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Dr. ZHANG Rengong


Assistant Professor

13-266, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong
+852 34425283
+852 34420349
Public CV

Research Areas

Workplace Safety
Labor and ESG issues
Capital Market Research in Accounting


PhD - Accounting (University of Alberta)
Master - Accounting (The College of William and Mary)
BA - Economics (East China Normal University)


Dr. Rengong (Alex) Zhang’s research uses big data to study workplace safety, labor, and capital market issues. He has published in the Journal of Finance and Quantitative Analysis, Organization Science, Journal of Operations Management, and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting. His research has been covered by S&P Global.

Dr. Zhang teaches Contemporary Accounting Issues and is passionate about integrating big data analytics into teaching. He has been invited as a guest speaker on Fintech and Data Analytics at leading teaching forums in Hong Kong, and received CityU’s teaching development grant “Discovery-based Financial Education in a Digital Society: Incorporating Online Artificial-intelligence Tools in Student-led Learning Activities.”


Research Grants

PI: "Predicting Workplace Safety Using Machine Learning", Strategic Research Grant - City University of Hong Kong, Amount: 100000 (2020-2022), Dr. Alex Zhang; Dr. Xiaowei Luo

PI: "How does being public fare for non-stakeholders:evidence from workplace safety", Strategic Research Grant - City University of Hong Kong, Amount: 100000 (2018-2020), Dr Alex Zhang

PI: "How do Entrepreneurial Firms Disclose Risk: Evidence from the OTC Market", Strategic Research Grant - City University of Hong Kong, Amount: 100,000 (2017-2019), Dr. Alex Zhang

PI: "Competition and SG&A Spending", Start-up Grant - City University of Hong Kong, Amount: 400,000 (2016-2018), Dr Alex Zhang


Journal Publications and Reviews

Liang, Claire; Qi, Yaxuan; Zhang, Rengong (Alex); Zhu, Haoran / Does Sunlight Kill Germs? Stock Market Listing and Workplace Safety. September 2022; In: Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Liang, Claire Y. C.; Zhang, Rengong / Post-earnings announcement drift and parameter uncertainty: evidence from industry and market news. August 2020; In: Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting. Vol. 55, No. 2, pp. 695–738

Conference Papers

Zhu, Haoran; Yang, Zhifeng; Zhang, Rengong (Alex) / Internal Governance and Workplace Safety. January 2019; 10th Production and Operations Management Society - Hong Kong Chapter International Conference (POMS-HK 2019), 05/01/2019 - 06/01/2019, , Hong Kong.

Liang, Claire Y.C.; Zhang, Rengong(Alex) / Debt financing of entrepreneurial firms: evidence from the OTC market. June 2018; 3rd Entrepreneurial Finance Conference, 26/06/2018 - 27/06/2018, Milan, Italy.

Chiu, Tzu-ting; Liang, Claire Y.C.; Zhang, Rengong(Alex) / Voluntary Risk Disclosure of Entrepreneurial Firms: Evidence from the OTC market. May 2018; 41st Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association, EAA 2018, 30/05/2018 - 01/06/2018, Milano, Italy.