Honors & Awards


  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship on Global Development, Stanford King Center on Global Development (2020-2021)
  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University (2015 - 2020)
  • Outstanding Graduate of Peking University, Peking University (2015)
  • Peking University Leadership Scholarship, Peking University (2014 - 2015)
  • National Scholarship, Ministry of Education of China (2012 - 2013, 2013 - 2014)
  • China Economic Research Scholarship, Peking University National School of Development (2014 - 2015)

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Ad-hoc Reviewer, the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2016 - Present)

Education & Certifications


  • Bachelor of Science, Peking University, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Environmental Management (2015)
  • Bachelor of Science, Peking University, National School of Development, Economics (2015)

Personal Interests


An amateur ping-pong player. A big fan of Chinese essays and poems.

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


My research focuses on the intersection of entrepreneurship and institutions within nascent markets. I take an institutional theory perspective to examine how old and new rules, norms, and practices often coexist and interact. Theoretically, I take an organizational theory lens to study the temporal dynamics of strategies used to resolve these institutional contradictions. Methodologically, I use natural language processing models and other machine learning methods to quantitatively analyze entrepreneurial strategies. Empirically, I collect millions of text data from social media to analyze entrepreneurial fundraising strategies on platforms and entrepreneurial framing strategies in the blockchain industry.

All Publications


  • Leveraging Institutional Intermediaries: Entrepreneurial Strategies to Contact Investors on a Fundraising Platform Wu, Y., Wang, S., Eesley, C. Working Paper. 2020
  • Entrepreneurship in Dynamic Environments: A Comparison Between the U.S. and China Quarterly Journal of Management Wu, Y., Eesley, C. E., Eisenhardt, K. M. 2020
  • Dynamic Optimal Distinctiveness: Entrepreneurial Framing Strategy in the Nascent Blockchain Market Wu, Y. Working Paper. 2020
  • When Old Meets New: Do Initial Coin Offerings and Venture Capitals Create Synergistic or Antagonistic Effects on Entrepreneurial Performance? Wu, Y. Working Paper. 2020
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies During Institutional Changes: Evidence from China‚Äôs Economic Transition. Wu, Y., Eesley, C. E., Yang, D. 2017