Innovation Entrepreneurship and Strategy


XU Mingtao

Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy    Assistant Professor

Office:B220 Lihua Building

Office Hours:By appointment

Educational Background

2020, Ph.D. in Strategy, Purdue University.

2015, MS in Business Administration, Emory University.

2013, MS in Statistics, MS in Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology.

2011, Bachelor in Economics, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE).


Work Experience

2021-Present, Assistant Professor, Tsinghua University.

2020-2021, Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University.

2018-2021, Founding Board Member, Precision MedCare.

2016-2019, Research Assistant, Purdue University.

2016, General Manager, Shaolin Institute.

2013-2015, Research Assistant, Emory University.

2012-2013, Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology.

2010-2011, Instructor, Beijing New Oriental School.



Strategic Management

Global Strategy and Organization

Management Research Methods


Research Areas

Research Interests:

Strategic management and technological innovation. Research topics include patents and litigation, property rights, and AI and strategy.

Research Assistant Opportunities:

Experiences with R, Python, or Mathematica are strongly preferred. If interested, please email me a CV and a cover letter.



Journal Publications:

  • Property Rights and Firm Scope, with Tony Tong and Zhimin Li, Accepted, Journal of Management, 2023.

  • Substituting Human Decision-Making with Machine Learning: Implications for Organizational Learning, with Natarajan Balasubramanian and Yang Ye, Academy of Management Review, 2022, 47(3): 448-465.

  • How Property Rights Matter to Firm Resource Investment: Evidence from a Property Law Enactment, with Tony Tong and Wenlong He, Organization Science, 2022, 33(1):293-310.

Working Papers:

  • Trolling for Dollars, with Richard Makadok.

  • Patent Monetization and Acquisition, with Tony Tong.

  • Patent Litigation and Entrepreneurial Financing, with Tony Tong.

  • Shadow of Crisis: The Spillover Effect of Patent Litigation on Patent Strategies, with Yifan Liu.

  • Hedge Fund Activism and Patent Litigations, with Kubilay Cirik.

  • Political Crisis and the Signaling Effect of GVC Involvement, with Tan Li and Delin Yang.


Industry Experience

Electric motor industry, AI and healthcare industry.



  • Tsinghua University Junior Faculty Startup Research Fund, 2021-2024.

  • Distinguished Student Paper Award, STR Division, the Academy of Management, 2019.

  • Best Paper Proceedings, STR Division, the Academy of Management, 2019.

  • Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Purdue University Graduate School, 2019-2020.

  • Ph.D. Student Service Award, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, 2019.

  • Outstanding Research Award, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, 2018 and 2019.

  • Krannert Certificate for Distinguished Teaching, Purdue University, 2018 Spring and 2018 Fall.

  • Graduate Assistantship, Purdue University, 2016-2019.

  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, BPS Division, Academy of Management, 2016.

  • Laney Graduate School Fellowship, Emory University, 2013-2015.

  • Graduate Research Assistantship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-2013.

  • University Scholarship, University of International Business and Economics, 2008-2010.


Other Information

Editorial Board:

Management and Organization Review, 2022-


Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, AEA, INFORMS, IACMR.


R, Mathematica, ArcGIS, Python, Stata.

Personal Website: