Dr Weiting Zheng
Senior Lecturer

Dr Weiting Zheng

PhD (Strategic Management), National University of Singapore Business School

Business School
School of Management and Governance

Dr Weiting Zheng is a tenured faculty member at the School of Management and Governance, at UNSW Business School. In her research, she investigates corporate non-market strategy, trying to understand organizations' actions in managing their political and societal contexts. Her current research projects focus on topics related to corporate political strategy in emerging markets, the role of the state in influencing firm behavior, and managing diverse stakeholder relationships. 

Weiting has published in leading academic journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, and Research Policy. She is a Dean's Research Fellow, and has won UNSW Business School Research Excellence Commendation in 2019. Weiting is Associate Editor at the Australian Journal of Management, and serves on the editorial board of leading management journals including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Research, and Management and Organization Review. She has successfully obtained competitive research grants in different countries (Hong Kong SAR, mainland China, New Zealand, and Australia). Her research has also been cited by the managerial and popular press, including Harvard Business Review, South China Morning Post, Monash Impact, and BusinessThink.

Weiting's teaching interests encompass strategic management and international business. She received a commendation for Teaching Excellence in 2020. Before joining UNSW, she taught at Victoria University of Wellington and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she won Teaching Excellence Award in 2010.

Location
Room 506, UNSW Business School
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Wei QS; Zheng W; Ozdemir SZ, 2022, 'Political Connections Formation as A Mixed Gamble: Evidence from Family Firms in China', Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2022, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2022.11208abstract
    Journal articles | 2022
    Zheng W; Ang SH; Singh K, 2022, 'The Interface of Market and Nonmarket Strategies: Political Ties and Strategic Competitive Actions', Journal of World Business, vol. 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2022.101345
    Journal articles | 2019
    Zheng W; Ang SH; Singh K, 2019, 'Political Ties’ Impact on Firms’ Strategic Actions and Performance during Institutional Transition', Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2019, pp. 10541 - 10541, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2019.10541abstract
    Journal articles | 2019
    Zheng W; Ni N; Crilly D, 2019, 'Channeling and Shielding: The Janus Face of Political Ties in Information Disclosure', Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2019, pp. 15296 - 15296, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2019.15296abstract
    Journal articles | 2019
    Zheng W; Ni N; Crilly D, 2019, 'Non-Profit Organizations as a Nexus between Government and Business: Evidence from Chinese Charities', Strategic Management Journal, vol. 40, pp. 658 - 684, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smj.2958
    Journal articles | 2018
    Zheng W, 2018, 'Selection and Learning: Impact of Political Ties on Firm Performance and Efficiency in Competition', Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2018, pp. 11210 - 11210, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2018.11210abstract
    Journal articles | 2017
    Zheng W; Singh KW; Chung C-N, 2017, 'Ties to Unbind: Political Ties and Firm Sell-Offs During Institutional Transition', JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, vol. 43, pp. 2005 - 2036, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0149206315575553
    Journal articles | 2015
    Zheng W; Singh K; Mitchell W, 2015, 'Buffering and enabling: The impact of interlocking political ties on firm survival and sales growth', STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, vol. 36, pp. 1615 - 1636, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smj.2301
    Journal articles | 2009
    Mahmood IP; Zheng W, 2009, 'Whether and how: Effects of international joint ventures on local innovation in an emerging economy', RESEARCH POLICY, vol. 38, pp. 1489 - 1503, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2009.07.003
  • Conference Presentations | 2018
    Zheng W, 2018, 'Selection and Adaptation: Effects of Political Ties and Competition on Firm Survival and Capabilities', presented at International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) Conference, Wuhan, 19 June 2018 - 23 June 2018
    Conference Abstracts | 2018
    Zheng W; Singh K, 2018, 'Do Political Ties Facilitate or Constrain Firms’ Competitive Actions during Institutional Transition? The Interplay between Informal and Formal Institutions', in Do Political Ties Facilitate or Constrain Firms’ Competitive Actions during Institutional Transition? The Interplay between Informal and Formal Institutions, Academy of International Business (AIB) Oceania, Melbourne, presented at Academy of International Business (AIB) Oceania, Melbourne, 16 November 2018 - 17 November 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Zheng W, 2017, 'The Red Queen Effect? Impact of Competition and Political Ties on Firm Performance and Efficiency', presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 04 August 2017 - 08 August 2017
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Zheng W; Ni N, 2017, 'The Two Faces of Political Embeddedness: Fundraising Performance of Charitable Organizations in Emerging Economies', in The Two Faces of Political Embeddedness: Fundraising Performance of Charitable Organizations in Emerging Economies, ARNOVA-Asia Conference, Beijing, presented at ARNOVA-Asia Conference, Beijing, 01 June 2017 - 03 June 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Zheng W; Ni N, 2017, 'The Two Faces of Political Embeddedness: Fundraising Performance of Charitable Organizations', presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 04 August 2017 - 08 August 2017
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Zheng W; Ang SH; Singh K, 2016, 'Foreign competition and domestic firm performance: The role of competitive reaction and political ties', in Foreign competition and domestic firm performance: The role of competitive reaction and political ties, International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) Conference, Hangzhou, presented at International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) Conference, Hangzhou, 17 June 2016 - 22 June 2016
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Zheng W; Chung C-N; Luo XR, 2015, 'Compliance Or Resistance? Political Ties And Board Independence In An Emerging Economy', presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, 07 August 2015 - 11 August 2015
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Zheng W; Chung C-N; Luo XR, 2014, 'When do political ties facilitate corporate governance changes? The role of global capital and family culture', in When do political ties facilitate corporate governance changes? The role of global capital and family culture, Strategic Management Society Special conference, Sydney, presented at Strategic Management Society Special conference, Sydney, 12 December 2014 - 16 December 2014
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Zheng W; Tang Y, 2014, 'CEO Political Ties and Firm Performance: A Corporate Governance Perspective', in CEO Political Ties and Firm Performance: A Corporate Governance Perspective, Strategic Management Society Special conference, Copenhagen, presented at Strategic Management Society Special conference, Copenhagen, 13 June 2014 - 16 June 2014
    Conference Papers | 2013
    Zheng W; Chung C-N; Luo XR, 2013, 'Foreign Institutional Investors, Political Ties, and the Adoption of Progressive Corporate Governance Practices', in Foreign Institutional Investors, Political Ties, and the Adoption of Progressive Corporate Governance Practices, Academy of International Business (AIB) Southeast Asia Regional Conference, Bali, presented at Academy of International Business (AIB) Southeast Asia Regional Conference, Bali, 12 December 2013 - 19 December 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Zheng W; Chung C-N, 2012, 'Foreign Institutional Investors, Political Ties, and Corporate Governance Reforms in Emerging Economies', presented at International Academy of Chinese Management Research, Hong Kong, 14 June 2012 - 21 June 2012
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Zheng W; Chung C-N, 2011, 'Competing logics: Foreign institutional investor, political ties, and the appointment of independent directors in Taiwan', in Competing logics: Foreign institutional investor, political ties, and the appointment of independent directors in Taiwan, Academy of International Business (AIB), Nagoya, presented at Academy of International Business (AIB), Nagoya, 10 June 2011 - 15 June 2011
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Zheng W; Chung C-N, 2010, 'Political Ties, Foreign Ownership, and the Appointment of Independent Directors in Newly Industrialized Economies', in Political Ties, Foreign Ownership, and the Appointment of Independent Directors in Newly Industrialized Economies, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, 06 August 2010 - 10 August 2010
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Zheng W; Singh K, 2010, 'Buffering or Enabling? An evolutionary perspective on political ties, dissolution and growth', in Buffering or Enabling? An evolutionary perspective on political ties, dissolution and growth, International Academy of Chinese Management Research, Shanghai, presented at International Academy of Chinese Management Research, Shanghai, 15 June 2010 - 18 June 2010
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Zheng W; Singh K; Chung C-N, 2009, 'Political Ties and Their Contingent Impact on Firms Being Acquired', in Political Ties and Their Contingent Impact on Firms Being Acquired, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, 07 August 2009 - 11 August 2009
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Zheng W, 2008, 'How and When: A Dynamic View on Political Ties and Domestic Firms' Exit in Response to Competitive Foreign Entry', in How and When: A Dynamic View on Political Ties and Domestic Firms' Exit in Response to Competitive Foreign Entry, . Academy of Management Meeting, Anaheim, presented at . Academy of Management Meeting, Anaheim, 08 August 2008 - 12 August 2008
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Zheng W, 2008, 'The contingent value of political ties in evolving environments: Exit of domestic firms following competitive foreign entry', in Academy of Management 2008 Annual Meeting: The Questions We Ask, AOM 2008, Anaheim, presented at Academy of Management, Anaheim, 01 August 2008 - 05 August 2008
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Zheng W; Singh K, 2008, 'The Contingent Value of Political Ties in Transition: Exit of Domestic Firms Following Competitive Foreign Entry', in The Contingent Value of Political Ties in Transition: Exit of Domestic Firms Following Competitive Foreign Entry, Asia Academy of Management, Taipei, presented at Asia Academy of Management, Taipei, 14 December 2008 - 16 December 2008
    Conference Papers | 2007
    Zheng W; Singh K, 2007, 'Political Ties and Firms' Strategic Reaction to Competitive Foreign Entry', in Political Ties and Firms' Strategic Reaction to Competitive Foreign Entry, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 03 August 2007 - 07 August 2007
    Conference Papers | 2006
    Zheng W; Singh K, 2006, 'Domestic Firms' R&D Response to Foreign Competition', in Domestic Firms' R&D Response to Foreign Competition, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 04 August 2006 - 08 August 2006
    Conference Papers | 2005
    Zheng W; Chakrabarti A; Singh K, 2005, 'The Diversification and R&D Relationship: A Re-examination across Institutional Environments in Asia', in The Diversification and R&D Relationship: A Re-examination across Institutional Environments in Asia, Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting, Quebec, presented at Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting, Quebec, 10 June 2005 - 15 June 2005
    Conference Papers | 2005
    Zheng W; Mahmood IP, 2005, 'Do International Joint Ventures Foster or Inhibit Innovative Activities in Emerging Economies?', in Do International Joint Ventures Foster or Inhibit Innovative Activities in Emerging Economies?, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Honolulu, presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Honolulu, 05 August 2005 - 09 August 2005

  • Dean’s Research Fellowship, UNSW Business School (2019-2021)
  • Research Grant, School of Management, UNSW Business School (2018-2020)
  • The Fund for Philosophy and Social Science of Shenzhen Municipality (2017-2020)
  • Guangdong Science Foundation, Guangdong Province, China (2017-2019)
  • Faculty Research Grant, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington (2017-2018)
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (2017-2019) 
  • Research Establishment Fund, Victoria University of Wellington (2016 – 2017)
  • Department Research Fund, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2013 – 2014)
  • Hong Kong Competitive Earmarked RGC Grant (2010 - 2011) 
  • Competitive Research Grants for Junior Academic Staff, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2009 - 2010)
  • Department Research Fund, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2008 – 2009)

  • Supervisor Nominee Award, UNSW Postgraduate Council (2021)

  • Commendation for Teaching Excellence, UNSW School of Management and Governance (2020)

  • Research Excellence Commendation, UNSW Business School (2019)

  • Dean’s Research Fellowship (2019-2021), UNSW Business School

  • Teaching Excellence Award, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2010)

  • SAMS/AIB Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Academy of International Business, Runner-up (2005)

Publications:

  • Zheng W; Ang SH; Singh K, 2022, 'The Interface of Market and Nonmarket Strategies: Political Ties and Strategic Competitive Actions', Journal of World Business, vol. 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2022.101345
  • Zheng, W., Ni, N. & Crilly D. 2019. Non-Profit Organizations as a Nexus between Government and Business: Evidence from Chinese Charities, Strategic Management Journal, https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2958.
  • Zheng, W., Singh, K., & Chung, C-N. 2017. Ties to unbind: Political ties and firm sell-offs during institutional transition, Journal of Management 43(7): 2005–2036, https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206315575553.
  • Zheng, W., Singh, K., & Mitchell, W. 2015. Buffering and enabling: The relationship of interlocking political ties with firm survival and sales growth, Strategic Management Journal 36(11): 1615-1636, https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2301 (read a summary of this paper at the Harvard Business Review).
  • Mahmood, I. & Zheng, W. 2009. Whether and How: Effects of international joint ventures on local innovation, Research Policy 38(9): 1489–1503, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2009.07.003.
  • Zheng, W. 2008. The Contingent Value of Political Ties in Transition: Exit of Domestic Firms Following Competitive Foreign Entry. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Mahmood, I. & Zheng, W. 2005. Do International Joint Ventures Foster or Inhibit Innovative Activities in Emerging Economies? Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Associate Editor: Australian Journal of Management (2019 – present)

Editorial board membership

  • Strategic Management Journal (2013 – present)
  • Management and Organization Review (2013 – present)
  • Journal of Business Research (2017 – present)

Professional service

  • Global Representative, Strategic Management Division (STR), the Academy of Management (AoM) (2020-2022)
  • Rep-at-Large, Strategic Management Society (SMS) Research Methods Community (2022-2023)

Managerial and Popular Media Citation

My Research Supervision

Qiao Wei (July 2018 – 2021): placed as an Assistant Professor at Nankai University

My Teaching

MGMT 5603 Global Business Strategy and Management

COMM 1150 Global Business Environments