Minyuan Zhao

Minyuan Zhao
  • Associate Professor of Management

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    2014 SH-DH
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: emerging economies, global strategy, innovation, intellectual property rights

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Overview

Minyuan Zhao is an Associate Professor of Management at Wharton. Minyuan’s research examines the interactions between firm strategy and external environment in a global context: How emerging market institutions affect firms’ global strategies, and how firms’ strategic organization across borders shapes the global economic landscape. Her work has been published in top journals such as Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Economics and Management Studies. Prior to joining Wharton, Minyuan was on the faculty of Ross School of Business (Michigan) and before that, Carlson School of Management (Minnesota). She was the recipient of the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award from the Michigan EMBA program and the 2013 Best Educator Award from the NUS-UCLA EMBA program. She also had work experience in entrepreneurship, government think tank, and the automotive industry.

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Research

  • Minyuan Zhao (2018), Knowledge Sourcing by Multidivisional Firms, Strategic Management Journal.

    Abstract: Research on knowledge sourcing has generally treated firms as monolithic entities, even though firms most active in knowledge sourcing often comprise heterogeneous divisions, each possessing specialized knowledge and facing unique market prospects. This study examines how heterogeneity across divisions affects knowledge sourcing by multidivisional firms. We argue that firms source more early-stage knowledge, whose market prospects are highly uncertain, for low-performing divisions; by remaining active in the relevant markets, firms keep the flexibility to tap favorable market opportunities should they arise in the future. In contrast, firms source more late-stage knowledge, whose market prospects are largely revealed, for high-performing divisions so as to maximize current returns. The intra-firm heterogeneity, in turn, explains inter-firm differences in knowledge sourcing. Data from the pharmaceutical industry support these arguments.

  • Minyuan Zhao and S. Wang (2018), A Tale of Two Distances: A Study of Technological Distance, Geographic Distance, and Multilocation Firms, Journal of Economic Geography.

  • Minyuan Zhao and A. Hornstein (2018), Reaching through the Fog: Institutional Environment and Cross-border Giving of Corporate Foundations, Strategic Management Journal.

  • Minyuan Zhao and Karin Beukel (2018), IP Litigation Is Local, But Those Who Litigate Are Global, Journal of International Business Policy, 1 (1-2), pp. 53-70.

  • Minyuan Zhao and Mazhar Islam (2017), Cross-regional R&D Collaboration and Local Knowledge Spillover, Advances in Strategic Management, 36.

  • Minyuan Zhao and J. Alcacer (2016), Zooming In: A Practical Manual for Identifying Geographic Clusters, Strategic Management Journal.

  • Minyuan Zhao, J. Alcacer, C. Dezso (2015), Location Choices under Strategic Interactions, Strategic Management Journal, 36 (2), pp. 197-215.

  • Minyuan Zhao (Working), Innovation Management and Employee Mobility: A Study of Scientist Departures Following Project Termination.

  • Minyuan Zhao (Working), Policy Complements to the Strengthening of IPRS in Developing Countries: A Firm-Level Perspective.

  • Minyuan Zhao (Working), Global Standards, Multinational Firms, and National Policies: An Interactive Perspective.

Teaching

Current Courses

  • MGMT611 - Managing Est Enterprise

    The management of large, established enterprises creates a range of multi-facet challenges for the general manager. A general manager needs to understand the internal workings of a firm, how to assess and create a strategy, and how to take into account increasing, globalization. While these issues are distinct, they are very much intertwined. As a result, this course will provide you with an integrated view of these challenges and show you that effective of an established enterprise requires a combination of insights drawn from economics, sociology, psychology and political economy.

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Past Courses

  • MGMT288 - MNGING & COMPET IN CHINA

    This course provides an examination of some of the largest busines firms in the People's Republic of China, acquainting students with the governance and management (both management structure and management teams) of some of the largest and best known Chinese firms. Students will also become acquainted with the capabilities and liabilities of Chinese firms and their strategic options. Tools needed to assess the investment potential of Chinese firms will be provided, and students will have an opportunity to do original research on issues of governance and management of Chinese firms.

  • MGMT611 - MANAGING EST ENTERPRISE

    The management of large, established enterprises creates a range of multi-facet challenges for the general manager. A general manager needs to understand the internal workings of a firm, how to assess and create a strategy, and how to take into account increasing, globalization. While these issues are distinct, they are very much intertwined. As a result, this course will provide you with an integrated view of these challenges and show you that effective of an established enterprise requires a combination of insights drawn from economics, sociology, psychology and political economy.

Awards and Honors

  • Winner, Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper, 2006
  • Finalist, Haynes Prize for Most Promising Scholars, Academy of International Business conference, 2006
  • The Glueck Best Paper Award, BPS Division of the Academy of Management, 2004
  • International Student Leadership Award, NYU, 2004
  • First Place, INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition, 2003
  • New York University President’s Service Award, 2001-2002
  • First Prize, Maximum Exposure Business Plan Competition, Stern, NYU, 2001

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Activity

Latest Research

Minyuan Zhao (2018), Knowledge Sourcing by Multidivisional Firms, Strategic Management Journal.
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In the News

Can China Recharge Its Population Growth?

It will take more than policy changes and government persuasion to reverse the mindsets of one-child families built over nearly four decades, experts say.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2018/08/21
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Awards and Honors

Winner, Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper 2006
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