Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Yang Zhao

Lecturer in Banking and Finance

Research

Dr. Yang Zhao studies the impact of corporate networks on various issues in corporate finance and corporate governance, which includes executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions, executive turnover and insider trading. His research finding suggest that director networks can create informational advantages, which improve companies' operational efficiency when information asymmetry is present. Moreover, directors can gain managerial power via director networks, which would give rise to corporate governance problems, such as entrenchment and excessive compensation.

Dr. Yang Zhao is also interested in the following areas of research:

  • Corporate innovation
  • Culture and corporate governance
  • Executive compensation
  • Director traits, experience and background
  • Academic networks


Teaching

ACC2007 - Corporate Finance

ACC3006 - International Financial Management

Publications