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Yong Li

Associate Professor
Operations Management and Strategy Department

Education

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching

  • MGO 663/463 - Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab) (MBA/Master’s, PhD, Undergraduate)
  • MGO 665/365  - Technology Entrepreneurship (MBA/Master’s, undergraduate)
  • MGO 796 - Seminar in Strategy (PhD)
  • MGO 403 - Strategic Management (undergraduate)
  • UE 149 - New Venture Creation (undergraduate)

Yong Li is the inaugural academic director of UB's undergraduate Entrepreneurship Academy.

Research

  • Venture capital, crowdfunding and financing entrepreneurship 
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Corporate investment strategies under uncertainty
  • Investing in emerging markets

Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editor, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
  • Editorial board member, Academy of Management Review
  • Editorial board member, Journal of International Business Studies
  • Editorial board member, International Journal of Strategic Change Management
  • Coordinating Editor, Information Systems Frontier

Selected Publications

  • Courtney, C., S. Dutta & Y. Li. Resolving information asymmetry: Signaling and crowdfunding success. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Special issue.
  • Li Y, I Vertinsky, J Li. "National distances, international experience, and venture capital investment performance." Journal of Business Venturing.
  • Li, Y. & T. Chi. "Venture capitalists' decision to withdraw: The role of portfolio configuration from a real options lens." Strategic Management Journal.
  • Li, Y. & S. Zahra. "Formal Institutions, Culture, and Venture Capital Activity: A Cross-Country Analysis." Journal of Business Venturing.
  • Tong, T. & Y. Li "Real Options and Investment Mode Decision: Evidence from Corporate Venture Capital and Acquisition." Organization Science.
  • Li, J. & Y. Li. "Flexibility versus Commitment: MNEs' Ownership Strategy in China." Journal of International Business Studies.
  • Iriyama, A., Y. Li, & R. Madhavan. Spiky Globalization of Venture Capital Investments: The Influence of Prior Human Networks. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.
  • Li, Y. & J. Mahoney. "When Are Venture Capital Projects Initiated?" Journal of Business Venturing.

Visit Dr. Li’s personal website for a full list of publications and download links..

Teaching case

  • Li, Y. & J. Li. 2015. Amazon Goes Global (case no. 9B14M122). Teaching Note (case no. 8B14M122). Ivey Publishing.

Awards and Recognition

  • Dean's Fellowship in Research, 2010
  • Finalist, Carolyn Dexter Award, Academy of Management, 2010
  • Selected for the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2009, 2010
  • Nominated for SMS Best Paper, 2007, 2009 
  • List of Teachers Rated as Excellent by Their Students, Illinois, Fall 2004

Industry

Dr. Li’s research has appeared in such media outlets as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Crowdfund Insider and Newsday.

He has co-founded businesses and served on the advisory boards of startups.