Ying Zhang

Rotterdam School of Management


Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016 Visiting scholar at Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

Sept. 2015- Feb. 2016 Visiting scholar at Harvard Business School, Harvard University

June 2014- Present Associate Dean for China Business and Relations, RSM, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Dec. 2012-Sept. 2014 Academic Director, Master program of Chinese Economy and Business, RSM, Erasmus University Rotterdam

August 2012-Present Assistant Professor, RSM, Erasmus University Rotterdam (on the tenure track)

Personal Introduction

  • Profile

    Dr. Ying Zhang is an Associate Dean for China Business and Relationship and an Assistant Professor at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands. As a researcher, educator, and manager in the education sector, she has made substantial impact on creating and facilitating collaboration amongst academia, industries, governments, and higher education institutions. In 2015, Ying was named as one of “Best 40 Under 40” Business School Professors worldwide by Poets & Quants, and awarded as an Honorary Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University in China. In early 2016, she was selected as an Elite Professional Woman (in USA) by National Association of Professional Women and nominated as the featured business school professor at NativeSociety (in USA). She is now on sabbatical and scholarly visiting Harvard University (Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School) and Cornell University (Johnson Graduate School of Management).

    Ying Zhang’s background in engineering, economics, and management enables her to supervise cross-disciplinary studies in economics, business administration, entrepreneurship, innovation, catching up and globalization. Her research interests cover both macro and micro levels, from both an academic and practice angle. At a macro economics level, she studies the economic transition and entrepreneurship development. At an organizational level, she looks at both advanced countries’ and emerging countries’ corporate entrepreneurship and latecomers’ catching up process, as well as globalization and localization of organizational culture. At an individual level, she looks into interactive system of entrepreneurial cognition, emotion, entrepreneurial brain reward, and entrepreneurship education from entrepreneurial and neuroscience perspective. Her other research interests include social entrepreneurship, higher education management, and business school development.

    Ying Zhang was commented by peers and stakeholders as a unique talent with a sharp analytical view, combining a global mindset and systematic theoretical approach. She is considered as an expert and opinion leader in Europe on the topics of China’s transition and development at multi-level relationships. Her opinion and work have been widely used by the media in the USA, China, and Europe, including Bloomberg, China Daily, China Policy Review, CaixinOnline, EuroBiz, EFMDFocus, AACSB, the NativeSoceity, and SAGE Publishing etc. She promotes the relevance of academic research and also argues for a reverse contribution from practice into the academic. She is invited to speak and comment at international industry forums, fund investment meetings, cross-continent economic dialogues, and orgnizational-level consulting forums. She is also dedicated to study the business school development across cultures, and has contributed enormously to ACE (Alliance of 20 Chinese and European Business schools) as a founding member, the Global Research Institute of Logistic and Supply Chain (Chinese government think tank in the logistic sector) and the Shanghai Free-trade Zone Case Development Center as a co-founder.

    Professional experience

    Assistant Professor

    Erasmus University Rotterdam

    Rotterdam School of Management

    Department of Organisation and Personnel Management


    Professional Publications (19)

    • Zhang, Y. (2016). What Ails Chinese Acquisitions Abroad? In CKGSB Knowledge. Beijing, China.

    • Zhang, Y. (2016). Cover letter for Chinese Acquisitions Abroad. In LinkedIn Pulse. Boston, USA.

    • Zhang, Y. (2016, Januari 13). ChemChina-led consortium's German acquisition. China Daily (London, Washington DC, Beijing)

    • Zhang, Y. (2016). Featured Professor in Education and Business Schools. NativeSociety: New York-USA (2016, februari 16). Vakpublicatie.

    • Zhang, Y. (2015). Commenting on "Initiative success hinges on infrastructure funding"--on Media China Daily. Commenter: Washington DC/Beijing/London (2015, oktober 30).

    • Zhang, Y. (2015). Win, lose or draw? Partnering with Chinese universities. In Journal of European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

    • Zhang, Y. (2015, Augustus 07). China a big player in commodities. China Daily (London, Washington DC, Beijing)

    • Zhang, Y. (2015, Januari 22). Experts: Europe a good bet despite crises. China Daily (London, Washington DC, Beijing)

    • Zhang, Y. (2015, Januari 16). French assets attract Chinese attention. China Daily (London, Washington DC, Beijing)

    • Zhang, Y. (2015, Oktober 30). Belt and Road to build 'new world order'-- on Media "China Daily". China Daily (London, Washington DC, Beijing)

    • Marquis, C., Zhang, Y. & Yang, Y. (2015). Shared value with Chinese characteristics, an interview with Shen Guojun, founder, president and CEO of China Yintai. In Management Insight, 2015-October (pp. 121-129).

    • Zhang, Y. (2015, December 17). Democracy, Transparency, Keywords in Xi’s Speech in World Internet Conference. China Daily (London, Washington DC, Beijing)

    • Zhang, Y. (2015, december 05). Collaboration between West and East: A Global View. Amsterdam, Annual Expert Meetings with Dutch Key Decision Makers in the Financial Industry.

    • Zhang, Y. (2015, November 18). Commenting on "China's One Belt One Road" Initiative Funding". Cornell University, Emerging Market Institute

    • Zhang, Y. (2015). Meeting Future Chinese Consumers. Horasis China Meeting---Horasis Global Vision Community: Cascais, Portugue (2015, oktober 22 - 2015, oktober 23).

    • Zhang, Y. & Marquis, C. (2014). Achieving China's Next Stage of 'Catch-up'. (blog). Beijing, China: Caixin Online. (available: 24 dec 2014).

    • Zhang, Y. (2014). Business Education in Technological Environment. 2014 International Business School Dean’s Workshop: Tongji University, Shanghai, China (2014, oktober 12).

    • Zhang, Y. (2014). How does Chinese Philosophy Mirror Modern Society. Horasis Global China Business Meeting: Lake Como, Italy (2014, oktober 14).

    • Zhang, Y. (2014). How to Promote Collaboration Between Schools in Emerging Economies and Those in Developed Countries. 2014 International Business School Dean’s Workshop: (2014, oktober 12).

    Scholarly Publications (46)

    • Zhang, Y. & Van Stel, A. (2016). Who Should be Running Ahead? The Roles of Two Types of Entrepreneurship in China's Contemporary Economy. In Harvard Business School Working Paper (16-086). Boston: Harvard Business School.

    • Zhang, Y. (2016, maart 30). China and Entreprenuership. Department of Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, China Economy Seminar.

    • Shen, R., Tang, Y & Zhang, Y. (2016). Does Firm Innovation Affect Corporate Social Responsibility? In Harvard Business School Working Paper (16-096). Harvard Business School.

    • Zhang, Y., Marquis, C., Filippov, S. & Steen, Martijn van der (2015). The Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities of Global Project Management: Evidence from Chinese and Dutch Cross-Cultural Project Management. In Harvard Business School Working Paper (15-063). HBS.

    • Zhang, Y. & Marquis, C. (2015). Happiness and Catching-up中国企业的“快乐赶超”之旅. In China Policy Review 1 2015《中国经济报告》2015年第1期 (pp. 57-58). Beijing: Development Research Center of the State Council: China 中国国务院研究发展中心.

    • Zhang, Y. (2015). 中国进入赶超的下一阶段. In 中国经济报告 2015:1:57-58. Beijing: 中国国务院发展研究中心.

    • Marquis, C., Zhang, Y. & Li, Q (2015). Fei Ni Mo Shu (You are the One) and Chinese Employment Market. InHarvard Business School Teaching Case (case no. N9-415-081).

    • Zhang, Y. & Marquis, C. (2015). Achieving China’s Next stage of “Catch-up”中国进入“赶超”的 下一阶段. InChina Policy Review 中国经济报告 1 2015 (pp. 57-58). Beijing: Development Research Center of the State Council: China 中国国务院研究发展中心.

    • Zhang, Y. & Marquis, C. (2015, Februari 04). Happiness and Catching up. Caixin Online

    • Marquis, C., Zhang, Y. & Yang, S. (2015). China Yintai: Developing Shared Value in China. In Harvard Business School Teaching Case (case no. N9-415-078).

    • Zhang, Y. & Yang, S. (2015). Chery's catch-up in Chinese Automobile industry. IVEY PUBLISHING(case no.9B14M142): .

    • Zhang, Y. & Marquis, C. (2015). Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Competitiveness 企业社会责任与全球竞争力. In China Policy Review 中国经济报告 3 2015 (pp. 54-55). Beijing: Development Research Center of the State Council: China 中国国务院研究发展中心.

    • Zhang, Y. (2015). 2015 Best 40 under 40: Best 40 Business School Professors Under 40 Years Old. Poets & Quants: USA. Wetenschappelijk.

    • Zhang, Y. & Marquis, C. (2015). 企业社会责任与全球竞争力. In 中国经济报告 2015:3:54-55. Beijing: 中国国务院发展研究中心.

    • Zhang, Y. (2015, December 20). Economy is Tale of Two Growth Rate. China Daily (London, Washington DC, Beijing)

    • Zhang, Y. (2014). Catching-Up by Chinese Multinational Firms Using Network Strategies. In M Marinov & S. Marinova (Eds.), Successes and Challenges of Emerging Economy Multinationals. U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan.

    • Zhang, Y., Shen, R. & Tang, Y (2014). To be special, to be responsible: how product specificity affect social responsibility. Academy of Management Annual Conference 2014: Philadelphia (2014, augustus 01 - 2014, augustus 05).

    • Zhang, Y., Shen, R. & Tang, Y (2014). Speciality Product and CSR. Strategic Management Society Annual Conference 2014: Madrid, Spain (2014, september 20 - 2014, september 23).

    • Zhang, Y., Duysters, G & Cloodt, M. (2014). The role of entrepreneurship education as a predictor of university students' entrepreneurial intention. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 9 (1), 1-19. doi:[go to publisher's site]

    • Zhang, Y. & Degravel, D. (2014, juni 22). Navigating the research process in management: a comprehensive practical guide and specific critical juncture decision points. Beijing, Association International Chinese Management Research Conference.

    • Zhang, Y. & Van Stel, A. (2014). Economic Antecedents of Regional Entrepreneurship Development in China. Academy of Management 2014: Philadelphia, USA (2014, augustus 01 - 2014, augustus 05).

    • Zhang, Y. (2014, april 22). To be special, to be responsible: How product specificity affects corporate social responsibility. MSI, KU Leuven, MSI academic Seminar.

    • Zhang, Y. (2013, mei 20). EMEs from China and Chinese catching-up. Hangzhou, China, Research seminar and international cooperation between Zhejiang University and RSM.

    • Zhang, Y. (2013, december 27). Entrepreneurship Research in the Chinese context. Xi'an, China, Seminar at Xi'an for Events of Alliances of Chinese and European School.

    • Zhang, Y. (2013). Chinese Firms Strategic-Asset-Seeking OFDI In Developed Countries. Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Oxford (2013, augustus 29 - 2013, augustus 30).

    • Zhang, Y. (2013). CSC phd project: Cooperation, Cognition, and Corporate Entrepreneurship Development from Both Sides of the World: China and the Netherlands. Wetenschappelijk.

    • Zhang, Y. & Van Stel, A. (2013). Economic Antecedents of Chinese Entrepreneurship Development in the ambidexterity forms. RENT XXVII: Vilnius, Lithuania (2013, november 20 - 2013, november 22).

    • Zhang, Y. (2012, april 02). Chinese Firms' Catching-Up Via Corporate Entrepreneurship Strategy of Network.onbekend, ERIM Research Seminar.

    • Zhang, Y., Duysters, G & Filippov, S. (2012). Internationalization through acquisitions and strategic alliances: implications from Chinese firms entering Europe. In The Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management (pp. 102-123). UK.

    • Filippov, S., Duysters, G & Zhang, Y. (2012). Chinese multinational companies in global R&D and innovation rankings: An exploratory study. In 2012 European Academy of Management Conference.

    • Zhang, Y. & Duysters, G (2012). Economic Transition and Entrepreneurship: The Case of China. In 2012 European Academy of Management Conference.

    • Zhang, Y. & Duysters, G (2012). Network way of Catching up, Case study on Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. InStrategic Management Society Annual Conference 2011.

    • Zhang, Y. (2012, maart 07). Chinese Entrepreneurship. Rotterdam, BIAS 2012 China & Innovation seminar at Rotterdam School of Management.

    • Zhang, Y. (2012, december 08). Catching-up and Chinese Multinationals. Brighton, UK, Keynote speaker at 38th European International Business Academy (EIBA) Annual Conference----COST Action panel of Emerging Market Multinationals in Advanced Countries.

    • Zhang, Y. (2012). Using Entrepreneurship Education to Shape Entrepreneurial Intention. In 2012 Strategic Management Society Special Conference in Guangzhou, China.

    • Zhang, Y. & Duysters, G (2010). Alliance-Based Network View on Chinese Firms¿ Catching-Up: Case Study of Huawei Technologies Co.Ltd. RISUS. Revista de Inovação e Sustentabilidade, 1 (2). doi:

    • Zhang, Y. & Duysters, G (2010). Entrepreneurship Development and the Role of Economic Transition in Entrepreneurial Activities. In United Nations University-MERIT Working Paper 2010-036. United Nations.

    • Zhang, Y. & Filippov, S. (2010). Internationalisation Srategy of Chinese Companies in Europe. In Journal on Innovation and Sustainability, 1(1).

    • Zhang, Y. (2009). A different Look at Inward FDI into China. In United Nations University-MERIT Working paper 2009-060. United Nations.

    • Zhang, Y. & Filippov, S. (2009). Internationalization of Chinese firms in Europe. In United Nations University-MERIT Working paper 2009-041. United Nations.

    • Zhang, Y. (2009). Student Network Centrality and Academic Performance: Evidence from United Nations University. In United Nations University-MERIT Working Paper 2009-034. United Nations.

    • Zhang, Y. (2009). Alliance-based Network View on Chinese firms¿ catching up: case studies of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. In United Nations University-MERIT working paper: 2009-039. United Nations: United Nations.

    • Zhang, Y. (2009). Partnering, Absorptive Capacity, and Technological Catching up of China. In The 2nd Asian Management and Entrepreneurship Workshop at European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM).

    • Zhang, Y. (2008). Opportunity and Challenges to cooperate with Chinese enterprises:based on strategic technology alliances between Western and Chinese. Eindhoven: Eindhoven University of Technology.

    • Zhang, Y. (2007). Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation on the Core Competence of Enterprises in Shaanxi Province. In Statistics and Decision (Chinese Journal), 2007(3). Academic Output for the project sponsored by China National Social Science Funding in 2007.

    • Zhang, Y. (2005). How is the state asset drained away in the public transportation industry in China? InContemporary Economics (Chinese Journal), 2005 (13).

    Doctoral Thesis

    • Zhang, Y. (2013, Maart 14). Entrepreneurship Development in China: A Multilevel Approach. Eindhoven University of Technology (223 pag.) (Eindhoven: Eindhoven University of Technology). Prom./coprom.: G Duysters.

    Work in Progress (4)

    • Zhang, Y. & Jansen, J. (2016). Dynamic capability, social capital, and Chinese firms' catching up.

    • Zhang, Y., Rui, S. & Tang, Y (2014). Product Specificity and Corporate Social Responsibility: A Risk Management Perspective.

    • Zhang, Y. & Van Stel, A. (2014). Economic transition and regional entrepreneurship development.

    • Zhang, Y. & Knnipenberg, D. (2014). Entreprenuerial cognition, leadership, and corporate entrepreneurial performance.

    Other Output (5)

    • Zhang, Y. (2015). Road to deal with EU has many hurdles. (nieuwsbrief). London, Europe: quoted by China Daily---Europe. (available: 16 jan 2015).

    • Zhang, Y. (2015, Januari 11). Chinese Buy French Companies as Club Med Caps Busiest M&A Year. Bloomberg Business

    • Zhang, Y. & Marquis, C. (2015 februari 06). Dr Ying Zhang (RSM) Christopher Marquis (HBS) in Caixin online: "Chinese companies more concerned with employee happiness and job satisfaction" (than before). Retrieved Mar 18, 2015, from

    • Van der Velde, S. & Zhang, Y. (Alliance of Chinese and European Business School) (2013, Dec 05). 2nd ACE Event [internet radio-uitzending]. In Xiamen University. Chengdu, Xiamen, China.

    • Van der Velde, S. & Zhang, Y. (THE ALLIANCE OF CHINESE AND EUROPEAN BUSINESS SCHOOLS (ACE)) (2013, May 30). Founding ceremony of Strategic Alliance of Chinese and European schools [internet radio-uitzending]. In ESSCA,France. Angers, France.


    Organization Membership

    • Academy of Management


    • International Association for Chinese Management Research


    Side positions

    • United Nations University-MERIT

    Affiliated Researcher

    • RSM Master Program of Chinese Economy and Business Program

    Academic Director

    • Beijing Jiaotong University

    Honorary Professor

    • National Association of Professional Women

    Elite Member

    • Harvard Business School

    Visiting Scholar

    • Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

    Visiting Scholar

    • Harvard Law School

    Visiting Research Fellow