College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Zheng Jane Zhao

School of Business - Business
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 4134
University of Kansas
1654 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7601


Strategic management, corporate strategy; expertise in China


Ph.D., The University of Michigan Ross School of Business

M.S., Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, The University of Oklahoma

Bachelor of Engineering, Tsinghua University, Department of Automotive Engineering


• University of Kansas

MBA Strategic Management

MBA Management and Technology I & II

MBA Entry and Operating Strategies for Doing Business in China, study abroad program

Undergraduate Business Policy and Strategy, capstone course

• University of Michigan

Undergraduate Corporate Strategy, capstone course

• Tsinghua University

Undergraduate Automotive Structure (taught in English)

Research Interests

  • Innovation capability and motivation
  • Knowledge creation, innovation, and new product development
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Multilevel perspective on firm knowledge, knowledge transfer, and knowledge creation
  • Collective motivation
  • Strategic HR management
  • Networks and business groups
  • Emerging economies

Selected Publications

Zhao, Z. J. (n.d.). Developing Innovative Capabilities in the Chinese Automotive Industry: A Survey Report. Commissioned by The National Development and Reform Commission of China (中国发改委) and SAE-China (中国汽车工程学会)

Wang, L. Zhao, Z. & Zhou, Z. (2018). How do incentives motivate absorptive capacity development? The mediating role of employee learning and relational contingencies. Journal of Business Research, 85, 226-237.

Kim, S. Zhao, Z. & Anand, J. (2014). Knowledge complexity and the Performance of Inter-unit Knowledge Transfer Structures. In Academy of Management Best Paper Proceeding

Chi, T. & Zhao, Z. (2014). Equity Structure of MNE Affiliates and Scope of their Activities: Distinguishing the Incentive and Control Effects of Ownership. Global Strategy Journal, 4(4), 257-279.

Zhao, Z. & Chadwick, C. (2014). What we will do vs. what we can do: The relative effects of unit-level NPD motivation and capability. Strategic Management Journal, 35(12), 1867-1880.

Zhao, Z. J., & Anand, J. (2013). Beyond Boundary Spanners: The 'collective bridge' as an efficient interunit structure for transferring collective knowledge: The Collective Bridge as an Interunit Knowledge Transfer Structure. Strategic Management Journal, 34(13), 1513-1530. DOI:10.1002/smj.2080

Zhao, Z. J., & Anand, J. (2010). Beyond Boundary Spanners: The Bridge Network as a Device for Transferring Collectively-Held Knowledge. In Academy of Management Best Paper Proceeding.

Zhao, Z. J. (2010). High-Performance Work Practices and Knowledge Creation in Organizations. International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 2(2/3), 223-240.

Zhao, Z. J., Guthrie, J. P., & Liao, H. (2009). The Role of Collective and Individual-Oriented HRM Configurations in Knowledge Creation: A Multilevel Model. In Academy of Management Best Paper Proceeding.

Zhao, Z. J., & Anand, J. (2009). A Multilevel Perspective of Knowledge Transfer: Evidence from the Chinese Automotive Industry. Strategic Management Journal, 30(9), 959-983.

Zhao, Z. J. (2007). Developing Engineering Capabilities in the Chinese Automotive Industry: A Survey Study of the Effect of Firm Size and Ownership Type. In Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Management of Technology. Hangzhou, China.

Zhao, Z. J., Anand, J. & Mitchell, W. (2005). A Dual Network Perspective on Inter-organizational Transfer of R&D Capabilities: International Joint Ventures in the Chinese Automotive Industry. Journal of Management Studies, 42(1), 127-160.

Zhao, Z. J., Anand, J. & Mitchell, W. (2004). Transferring Collective Knowledge: Teaching and Learning in the Chinese Auto Industry. Strategic Organization, 2(2), 133-167.

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