Dr Ruifang Wang

School of Business

Lecturer / Assistant Professor

Rye Hall
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(01) 474 7557

Biography

Ruifang Wang joined Maynooth University School of Business in 2015 as a lecture in Management. Ruifang earned her PhD from University College Dublin, Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, where she also obtained an MSc in Project Management. She earned her BEng from Beijing Jiaotong University (China). Before joining Maynooth Univeristy, Ruifang held appointments at University College Dublin lecturing in the Quinn School of Business, including modules on Business in Society and Global Business amongst others. Prior to entering academia Ruifang worked as a Project Manager Assistant at China Railway 17th Bureau Group, No. 4 Engineering Group. Ruifang’s primary research focuses on the understudied role of middle managers in the strategy process and organizational innovation. This interest explores three key questions that are central to this burgeoning stream of literature: 1. What is the meaning of ambidexterity (combining exploration and exploitation) at a managerial level, and how is ambidexterity manifested in manager’s day-to-day activities? 2. What are the origins, antecedents, and drivers of ambidexterity at a managerial level? 3. What impact, if any, does managerial ambidexterity have on a manager’s career progress and an organisation’s capacity to innovate. In addressing these questions, Ruifang uses longitudinal datasets of the managerial characteristics, strategic and networking behaviours, and career progress data to explore middle managers ability to engage in ambidextrous behaviours (combining exploration and exploitation activities) and their role based performance. Her work has been presented at conferences including the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society and the British Academy of Management.

Research Interests

Ambidexterity, exploration and exploitation, middle management perspective

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 'Planning and organising the change process'
Gibbons P and Wang R. (2017) 'Planning and organising the change process' In: Leadership and change for the health professional. London UK: Open University Press. [Details]
2017 'A conceptual framework of middle managers’ strategic role flexibility'
Wang R, Gibbons P and Heavey C. (2017) 'A conceptual framework of middle managers’ strategic role flexibility' In: Handbook of middle management strategy process research. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Technology-enabled assessment in large classes: learning from success and failure.
Ryazanova, O., Andreeva, T., Wang, R. (2018) Technology-enabled assessment in large classes: learning from success and failure. [Oral Presentation], International Management and Organisational Behaviour Teaching Society (IMOBTS) conference, Maynooth, Ireland [Details]
2018 Political skill and managerial ambidexterity: The pivotal role of goal orientation.
Wang R and Gibbons P. (2018) Political skill and managerial ambidexterity: The pivotal role of goal orientation. [Oral Presentation], Strategic Management Society (SMS) 38th Annual International Conference, Paris, France [Details]
2016 Managerial ambidexterity: A political skills perspective.
Wang R and Gibbons P. (2016) Managerial ambidexterity: A political skills perspective. [Oral Presentation], The 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Strategy as Practice Division), Anaheim, California, USA [Details]
2016 A conceptual framework of middle managers’ strategic role flexibility.
Wang R, Gibbons P and Heavey C. (2016) A conceptual framework of middle managers’ strategic role flexibility. [Oral Presentation], 16th European Academy of Management, Paris, France [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 Outstanding reviewer award Academy of Management Annual Conference (Strategizing, Activities and Practices Interest Group)

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Research Methods Community of Strategic Management Society (SMS) Representative-at-Large 01-JAN-19 / 31-DEC-21
Academy of Management Member /
Strategic Management Society Member /
Irish Academy of Management Member /