Dr Joanne J. Zhang
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 7276Room Number: Room 3.36, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus
Student drop in and feedback hours (term-time only)
Tuesday 1-3pm (Semester A)
Wednesday 1-3pm (Semester B)
Director of Joint programmes
Director of Entrepreneurship Hub
Joanne is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship. She is the director of the SBM entrepreneurship hub, and the founding academic director of QM social venture fund, the first student-led social venture fund investing in student-led social ventures in the UK. She is also the director of the joint programme at SBM. Previously she held positions at the University of Cambridge (UK innovation research centre fellow), the University of East Anglia and the City University of London.
Her research and teaching interests are strategic entrepreneurship and innovation with a focus on technology and social ventures. She is a senior HEA fellow and has considerable teaching experience at UG, PG and Executive Education level. Joanne gained both her MBA and PhD in Management Studies from Cass Business School, City University of London (SIMFONEC PhD scholarship).
Joanne has engaged in large-scale research projects including SKETCH “Student Knowledge Exchange Through Community Hubs” (£650K, Research England and Office for students, QMUL), “New Modes of Innovation: Managerial and Strategic Business Practice and Open Innovation” (£5m, ESRC supported, Cambridge and Imperial), “Financial and Organizational innovation in UK Biotechnology sector” (£1.3m, EPSRC supported, City University and SPRU). She has been an invited speaker at OECD, NESTA, Technology Strategy Board, AOM, etc.
Joanne also co-founded a digital educational start-up and it was selected as a finalist of 5050tech challenge in 2016 – an initiative to champion women entrepreneurs in technology by Baroness Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of lastminute.com.
Start-Ups and Incubators
Innovation and Global Competition
Joanne’s research interests are entrepreneurship and innovation with a focus on digital and high technology sectors, in particular, three themes as outlined below:
Entrepreneurial networking – exploring the role of advisors and board of directors in building knowledge networks for high-tech start-ups; and factors influencing different entrepreneurial networking paths.
Open innovation in SMEs - understanding the antecedents of firm strategy and capabilities in managing outside knowledge and their impacts on firm’s innovative and financial performance.
Scalability in digital businesses – exploring how to design scalable digital businesses models.
Joanne was engaged in large-scale research grant bidding, delivery and external engagement, including “New Modes of Innovation: Managerial and Strategic Business Practice and Open Innovation” (£5m, ESRC supported, Cambridge University and Imperial College London), “Financial and Organizational innovation in UK Biotechnology sector” (£1.3m, EPSRC supported, Cass Business School, City University and SPRU). She has been an invited speaker at OECD, NESTA, Technology Strategy Board, AOM, etc.
Zhang, J. J.; Baden-Fuller, C.; Zhang, J. 2020. “The co-existence of causation and effectuation in entrepreneurial network development: evidence from UK high-tech start-ups”. Full paper accepted for Academy of Management 2020 conference.
Zhang, J.J., Lichtenstein, Y; Gander, J., 2015. “Designing scalable digital business model”. Business models and modelling, Advances in Strategic Management Vol 33, p241-277. https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/S0742-332220150000033006
Cosh, A.D. & Zhang, J.J. 2012 'Variety of search and innovation: a comparative study of US manufacturing and knowledge intensive business services sectors.' Centre for Business Research Working Papers Series WP No. 431. University of Cambridge.
Zhang, J. J., Baden-Fuller, C.; Pool, J. K. 2011. "Resolving the Tensions between Monitoring, Resourcing and Strategizing: Structures and Processes in High Technology Venture Boards". Long Range Planning (ABS 3* Research Journal), 44 Issue 2, p95-117.
Cosh, A. and Zhang, J.J. 2011. Open innovation choice – what is British enterprise doing? UK Innovation Research Centre, University of Cambridge. ISBN 978‐0‐906251‐21‐8
Zhang, J.J. and Baden-Fuller, C. 2008. “Knowledge brokering in high-tech start-ups” in Scarbrough, H. (ed.) Evolution of Business Knowledge, UK: Oxford University Press.
Zhang, J.J. and Baden-Fuller, C. 2006. “Mentoring fast growth start-ups: A Chairman’s tale”. European Case Handbook. Gate2growth/EIASM.
Zhang, J.J. and Baden-Fuller, C. 2006. “The Phynova story—commericializing knowledge from China”. European Case Handbook, Gate2growth/EIASM.
Sachs, A. Marino, A. Zhang, J.J. Jackson, T. and Peters, L. 2003. “The value in Fashion: Analysing Fashion companies”, Centre for Fashion Enterprise, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK.