Entrepreneurship Innovation and Strategy — Business Administration
Liang  Wang

Liang Wang

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Liang Wang brings a wealth of cross-cultural experience to USF. His esteemed research, published in leading academic journals, focuses on the interplay between strategy and geography, with an emphasis on local competitiveness within a global context.

Having worked and lived in China, Canada, and the US, Dr. Wang is particularly intrigued by how social, cultural and institutional forces shape, and are shaped by, varying business practices in different countries. Professor Wang’s research enriches his teaching curriculum, giving students a better understanding of how culture impacts strategic decision making in the global economy.

Business ethics of multinational corporations (MNC’s) are a reflection of both their home and host countries. Dr. Wang’s personal, professional and academic history – spanning eastern and western cultural settings – has given him unique insight into how deep-seated traditions cross-pollinate in an entrepreneurial environment. By introducing students to various methods of examining cultural influence on business organizations, Professor Wang hopes to guide a new generation of more effective, aware and ethically-driven MNC leaders into the global business space.


Ph.D., Policy/Strategic Management, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
M.A., Economics, School of Economics, Peking University, China
B.A., Economics, School of Economics, Peking University, China

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.
  • BUS 350: International Business
  • BUS 401: Strategic Management
  • MBAI 5008: Competitor
  • MBA 6114: Strategy & Competitive Advantage

The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

Tan, J., Zhang, H., & Wang, L. (2013). Network closure or structural hole? The conditioning effects of network-level social capital on innovation performance. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, forthcoming.

Wang, L., Mahdok, A., & Li, S. X. (2013). Agglomeration and clustering over the industry life cycle: Toward a dynamic model of geographic concentration. Strategic Management Journal, in press.

Tan, J., & Wang, L. (2010). Flexibility–efficiency tradeoff and performance implications among Chinese SOEs. Journal of Business Research, 63(4): 356-362.

Tan, J., & Wang, L. (2011). MNC Strategic Responses to Ethical Pressure: An Institutional Logic Perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 98(3): 373-390.

Wang, L., A. Mahdok, and S. X. Li (2009). Time contingency of geographic concentration: wine production in Ontario, 1865–1974. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Chicago, Illinois.

Liang Wang, University of San Francisco School of Management