Dr. Jijun Gao joined the Asper School of Business in 2008. He earned his PhD in General Management from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Dr. Gao had over seven years of work experience before entering academia, mostly in the role of senior executive in marketing and sales across a few industries.

Fascinated by the tension and interplay of business and society, Dr. Gao has focused his research interests on the theories of organizations and strategy that involve issues of social expectations and ecological concerns. He adopts a cross-disciplinary approach in research, trying to integrate and contribute to the fields of sustainable development, strategy, international business and entrepreneurship. Some of the topics he explores in research include corporate social responsibility, controversial industry practices and ESG risk management. Dr. Gao’s research has been published in prestigious journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money. Dr. Gao has won several funding awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Dr. Gao regularly teaches two courses, Strategic Management and International Business, for the undergraduate program.  He has taught a number of courses for the MBA program, including Strategy, International Management, Strategic Leadership and Managing Change and Managing for Sustainable Development. For the PhD and MSc program at the Asper School, Dr. Gao offers seminars on Theory Building in Management, and Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Social Issues Research. He supervises both PhD students and MSc students in the graduate program.

Research Interests

  • Business Sustainability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Competitive Strategy
  • International Business

Teaching Interests

  • Strategic Management
  • Organizational Theory
  • Business and Society
  • International Business