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

    6009 Perth


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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 Journal of Applied Psychology, 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 and Personnel Psychology.

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 

MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour (undergraduate)

MGMT5508 Organisational Behaviour and Leadership (graduate)

MGMT4401 Seminar in Management and HRM 

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)


August 2016 – present 

Editorial board member of Academy of Management Journal 

January 2020 – present 

Editorial board member of Personnel Psychology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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