Zhi Tang — Saunders College of Business
Dr. Tang holds a Ph.D. degree in Management and a Ph.D. minor in Management Information System from the University of Alabama, as well as a master degree in Finance from the Fudan University and a bachelor degree in Economics from the Shandong University.
Dr. Tang mainly conducts research in the field of entrepreneurial strategies in emerging and transitioning economies such as China. Throughout years of research, Dr. Tang has clearly revealed the evolving path of the competition strategies of Chinese entrepreneurial firms, which are from the cost effective strategy to branding, and now heading to the differentiation strategy. Chinese entrepreneurial firms are relying on innovations and even social engagements more and more to attain not just local, but global market share. Dr. Tang has also devoted a significant amount of effort to the study of the organizational CSR patterns in the West as well as in the East. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Tang has found that the key to achieve the "triple bottom line", i.e., a firm has satisfying financial, social, and environmental performance, is to engage these activities in a strategic manner. A firm will benefit more when it adopts a CSR engagement strategy that is consistent, involves related dimensions of CSR, and begins with aspects of CSR that are more internal to the firm. Dr. Tang has publications in top management and entrepreneurship journals such as Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Owing to his outstanding academic achievements, Dr. Tang was recognized as the Zutes Faculty Fellow. Dr. Tang has taught in both University of Alabama and Rochester Institute of Technology with the focus on International Business and Entrepreneurship.