Yang Xu, Ph.D.

Management, Associate Professor Department of Management
YXu Yang Xu is an Associate Professor (Management) in the Management Department of U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Dr. Xu has taught a variety of management and business administration courses including Strategic Management, Public Management Consulting, Organization Development and Change, International Management, Basic Management Concepts, Contemporary Skills for Business Professionals, Leadership and Motivation, International Business Operations, Preparation for Career Management, Business Internships, Undergraduate Research in Business, Management and Organization, Management and Leadership Practice, etc. She was involved in the development of two online courses including Strategic Business Planning and Leadership and Motivation for Penn State World Campus. She is the winner of the 2009 Campus Award for Excellence in Teaching at Penn State (New Kensington Campus). Dr. Xu has published articles in various academic journals such as Personnel Review, Military Psychology, Management Research Review, New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, Gender in Management and Journal of Education for Business, etc., and presented refereed papers for the Academy of Management, Eastern Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Conference, etc. She was awarded grants and scholarships for her research projects and professional development. She is currently serving on the Editorial Review Board for Organization Management Journal, the official journal of the Eastern Academy of Management. Dr. Xu participates actively in the service to the university and the profession. She was elected as Director of Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) at U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a two-year term 2020-2022, and served on the Membership Committee of Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division during 2009-2012 and the Teaching Theme Committee of Academy of Management during 2014-2019. She also has some working experiences in multinational corporations.

Education

  • Online Teaching Certificate, Penn State World Campus, April 2016
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Business, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S., July 2006
  • Master of Business Administration, China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, China, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 1995

Courses Taught

  • Strategic Management
  • Contemporary Skills for Business Professionals
  • Leadership, Organizational Development and Change
  • International Business Operations

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Xu, Y. and Hickey, A. W. In-Press. Cadet Mentoring Program: Best Practices for Success, Military Psychology
  • Xu, Y. In-Press. Multicultural Experiences and Creative Team Performance: An Empirical Study of Global Virtual Teams. Proceedings of the Academy of International Business U.S. Northeast Chapter 2021 Annual Conference
  • Xu, Y. In-Press. The Effect of Fringe Benefit Offerings on Early-Stage External Financing. Proceedings of the Southern Management Association 2021 Conference
  • Xu, Y. and Flambard, V. 2021. Introducing Multicultural Experiences through Virtual Partnerships, Journal of Education for Business
  • Xu, Y. and Flambard, V. 2021. Developing Cultural Intelligence through Experiential Digital Global Engagement (EDGE) Exercises, Journal of International Business Education 16.
  • Xu, Y. 2021. Harnessing Curriculum Mapping to Inspire Learning: A Step-by-Step Guide, Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society 2021 Conference Proceedings
  • Xu, Y. 2020. An Experiential Digital Global Engagement (EDGE) Exercise, Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society 2020 Conference Proceedings
  • Xu, Y. 2019. The Moderating Effect of Founding Assets on the Founders’ Human Capital – New Venture Growth Relationship. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, Volume 22(2), 126-142.
  • Yi, X. and Xu, Y. 2019. Founding Conditions and Benefit Offerings: Evidence from US Startups, Personnel Review, Volume 48 (1), 141-162
  • Xu, Y. 2018. Entrepreneurial Human Capital, Benefit Offerings and Early-Stage External Financing. Proceedings of the 2018 International Council for Small Business World Congress, Taipei, Taiwan (received the best paper award)
  • Xu, Y. 2018. The Mediating Role of HR Practices in the Relationship between Founders’ Human Capital and a Startup’s Early-stage External Financing. Proceedings of the 2018 International Council for Small Business World Congress, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Xu, Y. 2018. Entrepreneurial Cognitive Structure, Social Capital and New Venture Innovation: A Study of Chinese Entrepreneurs. Proceedings of the 2018 International Council for Small Business World Congress, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Xu, Y. 2017. The Role of Founding Conditions in New Firm Growth: An Empirical Study of U.S. Startups. Proceedings of the 2017 Eastern Academy of Management Conference, Eastern Academy of Management, Baltimore, MD
  • Xu, Y. 2016. Gender Differences in Founders’ Social Network Development. International Journal of Management Theory and Practices, Volume 17 (1), 56 – 72.
  • Xu, Y. 2016. Entrepreneurial social capital, cognitive orientation and new venture innovation. Management Research Review, Volume 39 (5), 498 – 520.
  • Xu, Y. 2016. Do female entrepreneurs network and think differently? Proceedings of the 2016 Eastern Academy of Management Annual Conference, Eastern Academy of Management, New Haven, CT. (nominated for the Outstanding Paper Award)
  • Xu, Y. 2015. Gender Differences in Entrepreneurial Social Network Development and Cognitive Orientation. Proceedings of the 2015 Academy of Management Annual Conference, Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Xu, Y. 2014. The Role of the Founder’s Social Ties and Knowledge Structure in SMEs’ Radical Product Innovation. Proceedings of the 2014 Academy of Management Annual Conference, Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Xu, Y. 2011. Gender Influences on Mental Models of Firm Strategies. Gender in Management: An International Journal, Volume 26 (7), 513-528.
  • Xu, Y. 2011. Entrepreneurial Social Capital and Cognitive Model of Innovation. Management Research Review, Volume 34 (8), 910-926.
  • Xu, Y. & Yang, Y. 2010. Student learning in business simulation: an empirical investigation. Journal of Education for Business, 85 (4), 223-228.
  • Xu, Y. 2008. How Important are Entrepreneurial Social Capital and Knowledge Structure in New Venture Innovation? Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2008, Babson College, MA.

Sponsored Research and Research Grants

  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy Loy Institute for Leadership Faculty Fellow (2019 – 2021)
  • Sponsored Research, Kauffman Foundation, $5,200 each year (October 2010 – September 2020)
  • Research Development Grant, Penn State (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Honors and Awards

  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) 2020 Research Fellowship
  • Winner of the best paper award at 2018 International Council for Small Business World Congress
  • Winner of the 2009 Campus Award for Excellence in Teaching, Penn State University (New Kensington Campus)

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • Academy of International Business (AIB)
  • American Economic Association (AEA)
  • Eastern Academy of Management (EAM)
  • Southern Management Association (SMA)
  • Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS)

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