Xin “Eva” Yao is a Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Eva's research examines individual and organizational agency in uncertain environments through the lenses of motivation and social cognition. Specifically, she is interested in how individuals function in an organizational setting or in an entrepreneurial ecosystem, across different institutional and cultural environments. Eva is also interested in understanding how firms make decisions, through a socio-cognitive lens, in environments characterized by high levels of market, non-market, and technological uncertainty.
Eva's recent work addresses topics such as venture capital investment in Cleantech sectors, entrepreneurs’ networking repertoires across institutional and cultural environments, and entrepreneur role identity and behaviors. She has published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, Journal of Business Research, and Managerial and Decision Economics.
Eva teaches entrepreneurship and management at Leeds. She also has taught a variety of courses in organizational behavior and international management prior to my appointment at CU-Boulder.
From 2006-2012, Eva served as the executive secretary/treasurer of the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR)—a premier scholarly association dedicated to the creation and dissemination of management knowledge with a focus on China with over 8000 registered members from almost 100 countries.
Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Washington
B. Econ., Accounting, Renmin University of China
- Petkova, A., Wadhwa, A., Yao, X., & Jain, S. (2014). Reputation and decision making under ambiguity: A study of U.S. venture capital firms’ investments in the emerging clean energy sector. Academy of Management Journal, 57 (2): 422-448.
- Perry, J. T., Yao, X., & Chandler, G. N. (2011). To get the best CEO must the old CEO go? Power distribution in external CEO succession. Managerial and Decision Economics, 32 (8): 505-525.
- Perry, J. T., Chandler, G., Yao, X., Pett, T. (2011). Founder characteristics and legitimacy seeking behaviors. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, 14 (2): 41-51.
- Perry, J. T., Chandler, G. N., Yao, X., Wolff, J. (2011). Bootstrapping techniques and new venture emergence. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, 14 (1): 35-45.
- Liu, D., Chen, X. -P., & Yao, X. (2011). From autonomy to creativity: A multilevel investigation of the mediating role of harmonious passion. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96 (2): 294-309.
- Farmer, S., Yao, X., & Kung-McIntyre, K. (2011). The behavioral impact of entrepreneur identity aspiration and prior entrepreneurial experience. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 35 (2): 245-273. Top ten most cited papers in 2013 in ETP
- Takeuchi, R., Wang, M., Marinova, S. V., & Yao, X. (2009). Role of domain-specific facets of perceived organizational support during expatriation and implications for performance. Organization Science, 20 (3): 621-634.
- Chen, X. P., Pillutla, M. M., & Yao, X. (2009). Unintended consequences of cooperation inducing and maintaining mechanisms in public goods dilemmas: Sanctions and moral appeals. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12 (2): 241-255.
- Chen, X. P., Yao, X., & Kotha, S. (2009). Passion and preparedness in entrepreneurs’ business plan presentations: A persuasion analysis of venture capitalists’ funding decisions. Academy of Management Journal, 52 (1): 199-214.
- Yao, E., Fang, R., Dinnen, B., & Yao, X. (2008). Effects of customer feedback on new product acceptance in the click-and-mortar context. Journal of Business Research, 62 (12): 1281-1288.
- Yao, X. & Larson, E. B. (2005). Acting and clinical empathy – reply. Journal of the American Medical Association, 294 (1): 39-40.
- Larson, E. B. & Yao, X. (2005). Clinical empathy as emotional labor in the patient-physician relationship. Journal of the American Medical Association, 293 (9): 1100-1106.
Book Chapters and Other Publications
- Yao, X., Petkova, A., & Wadhwa, A. (forthcoming). What sustain the sustainable? Knowledge networks and cleantech entrepreneurship. In Gideon Markman, Amy Guerber, & Wan-Ting Su (Ed.s) Sustainability, Society, Business Ethics, and Entrepreneurship, World Scientific.
- Liu, D., Chen, X. -P., & Yao, X. (2011). From autonomy to creativity: The critical role of harmonious passion. Chinese Management Insights, 1 (2): 21-23.
- Yao, X., Farmer, S., & Kung-McIntyre, K. (2007). Who is the entrepreneur? Prototypical views of the entrepreneurial role across three cultures. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: 206. (refereed)
- Meisiek, S., & Yao, X. (2005). Nonsense makes sense: Humor in social sharing of emotion at the workplace. In Charmine E. J. Hartel, Wilfred J. Zerbe, & Neal M. Ashkanasy (Eds.) Emotions in Organizational Behavior: 143-165. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
- Yao, X., Lee, T.W., Mitchell, T.R., Burton, J.P., & Sablynski, C.J. (2004). Job embeddedness: Current research and future directions. In R. Griffeth & P. Hom (Eds.), Innovative Theory and Empirical Research on Employee Turnover: 153-187. Information Age: Greenwich, CT.