Zhiang "John" LIN

(Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University)



Organizations, Strategy and International Management

Contact Information

School of Management, SM43
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX 75083-0688

Phone: (972) 883-2753
Fax: (972) 883-6029
E-mail: zlin@utdallas.edu
Office: SM 4.405

Teaching Interests

Organization Theory;
Strategic Management;
Social Networks of Organizations;
Organizational Decision Making.

Research Interests

Computational Organization Theory;
Social Network Analysis;
International Comparative Studies;
Strategic Decision Making.

Main Research Activities

Curriculum Vita

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Journal Editorial Services

Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory

Organization Science

Management and Organization Review

Journal of Organization Design

Strategic Management Journal

Authored Book

Zhiang Lin and Kathleen Carley, (2003), Designing Stress Resistant Organizations: Computational Theorizing and Crisis Applications, Kluwer Academic Publishers (Now Springer), Boston, MA.

Selected Journal Articles

Steve Sauerwald, Zhiang Lin, and Mike Peng, (2015), "Board Social Capital and Excess CEO Returns," Strategic Management Journal, Forthcoming.

Canan Mutlu, Wu Zhan, Mike Peng, and Zhiang Lin, (2015), "Competiting in (and out of) Transition Economies," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 32:571596.

David Weng and Zhiang Lin, (2014), "Beyond CEO Tenure: The Effect of CEO Newness on Strategic Changes," Journal of Management, 40(7): 2009-2032.

Haibin Yang, Zhiang Lin, and Mike Peng, (2011), "Behind Acquisitions of Alliance Partners: Exploratory Learning and Network Embeddedness," Academy of Management Journal, 54(5): 1069-1080.

Yasuhiro Yamakawa, Haibin Yang, Zhiang Lin, (2011), "Exploration versus Exploitation in Alliance Portfolio: Performance Implications of Organizational, Strategic, and Environmental Fit," Research Policy, 40(2): 287-296.

Haibin Yang, Li Sun, Zhiang Lin, and Mike Peng, (2011), "Behind M&As in China and the United States: Networks, Learning, and Institutions," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 28: 239-255.

Haibin Yang, Zhiang Lin, and Ya Lin, (2010), "A Multilevel Framework of Firm Boundaries: Firm Characteristics, Dyadic Differences, and Network Attributes," Strategic Management Journal, 31(3):237-261.

Zhiang Lin, Mike Peng, Haibin Yang, and Li Sun, (2009), "How Do Networks and Learning Drive M&As? An Institutional Comparison between China and the United States," Strategic Management Journal, 30(10): 1113-1132.

Zhiang Lin, Haibin Yang, and Bindu Arya, (2009), "Alliance Partners and Firm Performance: Resource Complementarity and Status Association," Strategic Management Journal, 30(9): 921-940.

Zhiang Lin, James Kitts, Haibin Yang, and Richard Harrison, (2008), "Elucidating Strategic Network Dynamics through Computational Modeling," Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, 14(3): 175-208.

-- Supplemental Materials: Source Codes for COM-Ned

Lei Li, Zhiang Lin, and Bindu Arya, (2008), "The Turtle-Hare Story Revisited: Social Capital and Resource Accumulation for Firms from Emerging Economies," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 25(2): 251.275.

-- Supplemental Materials: Appendices A and B: Key Facts and Sources of Lenovo and SAIC Cases

Zhiang Lin, Haibin Yang, and Irem Demirkan, (2007), "The Performance Consequences of Ambidexterity in Strategic Alliance Formations: Empirical Investigation and Computational Theorizing," Management Science, 53(10): 1645-1658.

-- Supplemental Materials: Algorithm, Sensitivity Analyses, and Interacation Plots

Bindu Arya and Zhiang Lin, (2007), "Understanding Collaboration Outcomes from an Extended RBV Perspective: The Roles of Organizational Characteristics, Partner Attributes, and Network Structures," Journal of Management, 33(5): 697-723.

Richard Harrison, Zhiang Lin, Glenn Carroll, and Kathleen Carley, (2007), "Simulation Modeling in Organizational and Management Research," Academy of Management Review, 32(4): 1229-1245.

Bindu Arya and Zhiang Lin, (2007), "Innovation Sourcing Decisions of Hi-Tech Firms: An Embeddedness Perspective," Strategic Management Review, 1(1): 1-21.

Zhiang Lin, Xia Zhao, Kiram Ismail, and Kathleen Carley, (2006), "Organizational Design and Restructuring in Response to Crises: Lessons from Computational Modeling and Real World Cases," Organization Science, 17(5): 598-618.

-- Supplemental Materials: Sources for Table 1

Zhiang Lin, (2006), "Environmental Determination or Organizational Design: An Exploration of Organizational Decision Making under Environmental Uncertainty," Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 14: 438-453.

Zhiang Lin, Haibin Yang, Bindu Arya, Zhi Huang, and Dan Li, (2005), "Structural vs. Individual Perspectives on the Dynamics of Group Performance: Theoretical Exploration and Empirical Investigation," Journal of Management, 31(3): 354-380.

Haibin Yang and Zhiang Lin, (2005), "Interfirm Distances as Channels for External Resources: The Choice between Alliances and Mergers & Acquisitions," Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings, BPS(2005): 11-16.

Zhiang Lin and Dan Li, (2004), "The Performance Consequences of Top Management Successions: The Roles of Organizational and Environmental Contexts," Group and Organization Management, 29(1): 32-66.

Zhiang Lin and Dan Li, (2003), "Does Competency-Based Trust Benefit Organizational Performance: A Meso Exploration Using Computer Modeling," Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 27(4): 219-261.

Zhiang Lin, (2002), "The Dynamics of Inter-Organizational Ties During Crisis: Empirical Evidence and Computational Analysis," Simulation Modelling Practices and Theory, 10(5-7): 387-415.

Zhiang Lin and Kathleen Carley, (2001), "Organizational Design and Adaptation in Response to Crises: Theory and Practice," Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings, OMT(2001): 1-7.

Steven Phelan and Zhiang Lin, (2001), "Promotion Systems and Organizational Performance: A Contingency Model," Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, 7(3): 207-232.

James Robins and Zhiang Lin, (2000), "Institutional Influences on Organizational Control: A Comparative Examination of Agency Theory in Sino-Japanese and Sino-American Joint Ventures," Advances in International Comparative Management, 13: 119 -148.

Zhiang Lin, (2000), "Organizational Restructuring and the Impact of Knowledge Transfer," Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 24(2): 129-149.

Zhiang Lin, (2000), "Organizational Performance under Critical Situations: Exploring the Role of Computer Modeling in Crisis Case Analyses," Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, 6(3): 277-310.

Zhiang Lin and Chun Hui, (1999), "Should Lean Replace Mass Organization Systems: A Theoretical Examination from a Management Coordination Perspective," Journal of International Business Studies, 30(1): 45-80.

Kathleen Carley, Michael Prietula, and Zhiang Lin, (1998), "Design versus Cognition: The Interaction of Agent Cognition and Organizational Design on Organizational Performance," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 1(3): 1-19.

Zhiang Lin and Kathleen Carley, (1997), "Organizational Response: The Cost Performance Tradeoff," Management Science, 43(2): 217-234.

Zhiang Lin and Kathleen Carley, (1997), "Organizational Decision Making and Error in a Dynamic Task Environment," Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 22(2): 125-150.

Kathleen Carley and Zhiang Lin, (1997), "A Theoretical Study of Organizational Performance under Information Distortion," Management Science, 43(7): 976-997.

Zhiang Lin and Chun Hui, (1997), "Adapting to the Changing Environment: A Theoretical Comparison of Decision Making Proficiency of Lean and Mass Organization Systems," Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, 3(2): 113-142.

Zhiang Lin and Kathleen Carley, (1995), "DYCORP: A Computational Framework for Examining Organizational Performance under Dynamic Conditions," Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 20(2-3): 193-217.

Kathleen Carley and Zhiang Lin, (1995), "Organizational Designs Suited to High Performance under Stress," IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 25(2): 221-230.

Zhiang Lin and Kathleen Carley, (1993), "Proactive or Reactive: An Analysis of the Effect of Agent Style on Organizational Decision Making Performance," International Journal of Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance, and Management, 2(4): 271-287.

Courses for Spring 2016

BPS6310_501: Strategic Management (Syllabus) (Updated on 1/8/2016)

OB7312-001: Social Network Theory (Syllabus) (Updated on 1/8/2016)

Courses Previously Taught

Undergraduate Level

- Social and Political Environment of Business/Strategic Management

- Organizational Design and Change

- Organizational Behavior

Master Level

- Foundations of Organization Theory

- Managerial Decision Making

- Comparative Management Methods

- Strategic Management

Ph.D. Level

- Social Network Theory

- Organizational Decision Making

- Organizational Simulation