I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Management and Organization Department at the Marshall Business School of Southern California. I expect to earn my degree by May 2020. I am mainly interested in exploring how entrepreneurs mobilize and leverage political and social resources to facilitate their market activities. My recent research investigates the non-market strategies of entrepreneurs in the digital transforming industries and emerging markets. I have published in the Administrative Science Quarterly and act as a reviewer of the Strategic Management Journal and the Journal of Business Research.
I grew up in a small city in Liaoning province, China. I obtained my B.A. in economics and mathematics from Renmin University at Beijing. I enjoy reading, hiking, playing the violin, and volunteering at local tutoring centers.
Studies have shown that established firms strive for favorable regulations through slow and extensive negotiations with regulators. Such a process is consistent with the slow development cycle of traditional industries, like that of the railway industries, for instance. However, when comparing the cycle of traditional industries to that of nascent ones, the latter typically experience rapid development cycles. The rapid evolution and proliferation of new technologies and business models---like that of the commercial drone industry and home sharing industries, for instance---outpace the current regulatory system, which creates regulatory voids that are risky to entrepreneurs. To this end, my general research question is: how do entrepreneurs create and deploystrategies to influence regulations in nascent industries? Existent research has treated entrepreneurs as homogeneous in their adoption and implementation of strategies; however,in reality, entrepreneurs oftentimes respond differently to the dynamic regulatory landscapeas a result of their firm-specific characteristics. And it is precisely this heterogeneity that I seek to explicate through my analysis of this phenomenon within both emerging markets(e.g. China) and nascent industries (e.g. the commercial drone industry).
My first line of research examines how different types of entrepreneurs influence regulatory actors at state and federal level. More specifically, I theorize how cross-niches entrepreneurs influence state regulations; how entrepreneurial clusters motivate state regulation innovations; how federal online forums elicit unintended consequences.
My second line of research focuses on how the negotiation between entrepreneurs and actors in their social environment, including social activists and regulators, shape new ventures' market strategies. More specifically, I show that social activists influence new ventures' entry decisions; regulators influence entrepreneurs' product/service innovations.
Continuing my exploration of entrepreneurs' political strategies, I find that most of existing studies are around the relationship between entrepreneurs and authority regulatory system. With the fast development of online media and review system, firms are now subject to public supervision and firms care about their public images. I set out to examine how new ventures navigate and shape public discourses
My teaching interests include Strategy, Organizational Theory, Entrepreneurship, International Businesses, Leadership and Statistical Method. In the classroom, I strive to promote an environment where I help different types of students gain the knowledge and critical thinking skills they need for their future careers. I am open to design or customize courses to the need of any targeted students.
Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California
Strategic Management (Instructor-Undergrad level) Summer 2016 (4.16/5)
Easily accessible resources (i.e. Powerpoint), readily available for problems and concerns, kind teacher Very enthusiastic and kind. Always taught with passion and made the class enjoyable and fun.
She is very understanding of student's needs and goals. I had a series of medical issues throughout the summer session and she could not have been more understanding or accommodating regarding these issues. She cares about making sure the students understand the material and uses activities to help us utilize the material and gain a better understanding.
Professor Wang is one the best professors I've had at USC Marshall thus far. She makes herself available to students during class time and office hours and is very friendly and open when interacting with us. She is able to address all our doubts, concerns, and questions about the course material. Her instruction is easy to understand and her lectures go very well with the required case and subject readings for this class. She is always upbeat and ready to teach, and provides very helpful feedback and analysis on our work.
Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. Marshall Business School of USC. 2019
ENT 2018 Doctoral Consortium 2018
Student Research Award. Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurship 2017
Finalist for OMT Best Paper on Entrepreneurship Award, 2016
SASE Early Career Workshop Award 2016
Outstanding Graduate Award, Renmin University of China 2014
Meidi Scholarship, Renmin University of China 2013
Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Renmin University of China 2010-2014