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Ruolian Fang


  • 399 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
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Ruolian Fang is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Management and Organisation group at the UWA Business School. Her research addresses the dynamic interplay between individuals and social networks as determinants of employee work experiences and performance outcomes. In her primary stream of research, she studies individual agency in network positioning and structuring, for instance, how organizational members come to occupy advantageous network positions, which in turn facilitate them to perform well and achieve career success. She also studies individual agency in network mobilization, for instance, how individual personality affects the extent to which organizational entrants and entrepreneurs leverage their personal networks to achieve effective adjustment and performance. Her work has been published at the Personnel Psychology, Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, and Journal of Management Studies. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Journal.

She teaches Organisational Behaviour. Prior to joining UWA, she was an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore (Singapore). She earned her PhD. degree from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (United States).

Research interests

Social Networks | Social Capital | Newcomer Socialization | Deviant Workplace Behavior | Entrepreneurship | Organizational Justice

Previous positions

2010–2018 Assistant Professor, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore 

Teaching overview

University of Western Australia 

Organisational Behavior (undergraduate)

National University of Singapore 

PhD. Seminar in Social Capital Theory and Methods (doctoral)

Organisational Behavior (undergraduate)

Management and Organization (undergraduate)

University of Minnesota  

Staffing & Selection: Strategic and Operational Concerns (undergraduate)

The Individual and Organizational Performance (undergraduate)


2016 – present 

Editoral board member of Academy of Management Journal 

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Research Output 2006 2017

  • 399 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 1 Review article
6 Citations (Scopus)

Down but not out: Newcomers can compensate for low vertical access with strong horizontal ties and favorable core self-evaluations

Fang, R., McAllister, D. J. & Duffy, M. K., 2017, In : Personnel Psychology. 70, 3, p. 517-555

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Adjustment
Diagnostic Self Evaluation
Extra-role behavior
Moderating effect
Work attitudes
32 Citations (Scopus)

Bringing Political Skill into Social Networks: Findings from a Field Study of Entrepreneurs

Fang, R., Chi, L., Chen, M. & Baron, R. A., Mar 2015, In : Journal of Management Studies. 52, 2, p. 175-212 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

83 Citations (Scopus)

Integrating Personality and Social Networks: A Meta-Analysis of Personality, Network Position, and Work Outcomes in Organizations

Fang, R., Landis, B., Zhang, Z., Anderson, M. H., Shaw, J. D. & Kilduff, M., 2015, In : Organization Science. 26, 4, p. 1243-1260 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

105 Citations (Scopus)

The Organizational Socialization Process: Review and Development of a Social Capital Model

Fang, R., Duffy, M. K. & Shaw, J. D., Jan 2011, In : Journal of Management. 37, 1, p. 127-152 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article