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  • The University of Western Australia (M261), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr David Fan is an Associate Professor in International Business/Strategic Management in the UWA Business School. His research interests include: multinationals from emerging economies, international strategic management, international human resource management, and also topics related to Chinese management.
Prior to his migration to Australia, David worked as a financial accountant in an international real estate group. David completed his PhD in International Management at Monash University (Clayton Campus) in 2010, including one-year full-time doctoral level methodology training at the Australian National University in 2006. Before he joined UWA Business School, he held ongoing academic appointments at Curtin University, Deakin University, Victoria University, and Monash University.
David is an Associate Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources (ABDC: B; 2017-), and Deputy Editor of Chinese Management Studies (ABDC: C; 2017-); and serves on the Editorial Review Boards of International Journal of Human Resource Management (ABDC: A; 2016-), Management and Organization Review (ABDC: A; 2017-), Asia Pacific Journal of Management (ABDC: A; 2017-), and the Advisory Board of COMPASSS (2015-).

Teaching overview

David is teaching the following units in 2019
• MGMT 5700 Strategic Management (Trimester 1 & 2)


International Business & Strategic Management;
'Human Environment' in International Business.
David is interested in recruiting PhD candidates who are interested in researching on 1) Configurational Theory, 2) Foreign Direct Investment and MNEs from Emerging Economies, 3) International Human Resource Management, and 4) Topics related to Chinese Management.

Selected recent journal publications

Fan, D., Rao-Nicholson, R. & Su, Y., Forthcoming. "When tough get going: Performance of R&D in the adverse economic conditions". Long Range Planning. (ABDC: Tier A; SSCI - Journal Citation Report Impact Factor (IF): 3.221). Full Acceptance on [08-Jan-2019].

Chen, L. Li, Y., & Fan, D. Forthcoming. “Who are the Most Inclined to Learn? Evidence from Chinese Multinationals' Internationalization in the European Union”. Asia Pacific Journal of Management (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 2.474). Full Acceptance on [18-Jun-2018]. 

Su, Y., Fan, D. & Rao-Nicholson, R. Forthcoming. “Internationalization of Chinese Banking and Financial Institutions: A Fuzzy-set Analysis of the Leader-TMT Dynamics”. International Journal of Human Resource Management (ABDC: A; IF: 2.425).  Full Acceptance on [06-Jul-2017]. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2017.1359793

Zhu, C.J., De Cieri, H., Fan, D., & Zhang, M. 2018. "Expatriate Management in Emerging Market Multinational Enterprises: Reflection and Future Research Agenda". International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 29, Iss.11. pp.1787-1798.(ABDC: Tier A; IF: 2.425).

Chen, L. Li, Y., & Fan, D. 2018. "How Do Multinational Enterprises Configure Political Connections Across Institutional Contexts?". Global Strategy Journal, Vol. 8, Iss.3. pp. 447-470.(ABDC: A; IF: 2.121). 

Yan, Z., Zhu, C.J., Fan, D., & Kalfadellis, P. 2018. “An Institutional Work View toward the Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms”. Journal of World Business. Vol 53, Iss.5, pp 682-694.(ABDC: Tier A; IF: 3.993)

Cui, L., Fan, D., Guo, F., & Fan, Y. 2018. “Explicating the Relationship of Entrepreneurial Orientation and Firm Performance: Underlying Mechanisms in the Context of an Emerging Market”. Industrial Marketing Management. Vol.71, pp. 27-40. (ABDC: Tier A*: IF: 3.678).

Fan, D., Li, Y., & Chen, L. 2017. "Configuring Innovative Societies: A Crossvergent Role of Cultural and Institutional Varieties". Technovation. Vol. 66-67, pp.43-56. (ABDC: A; IF: 4.802).

Cui, L., Fan, D., Liu, X. & Li, Y. 2017. “Where to Seek Strategic Assets for Competitive Catch-up? A Configurational Study of Emerging Multinational Enterprises Expanding into Foreign Strategic Factor Markets”. Organization Studies. Vol.38, Iss.8, pp.1058-1083. (ABDC: A*; IF: 3.133; FT 50).

Zhang, M., Zhu, C.J., Dowling, P. & Fan, D. 2017. “Subsidiary Responses to the Institutional Characteristics of the Host Country: Strategies of Multinational Enterprises towards Hukou-Based Discriminatory HRM Practices in China”. Personnel Review. Vol.46, Iss.5, pp.870-890. (ABDC: A; IF: 1.395).

Fan, D., Xia, J., Zhang, M., Zhu, C.J. & Li., Z. 2016. “The Paths of Managing International Human Resources of Emerging Market Multinationals: Reconciling Strategic Goal and Control Means”. Human Resource Management Review. Vol.26, Iss.4, pp.298-310. (ABDC: A; IF: 3.276)

Zhang, M., Xia, J., Fan, D., & Zhu, C.J. 2016. “Managing Student Diversity in Business Education: Incorporating Campus Diversity into the Curriculum to Foster Inclusion and Academic Success of International Students”. Academy of Management Learning and Education. Vol.15, Iss.2, pp. 366-380.(ABDC: A*; IF: 2.866)

Fan, D., Cui, L., Li, Y. & Zhu, C.J. 2016. “Localized Learning by Emerging Multinational Enterprises in Developed Host Countries: A Fuzzy-Set Analysis of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Australia”. International Business Review. Vol.25, Iss.1, pp.187-203. (ABDC: A; IF: 2.754).

Zheng, C., Kashi, K.H.A., Fan, D., Molineux, J., Ee, M.S. 2015. “Impact of Individual Coping Strategies and Organizational Work-life Balance Programs on Australian Employee Wellbeing”. International Journal of Human Resource Management. Vol.27, Iss.5, pp. 501-526. (ABDC: A; IF: 2.425)

Wang, D., Feng, T., Freeman, S., Fan, D. & Zhu, C.J. 2014. “Unpacking the ‘Skill – Cross-Cultural Competence’ Mechanisms: Empirical Evidence from Chinese Expatriate Managers”. International Business Review. Vol. 23, Iss. 3, pp. 530-541. (ABDC: A; IF: 2.754)

Zhang, M., Fan, D., & Zhu, C.J. 2014. “High Performance Work Systems, Corporate Social Performance and Employee Outcomes: Exploring the Missing Links”. Journal of Business Ethics. Vol.120, Iss.3, pp.423-435. (ABDC: A; IF: 2.917;  FT50)

Fan, D., Cui, L., Zhang, M., Zhu, C.J. Hartel, C. & Nyland, C. 2014. “Influence of High Performance Work Systems on Employee Subjective Well-being and Job Burnout”. International Journal of Human Resource Management. Vol.25, Iss. 7, pp. 931-950. (ABDC: A; IF: 2.425)

Cui, L., Fan, D, Fu, G. & Zhu, C.J. 2013. “An Integrative Model of Organizational Safety Behaviour”. Journal of Safety Research. Vol.45, Iss. 6, pp. 37-46. (ABDC: A; IF: 2.394)

Zhu, C.J., Cooper, B.K., Fan, D. & De Cieri, H. 2013. “HR Practices from the Perspective of Managers and Employees in MNEs in China: Gaps and Implications”. Journal of World Business. Vol. 48, Iss. 2, pp. 241-250. (ABDC: A; IF: 3.993)

Fan, D., Zhu, C.J. & Nyland, C. 2012. “Factors Affecting Global Integration of Chinese Multinationals in Australia: A Qualitative Analysis”. International Business Review. Vol.21. Iss.1. pp.13-26. (ABDC: A; IF: 2.754)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Monash University

Certified Practising Accountant, CPA Australia

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Fuzzy sets Engineering & Materials Science
Personnel Engineering & Materials Science
work system Social Sciences
business education Social Sciences
occupational safety Social Sciences
academic success Social Sciences
employee Social Sciences
Multinational enterprises Business & Economics

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Research Output 2008 2019

The ‘Iron Rice-Bowl’ Regime Revisited: Whither Human Resource Management in Chinese Universities?

Xia, J., Zhu, C. J. & Fan, D., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

When tough get going: Performance of R&D in the adverse economic conditions

Fan, D., Rao-Nicholson, R. & Su, Y., 12 Jan 2019, In : Long Range Planning. 40 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

economic conditions
Economic conditions

Who are the Most Inclined to Learn? Evidence from Chinese Multinationals' Internationalization in the European Union

Chen, L., Li, Y. & Fan, D., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Asia Pacific Journal of Management. 45 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

An institutional work view toward the internationalization of emerging market firms

Yan, Z. J., Zhu, J. C., Fan, D. & Kalfadellis, P., Nov 2018, In : Journal of World Business. 53, 5, p. 682-694

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Institutional work
Institutional arrangements
Multinational enterprises
Emerging market firms
Domestic firms
1 Citations (Scopus)

Expatriate management in emerging market multinational enterprises (EMNEs): reflection and future research agenda

Zhu, C. J., De Cieri, H., Fan, D. & Mike Zhang, M., 2018, In : International Journal of Human Resource Management. 29, 11, p. 1787-1798 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle