Hao Zhao

Associate Professor, Lally School of Management

Professor Zhao’s primary research interest is on factors that encourage people to become entrepreneurs and succeed, such as self-efficacy, personality, age, team dynamics, and entrepreneurship education. His secondary interest is on leadership styles and ethics. He also studies how artificial intelligence changes people's work behaviors. His work has been published in leading academic journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Management. He is currently an associate editor of Human Relations, and he serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Business Venturing, Personnel Psychology, and Human Resource Management Review. His research is well cited, and he won the Emerald Citations of Excellence Award three times. 


Ph.D. Human Resource Management (2006), University of Illinois at Chicago, USA; M.A. Human Resource Management (2001), Renmin University of China; B.A. International Economics (1998), Renmin University of China

Research Focus
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Human Resource Management
  • Artificial Intelligence
Select Works
  • Zhao, H., O' Connor, G. C., Wu, J., & Lumpkin, G. T. (2020). Age and entrepreneurial career success: A review and a meta-analysis. Accepted at Journal of Business Venturing.
  • Zhao, H. & Li, C. (2019). A computerized approach to understanding leadership research. Leadership Quarterly, 30, 396-416.