Lisa Zhao, PhD

Lisa Zhao

PhD, Cornell University
MS, Cornell University

Professor, Department of Management
Lawrence K. Johnson Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship

Teaching Areas

  • Entrepreneurship Essentials
  • Business Plan Development

Personal Bio

Lisa Zhao joinED Albers as the Lawrence K. Johnson Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship from University of Missouri - Kansas City, where she directed the Entrepreneurship and Innovation PhD program and taught undergraduate, MBA, PhD, and executive education courses. Before she joined UMKC, she worked at Cornell University and Michigan State University. She was also an entrepreneur and a consultant with startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Zhao conducts research and teaching on new venture product launch strategies, new venture funding and exit strategies, innovation management, market-entry strategies, and statistical methods. She is the author of more than 20 articles in top academic journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.