Stephen Zhang

Stephen Zhang

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of the Professions


In the University of Adelaide, Stephen studies entrepreneurs' and top management's psychology, biases, mental health and etc. He is also starting to study the impact of AI and other innovations on human work and life. He has published several articles in top journals per lists of Financial Times, ABDC, and ERA.

Stephen is the founding director of the Mental Health of Vulnerable Workers Initiative -dedicated to identifying mentally vulnerable workers under Covid-19. The Mental Health of Vulnerable Workers Initiative, as of April, consists of over 20 members from over a dozen countries.

Stephen received his Bachelor Degree at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and his Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore. Prior to his academic career, Stephen has founded ventures and worked in several industries including engineering, management consultancy, market research, and innovation management.

Key research areas:

Check out my ongoing work on Covid-19:
1. The mental health of adults varied by their working situations (work from home, work in office, and work suspended), @ Psychiatry Research (impact factor: 2.2)
2. Identifying the regions where working adults were more likely to burn out during Covid-19 crisis. The key is– the distance to the epicentre – but not in a way as you may imagine! @ Psychiatry Research (impact factor: 2.2)
3. People in Iran were more distressed than those in China during COVID-19 crisis @ Brain, Behavior and Immunity (impact factor: 6.2)
4. A new scale to measure organizations support to employees under the COVID-19 pandemic @ Psychiatry Research (impact factor: 2.2)
5. The health conditions and life satisfaction of healthcare staff in Iran - the first evidence from a major COVD-19 outbreak area outside of China Brain, Behavior and Immunity (impact factor: 6.2)
6. Geographical identification of the vulnerable people during COVID-19: the typhoon eye effect and its boundary conditions, now Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences (impact factor: 3.5)
7. COVID-19 conspiracy theory, now @ JMIR public health and surveillance (impact factor: 5.2)
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2020 Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation University of Sydney
    2010 - 2017 Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catholic University of Chile
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Zhang, S., Wang, Y., Rauch, A., & Wei, F. (2020). Unprecedented disruption of lives and work: Health, distress and life satisfaction of working adults in China one month into the COVID-19 outbreak. Psychiatry Research, 288, 6 pages.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS5
    2020 Zhang, S. X., Huang, H., & Wei, F. (2020). Geographical distance to the epicenter of Covid-19 predicts the burnout of the working population: Ripple effect or typhoon eye effect?. Psychiatry Res, 288, 112998.
    DOI Scopus1
    2020 Zhang, S. X., Gao, R., Odeh, N., & Leatherbee, M. (2020). A Micro-Foundational Model of Real Options Reasoning: The Roles of Individual Search Propensity and Perceived Uncertainty. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.
    2020 Jahanshahi, A. A., Dinani, M. M., Madavani, A. N., Li, J., & Zhang, S. X. (2020). The distress of Iranian adults during the Covid-19 pandemic - More distressed than the Chinese and with different predictors.. Brain, behavior, and immunity, 87, 124-125.
    DOI Scopus5
    2020 Zhang, S., Afshar Jahanshahi, A., Nawaser, K., Yousefi, A., Li, J., & Sun, S. (2020). At the height of the storm: Healthcare staff’s health conditions and job satisfaction and their associated predictors during the epidemic peak of COVID-19. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 87, 144-146.
    DOI Scopus2
    2020 Chen, X., Zhang, S., Jahanshahi, A. A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Dai, H., Li, J., & Ibarra, V. G. (2020). Belief in Conspiracy Theory about COVID-19 Predicts Mental Health and Well-being -- A Study of Healthcare Staff in Ecuador.
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    2020 Zhang, S., Chen, J., Afshar Jahanshahi, A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Dai, H., Li, J., & Patty-Tito, R. (2020). Succumbing to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Healthcare Workers not Satisfied and Intend to Leave Their Jobs.
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    2020 Zhang, S., Sun, S., Afshar Jahanshahi, A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Ibarra, V., Li, J., & Patty-Tito, R. (2020). Developing and testing a measure of COVID-19 organizational support of healthcare workers – results from Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Psychiatry Research, 291, 113174.
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    2020 Zhang, S. X., Sun, S., Afshar Jahanshahi, A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Ibarra, V. G., Li, J., & Patty-Tito, R. M. (2020). Developing and testing a measure of COVID-19 organizational support of healthcare workers – results from Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Psychiatry Research, 291, 113174.
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    2020 Dai, H., Zhang, S., Looi, K. H., Su, R., & Li, J. (2020). Health Condition and Test Availability as Predictors of Adults' Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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    2020 Zhang, S., Graf-Vlachy, L., Su, R., Li, J., & Looi, K. H. (2020). Who do not wash their hands during the Covid-19 pandemic? Social media use as a potential predictor.
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    2020 Chen, J., Zhang, S., Wang, Y., Afshar Jahanshahi, A., Mokhtari Dinani, M., Nazarian Madavani, A., & Nawaser, K. (2020). The curvilinear relationship between the age of adults and their mental health in Iran after its peak of COVID-19 cases.
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    2020 Reyes, T., Vassolo, R., Kausel, E., Torres, D., & Zhang, S. (2020). Does overconfidence pay off when things go well? CEO overconfidence, firm performance, and the business cycle. Strategic Organization.
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    2020 Tang, S., Nadkarni, S., WEI, L., & Zhang, S. X. (2020). Balancing the Yin and Yang: TMT Gender Diversity, Psychological Safety, and Firm Ambidextrous Strategic Orientation in Chinese High-Tech SMEs. Academy of Management Journal.
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    2019 Zhang, S., & Van Burg, E. (2019). Advancing entrepreneurship as a design science: developing additional design principles for effectuation. Small Business Economics.
    DOI Scopus2
    2018 Schmitt, A., Rosing, K., Zhang, S., & Leatherbee, M. (2018). A dynamic model of entrepreneurial uncertainty and business opportunity identification: Exploration as a mediator and entrepreneurial self-efficacy as a moderator. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 42(6), 835-859.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS11
    2017 Zhang, S., & Cueto, J. (2017). The Study of Bias in Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 41(3), 419-454.
    DOI Scopus43 WoS35
    2013 Jahanshahi, A., Zhang, S., & Brem, A. (2013). E-commerce for SMEs: Empirical insights from three countries. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 20(4), 849-865.
    DOI Scopus30
    2013 Zhang, S., Pramanik, N., & Buurman, J. (2013). Exploring an innovative design for sustainable urban water management and energy conservation. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 20(5), 442-454.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8
    2012 Zhang, S., & Babovic, V. (2012). A real options approach to the design and architecture of water supply systems using innovative water technologies under uncertainty. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 14(1), 13-29.
    DOI Scopus46 WoS41
    2011 Zhang, S., & Babovic, V. (2011). An evolutionary real options framework for the design and management of projects and systems with complex real options and exercising conditions. Decision Support Systems, 51(1), 119-129.
    DOI Scopus38 WoS34
    2009 Buurman, J., Zhang, S., & Babovic, V. (2009). Reducing risk through real options in systems design: The case of architecting a maritime domain protection system. Risk Analysis, 29(3), 366-379.
    DOI Scopus32 WoS28 Europe PMC3
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2015 Jahanshahi, A., & Zhang, S. (2015). Real options reasoning and innovative performance in the context of dynamic capabilities. In Adoption of Innovation: Balancing Internal and External Stakeholders in the Marketing of Innovation (pp. 181-196).
    DOI Scopus3

Stephen's research has also drawn wide interest, giving Stephen opportunities to raise more than US$1.5 million of grants in several countries. With the support of World Bank and Chilean Ministry of Economy, Stephen founded the Center for Entrepreneurial Strategy Under Uncertainty in Catholic University of Chile, which ranks #1 in South America.

Stephen teaches entrepreneurship with an action-based approach. This approach has generated many entrepreneurs with highly scalable businesses, and Stephen has been rated as the best professor for his entrepreneurship course in executive master programs.


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