General Management Department's Lecture


Theme:Entrepreneurial learning: a self-regulation perspective

Speaker:Stephen Zhang(The University of Sydney)

Time:2019-09-18 10:30

Address:Room 712, Mingde Business Building



Learning is fundamental to entrepreneurship. Using the theoretical perspective of self-regulation, we develop and test a model suggesting that contingency of self-worth (CSW) influences to what extent proactive behaviors translate into learning. We further posit the amount of learning matters for new venture progress. We tested our theoretical model in 2 studies of entrepreneurs with one baseline measurement and eight repeated measurements of 491 and 571 observations respectively. The results support the model and contribute to our understanding of the antecedents and consequences of entrepreneurial learning.

In University of Sydney, Stephen studies how entrepreneurs and top management perceive and act under uncertainties using the latest advances in psychological theories. He has published several articles in top journals per lists of Financial Times, e.g. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Such 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 received his Bachelor Degree at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and his Ph.D. from 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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