Jane Zhao

Associate Professor
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall, 4134
University of Kansas


Academic Area

Strategic Management

Joined the University of Kansas in May 2005


  • Corporate strategy
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Collaborative motivation

Current Activities

Courses taught:

  • MGMT 498 - Business Policy & Strategy
  • MGMT 725 - Management of Technology I
  • MGMT 726 Management and Technology II
  • IBUS Business Practice in China
  • MGMT 704 - Strategic Management

Research projects with IMVP (International Motor Vehicle Program)

Selected Publications

  • Zhao, Z. and Chadwick, C. 2014. What we will do vs. what we can do: The relative effects of unit-level NPD motivation and capability. Strategic Management Journal, 35(12): 1867-1880.
  • Chi, T. and Zhao, Z. 2014. Equity Structure of MNE Affiliates and Scope of their Activities: Distinguishing the Incentive and Control Effects of Ownership. Global Strategy Journal, 4(4): 257-279.
  • Zhao, Z. and Anand, J. 2013. Beyond boundary spanners: The ‘collective bridge’ as an efficient inter-unit structure for transferring collective knowledge. Strategic Management Journal, 34(13): 1513-1530.
  • Martynov, Alex and Zhao Z. 2010. High-performance work practices and knowledge creation in organizations. International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 2(2/3): 223-240.
  • Zhao, Z. and Anand, J. 2009. A multilevel perspective of knowledge transfer: Evidence from the Chinese automotive industry. Strategic Management Journal, 30(9): 959-983.
  • Zhao, Z., Anand, J., and Mitchell, W. 2005. A dual network perspective on inter-organizational transfer of R&D capabilities: International joint ventures in the Chinese automotive industry. Journal of Management Studies, 42 (1): 127-160.
  • Zhao, Z., Anand, J., and Mitchell, W. 2004. Transferring collective knowledge: Teaching and learning in the Chinese auto industry. Strategic Organization, 2(2): 133-167.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • M.S., University of Oklahoma
  • B.E. Tsinghua University (China)

Research Interests

  • Innovation capability and motivation
  • Knowledge creation, innovation, and new product development
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Multilevel perspective on firm knowledge, knowledge transfer, and knowledge creation
  • Collective motivation
  • Strategic HR management
  • Networks and business groups
  • Emerging economies

Selected Publications

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