Dr Ling Zhang

Lecturer in International Management

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Dr Ling Zhang is a lecturer within the Institute for International Management. Before joining Loughborough University London, Ling worked at Royal Holloway, University of London and King’s College London (London, UK).

Ling has also spent time in other universities, such as Peking University, University of Helsinki, Birkbeck, University of London, ESCP (École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris) Business School, and CUNEF (Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros, Universidad Complutense de Madrid) Spain.

Ling's teaching and research interests cover a wide range of topics in cross-cultural management, such as international human resource management, multiculturalism, transnationalism, language in international business, global leadership and workplace diversity, social, cultural and organisational identity and qualitative research method.

Academic background

Ling graduated from Department of Management and Organisation at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki Finland in August 2015. Her PhD examines the diversity and dynamics of expatriation in the context of cross-cultural adjustment and acculturation. She is a member of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Before joining Loughborough London, Ling has taught a wide range of Management subjects at King’s College London and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Current research and collaborations

Ling's research contributes to a deeper understanding of people management in multinational organisations. Specifically she researches expatriates, migrant and transnational workers, as well as local employees from a language and identity perspective. She employs in-depth interview, ethnographic observation, as well as surveys to better understand how these employees adjust cross-culturally, develop language competences and cope with challenges related to cultural identity, work-life balance and career development.

A central thread of her research is interaction across boundaries, which is manifested in various research settings, such as the boundary spanning of multicultural employees, the translation of human resource management policies to practices among foreign employees at multinational corporation subsidiaries abroad, and the social categorisation and conflict management between expatriates and host country employees. 

In terms of geographical area, she focus on employees and organisations in the UK, China and Nordic countries.

Interests and activities

Ling has co-established CYGNA Women in Academia research network in June 2014. The main objective of the group is to promote interaction among female academics based in the London area and to provide a forum for learning, support, and networking.

Ling is also an affiliated researcher at GODESS Institute, Hanken School of Economics, Finland. GODESS is a research and development institute which focuses on research areas of Gender, Organization, Diversity, Equality, and Social Sustainability in transnational times.

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