He Gao

Title Assistant Professor of Management
Email gaohe@nospam6652f4bd74258.udel.edu
Office 209 Alfred Lerner Hall


He Gao received her Ph.D. in strategic management from Arizona State University. Her research is centered on competitive dynamics, strategic leadership and strategic change. She is particularly interested in how top managers use language to influence competitors and stakeholders. Her research has been published in Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Prior to joining University of Delaware, she was on faculty at Michigan State University.


  • Ph.D. in strategic management, Arizona State University

Select Publications

  • Kim, J., Lee, H., Gao, H., & Johnson, R. 2021. When CEOs are all about themselves: Perceived CEO narcissism and middle managers’ workplace behaviors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106(9), 1283-1298.
  • Gao, H., Yu, T., & Cannella, A. A. Jr. 2017. Understanding word responses in competitive dynamics. Academy of Management Review, 42: 129-144.
  • Gao, H., Yu, T., & Cannella, A. A. Jr. 2016. The use of public language in strategy: A multidisciplinary review and research agenda. Journal of Management, 42: 21–54.

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Paper Award in the Strategic Management Division of the Academy of Management, 2023
  • Instructor Excellence Award for Executive MBA, Michigan State University Broad College of Business, 2022, 2023

Curriculum Vitae

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