Minyuan Zhao

Associate Professor of Strategy

Minyuan Zhao

Minyuan Zhao

Minyuan Zhao is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. Minyuan’s research examines the interactions between firm strategy and external environment in a global context. Her work on multinational innovation and intellectual property (IP) strategies has been published in top journals such as Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of International Business Studies. Prior to joining Olin, Minyuan was on the faculty of the Wharton School (UPenn), Ross School of Business (Michigan), and Carlson School of Management (Minnesota). She was the recipient of the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award from the Michigan EMBA program, the 2013 Best Educator Award from the NUS-UCLA EMBA program, the 2018 Teaching Excellence Award from the Wharton School, and the 2022 Reid Teaching Award from WashU's EMBA program. She had work experience in entrepreneurship, government think tank, and the automotive industry.

Area of Expertise

Business/Corporate Strategy, International Business, International Economics


  • Ph D 2004, New York University
  • M.Phil. 2001, New York University
  • MS 1999, Fudan University
  • B.E. 1996, Xi'an Jiaotong University


  • Best Reviewer, Strategic Management Journal, 2017
  • International Theme Best Paper Prize, SMS Special Conference, Hong Kong, 2016
  • Winner, Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper, 2006
  • The Glueck Best Paper Award, BPS Division of the Academy of Management, 2004

Selected Publications

  • "Light-touch integration: A study on cross-border acquisitions by emerging market multinationals", Strategic Management Journal, with L Tang, 2023
  • "Shopping as a local: A study of conduit acquisition by multinational enterprises", Journal of International Business Studies, 1670–1694, with S. Wang, J. Wei, 2022
  • "Knowledge Sourcing by Multidivisional Firms", Strategic Management Journal, Issue 13, 3326-3354, with P. Garg, 2018
  • "Reaching through the Fog: Institutional Environment and Cross-border Giving of Corportae Foundations", Strategic Management Journal, Issue 10, 2666-2690, with A. Hornstein, 2018
  • "IP Litigation Is Local, But Those Who Litigate Are Global", Journal of International Business Policy, Issue 1-2, 53-70, with K. Beukel, 2018
  • "Zooming In: A Practical Manual for Identifying Geographic Clusters", Strategic Management Journal, 10-21, with J. Alcacer, 2016
  • "Location Choices under Strategic Interactions", Strategic Management Journal, Issue 2, 197-215, with J. Alcacer, C. Dezso, 2015
  • "Local R&D Strategies and Multi-location Firms: The Role of Internal Linkages", Management Science, Issue 4, 734-753, with J. Alcacer, 2012
  • "Perspectives on China's Outward Foreign Direct Investment", Journal of International Business Studies, Issue 3, 337-350, with Bernard Yeung, Randall Morck, 2008
  • "Conducting R&D in Countries with Weak Intellectual Property Rights Protection", Management Science, Issue 7, 1185–99, 2006