Ping Zheng was awarded her Ph.D. in Management from University of Kent (UK) in 2007, after completing an MBA with distinction at the same school in 2003. Before embarking on an academic career, she worked as executive manager for number of years in a US-owned joint venture developing business relations between US and China. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University Business School in the UK. Prior to this she was a Lecturer at Essex Business School of University of Essex from 2006 to 2010.
Her research interests range from entrepreneurship and innovation in SMEs to institutional change and firm growth strategies in emerging economies. She received the Best Paper Award at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Annual Conference in 2010. As the first supervisor, she had supervised two PhD students with successful completion. She welcomes PhD candidates who are interested in the field of entrepreneurship, organisational and institutional change, innovation in emerging economies.
Research and knowledge exchange
Area Editor to the Journal of Future Intelligent Educational Environments, Published by ICST. JFIEE is a newly established journal that aims at developing educational infrastructure of the future.
Regular Reviewer for Journal of General Management, Future and British Journal of Management.
Research Projects and Collaborations:
'Open Innovation in SMEs' research project in collaboration with Leeds University Business School and Newcastle University Business School.
'Intelligent Environments' research collaboration with Computer Science of University of Essex.
As first supervisor, Dr. Zheng had supervised two PhD students from 2008-2012:
Hadi A. Abdul-Immam Al-Abrrow, Ph.D. in Business Administration, Thesis title: ‘Business Process Reengineering: An Organisational Approach for Organisational Performance Improvement in Industrial Public Sector in Iraq’, University of Essex, passed viva on 1st February 2012 with minor corrections.
Syed Imad Shah, Ph.D. in Business Administration, Thesis title: ‘Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Public and Private sector Universities of Pakistan: A Comparative Study of Six Cases’, University of Essex, passed viva on 11th December 2012 with minor corrections.
Teaching and subject expertise
Module leadership for four courses, 'Entrepreneurship' (2ENP), 'Entrepreneurship at the Global Marketplace' (3EGM), 'Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Organisations' (DMS) and 'Innovation and Entrepreneurship in An International Perspective' at the Business School.
Zheng, P. (2016), ‘The changing nature ofbusiness network relationships in emerging business ventures under market socialism in China’, refereed paper, presentation, conference proceedings, British Academy of Management Conference (BAM) in Newcastle University, on 6-8th September 2016, in Newcastle.
Zheng, P. and Callaghan, V. (2016), ‘Diegetic Innovation Templating’, refereed paper, presentation, conference proceedings, Creative Science 2016, on12-13th September 2016, in London.
Zheng, P. and Callaghan, V. (2015), ‘Using Science & Fiction to Teach and Enhance Creativity and Innovation in Business School Education’, Presentation & Debate Panel A9: Teaching Literature and Science to Literature Students and Scientists, at the 6th Conference of British Society of Literature and Science (BSLC), Liverpool, 16th – 18th April 2015.Hosted by the Literature, Science and Environment Research Cluster, University of Liverpool.
Zheng, P. (2015), Invited Keynote Speaker, ‘The Agency Role of Entrepreneurs in Future City Design?’, FCCR/CSF (Future City & Community Resilience/Creative Science Foundation) Innovation Workshop at University of Leeds, 21st – 22nd January 2015.
Zheng, P. (2014), ‘How Do Emerging Market Enterprises (EMEs) Innovate? – case study evidence from China’, Global Innovation Economic Congress (GIEC) Dalian, China, 26th – 29th June 2014. (An invited presenter, Forum Chair and Member of Review Board)
Zheng, P. and Callaghan, V. (2012), ‘The Faculty Cooperative: An Innovative Approach to the Formation of Academic Entrepreneurial Ventures’, a refereed research paper to ISBE (The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) 35th Annual Conference, 7th – 8th November 2012, Dublin.
Zamudio, V.; Zheng, P. and Callaghan, V. (2012), ‘Intelligent Business Process Engineering’, a refereed conference paper submitted to The 8th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, to present on 26-29th of June 2012, Guanajuato, México.
Zheng, P. and Scott, J. (2011), ‘Business Network Relationships and Firm Growth in China: an assessment of institutional evolution and organisational change’, a refereed paper submission and presentation at ISBE 34 Annual Conference 2011, Sheffield, 2-4 November, 2011.
Zheng, P. (2010), ‘Understanding Entrepreneurship Process and Growth in Emerging Business Ventures under Market Socialism in China’ a refereed paper submission and presentation at ISBE (The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) 33 Annual Conference 2010, London, 2nd – 4th November 2010. – Best Paper Award in Managing for Regeneration, Sustainability and Growth Track published on ISBE Award Winning Conference Papers Proceedings 2010.
Publications and research outputs
Zheng, P. and Akhmad, M. (2016), “How change agencies can affect our path towards a singularity”. In: Millers J. et al (eds), The Technological Singularity – Managing the Journey, chapter 4, New York: Springer.
Zheng, P. and Callaghan, V. (2016), ‘A cooperative approach to academic entrepreneurial initiatives’, International Journal of Innovation, Vol.4 (1), pp13-22.
Zheng, P. and Scase, R. (2013), Emerging Business Ventures under Market Socialism – Entrepreneurship in China (research monograph book), Routledge Studies in International Business and The World Economy, London: Routledge. ISBN978-0-415-50131-6 (see publisher website for details: (www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415501316/ )
Zheng, P. (2013), 'Entrepreneurial Growth and Ownership under Market Socialism in China: a longitudinal case study of small business growth', Journal of General Management, Vol.38, No. 2, Winter 2013.
Zheng, P. and Scase, R. (2013) “The Restructuring of Market Socialism: the contribution of 'Agency' theoretical perspective”, Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol. 55, No. 1. pp. 101-112. (link to the paper: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tie.21526/pdf )
Zheng, P. (2012), “The Contrasting Strategies of Owner-Managed and Foreign-Engaged Joint Ventures under Market Socialism in China”, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, DOI 10.1007/s11365-012-0236-1, ISSN 1554-7191.
Zheng, P. and Callaghan, V. (2012), ‘Creative Science: A New Way of Learning Innovation and Entrepreneurship?’, Enterprising Matters, e-Magazine for the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), Entrepreneurial Learning, Spring, 12. (link to the paper: http://www.isbe.org.uk/Creative-Science-a-new-way-of-learning-innovation-and-entrepreneurship )
Zheng, P. (2011), ‘Book Review on Organisational Behaviour – the latest trends and research in organisational behaviour’, Journal of General Management, Vol. 36, No 4, Summer, 2011.
Zheng, P. (2010), ‘Private Entrepreneur’s Primitive Nature of Profit Seeking Challenges the Morality of Business Conduct’, Enterprising Matters, e-Magazine for the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), Ethical Enterprise, Summer 10. (link to the paper: http://www.isbe.org.uk/EthicalissuesChina )