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Dr. Grace Guoying Zhang

(940) 397 4693
Professor of Management Information Systems
Dillard College of Business Administration


Guoying "Grace" Zhang, Ph.D., is a Management Information Systems professor in the Dillard College of Business. She teaches undergraduate courses in Business Programming Language and Web Application Development. At the graduate level, Dr. Zhang teaches the core MIS course of IT Management. Not only does Dr. Zhang teach her students about information systems, but she also encourages her students to push ahead when times are hard. She tells her students to embrace uncertainty, keep a good attitude and make the best of every situation.

When working on her Ph.D. of Information Systems at the University of Washington, she also minored in Operations Management and Economics. Before starting her Ph.D., Dr. Zhang worked for Motorola Great China Inc. as a Business and Operations Analyst in Shanghai, China. 

Originally from Shanghai, she obtained a Bachelor of Computer Science and Master of Business Administration from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her current research interests include technology adoption and utilization in organizations, organizational innovation, and IT's impact on firm performance. 

High academic achievements earned the Dillard College of Business accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2008, demonstrating that Dillard College is among the top business colleges. Dr. Zhang has been instrumental in earning this accreditation as the Chair of the Assurance of Learning Committee. She is also the Chair of the Online Learning Committee (taskforce) and Beta Gamma Sigma's faculty sponsor, the prestigious national honor society. 

Dr. Zhang has won MSU university research grants twice, the Dillard college research award and the Dillard college teaching award. When she is not working on her course materials or advising students, she loves reading novels, streaming videos, and walking in her neighborhood.

Institution Degree Graduation Date
University of Washington PhD, Information Systems (Major), Operations Management (Minor) 2007
Shanghai Jiao Tong University M.S. Management Science 2000
Shanghai Jiao Tong University B.E., Computer Science 1997
Employer Position Start Date End Date
Midwestern State University Professor of Management Information Systems 08/01/2019
Midwestern State University Associate Professor of Management Information Systems 08/01/2013 07/31/2019
Midwestern State University Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems 08/01/2007 07/31/2013
Motorola China Business Analyst 02/01/2000 09/01/2002

Refereed Journal Publications

Peng, J., Zhang, G., & Chiu, C. (in press, 2022). An Empirical Investigation on Vulnerability for Software Companies.   International Journal of Systems and Software Security and Protection (IJSSSP).

Peng, J., Guo, P., Guo, M., & Zhang, G. (2020). IT Application Maturity in China - How Do You Manage It.  Journal of Global Information Management, 28 (3).

Zhang, G., Johnston, C., & Shao, C. Y. (2019). Working Students and Their Academic Performance - A Decision Tree Analysis.  Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 19 (7), 123-136.

Peng, J., Quan, J., Zhang, G., & Dubinsky, A. J. (2016). Mediation effect of business process and supply chain management capabilities on the impact of IT on firm performance: Evidence from Chinese firms.   International Journal of Information Management, 36 (1), 89-96, doi:

Dey, D., Lahiri, A., & Zhang, G. (2015). Optimal Policies for Security Patch Management.   INFORMS Journal on Computing, 27 (3), 462–477, doi:

Peng, J., Quan, J., Zhang, G., & Dubinsky, A. (2015). Knowledge Sharing, Social Relationships, and Contextual Performance: The Moderating Influence of Information Technology Competence.   Journal of Organizational and End User Computing (JOEUC), 27 (2), 58-73, doi: DOI: 10.4018/joeuc.2015040103.

Peng, J., Zhang, G., Zhang, S., Dai, X., & Li, J. (2014). Effects of Online Advertising on Automobile Sales.   Management Decision, 52 (5), 834-851.

Peng, J., Zhang, G., Fu, Z., & Tan, Y. (2014). An Empirical Investigation on Organizational Innovation and Individual Creativity.   Information Systems and e-Business Management, 12 (3), 465-489.

Zhang, G., Johnston, C., & Shao, C. (2014). A Model for Optimally Promoting Application Diffusion on Facebook.   International Journal of Marketing Studies, 6 (4).

Dey, D., Lahiri, A., & Zhang, G. (2014). Quality Competition and Market Segmentation in the Security Software Market.   MIS Quarterly, 38 (2), 589-606.

Dey, D., Lahiri, A., & Zhang, G. (2012). Hacker Behavior, Network Effects, and the Security Software Market.   Journal of Management Information Systems, 29 (2), 77-108.

Peng, J. & Zhang, G. (2012). Path Analysis of IT Application Maturity.   International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 10 (3/4), 292-306.

Winzent, D., Wilson, P. H., Shao, C. Y., & Zhang, G. (2012). Effectiveness of Celebrity Voice-overs in Advertising Recall.   Journal of Management and Business Research, 2 (1), 6-20.

Peng, J., Zhang, G., Fu, Z., & Tan, Y. (2012). Exploring Innovation in the Context of Employee Relationship and IT-Enabled Knowledge Sharing.   Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, 108 (1), 22-36.

Zhang, G., Dubinsky, A. J., & Tan, Y. (2011). Impact of Blogs on Sales Revenue: Test of a Network Model.   International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, 3 (2), 68-82.

Peng, J., Zhang, G., Chen, R., & Tan, Y. (2011). Impacts of Essential Elements of Management on IT Application Maturity - A Perspective from Firms in China.   Decision Support Systems, 51 (1), 88-98.

Wierschem, D., Zhang, G., & Johnston, C. (2010). Information Technology Certification Value: an initial response from employers.   Journal of International Technology and Information Management, 19 (4), 91-108.

Zhang, G. & Johnston, C. R. (2010). Employment and the Academic Performance of Undergraduate Business Students.   Southwestern Business Administration Journal, 10 (2), 54-83.

Dubinsky, A. J., Zhang, G., & Wood, M. (2010). Revelations from Data Mining: A Case Study of a Sales Territory.   Journal of Selling and Major Account Management, 10 (2), 8-26.

Kaya, C. C., Zhang, G., Tan, Y., & Mookerjee, V. S. (2009). An Admission-Control Technique for Delay Reduction in Proxy Caching.   Decision Support Systems, 46 (2), 594-603.

Book Chapters 

Peng, J., Quan, J., Zhang, G., & Dubinsky, A. J. (2018). Knowledge Sharing from Employee's Perspective - Social Relationship, Contextual Performance, and IT Competence. Handbook of Research on the Evolution of IT and the Rise of E-Society

Peng, J., Quan, J., Zhang, G., & Dubinsky, A. J. (2016). Knowledge Sharing, Social Relationships, and Contextual Performance: The Moderating Influence of Information Technology Competence. Business Intelligence: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. IGI Global.