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Associate Professor Marina Zhang

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Innovation


A/Professor Marina Yue Zhang holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Peking University and an MBA and a PhD from Australian National University. Marina held academic positions at Tsinghua University and UNSW before she joined Swinburne. Prior to her academic career, Marina worked in senior positions at IBM and Ericsson and co-founded two technology startups in China. Marina brings her rich business insights and interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. Her current research looks into innovation in advanced manufacturing, biopharmaceutical, and carbon-neutral sectors, with an aim to explore how firms and society benefit from technology entrepreneurship, digital transformation, and innovation ecosystems.

Marina is the lead author of three books on innovation and technology entrepreneurship:
- Demystifying China's Innovation Machine: Chaotic Order (300pp. + xviii), with Mark Dodgson and David Gann, Oxford University Press (forthcoming). 
- China 2.0: The Transformation of an Emerging Superpower… and the New Opportunities (302pp. + xxviii), with Bruce Stening, John Wiley & Sons (2010). The book was listed as one of the Best Business Books on China by Business+Strategy in 2010
- High-Tech Entrepreneurship in Asia: Innovation, Industry & Institutional Dynamics in Mobile Payments (330pp. + xv), with Mark Dodgson, Edward Elgar (2007). This book was based on Marina's PhD thesis.

Research interests

Entrepreneurship; Innovation

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Digital innovation and digital transformation: - Digital transformation in the cable TV industry in Asia- Digital transformation in Australia's retail industry- Digital transformation in healthcare in Bangladesh

High tech entrepreneurship: - GVC in China- The emergence of new industrial clusters- Industrial policies

Sustainable innovation: - Comparison of sustainable innovation ecosystems in resource-rich countries of UAE and Australia


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Entrepreneurship - 350704
  • Technology Management - 350307
  • Innovation Management - 350705
  • International Business - 350706

Teaching areas



Also published as: Zhang, Marina; Zhang, M. Y.; Zhang, Marina Y.; Zhang, Marina Yue
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Performance of Chinese Returnees educated in Australian universities *; DFAT Australia China Council

* Chief Investigator