Dr. Na Zou



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Na Zou completed her doctorate at Goethe University Frankfurt in August 2020 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship with focus on Japan/East Asia until September 2023. Since then, she has been working as an external researcher within a BMBF project. Her research interests are in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially on how social networks and linkages to science influence entrepreneurial activities and firm innovation.

Prior to her doctorate, she earned a MSc. in International Economics with specialization in Chinese Economy at Lund University in Sweden and a BSc. in Economics at Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics in China.


Recent Publications

Zou, N., & Storz, C. (2023). Why do some entrepreneurs thrive? A network content perspective. Journal of Business Research, 161, 113821. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2023.113821 [Published Online: 16 March 2023]

Storz, C., ten Brink, T., & Zou, N. (2022). Innovation in emerging economies: How do university-industry linkages and public procurement matter for small businesses?. Asia Pacific Journal of Management39(4), 1439-1480. doi.org/10.1007/s10490-021-09763-z  [Published Online: 3 June 2021]

Burt, R. S., Opper, S., & Zou, N. (2021). Social network and family business: Uncovering hybrid family firms. Social Networks, 65, 141-156. doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2020.12.005  [Published Online: 17 January 2021]

Heckel, M., Hüppe-Moon, S., & Zou, N. (2018). Employee well-being in China and Japan: A Media Content Analysis. pp.166-195.  In Amelung et al (Ed.). 2018. Protecting the Weak: Entangled Processes of Framing, Mobilization and Institutionalization in East Asia, London/New York: Routledge