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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.

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China Business & Economics
Entrepreneurs Business & Economics
Institutional change Business & Economics
Networking Business & Economics
Sensemaking Business & Economics
International business Business & Economics
Foreign investment Business & Economics
Treaties Business & Economics

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Projects 2015 2018

Research Output 2010 2016

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Institutional work
Institutional logics
Nonprofit sector
7 Citations (Scopus)

Fit by adaptation or fit by founding? A comparative study of existing and new entrepreneurial cohorts in China

Zhang, C., Tan, J. & Tan, D., May 2016, In : Strategic Management Journal. 37, 5, p. 911-931

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Comparative study
Network configuration
Environmental change

Creating and Legitimating A New Social Organizational Form: A Stage- and Temporal- Model

Zhang, C., Liu, Y. & Jing, R., 9 Aug 2015.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

权力的嵌入性分析: 国有资产重组下的企业结盟

Zhang, C., 2010, In : Chinese Journal of Sociology. 30, 5, p. 25-45

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social networks