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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business
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Ling, Yan

Academic Unit:Management
Position:Associate Professor
Phone:703-993-1821
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 222
Office Hours:By appointment
Research Interests:
  • Entrepreneurial issues
  • Top management teams
  • Corporate governance
  • Cross-cultural studies
Teaching Interests:
  • Strategic management
  • International management
Education:
  • PhD - Business Administration, University of Connecticut
  • BA - Accounting, Central University of Finance & Economics, China
Profile:

Yan Ling is an associate professor of management at the George Mason University School of Business. She received her PhD in business administration from the University of Connecticut and her undergraduate degree from Central University of Finance & Economics in China.

Ling teaches courses in strategic management and entrepreneurship.

Her primary research focuses on top management issues as they pertain to small, privately-held firms including family businesses and new ventures. She is interested in how the top-level management of small, privately-held firms may be different from that of large, publicly-held organizations. Her research has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Organizational Behaviors, among others.

Yan Ling's CV

Research and Awards:

Presented the paper titled, “Resolving Paradoxes in Top Management Team Dynamics: The Role of CEO Tertius Iungens Orientation” at the Academy of Management Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada in 2015 (with coauthors Liqun Wei and Jun Xia).

Published an article titled, “Benefiting from CEOs' Empowerment of TMTs: Does CEO-TMT Dissimilarity Matter?” (coauthored with Richard Klimoski and Liqun Wei) in Leadership Quarterly in 2015. 

Presented the paper titled, “Benefiting from CEOs' Empowerment of TMTs: Does CEO–TMT Dissimilarity Matter?” at the Academy of Management Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (with coauthors Rick Klimoski and Liqun Wei).

Published an article titled, “Competing in China: Introduction to the Special Section” (coauthored with Robert Grosse) in the Journal of Business Research in 2015.

Presented the paper titled, “Sole Founder Personal Network, New Venture's Decision Quality and Strategic Capability: Evidence from China,” at the 2014 Frontiers of Business Research (FBR) International Symposium in Beijing, China (with coauthors Liqun Wei, Qing Cao, and C. C. Chan). 

Presented the paper titled, “The Role of Sole Founders' Characteristics in the Creation of Ambidexterity: Evidence from China,” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in 2013 (with coauthors Liqun Wei and Qing Cao).

Received a Professional Service Award from Family Business Review in 2013.

Presented the paper titled, “Profiting from Empowerment at the Top: The Role Of CEO-TMT Members Dissimilarity” at the Academy of Management Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in 2013 (with Richard Klimoski). 

Presented the paper titled, “CEO Characteristics and Corporate Entrepreneurship: Evidence from China” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Boston, MA in 2012 (with coauthors Liqun Wei). 

Ling also published an article titled, “The Impact of Family Structure on Issue Selling by Successor Generation Members in Family Firms” in the Journal of Family Business Strategy in 2012.

Presented the paper titled “Profiting from Empowerment at the Top: The Role Of CEO-TMT Members Dissimilarity” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Boston, MA in 2012 (with coauthors Richard Klimoski and Liqun Wei).

Presented the paper titled “CEO Characteristics and Corporate Entrepreneurship: Evidence from China” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in 2012 (with coauthor).

Presented (with Richard Klimoski) the paper titled “Empowering Leadership and Organizational Performance: The Moderating Role of Dissimilarity between the CEO and Other TMT Members” at the Conference of the International Association for Chinese Management Research in Hong Kong, China- Hong Kong in 2012. 

Presented the paper titled “Influence of CEO Demography on Entrepreneurial Orientation: The Moderating Role of Competitive Intensity” at the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Beijing, China.  

Was awarded the 2011 JOM Scholarly Impact Award from the Journal of Management for the article titled, “Ambidexterity and Performance in Small- to Medium-Sized Firms: The Pivotal Role of Top Management Team Behavioral Integration.”

Named finalist for the 2010 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award from George Mason University.

Presented the paper titled “CEOs In Value Creation: Current Research and Future Direction” at Nankai University in Tianjin, China-PRC.

Presented the paper titled “CEOs In Value Creation: Current Research and Future Direction” at Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong in June 2010.

Presented the paper titled “Toward A Model of Issue Selling by Successor Generation in Family Firms” at the Family Enterprises Research Conference in Cancun, Mexico.