Laurina Zhang

Assistant Professor, Strategy and Innovation
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Laurina Zhang is an Assistant Professor in Strategy & Innovation at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. She is interested in the organizational and policy levers that affect innovation and inequality. Her work has examined how technology and information affect innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative outcomes through democratization of access and participation for disadvantaged subgroups.

Her research has been published in journals such as Management Science and the Strategic Management Journal. Her research has received numerous awards, including the Best Dissertation Award at Academy of Management, the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship, Questrom’s Shahdadpuri Faculty Research Award, and financial support from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)’s Innovation Policy and the Economics of Digitization working groups. Her work has been featured in various media outlets, such as Forbes, PCMag, Billboard, Boing Boing, and The Conversation. She has received several teaching recognitions including Elective Professor of the Year for her course in Corporate Strategy and the Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 Award, which is awarded to 40 faculty at Georgia Tech.

Prior to joining BU, she served on the faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Scheller College of Business and Western University’s Ivey Business School. Laurina holds her Ph.D. from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Prior to her PhD, Laurina worked at the Bank of Canada.

  • PhD, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 2014
  • BComm, University of Toronto, 2007
  • Lyons, E., Zhang, L. (In Press). "Salary Transparency and Gender Pay Inequality: Evidence from Canadian Universities", Strategic Management Journal, 44 (8), 2005-2034
  • Luo, H., Zhang, L. (2022). "Scandal, Social Movement, and Change: Evidence from #MeToo in Hollywood", Management Science, 68 (2), 1278-1296
  • Zhang, L., Luo, H. (2021). "Measuring the Impact of #MeToo on Gender Equity in Hollywood", Harvard Business Review
  • Lyons, E., Zhang, L. (2019). "Trade-offs in motivating volunteer effort: Experimental evidence on voluntary contributions to science.", PLoS One, 14 (11), e0224946-
  • Vakili, K., Zhang, L. (2018). "High on creativity: The impact of social liberalization policies on innovation", Strategic Management Journal, 39 (7), 1860-1886
  • Lyons, E., Zhang, L. (2018). "Who does (not) benefit from entrepreneurship programs?", Strategic Management Journal, 39 (1), 85-112
  • Zhang, L. (2018). "Intellectual Property Strategy and the Long Tail: Evidence from the Recorded Music Industry", Management Science, 64 (1), 24-42
  • Lyons, E., Zhang, L. (2017). "The Impact of Entrepreneurship Programs on Minorities", American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 107 (5), 303-307
  • Lyons, E., Zhang, L. (2016). "Does Entrepreneurship Training Lead to Entrepreneurship?", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2016 (1), 10982-10982
  • Agrawal, A., Cockburn, I., Zhang, L. (2015). "Deals not done: Sources of failure in the market for ideas", Strategic Management Journal, 36 (7), 976-986
    Research Presentations
  • Zhang, L. Female Entrepreneurs, Digital Tools, and Work-Life Balance: Evidence from Small Businesses around the World, Academy of Management, Boston, MA, 2023
  • Gutierrez, C. Discussion of "Pay Transparency and Productivity", Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (SIE) Workshop, Online, 2023
  • Zhang, L. Gender Inequality and the direction of ideas: Evidence from the Weinstein Scandal and #MeToo, NYU Stern School of Business, 2022
  • Zhang, L. Salary Transparency and Gender Wage Inequality, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, 2022
  • Zhang, L. Gender Inequality and the Direction of Ideas: Evidence from #MeToo, Questrom Data Blitz, 2022
  • Zhang, L. Gender Inequality and the Direction of Ideas: Evidence from #MeToo, Washington University at St. Louis, Olin Business School, 2021
  • Zhang, L. Gender Inequality and the Direction of Ideas: Evidence from #MeToo, University of Colorado, Boulder, Leeds Business School, Virtual, 2021
  • Zhang, L. Gender Inequality and the Direction of Ideas: Evidence from #MeToo, Strategy Science conference, 2021
  • Zhang, L. , Luo, H. Gender Inequality and the Direction of Ideas: Evidence from #MeToo, NBER Productivity Lunch, 2021
    Awards and Honors
  • 2022, Shahdadpuri Faculty Research Award
  • 2020, Elective Professor of the Year
  • 2020, Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 Award
  • 2018, Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellow
  • 2016, NBER Innovation Policy Research Grant
  • 2015, Best Dissertation Award
  • 2015, Best Paper Award Finalist
  • 2015, David G. Burgoyne Teaching Award Finalist
  • 2012, NBER Economics of Digitization and Copyright Grant