Prof. ZHANG Rengong (張人公)

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

Visiting address
LAU-13-266
Phone: +852 34425283

Author IDs

Research Interests/Areas

  • Workplace Safety
  • Labor and ESG issues
  • Capital Market Research in Accounting

Teaching

Teaching Areas

  • Financial Accounting

Biography

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 media outlets such as S&P Global, National Affairs, and Souhu.

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 AI accounting at the education forums organized by HKUST and CUHK respectively. His teaching innovations have been developed into a showcase by CityU. 

Dr. Zhang has been awarded a large UGC grant to integrate big data with ESG. He is the P-I and project coordinator for the grant "Sustainability Meets Technology: A Novel Approach of Sustainability Education through a Student-led ESG Analytics Platform" (IICA-TDG, amount $985,099, from 2023-2025).

Projects

Research Grant

  • PI: "Sustainability Meets Technology: A Novel Approach of Sustainability Education through a Student-led ESG Analytics Platform", IICA-TDG, - University Grants Committee , Amount: 985,099 (2023-2025) , Dr. Alex Zhang, Dr. Xiaoli Hu, Dr. Xiaowei Luo, Dr. Minghua Chen
  • PI: "Predicting Workplace Safety Using Machine Learning", Strategic Research Grant - City University of Hong Kong , Amount: 100,000 (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: 100,000 (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