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    Knowledge creation on China, from proven China experts.

  • Faculty & Research

    Knowledge creation on China, from proven China experts.


Faculty Profiles


Zhang, Yu

Dr. Zhang Yu is Associate Professor of Strategy at CEIBS. Dr. Zhang received his PhD in Management from INSEAD. Prior to joining CEIBS, he was Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine. His teaching interests include Strategic Management, Industry and Competitive Analysis, Innovation and Competition, and Strategic Renewal and Transformation.

Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on the interaction between strategy and capital markets. His research has been published in top journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal. He has been invited to present his research in leading business schools in Asia, Europe and North America, and to give keynote speech on leading industrial conferences such as the NACD Spring Forum.

Dr. Zhang has won Research Excellence Award from CEIBS, Celebration of Teaching Dean’s Honoree Award from UC Irvine, Best Symposium Award from the Academy of Management, and Best PhD Student Paper Award from Strategic Management Society. His research on the role of corporate governance in regulating the impact of earnings pressure on firm strategy won the inaugural BlackRock/NACD Global Challenge for Innovation in Corporate Governance in 2013.


  • 2008, Ph.D. in Management, INSEAD
  • 2005, M.Sc., in Management, INSEAD
  • 2002, M.Sc., in Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • 1999, B.A., in Economics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Interaction between Strategy and Capital Markets
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic Management
  • Industry and Competitive Analysis
  • Innovation and Competition
  • Strategic Renewal and Transformation
  • Research Excellence Award, CEIBS
  • Celebration of Teaching Dean’s Honoree Award, UC Irvine
  • Best Symposium Award, Academy of Management
  • Best PhD Student Paper Award, Strategic Management Society
  • Wiersema, M., Ahn, A., & Zhang, Y. (2020). “Activist Hedge Fund Success: The Role of Reputation”. Strategic Management Journal. Forthcoming.
  • Yu, T., Guo, W., Gimeno, J., & Zhang, Y. (2020). “Glue or Gasoline? The Role of Inter-organizational Linkages in the Occurrence and Spillover of Competitive Wars”. Academy of Management Journal. Forthcoming. 
  • Zhang, Y., Gimeno, J. (2016). “Earnings Pressure and Long-Term Corporate Governance: Can Long-Term-Oriented Investors and Managers Reduce the Quarterly Earnings Obsession?” Organization Science, 27(2), 354–372.
  • Bromiley, P., Rau, D., Zhang, Y. (2017). “Is R&D Risky?” Strategic Management Journal, 38(4), 876-891.
  • Zhang, Y., Gimeno, J. (2010). “Earnings Pressure and Competitive Behaviour: Evidence from the US Electricity Industry.” Academy of Management Journal, 53(4), 743-768.
  • Gong, Y., Zhang, Y., Xia, J. (2019) "Do Firms Learn More from Small or Big Successes and Failures?" Journal of Management, 45(3), pp. 1034–1056.
  • Zhang, Y. and Gong, Y. (2018). “Stock Return or Sales Growth? Multiple Performance Feedback and Strategic Investments under Securities Analysts’ Earnings Pressure.” Journal of Management Studies, 55: 1356-1385.
  • Currim, I., Lim, J., Zhang, Y. (2018). “Commitment to Marketing Spending under Pressures from Analysts’ Earnings Expectations: Does it lead to Higher Stock Market Performance?”, Journal of Academy of Marketing Science, 46(3), pp.431-452.