Dr. Na Zou


+49 (69) 798-34710




RuW 3.206

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Na Zou completed her doctorate at Goethe University Frankfurt in August 2020 and works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair for the Study of Economic Institutions, Innovation and East Asian Development. 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

Storz, C., ten Brink, T., & Zou, N. (2021). Innovation and Small Businesses: The Effect of University-Industry Linkages and Public Procurement in Emerging Economies. Asia Pacific Journal of Management. 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