Dr Ying Zhang

Dr Ying Zhang

Name: Dr Ying Zhang
Job title: Associate professor of entrepreneurship and innovation, and associate dean for China business and relations
At RSM since: August 2012
Nationality: Dutch

Why did you choose to work at RSM?

“RSM is a top business school, with matured facilities to equip research, education, and connections with stakeholders. Also, it is in the Netherlands, which is one of my favourite countries. And it turns out that I have very nice and smart colleagues too. RSM has a large scope of research expertise and professional support. This is perfect for cross-disciplinary collaboration.”

Where did you work before?

“I worked in industries in China and Europe, and have academic experience at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and UNU-MERIT, as well as one year at Harvard University. Each university and organisation has its own great points. At TU/e I learned how to think as an engineer. UNU-MERIT offered me huge knowledge in international relations and economics. And Harvard University opened my eyes to understand how academics, business and the community can work together and benefit each other to bring up the prosperity for humans. All of these experiences helped me contribute my value to RSM.”

What are your interests outside of RSM?

“I’m into international relations, law, education, medicine and well-being. I actually initiated and led several tai chi and well-being workshops for RSM colleagues on campus, which was received well.”

In what ways are you a force for positive change?

“My research and education always involve intelligence and sustainability – I use the SDGs as a basis for my themes. I wrote and published an MBA teaching case about sustainability and circular economy. And I’m an instructor on RSM’s award-winning SDG MOOC, which helps students and professionals understand sustainability from micro and macro level and from the both practice and theory. I also work with organisations such as Priva to lead workshops for practitioners.”