I teach courses on strategy and entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, graduate (full-time MBA, PMBA, EMBA) and doctoral levels. My teaching focuses on learning by doing.
Entrepreneurship; Technology Entrepreneurship; Strategy; Venture capital; International Business
TEACHING AWARDS AND GRANTS
$300,000 anonymous gift to support the eLab, SUNY Buffalo, 2014
Teachers Ranked as Excellent, 2004. University of Illinois
Li, Y. & J. Li. 2015. Amazon Goes Global (case no. 9B14M122), with a Teaching Note (case no. 8B14M122). Ivey Publishing. Available at Harvard Business Publishing.
o Best seller in March 2017
Average teaching evaluation over last 3 years: 4.7/5
PHD STUDENT DISSERTATIONS
o PhD seminar in Strategy and Entrepreneurship (MGO796) (2010)
o Core course for PhD students in Strategy and Entrepreneurship
o Technology Entrepreneurship (MGO665), MBA and Masters in engineering (2012)
o Co-sponsored by the School of Management and School of Engineering
o Credit-bearing seed-funding program with focus on hands-on experience in new venture creation. Course supports student entrepreneurship through a unique combination of mini lectures, guest lectures and coaching by entrepreneurs and professionals, meeting with winners of 43North (worlds biggest business plan competition), and field trips to Z80 Labs and WNY Venture Association. It incorporates Student Entrepreneur Fellowships and is supported by a student co-working space (tenX) and post-course mentoring and incubation.
o Student accomplishments (2014-2018):
o three 1st places (2014, 2016, 2018) and one 2nd place (2017) in the Panasci (SUNY Buffalo’s signature business plan competition)
o 1st place (2018) and 2nd place (2014) in New York State Business Plan Competition
o semi-finalist in 43North (2017)
o NSF i-corp and SBA SBIC grants
o More than $1MM from VC/angel/crowdfunding/grants for the eLab teams
o patents filed for/granted/licensed out: > 5
o Designed the course module for Entrepreneurship Academy (1-credit UE141 and 2-credit UE149)
Founding Faculty Advisor, Buffalo Undergraduate Consulting Club (BUCC). 2013-present.
o Strategic planning, workshops, case competitions
o Recent Club accomplishments:
o 1st and 2nd places in Target Case Competition, 2017
o Finalist, Wharton Case Competition, 2017
o 2nd place in Target Case Competition, 2016
o 1st and 2nd places in Target Case Competition, 2015
Faculty Advisor, Honors College, 2013
Faculty mentor, Undergraduate credit-bearing internship program, 2013
Process Coach, MBA LeaderCore Program, 2010-2012
Entrepreneurship. PMBA. HSBC Business School, Peking University. 2014-present. Targeting entrepreneurs, managers and professionals.
Collaboration with Corporate Executives, Entrepreneurs and VC Investors in Teaching
In recent years, I have involved more than 20 entrepreneurs, venture capital investors, angels, corporate executives, and professionals in the classroom.
More information on the courses is provided below, with media and student testimonials.
eLab (MGO663/ MGO463)
The entrepreneurship lab (eLab) is a credit-bearing seed-funding program that helps students accelerate the startup process. It is designed for those that already have entrepreneurial ideas and intend to create ventures out of the ideas. It focuses on hands-on learning.
Both graduate and undergraduate students from all academic units and disciplines are welcome.
Students also have the opportunity to compete for the Student Entrepreneur Fellowship, available to top performing teams.
Up to 20 teams will be accepted into the course. Please visit the eLab course website for student testimonials, as well as application and registration information.
eLab students have won the first and second places in the UB Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition (Panasci TEC) multiple times, won a first place and a second place in the New York State Business Plan Competition, completed successful crowdfunding campaigns, obtained venture capital funding, and received grants from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps and SBIR programs.
If your idea is not as well-developed as you would like, you may consider the entrepreneurship courses offered in the School of Management and the Entrepreneurship Academy, or the Technology Entrepreneurship course (MGO665/ MGO365).
Past elab Fellows:
Technology Entrepreneurship (MGO665/MGO365)
The course will walk you through the process of starting a new venture, from idea generation to execution. It consists of guest speakers, mini lectures, class pitches, and business plan presentations.
The course is designed for graduate students in arts and sciences, engineering, health sciences, law and management. Upper-level undergraduate students are also welcome. The course will be particularly useful if you have a desire to found a technology venture at some stage of your career or anticipate working in an entrepreneurial or innovative environment.
The core component of the course is a team project to create a new technology venture. Major assignments include a 60-second individual pitch, a 5-minute team opportunity analysis, and a 10-minute team PowerPoint Pitch. The project is viewed as a real start-up. Former students have successfully created startups out of the project.
I teach Technology Entrepreneurship in Spring. Please contact me for a syllabus.
PhD Seminar in Strategy and Entrepreneurship (MGO796)
This course is designed for PhD students in the School of Management and others interested in pursuing research in strategy and entrepreneurship. Students develop expertise in integrating scholarly studies, generating original ideas, and conducting meaningful research. The goal is creation and dissemination of knowledge.
Here is the syllabus for 2017.
New Venture Creation (UE149)
The seminar New Venture Creation (UE149) is an introduction to the process of creating a new venture.
The course is designed for undergraduate students, and those in the Entrepreneurship Academy in particular, who are interested in entrepreneurship and new venture creation. Students from arts and sciences, engineering, health sciences, law and management are all welcome.
Strategy (Undergraduate capstone)
The course is designed to provide a general managers perspective on strategic decisions in businesses. It consists of mini lectures, case analysis, class discussion and a team consulting project. Teams pick a real company, analyze its performance, and formulate a strategy forward. The project includes analyzing the industry, company resources/capabilities, business-level and corporate-level strategies, and making recommendations to address strategic challenges facing the company. Here is a UB student testimonial.
I am also interested to teach venture capital and international business at the undergraduate, MBA and doctoral levels.