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Lihua Wang, Ph.D.

( She/Her/Hers )
Phone: (415) 405-0964
Location: BUS 312
Office Hours:
Mon: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. BUS 312, BUS 312, BUS 221 (LFCoB DEIB Lounge)
International Business


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Lihua Wang is a professor at the International Business Department, Lam Family College of Business, San Francisco State University. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Management and Organizations from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a bachelor's degree in international economics from Nankai University, China. Her research interests include the internationalization of firms in emerging markets, social entrepreneurship and innovation, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder management, and inter-firm relationships. She has extensive teaching experience in the areas of corporate strategy, organizational theory, cross-cultural negotiation, comparative management, international business, and global strategy. She has taught at Stanford University, Columbia University, the National University of Singapore, and San Francisco State University. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Strategic Management JournalJournal of World BusinessFamily Business Review, Journal of Business Research, Management and Organization Review, Industrial and Corporate ChangeJournal of Business-to-Business MarketingChinese Management Studies Asian Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of International Consumer Marketing, Management Decision.  


  • Ph.D. in Management and Organizations, Northwestern University
  • M.B.A., Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • B.A. in Economics, Nankai, China

Research Interests: 

  • Internationalization
  • Inter-firm relationships
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Social entrepreneurship and innovation

Main Theoretical Focus:

  • Internationalization
  • Stakeholder management theory
  • A resource-based view of a firm
  • Institutional theory

Area Specialty:

  • China

Honors and Awards: 

  • Lam-Larsen Distinguished Research Professor, AY 2023-2025

  • Lam Larsen Competitive Awards for Research (with Ryan Smith and Yikuan Lee), $2500, AY 2023-2024

  • Lam Family College of Business Community Engagement Mini-Grant, $2000, Spring 2022; Spring 2023.

  • Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business (CESB) Research Award, $1000, Spring 2023

  • Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business (CESB) Teaching Award, $1000, Spring 2022  

  • Lam Family College of Business Research Award, Spring 2022; Fall 2022, Fall 2023.

  • Lam Family College of Business Research Productivity Award, Academic Year 2017-2018.

  • Lam Family College of Business Research Productivity Award, Academic Year 2016-2017.

  • Emerald Citations of Excellence Award, 2015 from Emerald Group Publishing, for the article: Liang, X., Lu, X., & Wang, L. 2012. Outward internationalization of private enterprises in China: the effect of competitive advantages and disadvantages compared to home market rivals. Journal of World Business, 47(1), 134-144.  

  • CSU Summer Stipend, 2007
  • Grant for Social Science Research, Education Ministry of China (RMB 50,000)
  • Best Article of 2006, Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing

Professional Associations: 

  • The Academy of Management
  • International Association for Chinese Management Research