Professor Catherine L. Wang

Research interests

Catherine Wang (BA, MSc, PCTHE, PhD)is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategic management.Within these broad research interests, she focuses on how firms can effectively turn strategic and entrepreneurial resources into successful new products/services and bottom-line performance, primarily through the theoretical lens of dynamic capabilities and organisational learning. Her methodological approach is primarily quantitative (including structural equation modelling) as well as mixed methods.

More specifically, Catherine's research expertise falls in two core themes: (i) entrepreneurial orientation and entrepreneurial learning in different organisational and research contexts such as small firms, medium-to-large organisations, ethnic minority firms, high-tech firms, and family businesses; and (ii) international and comparative research on entrepreneurship and innovation, especially in the context of UK-China comparison. Her work has been published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Research, International Small Business Journal, European Journal of Information Systems, International Journal of Management Reviews, International Journal of Technology Management, Journal of Strategic Marketing, Service Industries Journal, International Journal of Service Industry Management and European Journal of Innovation Management. She has received the MCB Best Paper Award and the Norbert Wiener Award for Outstanding Paper.

Catherine has given invited seminars and talks, and also presented at national and international conferences, including the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (USA), the Strategic Management Society Special Conference on Entrepreneurship, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, and the British Academy of Management Conference. She was an Executive Committee Member of the European Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation and organised a mini-track on “Innovation in Emerging Market Economies” for the conference in 2009. She was a Co-Editor of the European Journal of Innovation Management (2007-2010), and is currently an Associate Editor of International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy and serves as an Editorial Board Member of several journals.

Previously, Catherine held academic posts at Brunel Business School, Brunel University and Oxford Brookes University Business School where she was awarded the University Researcher Fellowship funded by HEFCE. Prior to joining academia, Catherine worked in industry for over seven years in the UK and China, in the areas of small business support and consultancy, and international trade and investment.

Catherine has completed two research projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. One project studied entrepreneurial orientation and innovative capabilities of UK and Chinese high-tech firms (March 2008-August 2010), and the other project investigated entrepreneurial orientation and issues related to firms' growth in Chinese and Turkish ethnic minority small firms in London (2006-2008). In a number of research projects, Catherine has worked with government support agencies, community leaders, media and industry partners in both private and public sectors. She has also worked with several research assistants and is currently supervising four doctoral students (including one visiting doctoral student).

Catherine's research interests include:

  • Entrepreneurial orientation in different organisational contexts such as small firms; family businesses, medium to large organisations, and technology-based firms;
  • Corporate entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • Entrepreneurial learning, unlearning and feedback;
  • Organisational ambidexterity;
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities and decision-making;
  • Ethnic entrepreneurship, particularly Chinese ethnic minority small businesses;
  • Social entrepreneurship;
  • The relationship between dynamic capabilities and entrepreneurship;
  • The role of knowledge and absorptive capacity in innovation;
  • Entrepreneurship in emerging market economies;
  • International comparative studies of entrepreneurship.

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