Yong Li

Associate Professor




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My teaching and research focus on investment under uncertainty, and financing entrepreneurship and innovation in particular.


Academic Positions

Associate Professor, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Academic Director, Entrepreneurship Academy






Ph.D., strategy and international business, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, IL.

Dissertation title: Corporate Venture Capital Investment Decisions

Chair: Joseph Mahoney. Committee: Ruth Aguilera (honorary), Tailan Chi (honorary), Glenn Hoetker, Huseyin Leblebici, Steve Michael.

M.B.A., University of Queensland, Australia                              


Research interests


Strategic entrepreneurship; venture capital; real options; emerging markets. Here is the list of my publications.


Teaching interests


Entrepreneurship and new business creation; Technology entrepreneurship; Business policy & strategy; Venture capital and financing entrepreneurship; International business. Click here for more details.




Finalist, Carolyn Dexter Award, Academy of Management, 2010

Dean’s Fellowship in Research, 2010

Finalist, 3rd Israel Strategy Conference Best Paper Award, 2009

Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2010, 2009

Nominated for SMS Best Paper, 2009, 2007

List of Teachers Rated as Excellent by Their Students, Illinois, 2004


Editorial services


Editorial board members

Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

International Journal of Strategic Change Management

Coordinating Editor

Information Systems Frontiers

Ad hoc Reviewer             

Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, among others.


School services


PhD dissertation advisor and committee members. Currently chair of 3 PhD dissertation committees

Faculty Advisor, Buffalo Undergraduate Consulting Club




I have co-founded businesses, served on the advisory boards of startups, and given keynote speeches.


Professional activities


Invited panelist:

-        “Real options and entrepreneurship”. Strategic Management Society. September 2013. Atlanta, GA.

-        “Can entrepreneurship save capitalism”. Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Plenary Session. August 2013, Orlando, FL. Slides.

-        Entrepreneurship Division Doctoral Consortium, Academy of Management, 2010 & 2011.


-        AOM PDW “International Entrepreneurship”, AOM 2011, San Antonio, TX. Details.

-        AOM symposium “Real options within organizational economics: Taking stock and looking ahead”, 2010, Montreal, CA. Slides.

-        Co-led the SMS Doctoral Workshop on "Launching Your Job Search and Career". 2009, Washington DC.

Discussant, facilitator, session chair, Academy of Management Conference, various years




Academy of Management

Academy of International Business

American Economic Association

Strategic Management Society


Contact Information 


Yong Li

School of Management

University at Buffalo, SUNY
326K Jacobs Management Center
Amherst, New York 14260-4000
Phone: (716) 645-2522
Fax: (716) 645-5078
URL: www.buffalo.edu/~yl67


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