Xin Yao

Assistant Professor
Management & Entrepreneurship

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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

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