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Science Based Business expansion adds to international profile

Two new Assistant Professors are joining Science Based Business (SBB) this Autumn. ‘Xishu Li and Jian Wang are the first two Assistant Professors we recruited. This is an exciting, crucial next step for SBB,’ said Professor Simcha Jong who joined Leiden University as the Director and first Professor of Science Based Business last year. ‘Both recruits come from highly regarded PhD programs and spent time at top schools such as the Naveen Jindal School of Management (UT Dallas), and Harvard University. Xishu and Jian are accomplished researchers with publications in leading international journals such as Science, Nature, Decision Sciences, and Research Policy. It will be great for our students to be exposed to their cutting-edge work.'

Xishu Li

Xishu Li joins SBB's Technology and Operations group after a stint at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas, and with a PhD in Operations Management from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Xishu’s research is in the fields of operations management, economic modelling, data analytics, software development, and quantitative logistics. She focuses on topics including capacity investment, dynamic pricing, new product launch, supply disruption risk forecasting, and sustainability. Xishu works closely with private and public organisations  in her research, focusing on project-specific problems and using real-life data. Her research reveals the underlying mechanisms behind the "irrational" investments observed in practice and suggests the best investment strategies, as well as pricing policy, at the current moment. Her research also helps firms gain competitive advantages by predicting the competitors' future moves. In terms of teaching, Xishu will be developing new courses in Technology and Operations Management, and Decision & Risk Analysis at SBB.

Jian Wang 

Jian Wang joins SBB’s Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management group. Before joining SBB he was fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School and postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation, KU Leuven. Jian studies science and innovation and in particular the interface between them, integrating various disciplinary perspectives, such as economics, sociology, management, and public policy. His recent research focuses on novelty in science and innovation, factors stimulating novel research, such as funding schemes and team and network structures, and the translation of science into innovation. His research builds on big data analytics and advanced statistical and data mining methods. Jian holds a Ph.D. degree in Public Policy and a M.S. degree in Statistics, both from Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), and a M.A. degree in Applied Economics and a B.A. degree in Journalism, both from Tsinghua University (China). He currently serves on the editorial board of Research Evaluation. In terms of teaching, Jian will be developing a new Business Research Methods course, and he will be overseeing SBB internships.  

Science Based Business at Leiden University 

Science Based Business spans science, medicine and business, focusing on areas such as technology management, innovation, entrepreneurship, operations and decision making. SBB fuses business scholarship with technology and industry engagement. Our programs forge strong relationships across the Faculty of Science, LUMC, and the business community of the Leiden BioScience park SBB currently offers two MSc specialisations and a BSc minor for students from the Leiden Faculty of Science and LUMC.

As part of its expansion, Science Based Business has a faculty opening for a new Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship. More details can be found here 

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