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School of Business and Management

Dr Joanne J. Zhang

Joanne J.

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship; Programme Director for Undergraduate Joint Programmes (Business and Management)

Email: joanne.zhang@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 7276
Room Number: Room 3.36, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus

Profile

Student drop in and feedback hours (term-time only):

Wednesday 1-3pm (Semester A)
Thursday 1-3pm (Semester B)

Profile

Director of Joint programmes

Director of Entrepreneurship Hub

Joanne is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship.  She is the director of the SBM Entrepreneurship Hub and the founding 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 Programmes 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. She has been an invited speaker at OECD, NESTA, Technology Strategy Board as well as advisors to start-ups. 

Driven by her prior entrepreneurial experience in China and the UK, Joanne’s research and teaching interests are entrepreneurship and innovation with a focus on technology and social ventures. Joanne has engaged in large-scale research grant bidding, delivery and external engagement, 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 is a senior fellow at Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has considerable teaching experience at UG, PG and Executive Education level. She has been nominated for the Education award 2019 in two categories – Teacher of the year as well as Assessment and feedback champion. Joanne gained both her MBA and PhD in Management Studies from The Business School, City, University of London (SIMFONEC scholarship). 

Teaching

Undergraduate

BUS342: Start-Ups and Incubators

Postgraduate

BUSM177: Innovation and Global Competition

BUSM186: Strategic Entrepreneurship

Research

Research Interests:

Joanne’s research interests are entrepreneurship and innovation with a focus on technology and social sectors, in particular, four 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 the firm’s innovative and financial performance.
  • Scalability in digital businesses – exploring how to design scalable digital businesses models.
  • Joanne’s current projects focus on social entrepreneurship and venture capital impact investing.

Joanne has engaged in large-scale research grant bidding, delivery and external engagement, 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.

 

Publications

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.
https://www-sciencedirect-com.ezproxy.library.qmul.ac.uk/science/article/pii/S0024630110000750

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
https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/fileadmin/user_upload/centre-for-business-research/downloads/special-reports/specialreport-openinnovationchoices.pdf

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.