Liang Wang

Liang Wang


Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Liang Wang’s cross-disciplinary research encompasses entrepreneurship, innovation, and global strategy, with a focus on emerging markets. His work appears in leading academic outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management JournalEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Journal of World Business, among others. He has co-edited the Journal of Business Ethics special issue “Co-evolution of Strategy, Innovation and Ethics,” Multinational Business Review special issue “A Global Perspective of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in China,” and two Thunderbird International Business Review special issues on emerging market multinational enterprises and the Belt and Road Initiative. He has taught entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, international business, and Silicon Valley immersion at undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels.


  • New venture creation/growth
  • Industry cluster
  • Emerging market

Research Areas

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Global strategy


  • Associate Director, Center for Business Studies and Innovation in Asia-Pacific, 2018 - Present
  • Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategy and International Business, 2019–2020


  • PhD, Policy/Strategic Management, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
  • MA, Economics, School of Economics, Peking University, China
  • BA, Economics, School of Economics, Peking University, China

Prior Experience

  • Instructor in strategic management, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Instructor in international business, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

Awards & Distinctions

  • Best Student Paper Award Runner-up, Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management annual meeting, 2021
  • Outstanding Research Award – School of Management, University of San Francisco, 2015, 2019, 2023
  • Highly Commended Paper Award of Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2019
  • Best Paper Award in the 9th Annual “China Goes Global” Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2015

Selected Publications

  • Wang, L. & Tan, J. (2023) Co-evolution of strategy, innovation and ethics. Journal of Business Ethics. 186: 711–721.
  • Xie, Z., & Wang, L. (2022) Returnee managers as an asset for emerging market multinational enterprises: Chinese cross-border acquisitions (2008-2017). Journal of World Business. 57(2): 1-14.
  • Wang, L., Xie, Z., (2021). “An Outcome of Decoupling and De-globalization? Weakened Impact of Internationalization on Innovation of Chinese Firms Since 2016”. Management and Organization Review. 17(3): 630-635.
  • Wang, L. and J. Tan (2019). "Social structure of regional entrepreneurship: The impacts of collective action of incumbents on De Novo entrants." Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 43(5): 855-879.
  • Massa, F., M. Voronov, W. Helms and L. Wang (2017). "Emotions uncorked: Inspiring evangelism for the emerging practice of cool-climate winemaking in Ontario." Academy of Management Journal 60(2): 461-499.
  • Tan, J., H. Zhang and L. Wang (2015). "Network closure or structural hole? The conditioning effects of network-level social capital on innovation performance." Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice 39(5): 1189-1212.
  • Wang, L., A. Madhok and S. X. Li (2014). "Agglomeration and clustering over the industry life cycle: Toward a dynamic model of geographic concentration." Strategic Management Journal 35(7): 995-1012.
  • Tan, J. and L. Wang (2011). "MNC strategic responses to ethical pressure: An institutional logic perspective." Journal of Business Ethics 98(3): 373-390.