PhD Student | Management and Human Resources
5268A Grainger Hall

Biography

Zhi Cao is a PhD candidate majoring in strategic management at Wisconsin School of Business. His research interests concentrate on organizational learning and entrepreneurship. He primarily studies two sets of related research questions. The first question is how organizational learning influences firm performance and innovation. The second is how firms learn from performance feedback. He is interested in organizational learning by both incumbent firms and new business ventures.

Research

Selected Published Journal Articles

Cao, Z. & Li, Y. & Jayaram, J. & Liu, Y. & Lumineau, F. (2018). A meta-analysis of the exchange hazards–interfirm governance relationship: An informal institutions perspective Journal of International Business Studies

An, W. & Zhao, X. & Cao, Z. & Zhang, J. & Liu, H. (2018). How bricolage drives corporate entrepreneurship: The roles of opportunity identification and learning orientation Journal of Product Innovation Management

Cao, Z. & Posen, H. (2015). Pre-Entry Experience, Post-Entry Organizational Learning, and New Entrants' Performance Academy of Management Proceedings

Cao, Z. & Lumineau, F. (2015). Revisiting the interplay between contractual and relational governance: A qualitative and meta-analytic investigation Journal of Operations Management

Selected Submitted Journal Articles

Cao, Z. & Posen, H. (2019). How Does Pre-Entry Experience Enhance Entrant Performance? Evidence From Learning Curves of New Banks? Organization Science

Cao, Z. & Posen, H. (2018). When does the Pre-Entry Experience of New Ventures Improve New Venture Performance?: A Meta-Analytical Investigation of Critical Moderators.

Working Papers

Cao, Z. & Kim, S. (2018). Attributional Bias in Performance Feedback Evaluation

Presentations

GLEN Conference (2019) Problem solving or winner rewarding? The roles of star products

SMS Annual Conference (2018) Performance attribution ambiguity and organizational learning

Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting (2017) Performance feedback and organizational learning: The role of expected future performance decrease

Academy of Management 2017 (2017) Competitive Strength and Patenting Strategies.

Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting (2016) Getting specific about the relationship between pre-entry experience and new venture performance: A meta-analysis

Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting (2015) Pre-entry experience, post-entry organizational learning, and new entrants’ performance

Teaching

Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management (MHR 322), Summer 2017.
Students gain knowledge about foundations of entrepreneurship,and key topics such as founding teams,industry analysis assessing concept,communication,managing people and investors in new ventures. Business development project included.

Managing Organizations (MHR 300), Summer 2018.

Managing Organizations (MHR 300), Summer 2018.
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Managing Organizations (MHR 300), Fall 2018.
The management of organizations: strategy,culture,structure,teams,leadership,human resources,entrepreneurship,and change management. Enroll Info: None

Managing Organizations (MHR 300), Fall 2018.
The management of organizations: strategy,culture,structure,teams,leadership,human resources,entrepreneurship,and change management. Enroll Info: None

Managing Organizations (MHR 300), Spring 2019.
The management of organizations: strategy,culture,structure,teams,leadership,human resources,entrepreneurship,and change management. Enroll Info: None

Managing Organizations (MHR 300), Spring 2019.
The management of organizations: strategy,culture,structure,teams,leadership,human resources,entrepreneurship,and change management. Enroll Info: None