University of Southern California

Ascendant Scholar Recognized
Management and Organization Professor Feng Zhu Earns Prestigious Award
March 26, 2013 • by News at Marshall

Feng Zhu, assistant professor of management and organization in the USC Marshall School of Business, received the Western Academy of Management’s Ascendant Scholar Award at its annual meeting in March.

The prestigious annual award recognizes exceptional academicians, no more than seven years out of their doctoral programs, who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Since the Western Academy of Management introduced the award in 1982, many of the management field’s most prominent scholars have been recognized as Ascendant Scholars during their early careers.

"Feng Zhu’s research is theoretically insightful, methodologically rigorous and practically relevant," said Thomas G. Cummings, professor and chair of the Department of Management & Organization at Marshall. "It focuses on an important and rapidly growing sector of the global economy—platform-based markets—and it is interdisciplinary, drawing on concepts and perspectives from economics, marketing and information systems."

"Add to this scholarship," Cummings continued, "Feng’s exceptional teaching record, including Marshall’s Golden Apple teaching award, and you have one of the field’s truly ascendant scholars."

Zhu is being honored by the Western Academy of Management four years after receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard. His research on technology strategy and business model competition in platform-based markets has been published in top-tier academic journals such as the American Economic Review, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Marketing, Management Science and Strategic Management Journal. Zhu, who teaches courses on strategic management and research methods, received both the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence and Marshall’s Golden Apple teaching award in 2011.

"I am truly honored to receive this award," Zhu said. "I would not have received it without the nurturing environment at USC. My wonderful colleagues not only helped me tremendously with my research, but also made me a much better teacher."

Zhu joins a distinguished group of former Ascendant Scholars, including Joanne Martin, Jay Barney, Connie Gersick, Kathy Eisenhardt, Tom Lee, Michael Morris, Jone Pearce and Anne Tsui, as well as Marshall’s own Sue Mohrman, Mary Ann Von Glinow, Janet Fulk, Dave Bowen, Gerry Ledford, Arvind Bhambri, Syd Finkelstein, Nandini Rajagopalan, Gretchen Spreitzer, Nick Argyres, Lisa Pelled, Cris Gibson, Peter Kim, Peer Fiss and Mark Kennedy.

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