Dr. Shenghui Ma

Senior Researcher


Office: Room UNK F3
Phone: +41/44/634 29 04
Fax: +41/44/634 37 49
Email: shenghui.ma<at>business.uzh.ch


2017 Visiting Researcher, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK
since 2016 Lecturer/ Senior Researcher, Chair of Organization & Management, Prof. David Seidl, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2010-2015 Research Associate/PhD student, Prof. David Seidl, Chair of Organization & Management, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2013.09 – 2014.02 Visiting PhD Student, Prof. Ann Langley, Canada Research Chair in Strategic Management in Pluralistic Settings, HEC Montreal, Canada
2003-2009 Master and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, South China University of Technology, China
2008 Lecturer, Strategic Management, College of Continuing Education, South China University of Technology, China

Research Interests:

  • CEO/TMT Dynamics
  • CEO Succession
  • Strategic Change
  • Sensemaking
  • Qualitative Methods


Work in Progress:

  • Action-driven Sensegiving in Strategic Change
  • CEO Identity: How CEOs Construct Their Identity in Relation to Different Stakeholders
  • CEO Legitimacy: Strategies of Managing Multiple Audiences
  • Informal Strategists in Strategic Decision Making (SNSF funded)
  • Strategic Leadership Dynamics: Toward a Dynamic Approach to Upper Echelons
  • Venture Growth: Dynamics of Structural Differentiation and Performance Effect 

Leadership Role in Academic Associations:

Representative-at-Large, Strategy Practice Interest Group, Strategic Management Society (2016 - 2017)

Co-Convener (with Julia Balogun and Ann Langley), Sub-theme "Top Managers and Strategizing", European Group of Organzatioal Studies (EGOS) Annual Conference 2017, Copenhagen


  • Organization Theories (Lecture, Master level)
  • The Practice of Strategy (Seminar, Master level)