Associate Professor
Yanfeng ZHENG
Associate Professor
Yanfeng ZHENG

Research Interests

  • Innovation System of China
  • Financial Technologies
  • Founding Team Dynamics
  • Venture Financing

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin Madison
  • M.S. Northeastern University, China
  • B.S Jilin University, China

Academic And Professional Experience

  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Department of Management, Associate Professor, since Jan 2021

  • The University of Hong Kong, Management & Strategy Area, Associate Professor, July 2016 - Dec 2020; Assistant Professor, Jan 2011 - June 2016.


Refereed Journal Publications (Chronological, alphabetical)
  • Wang, Q. & Zheng, Y. 2023. Patent regime and the geography of cumulative innovation. Research Policy, 52: 104809.

  • Wang, Q. & Zheng, Y. 2022. Nest without birds: The dual impact of inventor mobility on left-behind inventions. Research Policy, 51: 104485.

  • Zheng, Y. & Wang, Q. 2020. Shadow of the great firewall: The impact of blocking Google on innovation in China. Strategic Management Journal, 41: 2234-2260.

  • Hua, X., Huang, Y. & Zheng, Y. 2019 (Editorial). Current practices, new insights, and emerging trends of financial technologies. Industrial Management & Data Systems, 119(7):1401-1410.

  • Zheng, Y. & Xia, J. 2018. Resource dependence and network relations: A test of venture capital investment termination in China. Journal of Management Studies, 55: 295-319.

  • Zheng, Y., DeVaughn, M. & Zellmer-Bruhn, M. 2016. Shared and shared alike? Founders' prior shared experience and impacts on performance or newly founded banks. Strategic Management Journal, 37: 2503-2520.

  • Zheng, Y. & Yang, H. 2015. Does familiarity foster innovation? Repeated R&D alliances and breakthrough innovations. Journal of Management Studies, 52: 213-230.

  • Yang, H., Zheng, Y. & Zaheer, A. 2015. Asymmetric learning capabilities and returns from alliances. Academy of Management Journal, 58: 356-374.

Selected Teaching Cases
  • Lin, C., Zheng, Y., Zou, H. & WAN, T. 2021. Credit risk modeling using nontraditional data: The experience of Ping An OneConnect Bank. Hong Kong: HKU Asia Case Research Centre, Case No: 21/708C

  • Zheng, Y. 2019. Lemonade: Juicy flavor InsurTech. Hong Kong: HKU Asia Case Research Centre, Case No: 19/648C

  • Zheng, Y. & Wang, Q. 2018. Ant Financial and its innovative corporate social responsibility. Hong Kong: HKU Asia Case Research Centre, Case No: 18/613C

  • Zheng, Y. 2018. Internet finance: Internet or finance? The transformation from to Hong Kong: HKU Asia Case Research Centre, Case No: 18/611C

  • Zheng, Y. 2018. eToro: What is next for the world's largest social trading platform?. Hong Kong: HKU Asia Case Research Centre, Case No: 18/603C

  • Zheng, Y. 2017. Wealthfront: Buried or breakthrough? The story of a robot investment advisory company. Hong Kong: HKU Asia Case Research Centre, Case No: 17/593C

Review Activities

  • Member of Editorial Board:

    • Academy of Management Journal (since 2013)

  • Ad Hoc Reviewer:

    • Strategic Management Journal

    • Journal of International Business Studies

    • Journal of Management Studies

    • Journal of Business Venturing

    • Research Policy

Funded Projects

  • RGC General Research Fund (2019-2021), Principle Investigator: HKD 339,900

  • China National Science Foundation Grant (2014-2017), Co-Investigator: RMB 630,000

  • RGC General Research Fund (2013-2015), Principle Investigator: HKD 583,020

Honors & Awards

  • 2023. Finalist for the best paper award of the STR division, the 83rd AoM Annual Conference

  • 2020. Best Proposal Award, the 40th Strategic Management Society Annual Conference

  • 2020.  Best Paper Award, Innovation Track of Academy of Management Conference

  • 2014 & 2016 Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal