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Associate Professor

Room: OBS 713
Tel +64 3 479 8130

Associate Professor Jing (Annie) Zhang received her PhD in strategic innovation from University of Wollongong. Her research interests focus on strategic innovation, entrepreneurship, and the growth of emerging market firms. Her teaching interests include innovation management, entrepreneurship, strategic management, and research methods.


Annie's teaching responsibilities include:

  • MANT 301 Managing Innovation and Growth
  • MANT 451 Strategic Change and Innovation

Research interests

Annie's research interests are:

  • Innovation capability and competitive advantage
  • Strategic entrepreneurship
  • Strategic innovation management
  • Financial issues in innovation

Annie's latest research in her Google Scholar profile


Annie is keen to supervise work on strategic innovation, entrepreneurship, and ecosystem.

PhD and DBA

  • Sarfo Agyapong Christian – Financial strategy, open innovation, and SMEs' performance. (Supervisors: Annie Zhang, Conor O'Kane, Paula O'Kane)
  • Luke Taylor – Entrepreneurship through acquisition (Supervisor: Annie Zhang)
  • Ran Tao - Organizational change and performance in SOEs. (Supervisor: Annie Zhang)
  • Ray Chen - Entrepreneurial orientation and financial performance: The case of Chinese listing companies in Australia. (Supervisor: Annie Zhang)
  • Daohong Liu - Competition and cooperation of regional tourism enterprise: A case of Huaqiang. (Supervisors: Cici He, Annie Zhang)
  • Jiangyang Que- The impact of artificial intelligence competency on customer satisfaction. (Supervisors: Craig Lee, Annie Zhang)

Completed PhD and DBA students

  • Deguo Qi (2022, DBA). Shareholders' behavior and performance in mixed-ownership companies. (Supervisor: Annie Zhang)
  • Yifa Yin (2022, DBA). The Double-Edged Sword of Authoritarian Leadership. (Supervisor: Annie Zhang)
  • Emmanuel Osigwe (2021, PhD). The Effects of Catalytic Innovation on the Creation of Social Impact. (Supervisors: Jo Kirkwood, Elizabeth Rose, Annie Zhang)
  • Nan Huang (2021, DBA). Collaborative innovation and performance: the Case of National University Science Park. (Supervisor: Annie Zhang)
  • Guohua Zhao (2021, DBA). Government fairness and the performance of PPP projects. (Supervisors: Annie Zhang, Cici He).
  • Guoyu Zhao (2021, DBA). The study on Chinese SMEs' internationalization. (Supervisors: Annie Zhang, Tao Bao)
  • Nhu Nguyen (2020, PhD). Essay in empirical finance. (Supervisors: Jin Zhang, Xinfeng Ruan, Annie Zhang)
  • Pao-Wen (Cathy) Cheng (2020, DBA). Culture integration in post-M&A: The case of Chinese Healthcare Companies. (Supervisor: Annie Zhang)
  • Somayeh Bahmannia (2018, PhD). Authentic leadership and team innovation ambidexterity: The mediating role of team inclusive climate and contingency role of cultural values. (Supervisors: Steven Grover, Annie Zhang)


Joel Clarke – Business Strategy (Supervisors: Annie Zhang, Conor O'Kane)

Josephine Tan – The key influences in spin-off development (Supervisors: Conor O'Kane, Annie Zhang)


Zhang, J. A., O'Kane, C., & Chen, G. (2020). Business ties, political ties, and innovation performance in Chinese industrial firms: The role of entrepreneurial orientation and environmental dynamism. Journal of Business Research, 121, 254-267. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.08.055 Journal - Research Article

Zhang, J. A., Chen, G., O'Kane, C., Xiang, S., & Wang, J. (2022). How employee exploration and exploitation affect task performance: The influence of organizational competitive orientation. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 33(5), 930-964. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2020.1745866 Journal - Research Article

O'Kane, C., Zhang, J. A., Cunningham, J. A., & Dooley, L. (2020). Value capture mechanisms in publicly funded research. Industrial Marketing Management, 90, 400-416. doi: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2020.08.006 Journal - Research Article

Chen, S., Zhang, J. A., Gao, H., Yang, Z., & Mather, D. (2022). Trust erosion during industry-wide crises: The central role of consumer legitimacy judgement. Journal of Business Ethics, 175, 95-116. doi: 10.1007/s10551-020-04588-0 Journal - Research Article

O'Kane, C., Mangematin, V., Zhang, J. A., & Cunningham, J. A. (2020). How university-based principal investigators shape a hybrid role identity. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 159, 120179. doi: 10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120179 Journal - Research Article

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