Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Zhao Meng
Senior Lecturer, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Strategy, International Business & Entrepreneurship
Dr. Zhao Meng is a senior lecturer at the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, and a senior research fellow at the Nanyang Center for Emerging Markets. He served on the faculty at Renmin Business School and the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. He was the founding director of the Yunus Center for Social Business & Microfinance, Renmin University of China. He holds a PhD in organization theory and strategy from the Said Business School, Oxford University. He was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University’s Philanthropy and Civil Society Research Center, and a visiting scholar at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Zhao is currently an editorial board member at Stanford Social Innovation Review Books and Social Enterprise Journal, and a researcher at Systems Change Observatory at Oxford’s Said Business School. He is the chief editor of Social Entrepreneurship book series published by Renmin University Press and Springer.

Dr. Zhao's research examines how individuals and organizations manage the relationship between their business-oriented and socially-oriented values and goals. To this end, he studies both the contextual factors (e.g., institutional changes in emerging markets) that challenge organizations’ capability to coordinate business and social goals to achieve operational sustainability and the micro process through which individuals (e.g., employees, managers, entrepreneurs) navigate the tensions of multiple goals. He primarily focuses on contexts of firms’ social crises and stakeholder management in emerging markets and social enterprises in Asian countries. His research has appeared on Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Horizons, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Journal of Asian Public Policy, Financial Times, etc.

Dr. Zhao is the co-founder of China Social Enterprise Service Center, which runs a digital platform for nation-wide social enterprise certification. He is also a major initiator of the Beijing Initiative on China Social Enterprise Development. This initiative consolidates the field and sets up a road map for social enterprise development in China.
Social entrepreneurship
Hybrid organization
Values, purpose, work meaningfulness
International management
Business sustainability
Winner of 2022 Fondation Lombard Odier Prize for Academic Excellence in Philanthropy
Courses Taught
Social Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics, Strategic Management