Campus Directory: YJ Bao

University of Lethbridge

YJ Bao
Mgt - Calgary Campus
Office: Calgary (Calgary Campus)
Phone: (403) 332-4681
Management - Policy & Strategy
Office: Calgary (Calgary Campus)
Phone: (403) 332-4681


LLB (International Relation), Fudan University, Shanghai; MPA (International/Public Administration), University of Southern California; PhD (Public Policy/International Technology Transfer), University of Southern California


Decision making under extreme conditions, Some derivative research topics include crisis leadership (decision making under crisis), International technology transfer (judgement improvement via tacit knowledge learning), Cross cultural executive study

Research Areas

Global Mindset and International Strategy of Chinese Companies; Trust, Justice, and Organizational Performance; Generative Learning in International Collaboration

Previous Research Areas

Tacit knowledge management; Diversity, trust and strategic decision; global mindedness and international strategic orientation; crisis management, change management

Alternate Languages



Dr. Yongjian Bao received both his PhD in public policy and MPA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He also graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai with a bachelor degree of law.

Being an international scholar with a local concentration, Dr. Bao selected China as the focus country for his intellectual inquiries. He provided training and consultation to many companies there, including Eli Lily Pharmaceutical Co. in China, Xi'an Janssen Pharmaceutical Co.(joint venture with Johnson and Johnson), Jiang Lin Automobile Co. (joint venture with Ford), Motorola China.

His biweekly column appeared on 21st Century Business Herald, China Business, Shanghai Morning News, and Shanghai Observer. To put his knowledge in practice, he accepted the invitation to be the outside member of board of directors of Tian Pin Insurance Inc. during 2005, Green Court Investment from 2015. His expertise demonstrated in six books in Chinese.

Dr. Bao is a member of the Academy of International Business, and Academy of Management.

Dr. Bao teaches business strategy and organization theory on our Calgary campus. He is a regular lecturer for EMBA programs in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University and Nanjin University in China, where he is a visiting professor. He was ranked as the top speaker by the industrial participants in 2011,2012, 2013, and 2015.

Dr. Bao focuses his research on the cognitive dimension of management, which includes TMT decision making, corporate entrepreneurship management, rare event learning, tacit knowledge transfer, cross-culture study on business ethics, and trust and justice factors in team performance.

With other researchers, Dr. Bao has 5 papers in A category journals, and numerous papers in other strong journals of related fields respectively.

Research areas
Decision making under extreme conditions; decision making under crisis and uncertainty; international technology transfer (judgement improvement via tacit knowledge learning), cross cultural executive study; entrepreneurship and innovation of Chinese companies.

Selected Publications


Bao, YJ, 2016. Building an Evergreen Enterprise: Interview with Founder and CEO of Aurora Inc.. Management Insights. Vol. 2, 2016 June, Summer.

Bao, YJ, 2016. Block Chain Technology Enables Organizational Trust. Management Insights. Vol. 1, 2016 March, Spring.

Bao, YJ, WL Yuan, 2015. From Venturing to Institution: Strategy for Social Profits Nordic
Experiences. Tsinghua Business Review. Vol. 11, 2015 Winter, pp. 22-35.

Yuan, WL, Yongjian Bao, Brad Olson, 2015. "CEOs' Ambivalent Interpretations, Organizational Market Capabilities, and Corporate Entrepreneurship as Responses to Strategic Issues." Accepted by Journal of World Business, Summer 2015.

Bao, YJ, 2015. Behind Industry 4.0, German Logics: Interview with Executive Vice President of Siemens China. Tsinghua Business Review. Vol. 6, 2015 Summer.

Bao, YJ, WL Yuan, 2014. Transform or Transfer: Choices of transnational firms in China. Tsinghua Business Review. Vol. 5, 2015 Spring, pp. 27-35.

Bao, YJ, 2015. Wicked Problems and Managerial Interpretations. Management Insights. Vol. 1, 2015 March, pp. 85-87.

Bao, YJ, 2015. New Managerial Challenges in the Era of Industry 4.0. Management Insights. Vol. 1, 2015 March, pp. 69-72.

Bao, YJ, 2015. Decoding Entrepreneurial Mindsets. Management Insights. Vol. 2, 2015 June, pp. 81-87..

Bradley Olson , Yongjian Bao , Satyanarayana Parayitam , 2014. Political behavior, trustworthiness,job satisfaction, and commitment: An empirical study. Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 8, Issue 3, pp. 354 - 374

Bao, YJ, WL Yuan, Oleksiy Osiyevskyy. "Choices of Strategic Decisions in Facing Disruptive Business Models." Tsinghua Business Review. Vol. 10, 2014 Fall.

Robertson, C. J., Gilley, K. M., Olson, B. J., Bao, Y. J., & Zhang, X. F. (2014). National differences in stakeholder pressure to adopt codes of ethics: A four-country study. Journal of Business and Management, 3(4), 28-39.

Tang, Y., Zhan, X., Bao, YJ. 2012. Towards a Rule-Ordered Society: A Research and Practical Framework for Public Governance Transition in China, Fudan Public Administration Review, Volume No. 9

Satyanarayana Parayitam, Bradley J. Olson, Yongjian Bao. 2012. Effects of Cognitive Diversity on Relationship Conflict, Agreement-seeking Behavior and Decision Quality: A Study of Chinese Management Teams. International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management (IJCCM).ISSN (Online): 1752-1289 - ISSN (Print): 1752-1270.

Bao, Yongjian, Brad Olson, Satyanarayana Parayitam, & Shuming Zhao. 2011. The Effects of Psychological Contract Violation on Chinese Executives. The International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Yuan, Wenlong, Yongjian Bao & Alain Verbeke. 2011. Integrating CSR Initiatives in Business: An Organizing Framework. Journal of Business Ethics, 101(spring):75-92.

Bao, Yongjian, Wenlong Yuan,& Brad Olson. 2011. Defensive and Expansion Responses to Environmental Shocks in China: Interpreting the 2008 Economic Crisis. Thunderbird International Business Review,53 (2): 225-245.

Satyanarayana Parayitam, Olson, Brad, & Yongjian Bao. 2010. Task Conflict, Relationship Conflict and Agreement-Seeking Behaviour in Chinese Top Management Teams. International Journal of Conflict Management, 21(1): 94-116.

C. Robertson, B. Olson, K. Gilley, & Yongjian Bao. 2008. A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Ethical Orientations and Willingness to Sacrifice Ethical Standards: China Versus Peru. Journal of Business Ethic, 81( 2): 413-425.

Olson, Brad, Satyanarayana Parayitam, & Yongjian Bao. 2007. Strategic Decision Making: The Effects of Cognitive Diversity, Conflict and Trust on Decision Outcomes. Journal of Management, 33( 2): 196-213.

Olson, Brad, Yongjian Bao, & Satyanarayana Parayitam. 2007. Strategic Decision Making Within Chinese Firms: The Effects of Cognitive Diversity and Trust on Decision Outcomes. Journal of World Business, 42 (1): 35-46.

Yin, Yiding, & Yongjian Bao. 2006. The Acquisition of Tacit Knowledge In China: An Empirical Analysis of the "Supplier-side Individual Level" and "Recipient-side" Factors. Management International Review, 46 (3): 1-22.

Bao, Yongjian, & Shumin Zhao. 2004. MICRO Contracting for Tacit Knowledge. Journal of Problems and Perspectives in Management, 2: 279-303.

Cooper, Terry, M. Wehrly, & Yongjian Bao. 1997. Organizational Loyalty and Personal Ethics. Journal of International Public Administration, 20 (10): 1791-1820


Bao, Yongjian, 2015. Winning Strategies of New Technology: Elon Musk and His Ventures. Publishing House of Mechanical Industry, Beijing. First print April 2015.

Bao, Yongjian, 2014. Crisis Advantage: Seeking order out of Chaos. Publisher of Zhejiang University,
China. First print September 2014.

Bao, Yongjian, & Wenlong Yuan. 2011. Tao of Crisis Management. Truth & Wisdom Publishing.
Shanghai People's Publishing House. Shanghai, China.

Bao, Yongjian. 2007. Enchanting Enterprises. Century Publishing House. Shanghai, China.

Bao, Yongjian, & Baizhu Chen. 2003. Crisis Management in Difficult Time,. Fudan University
Publishing. Shanghai. China.

Bao, Yongjian, & Baizhu Chen. 2002. 6 Ps for Success. Fudan University Publishing. Shanghai,China.

Bao, Yongjian, & Baizhu Chen. 2001. Strategy in Network Economy. Shanghai, Fudan University Publishing. Shanghai, China.

Bao, Yongjian G. Gu, G.D. Li, J. Luo, &W. Lu. 1988. Debate across the Strait.
Shanghai Xuelin Publishing, Shanghai, China.

Research Interests

currently, working on three projects: case studies of Nordic entrepreneurship, rare events learning, and study of strategic ambivalence.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Cognitive dimension of internationalization strategy of Chinese Executives China YJ Bao, University of Lethbridge Eden Yin, Cambridge University
Hope, Job Demand, and Organizational Commitment of Executives YJ Bao, University of Lethbridge Brad Olson, University of Lethbridge
Trust, Justice, and Team Performance YJ Bao, University of Lethbridge Brad Olson, University of Lethbridge

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
Tacit Knowledge Transfer NA 2004
Tacit Knowledge Acquisition NA 2006
TMT Decision Making in Chinese Companies NA 2006
Cognitive Diversity, Conflict, Trust and Decision Outcome NA 2007
Cross-Cultural Business Ethics Study, China and Peru NA 2007

Internet Links

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