Faculty Directory

David Zhu

Visiting Associate Professor




PhD, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, 2009; MA, Nankai University, China, 2002; BS, Nankai University, China, 1999

Areas of Expertise

Strategy, management, organizational science

Current Research Topics

  • Social psychological processes in strategic decision making and corporate governance
  • The structure of corporate elite networks and inter-organizational networks

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Tuck School of Business, 2017–present
  • Associate Professor of Management, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, 2015–present
  • Assistant Professor of Management, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, 2009–15

Editorial positions

Editorial boards:

  • Administrative Science Quarterly, 2011–present
  • Strategic Management Journal, 2013–present

Ad hoc reviewer:

  • Administrative Science Quarterly, 2009–11
  • Academy of Management Journal, 2010–present
  • Academy of Management Review, 2015–present
  • American Journal of Sociology, 2012–present
  • Organization Science, 2009–present
  • Strategic Management Journal, 2008–13
  • National Science Foundation, 2014–present

Working Papers

  • With J.D. Westphal, “Structural Power, Corporate Strategy, and Firm Performance”
  • With Q. Zhu, “Top Executive Learning: The Influence of Prior Success and Failure on Breakthrough Innovations”
  • With L. Jia, “CEO Job Satisfaction: Its Antecedents and Strategic Consequences for Firm Strategy and Performance”
  • With X. Li and Y. Tang, “Confucian Values of CEOs and Corporate Governance Practices in China”


  • National Natural Science Foundation of China, Research Grant for Overseas Scholars, 2017–18
  • Administrative Science Quarterly Editor’s Choice Collection: One of eight key articles on “Diffusion and Abandonment of Practices,” 2014
  • Department nominee for the Huizingh Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teachers, 2013
  • 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 Organization and Management Theory Best Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2010
  • Winner of the Best Conference Paper Prize, Strategic Management Society International Conference, Washington D.C., 2009
  • Winner of the Rensis Likert Dissertation Paper Prize for “a Michigan dissertation that makes the most significant contribution to organizational studies,” ICOS, University of Michigan, 2009–10
  • Charles H. Gessner Fellowship for academic excellence, University of Michigan, 2008
  • Best reviewer award, Academy of Management (BPS division), 2006
  • Rackham International Student Fellowship for academic excellence (university-wide competition), University of Michigan, 2005 

Selected Publications

  • With W. Shen, “Why Do Some Outside Successions Fare Better Than Others? The Role of Outside CEOs’ Prior Experience with Board Diversity,” Strategic Management Journal, 37(13), 2016
  • With G. Chen, “Narcissism, Director Selection, and Risk-Taking Spending,” Strategic Management Journal, 36(13), 2015
  • With G. Chen, “CEO Narcissism and the Impact of Prior Board Experience on Corporate Strategy,” Administrative Science Quarterly, 60(1), 2015
  • With W. Shen and A. Hillman, “Re-categorization into the In-Group: The Appointment of Demographically Different New Directors and Their Subsequent Positions on Corporate Boards,” Administrative Science Quarterly, 59(2), 2014
  • With J. D. Westphal, “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), 2014
  • “Group Polarization in Board Decisions about CEO Compensation,” Organization Science, 25 (2), 2014
  • “Group Polarization on Corporate Boards: Theory and Evidence on Board Decisions about Acquisition Premiums,” Strategic Management Journal, 34, 2013
  • With J. D. Westphal, “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), 2011
  • With S. Ethiraj, “Performance Effects of Imitative Entry,” Strategic Management Journal,  29, 2008