Feng Zhu

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Feng Zhu is an assistant professor of business administration in the Technology and Operations Management Unit and teaches its course in the MBA required curriculum. Before joining the HBS faculty, he was an assistant professor of strategy at the University of Southern California. 

In his research, Professor Zhu examines competitive strategy and innovation in high-technology industries, with an emphasis on platform-based markets. He has studied a wide range of platforms, such as video game consoles, social-networking sites, Craigslist, Wikipedia, smartphone operating systems, blogs, newspapers, and ad-sponsored free products. 

Feng Zhu is an assistant professor of business administration in the Technology and Operations Management Unit and teaches its course in the MBA required curriculum. Before joining the HBS faculty, he was an assistant professor of strategy at the University of Southern California. 

In his research, Professor Zhu examines competitive strategy and innovation in high-technology industries, with an emphasis on platform-based markets. He has studied a wide range of platforms, such as video game consoles, social-networking sites, Craigslist, Wikipedia, smartphone operating systems, blogs, newspapers, and ad-sponsored free products. 

Professor Zhu’s work has appeared in journals including the American Economic ReviewManagement Science, and Strategic Management Journal. It has been covered by such media as the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.com and has most recently won the Strategic Management Society’s Best Paper Award for Practice Implications. He received the Past Chairs’ Emerging Scholar Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management and the Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management.  

Professor Zhu earned his Ph.D. in science, technology and management and a master’s in computer science at Harvard University. He did his undergraduate work in computer science, economics, and mathematics at Williams College.

  1. Winner of the 2013 Past Chairs' Emerging Scholar Award from the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division of the Academy of Management.

  2. Winner of the 2013 Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management.

  3. Winner of the 2013 Distinguished Paper Award from the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management for his paper with Victor Bennett and Robert Seamans, "Value Appropriation, Search Frictions, and Secondary Markets."

  4. Winner of the 2013 Best Conference Paper Prize for Practice Implications from the Strategic Management Society at the SMS Annual International Conference for his paper with Victor Bennett and Robert Seamans, "Value Appropriation, Search Frictions, and Secondary Markets."

  5. Runner-up for the Best Conference Paper Prize from the Strategic Management Society at the SMS Annual International Conference in 2013 for his paper with Victor Bennett and Robert Seamans, "Value Appropriation, Search Frictions, and Secondary Markets."

  6. Received the Meritorious Service Award from Management Science in 2013.