Before joining UiO, Ms. Zhao worked as Associate Professor in Systems Engineering at the University of Southeast Norway since 2013, a Visiting Associate Professor in the Center for Design Research at the Stanford University for the year of 2015, and an in-house professor in the Sinno-Finish Center at the Tongji University for Oct. 2015. Her Ph.D. degree is in the management of technology and innovation from the National University of Singapore. She has research and teaching experiences from universities and international cooperation projects in Norway, USA and Asia Pacific. She also has the industrial experience in the new venture creations in the IT area.
Ms. Zhao is passionate about studying the issues, including the external resource utilization, problem solving for complex systems, creative teamwork process or multidisciplinary collaborations, companies' technological catch-up, innovation strategies in emerging markets, etc. Her work has appeared in the Journal of System Engineering, Journal of Technology & Engineering Management, Journal of Chinese Economics & Business Studies, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence Journal and many refereed international conferences.