David H. Zhu

Dean's Council Distinguished Scholar/Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4006
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4006

Biography

I am passionate about behavioral strategy research. One stream of my research advances a social psychological perspective of corporate governance, strategic leadership, and Chinese management. I have studied how fundamental group decision-making processes (e.g., group polarization, social categorization, social comparison) and personalities influence top executives major decisions about corporate governace and corporate strategy (e.g., acquisitions, product and international diversification, imitation, executive compensation, board composition, executive turnover, and risk-taking spending). My current projects examine how top executives prior experience and characteristics influence technological exploration and breakthrough inventions, how Confucian values of top executives influence corporate governance practices in China, and the antecedents and strategic consequences of Chinese top executives job satisfaction.

Another stream of my research concerns the structure of corporate elite networks and interorganizational networks. I have examined how triads influence the formation and development of relations among top executives who have different demographic characteristics and personalities. My recent projects examine how top executives build and rebuild triads to facilitate interfirm coordination, and how structural positions in resource exchange networks influence market power, corporate strategies, and competitive advantages.

 

Education

  • PhD  University of Michigan
  • MA  Nankai University
  • BS  Nankai University

Research Interests

  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Chinese Management

Publications

  • Zhu, D. H. and W. Shen. Why do some outside successions fare better than others? The role of outside CEOs' prior experience with board diversity. Strategic Management Journal  (forthcoming).
  • Zhu, D. H. and G. Chen (2015). Narcissism, director selection, and risk-taking spendingStrategic Management Journal,36(13):2075-2098. .
  • Zhu, D. H. and G. Chen* (2015). CEO narcissism and the impact of prior board experience on corporate strategyAdministrative Science Quarterly, 60(1): 31-65 (*equal contribution).
  • Zhu, D. H. and J. D. Westphal (2014). How directors’ prior experience with other demographically similar CEOs affects their selection onto corporate boards and the consequences for CEO compensation. Academy of Management Journal, 57(3): 791-813.
  • Zhu, D. H., W. Shen, and A. Hillman (2014). Recategorization into the in-group: The appointment of demographically different new directors and their subsequent positions on corporate boards. Administrative Science Quarterly, 59(2): 240-270.
  • Zhu, D. H. (2014). Group polarization in board decisions about CEO compensationOrganization Science, 25(2): 552-571. 
  • Zhu, D. H. (2013). Group polarization on corporate boards: Theory and evidence on board decisions about acquisition premiumsStrategic Management Journal, 34: 800-822.
  • Zhu, D. H. and J. D. Westphal* (2011). Misperceiving the beliefs of others: How pluralistic ignorance contributes to the persistence of positive security analyst reactions to the adoption of stock repurchase plans. Organization Science, 22(4): 869-886 (*equal contribution).
  • Ethiraj, S. and D. H. Zhu (2008). Performance effects of imitative entryStrategic Management Journal, 29: 797-817.

Courses

Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
WPC 480Capstone Course
MGT 589Strategic Management
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
WPC 480Capstone Course
MGT 589Strategic Management
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 460Strategic Management
WPC 480Capstone Course
MGT 792Research
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 792Research
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 460Strategic Management
MGT 792Research
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 460Strategic Management
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research

Honors/Awards

  • Co-winner of the William H. Newman Award for the Best Paper Based on a Dissertation, Academy of Management, 2010
  • Winner of the Louis R. Pondy Award for the Best Paper Based on a Dissertation, Organization and Management Theory division, Academy of Management, 2010
  • Runner-up for Organizational and Management Theory Best Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2010
  • Winner of the Best Conference Paper Award, Strategic Management Society International Conference, Washington D.C., 2009
  • Winner of the Rensis Likert Dissertation Paper Prize, ICOS, University of Michigan, 2009-2010

Editorships

Editorial Board Member

 

  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Strategic Management Journal

Work History

Arizona State University: 2009-present Previous Appointments: University of Michigan