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 has published on a numerous journals, such as Journal of General Management, Thunderbird International Business Review, Futures. She received the “Best Paper Award” at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Annual Conference in 2010. She is also the principal author (with Prof. Richard Scase) of a book (research monograph) - “Emerging Business Ventures under Market Socialism: Entrepreneurship in China” (Routledge, London, 2014). Her recent book chapter adopts a novel future perspective in analyzing the possible future outcome of technological change, 'How change agencies can affect our path towards a signgularity' is published by Springer. She has a special interest in the creative processes that lead to business innovations, having developed a novel method known as 'Diegetic Innovation Templating' (DIT), published in Futures. She is a regular reviewer for international journals, such as California Management Review, European Management Review.
As the first supervisor, she had supervised two PhD students for successful completion. She welcomes PhD candidates who would be interested in the field of entrepreneurship, organisational and institutional change in emerging economies, and technology innovation & forecasting.
Research and knowledge exchange
Co-Editor of EAI Journal of Creativity and Innovation in Technology, Business and Education, Published by Springer. CITBE is a new journal sponsored by European Alliance for Innovation (EAI). It focuses on showcasing emerging theories and practices in creativity and innovation that affect all academic disciplines and all types of business, both independently but especially in a cross-disciplinary fashion.
Area Editor to the Journal of Future Intelligent Educational Environments, Published by ICST. JFIEE is a journal that aims at developing educational infrastructure of the future.
Regular Reviewer for Journal of General Management, British Journal of Management, Europrean Management Review, and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research.
Research Students - PhD Supervision Completions:
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: 'Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Organisations' (DMS) and 'Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the International Perspective' (MSc) at the Business School.
Zheng, P. (2018), Invited Speaker on 'China's Innovation Policy and Its Implications for EU-China Relationship', Workshop on EU-China Economic Relations, by European Policy Centre (EPC), Brussels, 7th June 2018.
Zheng, P. (2017), Invited Speaker on ‘How Sci-fi and Fantasy Can Be Transformed into Innovation’, by Defence Science and Technology Lab (DSTL), for Science Fiction Symposium on 18 December 2017.
Zheng, P. (2018), Organiser & Technical Programme Chair, The 2nd EAI International Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education, hosted at Revensbourne University London, on 4th September 2018.
Zheng, P. (2017), Organiser, General Chair, The 1st EAI International Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education, hosted at Caterbury Christ Church University, on 11-12th September 2017, UK.
Zheng, P. (2017), Keynote Speaker on 'The Changing Role of Women in China'. Annual Regional Meeting of British Federation of Female Graduates on 25th March 2017, at Ashford International Hotel, Kent.
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), Invited Speaker on ‘How Do Emerging Market Enterprises (EMEs) Innovate? – case study evidence from China’, By Dalian Government, 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. (2018), 'UniCrowd: An Integrative Model Supporting Academic Entrepreneurship and Innovation', Conference presentation, The 5th Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference (GIEC), Amsterdam Business School, Netherlands, 11-12th October 2018.
Zheng, P. (2016), ‘The changing nature of business 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. (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.
Publications and research outputs
Zheng, P., Lambert, N., Crawford, D., Callaghan, V. and Reyes-Munoz, A. (editors) (2019), “EAI International Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education” (Ed Book), New York: Springer Nature. ISBN: 978-3-030-16129-3.
Zheng, P. (2018), 'Are we closer than ever to an artificial intelligence explosion?', Expert Comment, Canterbury Christ Church University, 6 Mach 2018. (https://blogs.canterbury.ac.uk/expertcomment/are-we-closer-than-ever-to-an-artificial-intelligence-explosion/ )
Zheng, P. (2018) 'Science Fiction and the Future of Security: an interview with Ping Zheng', Vector: The British Science Fiction Association, 12 February 2018. (https://vector-bsfa.com/2018/02/12/interview-with-dr-ping-zheng-following-a-workshop-at-dstl/ )
Zheng, P. and Callaghan, V. (2017), ‘How Chinese SMEs innovate with a Diegetic Innovation Templating – the stimulating role of Sci-fi and fantasy’, Futures: The Journal of Policy, Change and Future Studies, 95, 98-117.
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. (2014), 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.