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Professor Fang Zhao

  • Job title: Associate Dean-Research&Enterprise Prof
  • Department: Staffordshire Business School


Professor Fang Zhao is a digital transformation strategist and a passionate researcher and business advisor in the areas of digital transformation and digital disruption. Her current research focuses on digital strategy in entrepreneurship and Smart Cities strategy and community engagement. She has published over 110 research works internationally and in some of the top-tier leading journals. She has provided consultancy and advisory services to governments, industry and business. She has led and completed a number of research projects funded by governments, industry/business and universities, including Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant and Australian Federal Government grant.

Professor Zhao is currently working as Associate Dean - Research and Enterprise in Staffordshire Business School of Staffordshire University, United Kingdom. Prior to that, she served on the roles of the Associate Dean – Management at School of Business and Law of Edith Cowan University, the Professor and Head of the School of Management and Public Administration of the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, and also the Professor and Acting Head of Management Department at the School of Business and Management (AACSB-Accredited) of American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Professor Fang Zhao has been the Principal Supervisor and has supervised 6 doctoral candidates to successful completion. She welcomes applications for a research degree at both Master and Doctorial levels in the areas related to, but not limited to, digital transformation strategy, smart cities/communities, the sharing and digital economy, and digital entrepreneurship and innovation.

Being a global citizen and a strong advocate for international mobility and education, Professor Zhao has extensive MBA and other management education and teaching experience in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Fiji, and the United Kingdom.


  1. Barratt-Pugha, L., Zhao, F. Zhang, Z. and Wang, S. (2019) Exploring Current Chinese Higher Education Pedagogic Tensions Through an Activity Theory Lens. Higher Education – The International Journal of Higher Education Research. Vol. 77, No 5. 831-852 (A-ranked Journal) (ABDC rankings).

  2. Zhao, F, Naidu, S, Singh, G. Sewak, A, Chand, A. and Karan, M. (2018). An Empirical Study of E-government Diffusion in Fiji - A Holistic and Integrative Approach, Public Management Review. Vol. 20, No. 10, pp. 1490–1512 (A-ranked Journal)

  3. Shen, K. N., Zhao, F. and Mohamed, K. (2017) “'Dual identity process for virtual community participation and impact of gender composition”, Internet Research: Electronic Networking, Applications and Policy, Vol. 27 No. 2, 182-198. (A-ranked Journal).

  4. Wallis, J. and Zhao, F. (2017) 'e-Government Development and Government Effectiveness: A Reciprocal Relationship' International Journal of Public Administration. (Q1 in SJR ranking)

  5. Kemp, L. and Zhao, F. (2016). “The influence of cultural orientations on Emirati women’s careers”, Personnel Review, Vol. 45, No. 5. pp. 998-1009 (A-ranked Journal).

  6. Zhao, F., Wallis, J. and Singh, M. (2015). “E-government development and the digital economy: A two-way Relationship”, Internet Research: Electronic Networking, Applications and Policy, Vol. 25, No. 5. pp. 734-766 (A-ranked journal).

  7. Zhao, F., Shen, K. N. and Collier A. (2014), “Effects of National Culture on E-Government Diffusion: A Global Study of 55 Countries”, Information & Management, Vol. 51, No. 8, pp. 1005-1016 (A*star journal).

  8. Zhao, F. Collier, A. and Deng, H. (2014). “A multidimensional and integrative approach to study global digital divide and e-government development”, Information Technology and People, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 38-62. (A-ranked Journal). The paper was awarded “2015 Highly Commended Paper Award” by Emerald Group Publishing

  9. Zhao, F. (2014). “A holistic and integrated approach to theorizing strategic alliances of small and medium-sized enterprises”, Business Process Management Journal Vol. 20, No. 6. pp. 887-905. (Q1 in SJR ranking)

  10. Taras, V, Zhao, al. (2013). “A Global Classroom? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Global Virtual Collaboration as a Teaching Tool in Management Education”, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp414-435. (A* star journal).

  11. Zhao, F. and Kemp, L. (2013). “Exploring individual, social and organizational effects on Web 2.0-based workplace learning”, Research in Learning Technology, The Journal for the Association of Learning Technology (formerly called ALTJ), Vol. 21, No. 3. (A-ranked Journal).

  12. Zhao, F. (2013). ‘An empirical study of cultural dimensions and e-government development - Implications of the findings and strategies’, Behaviour and Information Technology. Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 294-306. (A-ranked journal)

  13. Zhao, F. and Khan, S. (2013). “An Empirical Study of E-government Service Adoption: Culture and Behavioral Intention” International Journal of Public Administration. Vol. 36, No 10. pp. 710-722. (Q1 in SJR ranking).

  14. Zhao, F. Scavarda, A., Waxin, F. M. (2012). 'Key issues and challenges in e-government development: An integrative case study of the number one eCity in the Arab World, Information Technology and People. Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 295-422. (A-ranked journal).

  15. Zhao, F. (2011). “The impact of national culture on e-government development: A global study. Internet Research: Electronic Networking, Applications and Policy, Vol. 21, No. 3. pp.362-380. (A-ranked journal)

  16. Zhao, F. (2005), “Exploring the Synergy between Entrepreneurship and Innovation” International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Vol. 11, No. 5, pp. 25-41. (Q1 in SJR ranking).

  17. Zhao, F. (2004), “Commercialization of Research: Case Study of Australian Universities”, Higher Education Research and Development, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 223-236. (A-ranked journal)

  18. Zhao, F. (2004), “Management of Information Technology and Business Process Re-engineering: A Case Study”, Industrial Management & Data System, Vol. 104, No. 8, pp. 674-680. (Q1 in SJR rankings)

  19. Zhao, F. (2004). 'Siemens’ business excellence model and sustainable development.' Measuring Business Excellence Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 55-64. (Q1 in SJR rankings)

  20. Zhao, F. (2003), “Transforming Quality in Research Supervision: A Knowledge Management Approach”, Quality in Higher Education, Vol. 9, No. 2. pp.187-197. (A-ranked journal)

  21. Zhao, F. (2001), “Impact of Diversification of Financing Sources on Higher Education Quality”. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, Vol. 26/5, pp. 60-70. (A-ranked journal)