Stephen Zhang

Stephen Zhang

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


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 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.

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Stephen is the founding director of the Mental Health of Vulnerable Workers Initiative -dedicated to identifying mentally vulnerable workers under Covid-19. Check out some ongoing work on Covid-19 via google scholar:

 

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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
    2021 Zhang, X., Gao, R., Odeh, N., & Leatherbee, M. (2021). A micro-foundational model of real options reasoning: the roles of individual search propensity and perceived uncertainty. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 15(1), 98-120.
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    2021 Zhang, S. X., Chen, J., Afshar Jahanshahi, A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Dai, H., Li, J., & Patty-Tito, R. M. (2021). Succumbing to the COVID-19 Pandemic—Healthcare Workers Not Satisfied and Intend to Leave Their Jobs. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2021 Zhang, S. X., Wang, Y., Jahanshahi, A. A., Li, J., & Schmitt, V. G. H. (2021). Early evidence and predictors of mental distress of adults one month in the COVID-19 epidemic in Brazil. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 142, 7 pages.
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    2021 Looi, K. H., Zhang, S., Li, N., & Li, J. (2021). Demographic and Hygienic Factors as Predictors of Face Mask Wearing During Covid-19 Pandemic in Malaysia.
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    2021 Zhang, S., Marioli, F. A., & Gao, R. (2021). A Second Wave? What Do People Mean By COVID Waves? – A Working Definition of Epidemic Waves.
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    2021 Zhang, S. X., Chen, J., Jahanshahi, A. A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Dai, H., Li, J., & Patty-Tito, R. M. (2021). Succumbing to the COVID-19 Pandemic-Healthcare Workers Not Satisfied and Intend to Leave Their Jobs (Jan, 10.1007/s11469-020-00418-6, 2021). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION, 1 page.
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    2020 Dai, H., Zhang, S. X., Looi, K. H., Su, R., & Li, J. (2020). Perception of Health Conditions and Test Availability as Predictors of Adults' Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Survey Study of Adults in Malaysia.. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(15), 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2 Europe PMC2
    2020 Zhang, S. X., Wang, Y., Jahanshahi, A. A., Li, J., & Schmitt, V. G. H. (2020). Early Evidence and Predictors of Mental Distress of Adults One Month in the COVID-19 Epidemic in Brazil.
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    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 Scopus37 WoS28 Europe PMC23
    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 Scopus39 WoS36 Europe PMC25
    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., Jahanshahi, A. A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Dai, H., Li, J., & Patty-Tito, R. M. (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, 1-4.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS5 Europe PMC5
    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., Jahanshahi, A. A., Dinani, M. M., Madavani, A. N., & 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. S., Kausel, E. E., Torres, D. P., & Zhang, S. (2020). Does overconfidence pay off when things go well? CEO overconfidence, firm performance, and the business cycle. Strategic Organization, 31 pages.
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    2020 Zhang, S. X., & Van Burg, E. (2020). Advancing entrepreneurship as a design science: developing additional design principles for effectuation. Small Business Economics, 55(3), 607-626.
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    2020 Yáñez, J. A., Afshar Jahanshahi, A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Li, J., & Zhang, X. (2020). Anxiety, Distress, and Turnover Intention of Healthcare Workers in Peru by Their Distance to the Epicenter during the COVID-19 Crisis.. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene, 103(4), 1614-1620.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS6 Europe PMC3
    2020 Xu, X., Zhang, S., Jahanshahi, A. A., Li, J., Bagheri, A., & Nawaser, K. (2020). The Mental Health of Healthcare Staff during the COVID-19 Pandemic: It Depends on How Much They Work and Their Age.
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    2020 Wang, W., Liang, Q., Mahto, R. V., Deng, W., & Zhang, S. X. (2020). Entrepreneurial entry: The role of social media. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 161, 120337.
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    2020 Zhang, S. X., Graf-Vlachy, L., Looi, K. H., Su, R., & Li, J. (2020). Social media use as a predictor of handwashing during a pandemic: Evidence from covid-19 in Malaysia. Epidemiology and Infection, 148, 5 pages.
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    2020 Zhang, S. X., 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.
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    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 Scopus15 WoS14 Europe PMC8
    2020 Chen, X., Zhang, X., 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.. JMIR Public Health Surveill, 6(3), 7 pages.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS6 Europe PMC3
    2020 Tang, P. M., Zhang, S. X., Li, C. H., & Wei, F. (2020). Geographical identification of the vulnerable groups during COVID-19 crisis: Psychological typhoon eye theory and its boundary conditions.. Psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, 74(10), 562-563.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC4
    2020 Graf-Vlachy, L., Sun, S., & Zhang, S. X. (2020). Predictors of managers’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11(1), 1834195.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1 Europe PMC2
    2020 Lateef, T., Chen, J., Tahir, M., Lateef, T. A., Chen, B., Li, J., & Zhang, S. (2020). Typhoon Eye Effect Vs. Ripple Effect: The Role of Family Size on the Mental Health Under the Covid-19 Pandemic in Pakistan.
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    2020 Lateef, T., Chen, J., Tahir, M., Lateef, T. A., Chen, B., Li, J., & Zhang, S. (2020). Typhoon Eye Effect vs. Ripple Effect: The Role of Family Size on the Mental Health under the COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan.
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    2020 Zhang, S. X., Sun, S., Jahanshahi, A. A., Wang, Y., Madavani, A. N., Li, J., & Dinani, M. M. (2020). Beyond predicting the number of infections: Predicting who is likely to be covid negative or positive. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, 13, 2811-2818.
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    2020 Zhang, S. X., Liu, J., Afshar Jahanshahi, A., Nawaser, K., Yousefi, A., Li, J., & Sun, S. (2020). Corrigendum to "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 Behav. Immun. 87 (2020) 144-146].. Brain Behav Immun, 92, 245-246.
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    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.
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    2017 Zhang, S. X., & Cueto, J. (2017). The Study of Bias in Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 41(3), 419-454.
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    2013 Jahanshahi, A. A., Zhang, S. X., & Brem, A. (2013). E-commerce for SMEs: Empirical insights from three countries. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 20(4), 849-865.
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    2013 Zhang, S. X., 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.
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    2012 Zhang, S. X., & 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.
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    2011 Zhang, S. X., & 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.
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    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 Scopus36 WoS29 Europe PMC3
    Tang, S., Nadkarni, S., WEI, L. -Q., & Zhang, S. X. (n.d.). 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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    Zhang, S. X., Sun, S., Jahanshahi, A. A., Wang, Y., Madavani, A. N., & Dinani, M. M. (n.d.). Beyond predicting the number of infections: predicting who is likely to be COVID negative or positive (Preprint).
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    Zhang, S., Sun, S., Jahanshahi, A. A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Ibarra, V. G., Li, J., & Patty-Tito, R. M. (n.d.). Developing and testing a measure of COVID-19 Organizational Support of Healthcare Workers – Results from Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
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    Chen, X., Zhang, S. X., Jahanshahi, A. A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Dai, H., Li, J., & Ibarra, V. G. (n.d.). Belief in a COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory as a Predictor of Mental Health and Well-Being of Health Care Workers in Ecuador: Cross-Sectional Survey Study (Preprint).
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    Zhang, S. X., Chen, J., Jahanshahi, A. A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Dai, H., Li, J., & Patty-Tito, R. M. (n.d.). Succumbing to the COVID-19 Pandemic – Healthcare Workers not Satisfied and Intend to Leave Their Jobs (Preprint).
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    Zhang, S., & Cueto, J. (n.d.). The study of bias in entrepreneurship.
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    Zhang, S. X., Lateef, T., Chen, J., Tahir, M., Lateef, T. A., Chen, B., & Li, J. (n.d.). Typhoon Eye Effect Vs. Ripple Effect: the Role of Family Size on the Mental Health Under the COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan.
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2015 Jahanshahi, A. A., & Zhang, S. X. (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). Springer International Publishing.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Chin, M. K., Xu Zhang, S., Jahanshahi, A. A., & Nadkarni, S. (2018). The effect of two dimensions of CEO political ideology on corporate entrepreneurship. In 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018 Vol. 2018 (pp. 12910). Academy of Management.
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    2011 Chen, J. H., Zhang, S. X., & Lee, D. H. (2011). Examination of the effectiveness and robustness of the heuristics for bay-based quay crane scheduling problem in port container terminals. In IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (pp. 1284-1288). Singapore, SINGAPORE: IEEE.
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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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