Dr Ying Zhang

Ying Zhang

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chinese Economy and Business
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Profile

Dr. ir. Ying Zhang owns a cross-disciplinary background including industrial engineering, economics, and management. She actively contributes as a scholar, educator, advisor, TEDxSpeaker, business developer, and a social entrepreneur. At RSM, she is an Associate Dean for China Business & Relations, a tenured Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; the Founder and the Head of Erasmus-Huawei Collaboration Program, New Silk Road InstituteErasmus China Business Center, and executive chairwoman of Identitat Global Forum, Professor Zhang has been a Visiting Professor and a Research Fellow at Harvard University (Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School), Honorary Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University and guest professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Professor Zhang serves as a strategic advisor at Strategic Swiss Partners; a Global Network Partner for GLORAD, an Academic Advisory Board Member of Amsterdam School of International Business; and a Senior Academic Advisor for the Steering Group of Dutch National Framework of the BBA Program International Business. In 2019, Professor Zhang is awarded as one of the Top 30 Thinkers under the Radar by Thinkers50.com. In 2015, Professor Zhang is awarded as one of “Top 40 Business School Professor Under 40” worldwide; A NativeSociety Featured Business School Professors in the USA, an Elite Professional Woman by National Association of Professional Women (in the USA). She is also an active contributor to the Belt-Road-Initiative Projects in Europe, and a Project Leader (Erasmus side) of China’s National Key Research on international inland transportation under China’s Belt-Road-Initiative Plan and China’s Strategic International Science and Technology Innovation Cooperation.

 Professor Zhang promotes the relevance of academic research and argues for the necessity of cross-sector collaboration between business, education research, and social-economic circumstance. She advocates the value of social innovation as well as the effort to build a sustainable community. Her opinions and studies have been widely quoted by the global leading media and managerial journals such as Bloomberg, Financial Times, ChinaDaily, China Economics Net, Washington Post, China Policy Review (Formerly China Economic Report), Caixin, EuroBiz, NRC, China Radio International, RushHour(AM1300), EUreporter, People's Daily, EFMD GlobalFocus, Wirtschafts Woche, CKGSB Knowledge, Managerial Insight, SAGE Knowledge, Harvard Business Review, and Harvard Economics Review etc. Professor Zhang applies phenomena-driven analytical teaching methodology by using her teaching cases from HBS, RSM, and IVEY. Her speeches are among with governments, NGOs, Corporates at educational, industrial, and political forums such as with Academic of Management Association, Management and Organization Review, EFMD- AACSB-Associated Deans Meetings, European Union Think-Tanks, Horasis Conferences, World Economic Forum, European Space Agency, NRC, CCTV, as well as TED Talk , etc. 

On research, Professor Zhang supervises cross-disciplinary studies at graduate, executive, and Ph.D. level. Her research and derived social impact are at both macro and micro levels, from both an academic and practice angle, varying from social-economic transition and entrepreneurship development, Inequality-based society towards equality-based sharing value society and future of jobs, to corporate entrepreneurship, globalization-localization paradox, The Belt & Road Initiative, sharing value, FinTech (to TechFin), to entrepreneurship wellness, happiness, and business education.

 Professor Zhang cherishes the Tradition of Chinese Philosophy and Yoga Sutra. She is also the co-founder of ZPA Mindbody institution in Boston, dedicating to Yoga and Tai Chi, studying and offering Mind-Body Wellbeing practice and knowledge.

Professional experience

Associate Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Organisation and Personnel Management

Publications

Professional Publications (40)

Scholarly Publications (91)

Semi Scientific Publications (7)

Other (4)

Doctoral Thesis

Recognitions

Organization Memberships (2)

Side positions (9)

  • United Nations University-MERIT

    Affiliated Researcher

  • RSM Master Program of Chinese Economy and Business Program

    Academic Director

  • Beijing Jiaotong University

    Honorary Professor

  • National Association of Professional Women

    Elite Member

  • Harvard Business School

    Visiting Professor

  • Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

    Visiting Scholar

  • Harvard Law School

    Visiting Research Fellow

  • Amsterdam School of International Business

    Academic Board Member

  • Steering Group of Dutch National Framework of BBA International Business Program

    Senior Academic Advisor

Media

Media items

  • Bankers Bored as Threat of Brexit Kills Off U.K. Dealmaking

    As Europe holds its breath over whether or not the U.K. will stay in the union, companies are holding on to their cash. Ying Zhang is quoted this doubt has had a significant negative impact on Chinese investment.

  • Bankers Bored as Threat of Brexit Kills Off U.K. Dealmaking

    As Europe holds its breath over whether or not the U.K. will stay in the union, companies are holding on to their cash. Ying Zhang is quoted this doubt has had a significant negative impact on Chinese investment.

  • Brexit-Angst sorgt bei Bankern für Langeweile

    As Europe holds its breath over whether or not the U.K. will stay in the union, companies are holding on to their cash. Ying Zhang is quoted this doubt has had a significant negative impact on Chinese investment.

  • Brexit-Debatte lähmt die Investmentbanken

    As Europe holds its breath over whether or not the U.K. will stay in the union, companies are holding on to their cash. Ying Zhang is quoted this doubt has had a significant negative impact on Chinese investment.

  • Business Education - Surviving and Thriving

    Dr. Ying Zhang was invited to give a speech on the survival and thriving of business schools at the EFMD conference for international and external relations, marketing, communication, and alumni professionals in Edinburgh.

  • Business Education - Surviving and Thriving

    Do business schools face a threat to their survival? And what exactly do we mean by “survival” in the case of business schools? Dr. Ying Zhang was invited to give a speech answering these questions at the EFMD conference for...

  • How to survive and thrive in the 21st century

    Why are business schools so often wasteful and self-defeating competitors when they could be models of co-operation, co-ordination, and collaboration? There can be transformation according to Dr Ying Zhang.

  • Do we tend to look at #China through western eyes too much?

    On Tuesday 15 November, EU Reporter, in association with the EU-Asia forum, organized an event which brought together representatives of the expert and media community from Europe and Asia, including Ying Zhang, took place at...

  • #China: Breaking with globalization is ill-advised

    China’s growth in recent decades is an economic miracle. By taking 728 million people out of the UN-defined poverty line (contrasting to only 152 million by the whole rest of the world since 1981), China has become an undoubted...

  • #China: Deglobalization, discrimination and openness

    My recent piece of work on de-globalization and China-WTO issues was published by China Daily and EUReporter. I very soon received lots of feedback either favouring globalization or against Chinese social-economic-political...

  • Meeting Cambodia delegation in #WEF #Davos

    The World Economic Forum has started. I am very honoured to be invited by the Swiss-Asia Chamber of Commerce and the delegation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, to join a lunch with Prime Minister Hun Sen, discussing on the cross...

  • #WEF2017: Thoughts from #Davos

    Switzerland is such an amazing country. Besides its astonishing nature and beautiful countryside, the presentation of their equality and efficient innovation process and the-performance of this country at all levels are...

  • Breaking with globalization is ill-advised

    Many countries advocating protectionism will suffer the consequences of inertia in economic and social growth structures. China's growth in recent decades is an economic miracle. As it lifted 728 million people above the...

  • Political Upheavals May Herald Trouble for Megadeals in 2017

    As companies brace for the impact of 2016’s political shocks and looming elections next year, global appetite for mega mergers may slow amid the prospect of increased protectionism. The outcome of the U.S. elections and Brexit...

  • Политическите шокове може да се окажат препятствие за мегасделките през 2017 г.

    As companies brace for the impact of 2016’s political shocks and looming elections next year, global appetite for mega mergers may slow amid the prospect of increased protectionism. The outcome of the U.S. elections and Brexit...

  • Political Upheavals May Herald Trouble for Megadeals in 2017

    As companies brace for the impact of 2016’s political shocks and looming elections next year, global appetite for mega mergers may slow amid the prospect of increased protectionism. The outcome of the U.S. elections and Brexit...

  • Political upheavals may herald trouble for mega deals in 2017

    As companies brace for the impact of 2016’s political shocks and looming elections next year, global appetite for mega mergers may slow amid the prospect of increased protectionism. The outcome of the U.S. elections and Brexit...

  • Political upheavals may herald trouble for megadeals in 2017

    As companies brace for the impact of 2016’s political shocks and looming elections next year, global appetite for mega mergers may slow amid the prospect of increased protectionism. The outcome of the U.S. elections and Brexit...

  • Political Upheavals May Herald Trouble for Megadeals in 2017

    As companies brace for the impact of 2016’s political shocks and looming elections next year, global appetite for mega mergers may slow amid the prospect of increased protectionism. The outcome of the U.S. elections and Brexit...

  • Political upheaval may spell trouble for megadeals in the year ahead

    As companies brace for the impact of 2016’s political shocks and looming elections next year, global appetite for mega mergers may slow amid the prospect of increased protectionism. The outcome of the U.S. elections and Brexit...

  • Political Upheavals May Herald Trouble for Megadeals in 2017

    As companies brace for the impact of 2016’s political shocks and looming elections next year, global appetite for mega mergers may slow amid the prospect of increased protectionism. The outcome of the U.S. elections and Brexit...

  • How to survive and thrive in the 21st century

    Why are business schools so often wasteful and self-defeating competitors when they could be models of co-operation, co-ordination, and collaboration? There can be transformation says Dr Ying Zhang

  • China warned of risk to banks from One Belt, One Road initiative

    Beijing’s plan to invest almost $1tn in infrastructure in some of the world’s poorest countries is raising concerns of risks for the Chinese banks backing the projects. Zhang Ying, a professor at Rotterdam School of Management,...

  • 荷兰伊拉姆斯大学教授:荷兰大选是欧洲的风向标

    According to the latest poll, the right-wing party, the Dutch Liberal Party, will be second only to the Liberal Democratic Party, which is currently in power with the Labor Party, and the gap is not significant. So why did the...

  • Huawei forms partnership with Rotterdam School of Management

    Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University. The two will exchange expertise on technology, innovation and education and conduct research on trade relations between...

  • HUAWEI EN RSM LANCEREN HET ERASMUS-HUAWEI-SAMENWERKINGSPROGRAMMA

    Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University. The two will exchange expertise on technology, innovation and education and conduct research on trade relations between...

  • Huawei en RSM lanceren het Erasmus-Huawei-samenwerkingsprogramma

    Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University. The two will exchange expertise on technology, innovation and education and conduct research on trade relations between...

  • Huawei en Rotterdam School of Management lanceren samenwerkingsprogramma

  • ‘Niemand haalt al zijn voldoening uit één baan’

    An interview with Ying Zhang, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chinese Economy and Business at RSM. It discusses several things, like her research and her opinion on fulfilling different roles in one's...

Discovery item

European project managers can do better business in China

What are the main business differences between the Netherlands and China?

Past courses

Innovation & entrepreneurship

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: BKCHEB05
  • ECTS: 10 Level: Master

Master thesis Chinese Economy & Business

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: BKCHEBTH
  • ECTS: 20

MSc ChEB Master Thesis & Internships

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: BKCHEB10