Dr Ruifang Wang

School of Business

Lecturer / Assistant Professor

TSI Building
3rd Floor
(01) 474 7557


Ruifang Wang is 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. 
Ruifang’s primary research focuses on the understudied role of middle managers in the strategy process and organizational innovation. 

Research Interests

Ambidexterity, exploration and exploitation, middle management perspective

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 Wang R.; Gibbons P. (2021) 'Understanding managerial ambidexterity: a people–situation interaction approach'. Journal Of Strategy And Management, 14 (2):170-186. [Link] [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Wang, RF; Gibbons, P; Heavey, C (2021) 'The Microfoundations of Strategic Entrepreneurship: A Middle Management Perspective'. Journal of Enterprising Culture, 29 :1-20. [DOI]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Gibbons P and Wang R (2021) 'Strategic, regulating and enabling initiatives: conducive organisational changes' In: Distributed Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare: Theory, Evidence and Development. London UK : Open University Press.
2017 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.
2017 Wang R.; Gibbons P.; Heavey C. (2017) 'A conceptual framework of middle managers' strategic role flexibility' In: Handbook of Middle Management Strategy Process Research.

Conference Contribution

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

Description Function From / To
Research Methods Community of Strategic Management Society (SMS) Representative-at-Large 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2020
Academy of Management Member -
Strategic Management Society Member -
Irish Academy of Management Member -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/08/2016 Outstanding reviewer award Academy of Management Annual Conference (Strategizing, Activities and Practices Interest Group)