University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Dr Chenjian Zhang

Dr Chenjian Zhang

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Job Title:

Lecturer in Strategy & Entrepreneurship


Strategy & Organisation

Key Research Interests:

Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Organisational Change & Innovation, Trust Research, Neo-institutional theory, social networks, Corporate Social Responsibility

Research interests

My research focuses on understanding organisations’ and entrepreneurs’ strategic  responses to the external environment. Specifically, I am interested in investigating the following two questions: What are the enabling and constraining factors for strategic action? How do organisations and entrepreneurs make strategic responses when they are socially embedded in their context? I combine qualitative and quantitative analysis to pin down the mechanisms that determine organisational and entrepreneurial strategy. I have previously visited Stanford University and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Jacobs University, Germany.


Leading refereed journal papers

Liu, Y., Zhang, C. & Jing, R. Coping with multiple institutional logics: temporal process of institutional work during the emergence of the one foundation in China. Management and Organization Review.

Zhang, C., Tan, J. & Tan, D. Forthcoming. Fit by adaptation or fit by founding? A comparative study of existing and new entrepreneurial cohorts in China. Strategic Management Journal.