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Research Interests

Dr Zhou's current research interests cover four domains: First of all, she is interested in investigating the determinants and well-being of entrepreneurship. The typical research questions that I answer is for example how TPB model work in a particular conditional set-up; how labor market condition affect individual decision in entrepreneurial process. Considering well-being, she is particular interested in the dependent well-being between entrepreneurs and their spouses (in a family embeddedness context).

Entrepreneurial finance is another area that I am interested. Her focus is on informal investor, for instance the behavioral characteristics of angel investment, and the relationship between fund manager and the performance of their investee firms.

Her second research stream relates to innovation where I look at the nexus between labor relations, HRM, strategic assets and firm performance (including innovation performance and productivity) in different context (start-up, SMEs, etc.)

Family business is the third research stream in which Dr Zhou is engaged. She is particularly interested in the role of paid family employees, family involvement on the performance of family business. Moreover, family business professionalization is another topic that she likes to investigate in my future research.

Her last research stream lays on the topic of growth and survival. She is interested in the determinants and dimensions of firm growth, the relationship between growth and survival especially within the high-growth firm or gazelles that governments heavily subsidized.

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Research Interests

Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, Small business, Entrepreneurial financing, Family business, Innovation (management), Knowledge (management), Labor economics, Applied econometrics, the North-East Asian context.

Personal profile

Dr. ir. Haibo Zhou is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Programme Director of MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at Nottingham University Business School China. She is also affiliated with the University of Twente (the Netherlands) as the co-promotor for Ph.D. projects. Moreover, she is adjunct research fellow at Innovation Research Center, Kwansei Gakuin University (Hyogo, Japan). Prior to joining NUBS, Dr. ir. Haibo Zhou has worked as a senior lecturer for a short period at the Faculty of Science, University of Leiden (the Netherlands) and held a position as Assistant Professor at the NOKIS (UTs research group for Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation Management), University of Twente (the Netherlands). She also worked as Assistant Professor at the Department of Innovation Management and Strategy, University of Groningen (the Netherlands), for the first six years since she obtained her Ph.D. degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Haibo Zhou’s research interests focus on specific challenges that entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial firms, and policy-makers face in practice. Her research has been published in the leading Entrepreneurship and Innovation journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Industrial and Corporate Change, Small Business Economics, Technovation, International Small Business Journal, etc. In addition to her academic achievements, Zhou is keen to put research into practice. Together with her co-authors, they have published research outcomes in Financieel Dagblad Weekend (Dutch version of financial times), Economisch Statistische Berichten and Productivity News (a Japanese newspaper). Haibo Zhou has a rich research network in Europe, the US, and Asia. She is well-positioned in her network to recognize opportunities, and initiate and act on these opportunities by connecting different individuals and/or institutions to form consortiums or partnerships or work on research projects that share common interests. She is an ad-hoc reviewer for the leading international journals and conferences in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship, and management. She is well recognized by Babson, the prestige entrepreneurship community, and is a recognized reviewer by the International Association of Chinese Management Research due to the care, depth, and responsiveness of her reviews. Using her academic expertise, Haibo Zhou closely worked with the industries and entrepreneurship center and acted as an advisor for both International Corporation and start-up firms. Prior to her academic career, she served as a project manager and consultant in the automobile industry for four years. Her customers include GM, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai Europe, etc.



  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Entrepreneurial Project
  • Leading Entrepreneurial Growth

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