Innovation Entrepreneurship and Strategy



Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Strategic    Professor

Director, Research Center of Technological Innovation


Office:B212 Lihua Building

Educational Background

2000 Visit Fellow, SPRU, University Sussex

1998 Visit Scholar, MIT Sloan School of Management

1989-1994 Ph.D., Zhejiang University

1985-1989 BSc., Zhejiang University


Work Experience

2013 - Professor, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University; Director, Research Center of Technological Innovation

2013-2015 Assistant Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

2008-2013 Executive Vice-President, Undergraduate College and Zhukezhen Honors College, Zhejiang University

2005-2008 Associate Dean, School of Public Administration, Zhejiang University

2006 Director, Research Center of Science and Education Policy, Zhejiang University

2005 Executive Deputy Director, National Institute of Innovation Management, Zhejiang University

2000 Assistant to the President's Office, Zhejiang University

1999 Professor, School of Management, Zhejiang University, Doctoral Supervisor in 2001

1998 Associate Director, Center for Innovation and Development, Zhejiang University

1995 Associate Professor, School of Management and Excutive Deputy Director, Institute of Managemet Science, Zhejang University

1994 Assistant Professor, School of Management, Zhejiang University



Innovation management, management of technological innovation, management, entrepreneurship


Research Areas

Management of technological innovation, Science Technology and Innovation Policy, General Management and Strategic Management, Entrepreneurhsip



1. Wang, L.Y., Qu, G.N.,Chen, J..(2021). Towards a meaningful innovation paradigm: conceptual framework and practice of leading world-class enterprise.Chinese Management Studies. DOI 10.1108/CMS-12-2020-0536.

2. Chen, J., Di Minin, A., Minshall, T., Su, Y.S., Xue, L., Zhou, Y.(2021). The New Silk Road: R&D networks, knowledge diffusions, and open innovation.R & D Management, 51(3) SI: 243-246.

3. Guo, J.J., Zhou, S.S., Chen, J., Chen, Q.(2021). How information technology capability and knowledge integration capability interact to affect business model design:A polynomial regression with response surface analysis.Technological Forecasting and Social Change, DOI10.1016/j.techfore.2021.120935.

4. Chen, J., Wang, L.Y., Qu, G.N.(2021). Explicating the business model from a knowledge-based view: nature, structure, imitability and competitive advantage erosion.Journal of Knowledge Management, 2021, 25(1) ,SI:23-47.

5. Mei, L., Rentocchini F.,Chen, J..(2021).Antecedents of strategic ambidexterity in firms’ product innovation: External knowledge and internal information sharing.Journal of Small Business Management, DOI10.1080/00472778.2021.1944635.

6. Wu, H., Chen, J.,(2020) International ambidexterity in firms' innovation of multinational enterprises from emerging economies: an investigation of TMT attributes.Baltic Journal of Management, Vol.15, No. 3, pp.431-451.

7. Chen, J.,Han L, Qu G.(2020).Citizen innovation: Exploring the responsibility governance and cooperative mode of a “post-schumpeter” paradigm", Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity,Vol.6,No.4,pp.172-183.

8. Chen, J., Su, Y.S., de Jong, J.P.J.,von Hippel, E,(2020). Household sector innovation in China: Impacts of income and motivation,Research Policy,Vol.49,No.4.

9. Cui, Y.,Hao,J.,Chen, J..(2020).Lead and disrupt: How to solve the innovator's dilemma",Technological Forecasting and Social Change,152 No.,pp.119881.

10. Chen, J., LIU, Y.S.(2020).Take the Essence, Discard the Dregs: A Perspective on Blockchain Technology in China.Management and Organization Review,Vol.16,No.1,pp.203-209.

11. Santoso A.S.,Soh P.-H.,Larso D.,Chen, J., (2020).Strategic entrepreneurship in a VUCA environment: Perspectives from Asian emerging economies",International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing,Vol.12,No.4,pp.343-354.

12. Chen, J.,Li, J.X.,Burgelman, R.A,Hang, C.C., Zheng, G.(2020).Leading for constructive innovation: Preliminary evidence from China.Journal of Engineering and Technology Management,57No.,pp.101588.

13. Chen, J.,Yin, X.M., Li J.Z.,(2020).Firm innovation system: Paths for enhancing corporate indigenous innovation capability ”,Frontiers of Engineering Management. Vol. 7,No. 3,pp. 404-412.

14. Zhang, K., Jia, X. & Chen, J. (2019). Talent management under a big data induced revolution: The double-edged sword effects of challenge stressors on creativity.Management Decision, 57(8), 2010-2031.

15. Singh, S.K., Chen, J., Del Giudice, M., & El-Kassar, A.N. (2019). Environmental ethics, environmental performance, and competitive advantage: role of environmental training.Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 146, 203-211.

16. Mei, L., Zhang, T., & Chen, J. (2019). Exploring the effects of inter-firm linkages on SMEs' open innovation from an ecosystem perspective: An empirical study of Chinese manufacturing SMEs.Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 144, 118-128.

17. Relevant data paper: Mei, L., Zhang, T., & Chen, J. (2019). Survey data on inter-firm linkages and innovation activities of Chinese manufacturing SMEs.Data in brief, 27, 104671.

18. Huang, S., Chen, J., Ye, W., & Wang, K. (2019). The effect of external partner heterogeneity on open innovation: the moderating role of the technological regime.Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 31(5), 593-605.

19. Huang, S., Chen, J., Mei, L., & Mo, W. (2019). The effect of heterogeneity and leadership on innovation performance: Evidence from university research teams in China.Sustainability, 11(16), 4441.

20. Li, F., Chen, J., & Ying, Y. (2019). Innovation Search Scope, Technological Complexity, and Environmental Turbulence: A NK Simulation.Sustainability, 11(16), 4279.

21. Han, S., Cui, W., Chen, J., & Fu, Y. (2019). Why Do Companies Choose Female CEOs?.Sustainability, 11(15), 4070.

22. Yin, X., Chen, J., & Zhao, C. (2019). Double Screen Innovation: Building sustainable core competence through knowledge management.Sustainability, 11(16), 4266.

23. Yin, X., Hai, B.L., & Chen, J. (2019). Financial constraints and R&D investment: The moderating role of CEO characteristics.Sustainability, 11(15), 4153.

24. Han, S., Cui, W., Chen, J., & Fu, Y. (2019). Female CEOs and Corporate Innovation Behaviors—Research on the Regulating Effect of Gender Culture.Sustainability, 11(3), 682.

25. Zhou, J., Mei, L., & Chen, J. (2019). Leveraging University Competitiveness: Evidence from Alliance Portfolio Practices at Zhejiang University.Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 55(4), 827-842.

26. Huang, H., Chen, J., Yu, F., & Zhu, Z. (2019). Establishing the enterprises’ innovation ecosystem based on dynamics core competence—The case of China’s high-speed railway.Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 55(4), 843-862.

27. Shi, Y., Gong, L., & Chen, J. (2019). The effect of financing on firm innovation: Multiple case studies on Chinese manufacturing enterprises.Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 55(4), 863-888.

28. Jia, X., Chen, J., Mei, L., & Wu, Q. (2018). How leadership matters in organizational innovation: a perspective of openness.Management Decision, 56(1), 6-25.

29. Su, Y.S., Zheng, Z.X., & Chen, J. (2018). A multi-platform collaboration innovation ecosystem: the case of China.Management Decision, 56(1), 125-142.

30. Li, F., Chen, J., & Su, Y.S. (2018). Managing the university-industry collaborative innovation in China: The case of Zhejiang NHU Company.Journal of Organizational Change Management, 31(1), 62-82.

31 Chen, J., Yin, X., & Mei, L. (2018). Holistic innovation: An emerging innovation paradigm.International Journal of Innovation Studies, 2(1), 1-13.

32. Su, Y.S., Kajikawa, Y., Tsujimoto, M., & Chen, J. (2018). Innovation ecosystems: Theory, evidence, practice, and implications.Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 136, 14-17.

33. Chen, J., & Mei, L. (2018). Innovation evolution of China’s high-speed rail industry.Frontiers of Engineering Management, 5(4), 548-552.

34. Jia, J., Durrani, T.S., & Chen, J. (2018). The Innovation Waves in Mobile Telecommunication Industry.IEEE Engineering Management Review, 46(3), 63-74.

35. Chen, J., Zhu, Z., & Zhang, Y. (2017). A study of factors influencing disruptive innovation in Chinese SMEs.Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, 25(1), 140-157.

36. Ruan, A., & Chen, J. (2017). Does formal knowledge search depth benefit Chinese firms’ innovation performance? Effects of network centrality, structural holes, and knowledge tacitness.Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, 25(1), 79-97.

37. Lee, K.R., Chen, J., Li, J., & Kim, J.H. (2017). Better innovation, better future: working together for innovating Asia.Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, 25(1), 1-4.

38. Chen, J. (2017). Towards new and multiple perspectives on innovation.International Journal of Innovation Studies, 1(1), 1-4.

39. Lewin, A.Y., Välikangas, L., & Chen, J. (2017). Enabling open innovation: Lessons from Haier.International Journal of Innovation Studies, 1(1), 5-19.

40. Huang, S., Chen, J., & Liang, L. (2018). How open innovation performance responds to partner heterogeneity in China.Management Decision, 56(1), 26-46.

41. Wu, H., Chen, J., & Liu, Y. (2017). The impact of OFDI on firm innovation in an emerging country.International Journal of Technology Management, 74(1-4), 167-184.

42. Viardot, E., Sherif, M.H., & Chen, J. (2016). Managing innovation with standardization: An introduction to recent trends and new challenges.Technovation, 100(48-49), 1-3.

43 Chen, J., Jiao, H., & Zhao, X. (2016). A knowledge-based theory of the firm: managing innovation in biotechnology.Chinese Management Studies, 10(1), 41-58.

44. Zheng, Z., Chen, J., & Zheng, G. (2016). Typical modes and characteristics of reverse innovation: a multiple cases study on five enterprises operated in China.International Journal of Technology Management, 72(1-3), 43-60.

45. Liu, X., Chen, J., Xie, Y., & Wu, D. (2016). Strategic transformation through innovation in emerging industry: a case study.International Journal of Technology Management, 72(1-3), 192-209.

46. Yu, F., Wu, Y., & Chen, J. (2016). Biases in patent examination and firms’ responses: Evidence from the pharmaceutical industry.China Economic Journal, 9(2), 101-115.

47. Wu, H., Chen, J., & Jiao, H. (2016). Dynamic capabilities as a mediator linking international diversification and innovation performance of firms in an emerging economy.Journal of Business Research, 69(8), 2678-2686.

48. Jiao, H., Koo, C.K., Cui, Y., & Chen, J. (2015). Who are more sensitive to procedural fairness? The impact of an innovation implementation approach, employees’ status concerns and need for control.Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 27(6), 709-721.

49. Chen, J., Huang, S.F., & Xu, Q.R. (2015). Firm innovation systems: Perspectives of researches on state-owned key enterprises.Frontiers of Engineering Management, 2(1), 64-70.

50. Wang, Y., Li-Ying, J., Chen, J., & Lu, Z. (2015). Technology licensing in China.Science and Public Policy, 42(3), 293-299.

51. Chen, J., Zhao, X., & Wang, Y. (2015). A new measurement of intellectual capital and its impact on innovation performance in an open innovation paradigm.International Journal of Technology Management, 67(1), 1-25.

52. Wang, Y., Pan, X., Ning, L., Li, J., & Chen, J. (2015). Technology exchange patterns in China: An analysis of regional data.The Journal of Technology Transfer,40(2), 252-272.

53. Wang, Y., Li-Ying, J., Chen, J., & Lu, Z. (2015). Technology licensing in China.Science and Public Policy, 42(3), 293-299.

54. Huang, S., Chen, J., Wang, Y., Ning, L., Sutherland, D., Zhou, Z., & Zhou, Y. (2015). External heterogeneity and its impact on open innovation performance.Technology Analysis & Strategic Management,27(2), 182-197.

55. Wang, Y., Ning, L., & Chen, J. (2014). Product diversification through licensing: Empirical evidence from Chinese firms.European Management Journal, 32(4), 577-586.

56. Wang, F., Chen, J., Wang, Y., Lutao, N., & Vanhaverbeke, W. (2014). The effect of R&D novelty and openness decision on firms' catch-up performance: Empirical evidence from China.Technovation, 34(1), 21-30.

57. Wang, Y., Pan, X., Wang, X., Chen, J., Ning, L., & Qin, Y. (2014). Visualizing knowledge space: A case study of Chinese licensed technology, 2000–2012.Scientometrics, 98(3), 1935-1954.

58. Wang, F., Fu, X., & Chen, J. (2014). Differential Forms of Technological Change and Catch-Up: Evidence From China.International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management,11(02), 1-25.

59. Jiao, H., Cui, Y., Zhu, Y., & Chen, J. (2014). Building entrepreneurs’ innovativeness through knowledge management: The mediating effect of entrepreneurial alertness.Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26(5), 501-516.


Industry Experience

1. The Second Prize in 8th Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards (Humanities and Social Science), Ministry of Education, China, 2020, Book: “On Enterprise Innovation Eco-systems”.

2. The Second Prize in 15th Philosophy of the Social Sciences Outstanding Output Awards of Beijing, 2019, Book: “On Enterprise Innovation Eco-systems”.

3. The 6th Management Science Award (Academic) of China Management Science Society, 2018, Book: “On Enterprise Innovation Eco-systems”.

4. The Second Prize in Beijing Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards, 2017, Book: “Innovation Management: Winning Competitive Advantage”.

5. Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Association for Science and S&T Policy Award,2017.

6. The Third Prize in 7th Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards (Humanities and Social Science), Ministry of Education, China, 2015, Book: “Collaborative innovation”.

7. Changjiang Distinguished Professor, 2014.

8. The Third Session of Chinese Publishing Government Nomination by the State General Administration of Press and Publication, Radio and Television of the People's Republic of China, 2013, Book: “To Leverage Innovation Capabilities of Chinese Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises by Total Innovation Management”.

9. The Second Prize in Scientific and Technological Award of Zhejiang Province, 2011, Book: “Research and evaluation based on generation structure algorithm”.

10. The Third Prize in 4th National Education of Science Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards, 2011, Discipline Converging and Construction of Platform Innovation.

11. The Second Prize in Zhe Jiang Province Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards, 2010, Book: “Explorative learning and exploitative learning: Dynamic Collaborative Model”.

12. The Second Prize in 15th Higher Education Philosophy of the Social Sciences Outstanding Output Awards, 2009, Book: “Toward Autonomy: Zhejiang's Industry and Scientific and Technological Innovation”.

13. The Second Prize in 5th Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards, Ministry of Education, China, 2009, Book: “Total Innovation Management: Theory and Practice”.

14. Scientific and Technological Award of Zhejiang Province, 2008, Book: “Total Innovation Management: Theory and Practice”.

15. Certificate of Honor from Office of National Medium- to Long-Range Program for Scientific and Technological Development Leading Group, 2004.

16. May 4th Youth Medal of Zhejiang Province, 2004

17. Model of “Three Aspects of Education", Zhejiang Province, 2004

18. The Second Prize in 10th Philosophy of the Social Sciences Outstanding Output Awards of Zhejiang Province, 2002, Book: Sustainable Development: Analysis of Enterprise Technology Innovation, 2002.

19. 151 Talents Project, 2002.

20. State Council Expert for Special Allowance, 2000.



Vice Chairman, Chinese Association of Science of Science and S&T Policy Research

Vice Chairman, China Management Science Society

Chairmen, Brance of Management of Technology, Chinese Society of Technology Economics

Editor-in-Chief, Int. J. of Innovation Studies (IJIS),

Editor-in-Chief, Int. J. of Knowledge Management Studies (IJKMS)

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Global Transitions

Editor-in-Chief, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management

Editor-in-Chief, Evolution and Innovation Economics Review

Executive Editor, Tsinghua Business Review

Member of Advisory Board, Techonolgical Forecasting and Social Change (TFSC)

Member of Advisory Board, Journal of Asia Business Studies (JABS)

Associate Editor, Technovation

Associate Editor, Int. J. of Technology Marketing (IJTMKT)

Associate Editor, Int. J. of Innovation and Technology Management (IJITM)

Associate Editor, Int. J. of Entrepreneurial Venturing (IJEV)

Associate Editor, Int. J. of Foresight and Innovation Policy (IJFIP)

Associate Editor, J. of Management Development (JMD)

Associate Editor, Science of Science and Management of S.& T.

Associate Editor, Journal of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management