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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

  • The IB & Strategy Theme

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): 3.363). Full Acceptance on [08-Jan-2019]. DOI: 10.1016/j.lrp.2019.01.004

Cui, L., Fan, D., Li, Y. & Choi, Y. Forthcoming. Regional Competitiveness for Attracting and Retaining Foreign Direct Investment: A Configurational Analysis of Chinese Provinces. Regional Studies. (ABDC: Tier A*; IF: 3.074). Full Acceptance on [11-Jun-2019]. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1636023

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: 2.737). Full Acceptance on [18-Jun-2018].

Chen, L. Li, Y., & Fan, D. 2018. How do multinational enterprises configure political connections across institutional contexts? Global Strategy Journal. 8(3): 447-470. (ABDC: Tier A: IF: 2.730)

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. 53 (5): 682-694. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 5.789).

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. 71: 27-40. (ABDC: Tier A*: IF: 4.779; 2015 ANZAM Entrepreneurship, Start-Ups and Small Business Stream Award).

Fan, D., Li, Y., & Chen, L. 2017. Configuring innovative societies: A crossvergent role of cultural and institutional varieties. Technovation.  66-67: 43-56. (ABDC: Tier A: IF: 5.250).

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.38(8): 1058-1083. (ABDC: Tier A*; IF: 3.543; Financial Times top 50 journal list).

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. 25 (1): 187-203. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 3.639).

Fan, D., Zhu, C.J. & Nyland, C. 2012. Factors Affecting Global Integration of Chinese Multinationals in Australia: A Qualitative Analysis. International Business Review. 21(1): 13-26. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 3.639).

  • The 'Human Factor/Environment' in Global Business Theme

Fan, D, Zhu, C.J., Timming, A.R., Su, Y., Huang, X., & Lu, Y. Forthcoming. Using the past to map out the future of occupational health and safety research: Where do we go from here? International Journal of Human Resource Management. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 3.150). Full Acceptance on [03-Aug-2019].

Xia, J., Zhang, M., Zhu, C. J., Fan, D., Samaratunge, R. Forthcoming. HRM reforms and job-related well-being of academics. Personnel Review. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 1.362). Full Acceptance on [28-Jul-2019].

Timming, A., French, M.T. & Fan, D. Forthcoming. Exploring the fluid boundary between ‘legitimate performance management’ and ‘downward bullying’: An experimental approach. Industrial Relations Journal. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: --; 2018 ANZAM HRM Stream Award). Full Acceptance on [13-Jun-2019]. DOI: 10.1111/irj.12262

Su, Y., Zahra, S.A., Li, R., & Fan, D. Forthcoming. Trust, poverty, and subjective wellbeing among Chinese entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 2.928). Full Acceptance on [4-May-2019]. DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2019.1640483

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: Tier A; IF: 3.150; 2017 AoM International Management Division Best Qualitative Paper Finalist). Full Acceptance on [06-Jul-2017]. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2017.1359793

Fang, T., Lee, B., Timming, A. & Fan, D. 2019. The Effects of Work-Life Benefits on Employment Outcomes in Canada: A Multivariate Analysis. Relations Industrielles /Industrial Relations. 74(2):323-351. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 0.466).

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,29(11): 1787-1798 (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 3.150).

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. 46 (5): 870-890. (ABDC: Tier A; IF:1.362)

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. 26(4): 298-310. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 3.625)

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. 15(2): 366-380. (ABDC: Tier A*; IF: 3.274)

Zheng, C., Kashi, K.H.A., Fan, D., Molineux, J.,Ee, M.S. 2015. Impact of individual coping strategies and organisational work-life balance programs on Australian employee wellbeing. International Journal of Human Resource Management. 27(5): 501-526. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 3.150).

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. 23(3): 530-541. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 3.639).

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,. 120(3): 423-435. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 3.796; Financial Times top 50 journal list).

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. 25(7): 931-950. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 3.150).

Cui, L., Fan, D, Fu, G. & Zhu, C.J. 2013. An Integrative Model of Organizational Safety Behaviour. Journal of Safety Research. 45(6): 37-46. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 2.401).

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. 48(2): 241-250. (ABDC: Tier A; IF: 5.789).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Monash University

Certified Practising Accountant, CPA Australia

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Personnel Engineering & Materials Science
Fuzzy sets Engineering & Materials Science
Wages Engineering & Materials Science
Employees Business & Economics
Multinational enterprises Business & Economics
Chinese multinationals Business & Economics
Innovation Engineering & Materials Science
Health Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2008 2019

Performance management

HRM reforms and job-related well-being of academics

Xia, J., Zhang, M. M., Zhu, C. J., Fan, D. & Samaratunge, R., 28 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Personnel Review. p. 1 44 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Practice Management
Social Justice
Human resource management
Public Sector

Regional competitiveness for attracting and retaining foreign direct investment: A configurational analysis of Chinese provinces

Cui, L., Fan, D., Li, Y. & Choi, Y., 24 Jul 2019, In : Regional Studies. p. 1-31 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

foreign direct investment
direct investment
foreign investment
multinational enterprise

The effects of work-life benefits on employment outcomes in Canada: A multivariate analysis

Fang, T., Lee, B., Timming, A. & Fan, D., 2019, In : Relations industrielles - Industrial Relations. 74, 2, p. 323-352

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Job satisfaction
Multivariate Analysis
Multivariate analysis

The ‘iron rice-bowl’ Regime revisited: Whither human resource management in Chinese universities?

Xia, J., Zhu, C. J., Fan, D. & Zhang, M. M., 7 Feb 2019, In : Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Human resource management
Public sector
Management system