Pengcheng Zhu

Pengcheng Zhu
Phone: (619) 260-2382
Office: Olin Hall 208

Associate Professor of Finance

  • PhD, Carleton University, Canada, Finance
  • MBA, Carleton University
  • BBA, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, China, Finance

Phil Zhu teaches courses in international financial management. His research focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and emerging market finance. He has published research articles in several journals including Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Emerging Market Review, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Management and Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics.

Before joining the USD faculty, Zhu taught at the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific and the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. He also worked as a business analyst in a global management consulting firm in Canada. Zhu is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


  • Steber Fellowship, 2015
  • The Barclay Global Investor Canada Research Award, 2006

Selected Publications

  • Gaur, A., Malhotra, S., Zhu, P. (2013) Acquisition announcements and stock market valuations of acquiring firms' rivals: A test of the growth probability hypothesis in China, Strategic Management Journal, 34(2), 215-232.
  • Baker, K., Dutta, S., Saadi, S., Zhu, P. (2012) Are good performers bad acquirers?, Financial Management, 41(1), 95-118.
  • Zhu, P., Jog, V., Otchere, I. (2011) Partial acquisitions in emerging markets: A test of the strategic market entry and corporate control hypotheses, Journal of Corporate Finance, 17(2), 288-305.
  • Dutta, D., Malhotra, S., Zhu, P. Internationalization process, impact of slack resources, and role of the CEO: The duality of structure and agency in evolution of cross-border acquisition decisions, Journal of World Business.