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Chenjian Zhang


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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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Projects 2015 2018

VB-MN3ACZ: The Emergence of Social Enterprise Sector and Legitimation Strategies of Social Enterprises in China

Zhang, C.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Research Output 2010 2017

  • 3 Article
  • 2 Paper
  • 1 Conference contribution

Historical Imprints and Contemporary FDI Distribution in Chinese Cities

Yi, J. & Zhang, C. 9 Aug 2017 Academy of Management Proceedings.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sensemaking of Institutional Change and Entrepreneurial Networking Patterns

Zhang, C. & Wang, T. 30 Oct 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Social networks
Open Access
Organizational change
Civil society
Fund raising
1 Citations

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
Institutional change
Comparative research

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