Michael Zhang

Michael Zhang

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Management

Role

Michael is a Reader in International Strategy. He is the module leader of the following three modules: (One) FT-MBA core module of Managing the Strategic Dimension; (Two) MSc IB core module of International Strategy; and (Three) BABM final year core module of Corporate Strategy and Organisational Change.

Since 2003 Michael has supervised four PhD and one DBA students to successful completion in the following areas: (One) management of IJVs in China; (Two) the impact of FDI on technology development in Thailand; (Three) management of international R&D in Libya; (Four) commercialisation of university R&D in Malaysia; and (Five) business growth strategy in the Irish printing industry.

Since September 2008 Michael has been a member of the Business School's Research Ethics Committee.

In June 2010 Michael initiated the Department of Management Research Seminar Series. Since then he has organised five research seminars including three external speakers and two internal speakers.

Since July 2010 Michael has been involved in staff resources planning for the Department of Management.

Research areas

Michael's research interests have been focused on three inter-related areas:

  • International management, with a focus on IJVs
  • Entrepreneurship, with a focus on processes of opportunity discovery and creation
  • Economic development, with a focus on transition economies

Since 2003 Michael has supervised four PhD and one DBA students to successful completion in the following areas:

  • Management of IJVs in China
  • The impact of FDI on technology development in Thailand
  • Management of international R&D in Libya
  • Commercialisation of university R&D in Malaysia
  • Business growth strategy in the Irish printing industry.

He is currently supervising one DBA student, near completion, on the topic of venture capital and the commercialisation of green technologies in the global automotive sector.

Michael feels comfortable to supervise potential doctoral students using either quantitative, qualitative, or 'mixed' method, with an emphasis on longitudinal perspective.

External activity

  • 04/2012- Member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS)
  • 03-04/2012- ESRC Rapporteur to evaluate the outcomes of an ESRC-sponsored research project
  • 03-05/2012 External Examiner to a PhD candidate at Essex University
  • 10/2011- Co-editor of a special issue for the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the theme of "Technology incubators: promoting science business?"
  • 08/2010-07/2011 PI of the recent HEIF funds for a research project on East Midlands businesses’ coping with the current recession
  • 11/2010 Cultural Diversity in Technology: Business Imperative or Entertaining Luxury? Invited speaker at UKI Nottingham Diversity Day, 23 November, Thomson Reuters, Nottingham
  • 01/2009 Referee to evaluate a Postdoc Proposal for the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
    09/2003-08/2006 Co-applicant and ESRC researcher of the ESRC project on the Evolution of Business Knowledge in SMEs 2003-06. Award number: RES334-25-0015
  • 01-09/2001 JSPS (the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences) sponsored visiting fellow at the Department of Industrial Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • 07/2001 Guest lecturer on Economic Transition and Emerging Environmental Issues in China to a group of Indonesian government officials at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategy (IGES) in Shonan, Japan
  • 10/2000-09/2001 Postdoc Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University

Sponsors and collaborators

  • 08/2010-07/2011: PI of the recent HEIF funds for a research project on East Midlands businesses’ coping with the current recession with a total grant of £39,502. Co-applicants are Professors David Smith and Clare Brindley
  • 10/2009-03/2010 CIMA Seedcorn grant (£3400) to investigate a small sample of regional businesses’ responses to the current recession, with Professor Malcolm Prowle
  • 01-12/2007 Evaluation of a national project Embedding Innovation within SMEs with a total grant of £10,048 from HEFCE, with Professor Oswald Jones, MMUBS
  • 09/2003-08/2006 Co-applicant and ESRC researcher of the ESRC project on the Evolution of Business Knowledge in SMEs 2003-06. Award number: RES334-25-0015 with a total award of £346,000, with Professor Oswald Jones and Professor Richard Thorpe