Carson College of Business Faculty Directory

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Lily Zhu

Assistant Professor
Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship


Phone: (509) 335-6843


  • 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). Broadly 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 well-being. 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. Dr. Zhu's research won the Best Paper Award and the Distinguished Paper Award from the Academy of Management annual meetings. In addition, her research has also been featured in media outlets such as National Public Radio, Psychology Today, and Yahoo News.

Research Interests

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

Teaching Interests

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

    Books/Book Chapters

    • Book Chapter Lily Zhu The currency board monetary system: The case of Malta (1939-1968)

      Conference Proceedings

      • Lily Zhu, Cheon Mok Kim, John Joseph The Interplay of CEO Affect, Ambiguous Performance Feedback, and Firm Risk Taking Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings