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Yan Anthea Zhang

Professor and Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Chair of Strategic Management, Rice University

Dr. Yan “Anthea” Zhang is the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Chair Professor of Strategy in the Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University. She is the President-elect of Strategic Management Society ( Her research has focused on CEO succession and corporate governance of public-listed companies, and foreign direct investment and technological entrepreneurship in emerging markets (notably China). Her research on these topics has been published in top academic journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, and Journal of International Business Studies, among others. Her research has been widely cited in top business media outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Economist, Business Week, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, and Financial Times. She has served as an associate editor of Academy of Management Journal and is an associate editor of Strategic Management Journal. She has served on the boards of directors of Strategic Management Society and International Corporate Governance Society. She is the recipient of the 2010 Strategic Management Society Emerging Scholar Award.

Dr. Zhang received a B.A. degree and a M.A. degree in Economics from Nanjing University, China; a Master of Philosophy degree in International Business from City University of Hong Kong; and a Ph.D. in strategic management from the Marshall School of Business, the University of Southern California.


  • –present
    Professor of Strategic Management, Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University


Fellow of Strategic Management Society, President-Elect of Strategic Management Society