Tianjin Municipal Science and Technology Commission funded project. Research onthe Growth Mechanism of the Leading Technological Enterprises (PI)

[2]    2013.3-2013.12,China Academy of Engineering Physics funded project. Research on theEntrepreneurial Mechanism in the Process of the Industrialization of InertialConfinement Fusion Technology (PI)

[3]    2012.10-2013.12,China Association for Science and Technology funded project. Research on theRole of Science and Technology Associations in the Introduction of OverseasHighly Innovative and Entrepreneurial Talents (PI)

[4]    2012.10-2013.6,Ministry of Commerce entrusted project. Research on the Breakthrough ofBottleneck in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises’ Growth (PI)

[5]    2012.1-2014.6,Humanities and Social Sciences Key Research Project of Ministry of Education.Research on the Entrepreneurship Promotion and Security System of Tianjin City(PI)

[6]    2012.1-2013.12,Tianjin Jinlian Group Company Project. Study on the Enterprise Strategic Planningof Jinlian (PI)

[7]    2010.10-2012.12,Tianjin Binhai New Area Science and Technology Planning Project. Study on theConstruction of Incubator and Management Countermeasures for Science andTechnology SMEs (PI)

[8]    2010.9-2012.12,Ministry of Education Philosophy and Social Sciences Research Key Project. Researchon Employment and Entrepreneurship Education of University and College Students(PI)

[9]    2008.1-2011.12,China National Science Foundation funded key project. Mechanism of NewVenture’s Creation and Growth (PI)

[10]     2008.1-2011.12,Lead the construction of Business Management Major of Nankai University, whichis the first batch of Universities and Colleges Specialty Majors of Ministry ofEducation


Undergraduate:General Management

Master:Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship (MBA), New Venture Growth(MBA),

GeneralManagement(MBA), General Management(EMBA)

PhD:Advanced Management, Venture Growth Theory