Yan Chen (ychen5)

Yan Chen

Assistant Professor

School of Business

Babbio Center 625
(201) 216-5385


  • PhD (2014) University of Missouri-Kansas City (Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
  • MS (2009) Xi’an Jiaotong University (Management Science and Engineering)
  • BE (2006) South China University of Technology (Computer Science and Technology)


blockchains | crypto | web3 | innovation | entrepreneurship

General Information

My research over the past decade has focused on technological innovation, new technology ventures, and innovative business models, with a specialization in digital technologies, blockchain tokens, and decentralized platform ecosystems. My work has been published in top academic journals, including the Journal of Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Strategic Organization, Small Business Economics, R&D Management, Information Systems Frontiers, Journal of Open Innovation, Business Horizons, and Journal of Business Venturing Insights.


Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2014–Present

Selected Publications

Blockchains, Crypto, and Web3
Li, S., & Chen, Y. (2024). Governing decentralized autonomous organizations as digital commons. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 21, e00450. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2024.e00450
Li, S., & Chen, Y. (2023). How nonfungible tokens empower business model innovation. Business Horizons, 66(4), 543-554. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2022.10.006
Chen, Y., Richter, J. I., & Patel, P.C. (2021). Decentralized governance of digital platforms. Journal of Management, 47(5), 1305–1337. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206320916755
Chen, Y., & Bellavitis, C. (2020). Blockchain disruption and decentralized finance: The rise of decentralized business models. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 13, e00151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2019.e00151
Chen, Y. (2018). Blockchain tokens and the potential democratization of entrepreneurship and innovation. Business Horizons, 61(4), 567–575. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2018.03.006
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy
Chen, Y., & Sun, S. L (2023). Leapfrogging and partial recapitulation as latecomer strategies. Journal of Open Innovation, 9(3), 100099. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joitmc.2023.100099
Chen, Y., & Song, M. (2022). The persistence and dynamics of new venture growth. Small Business Economics, 58(1), 303–322. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-020-00411-2
Kotiloglu, S., Chen, Y., & Lechler, T. (2021). Organizational responses to performance feedback: A meta-analytic review. Strategic Organization, 19(2), 285–311. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476127019883361
Chen, Y. (2018). Partial adjustment toward target R&D intensity. R&D Management, 48(5), 591–602. https://doi.org/10.1111/radm.12320
Wang, T., & Chen, Y. (2018). Capability stretching in product innovation. Journal of Management, 44(2), 784–810. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206315594847
Chen, Y. (2017). Dynamic ambidexterity: How innovators manage exploration and exploitation. Business Horizons, 60(3), 385–394. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2017.01.001
Song, M., & Chen, Y. (2014). Organizational attributes, market growth, and product innovation. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 31(6), 1312–1329. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpim.12185
Arend, R. J., & Chen, Y. (2012). Entrepreneurship as dynamic, complex, disequilibrious: A focus that benefits strategic organization. Strategic Organization, 10(1), 85–95. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476127011431340
Tian, J., Wang, K., Chen, Y., & Johansson, B. (2010). From IT deployment capabilities to competitive advantage: An exploratory study in China. Information Systems Frontiers, 12(3), 239–255. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10796-009-9182-z


MGT 960 Research in Management
MGT 671 Technology and Innovation Management
MGT 663 Discovering and Exploiting Entrepreneurial Opportunities
BT 447 Creativity and Innovation
BT 372 Entrepreneurship