Yan Chen (ychen5)

Yan Chen

Assistant Professor

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

General Information

My current research examines technology entrepreneurship and business model innovation in the blockchain and web3 ecosystems. Over the past decade, I have developed and published original frameworks for evaluating cryptocurrencies and tokens, decentralized finance, decentralized platform ecosystems, and NFT-based business models. My research has appeared in Journal of Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Strategic Organization, Small Business Economics, R&D Management, Information Systems Frontiers, Business Horizons, and JBV Insights.

Selected Publications

Blockchains, Crypto, and Web3
Li, S., & Chen, Y. (2022). How non-fungible tokens empower business model innovation. Business Horizons. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2022.10.006
Chen, Y., Pereira, 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., & 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