Dr. Will Zhao

Assistant Professor

Email: 
will.zhao@lakeheadu.ca
Phone Number: 
+1 807-343-8534
Office Location: 
RB 1016
Academic Qualifications: 
 
Dr. W. G. (Will) Zhao is a management and organization theorist working at the Faculty of Business Administration. Before moving back to Canada, he was SCANCOR Scholar (Postdoctoral) in Organization at Stanford University, USA, after having earned his Ph.D. in Management from the renowned European business school Ecole de Management de Lyon.
 
Previous Teaching/Work: 
 

Current Courses:

  • Strategic Management - Undergrad Course;
  • Management Theory - Postgrad Seminar;
  • Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Postgrad Course.

Previous Teaching Experience:

  • International Business & Entrepreneurship - Undergrad Course;
  • Current Issues in Management - Postgrad Seminar;
  • Organizational Behavior - Postgrad Course;
  • Leading Organizational Change - Postgrad Course.

  Consulting Expertise:

  • Organizational Change Management;
  • New Venture Growth;
  • International Capacity Building.

 

 
Research Interests: 
  • Institutional Approaches to Organizational Change,
  • Material and Social Aspects of Innovation,
  • Interplay Between Public Policy and Entrepreneurship,
  • Visual and Linguistic Methods (esp. Rhetoric, Discourse, Semiotics, and Applied NLP).
  • Sectoral Interests: Health, Higher Education
 
Research Dissemination Activities:
 
Peer-Reviewed Publication:
  • Zhao, W. (2017). Protest in Style: Exploring Multimodal Concision in Rhetorical Artifacts. Research in Sociology of Organizations, 54A,119 - 149. (ABS-3; ABDC-Rank A)
Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings:
  • Zhao, W. (2017). A pragmatist perspective on institutional worker. Academy of Management Meeting Proceedings, Atlanta, the U.S., Aug 2017. (Top1 Conference/Management)
  • Zhao, W. (2016). Towards a semiotic theory of proto-institutionalization. Academy of Management Meeting Proceedings, Anaheim, the U.S., Aug 2016. (Top1 Conference/Management)
  • with Tang, J. (2016). An integrated, visual bibliometric analysis of entrepreneurship research 1991-2015.  Academy of Management Meeting Proceedings, Anaheim, the U.S., Aug 2016. (Top1 Conference/Management)
Referred Conference Presentations:
  • with Michel, S. (2017). Habitus and experiences. Unpacking temporality in institutional biography 33rd EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark, Jul 2017. (Top1 Conference/Organization Studies)
  • with Forgues, B. (2017). Designing an artifact, steering an institutional field: a case study of apple design decisions. 33rd EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark, Jul 2017. (Top1 Conference/Organization Studies)
  • Zhao, W. (2016). Dancing in chains? Exploring genre constraints on multimodal communicative artifacts from a Peircean perspective, 32nd EGOS Colloquium (PDW), Napoli, Italy, Jul 2016.(Top1 Conference/Organization Studies)
  • Zhao, W. (2016). Agency, act(ion)s and context – A micro‐foundational approach to institutional work, 32nd EGOS Colloquium (PDW), Napoli, Italy, Jul 2016. (Top1 Conference/Organization Studies)