Carson College of Business Faculty Directory

Carson College Directory

Lily Zhu

Assistant Professor
Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship

Contact

Phone: (509) 335-6843
Office: TODD HALL 0437G ACADEMIC FACULTY OFFICE

Education

  • PhD (University of California, Irvine)
  • BA (Johns Hopkins University)

Lily Zhu

Dr. Zhu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship at Washington State University’s Carson College of Business. She currently teaches the Strategic Management capstone course (MGMT 491). Boardly speaking, Dr. Zhu’s research examines the implications of people’s emotional experiences and how they can manage their emotions in ways that improve performance and wellbeing. Her first stream of research examines the role of emotions and emotion management in entrepreneurship and creativity. Her second stream of research examines how emotions shape the way individual employees and corporate executives make decisions. Her research won the Best Paper Award and the Distinguished Paper Award from the Academy of Management annual meetings.

Research Interests

emotional intelligence
emotional labor
employee wellbeing
entrepreneurship
judgment and decision making
risk taking
top management team structure and decision-making

Teaching Interests

leadership
organizational behavior
strategic management

Journal Articles

  • Lily Zhu, Christopher Bauman, Maia Young Unlocking Creative Potential: Reappraising Emotional Events Facilitates Creativity for Conventional Thinkers Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2023