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Yuchen Zhang’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship, and technology and innovation management. For instance, Yuchen examines how formal organization affects innovation by focusing on vertical M&As. He also examines technology & innovation management in the contexts such as platform-based organizations and crowdfunding communities. As an example, Yuchen conducts a detailed examination of the process of knowledge transfer in the context of platform-mediated, user community-directed innovation. He also uses agent-based simulations and empirical data from Kickstarter.com to theoretically and empirically examine the question: how will increased efficiency and effectiveness of knowledge transfer between technology entrepreneurs and potential investors on the crowd-funding platform affect the probability of receiving funding and amounts of funds raised by the entrepreneur?
In addition to his primary research interest, Yuchen has been collaborating with colleagues from several institutions on a Chinese Patent Data Project (https://sites.google.com/site/sipopdb) to study patenting and innovation in China. Despite China’s recent patent surge, firm-level innovation research in China remains very limited, largely due to the difficulties of linking Chinese patent data with Chinese firm data. To encourage future research on China’s fast-changing innovation landscape, his colleagues and he are matching Chinese patent data to various types of firms seeking patents in China.