Yong Li







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Conference, Event & Committee Leadership

Co-Chair, Symposium, Advance Theory Development in Entrepreneurship Research, Academy of Management. August 2019, Boston.

Chair, PDW, Theoretical developments in entrepreneurship research, Academy of Management. August 2018, Chicago.

Co-Organizer, PDW, Real options and strategic management, Academy of Management. August 2018, Chicago.

Track Chair (with Jing Li), Asia Academy of Management Conference. June 2017, Fukuoka, Japan.

Co-Organizer (with Gary Dushnitsky), Symposium (BPS, ENT, TIM), The Pursuit of Innovation, Academy of Management. August 2016, Anaheim, CA. Details.

Co-Organizer (with Shaker Zahra), Professional Development Workshop International Entrepreneurship: West Meets East, Academy of Management. August 2011, San Antonio, TX. Details.

Co-Organizer (with Joe Mahoney), Symposium (BPS), Real options within organizational economics: Taking stock and looking ahead, Academy of Management. August 2010, Montreal, Canada. Details.

Co-Leader, the SMS Doctoral Workshop on "Launching Your Job Search and Career". Strategic Management Society conference. October 10, 2009. Washington DC.

Scientific Committee, Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Tsinghua University, 2008-present

Scholarly Activities

Invited panelist. Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies Workshop. October 2017. Houston, TX. Strategic Management Society annual meeting.

Invited Speaker to the Inaugural AOM Entrepreneurship Division Plenary Session- Can Entrepreneurship Save Capitalism? Presented Entrepreneurship and capitalism: The role of social entrepreneurship and institutions. August 2013. Boston, MA. Academy of Management annual meeting. Slides.

Invited panelist. Real options and entrepreneurship. September 2013. Atlanta, GA. Strategic Management Society annual meeting.

Invited faculty mentor. Entrepreneurship Division Doctoral Consortium, Academy of Management. August 2011, San Antonio, TX.

Invited faculty mentor. Entrepreneurship Division Doctoral Consortium, Academy of Management. August 2010, Montreal, Canada.

External Tenure Reviews

2016 (1), 2017 (1), 2018 (1), 2019 (1)




University level

Inaugural Academic Director, Entrepreneurship Academy, 2012-2015.

o   Started the Entrepreneurship Academy in 2012, created a strategic plan with the goal to cultivate and harness student entrepreneurial spirit, and implemented the plan in collaboration with the School of Management, Office of Economic Development (UB Technology Transfer Office), the School of Engineering and other units.

o   Designed a course module (1-credit UE141 and 2-credit UE149) as part of the academic program

o   Initiated a series of co-curricular activities, including organizing a guest-speaker series to connect with industries and communities (e.g., Jordan Levy), and creating and organizing the annual campus-wide elevator pitch competition.

Report and Presentation to Leadership on Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem at SUNY Buffalo, 2015

School level

Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2016-present

PhD Committee, 2016-present

Report and Presentation to MBA Committee on Entrepreneurship Curriculum, 2015

Department level

Ph.D. Program Coordinator, 2016-present

Strategy Faculty Recruitment, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017

Ph.D. Program Recruitment, 2007, 2011, 2013-2017

Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Committee, 2011, 2012, 2014-2016

Organizer, Seminar Speaker Series in strategy and entrepreneurship, 2007-2009, 2011, 2012, 2014-2016




Entrepreneurial, Consulting and Advisory Experiences

(Co-)founded businesses, consult for businesses and startups, currently sit on the advisory boards of several startups.

Industry talks

Social entrepreneurship: Conceptual issues. 1st Social Entrepreneurship Research Forum. Shanghai, July 2018.

Sharing economy and social ventures. Social Venture Forum. Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, July 2017.

Equity allocation among entrepreneurs. Zhongguancun High-Tech Zone, Beijing, July 2015

Venture Capital Investments under Uncertainty. China Venture Capital Forum, Shenzhen, May 2014.

Beyond trade: Entry into emerging markets. Buffalo World Trade Association, Buffalo. November 2009.

Mentor, Startup Weekend Buffalo, 2012, 2013, 2014

Judge, SAGE World Cup Entrepreneurship Competition, 2011, Buffalo, NY




Forbes, Entrepreneur, Crowdfund Insider, Knowledge@Wharton, among others

Regional and local media: News Day, Buffalo News, Business First, WBFO, among others




Academy of Management

o   Entrepreneurship

o   Strategy

o   International Management

o   Technology and Innovation Management

Academy of International Business

Strategic Management Society

American Economic Association (2004-2006)

Beta Gamma Sigma

Research Affiliate, Alfred P. Sloan Foundations Industry Studies Program (2007-2011)