Grace Fan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Sustainability
Other Titles: specializing in Organizations, Sustainability, and Inequity
Office: EME 4119
Phone: 250.807.9717
Email: grace.fan@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor



Research Summary

Indigenous-led sustainability; Inequity (economic inequity and social inequity); Indigenous value systems; Indigenous communities; Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK); Two-Eyed Seeing; Indigenous ethics; Feminist care ethics; Emotions and institutions; Institutional change; Institutional logics; Ethnography; Process Research; Qualitative Methods

Courses & Teaching

MGMT 450 Entrepreneurship
MGMT 481 Strategy and Change Leadership

Biography

Dr. Fan is an award-winning scholar with a passion for indigenous-led sustainability, organizations, and issues of social and economic inequity. Her research on sustainability focuses on indigenous-led environmental sustainability efforts. Dr. Fan’s research contributes to understanding what policy makers, practitioners, and academic researchers can learn from indigenous nations, who are leading sustainability efforts in their own nations and communities in Canada and worldwide. Specifically, Dr. Fan examines the processes and mechanisms through which indigenous nations and communities, organizations, and individuals mobilize indigenous value systems, indigenous ethical practices, social emotions, and other cultural symbols to reduce environmental inequity, and solve wicked problems in society. Related to this theme, Dr. Fan investigates how historically marginalized and oppressed actors (e.g. indigenous peoples) develop innovative solutions to reduce deeply entrenched inequity at community, field, and societal levels.

Dr. Fan’s research on organizations and entrepreneurship focuses on social entrepreneurship and new venture creation. Specifically, she investigates the strategies, practices, and processes through which organizations and entrepreneurs draw on cultural symbols including values and visuals in addition to language and meaning to initiate social change and innovation. This strand of her research is informed by her prior industry experience in working at the board level and mentoring budding entrepreneurs.

Her research is interdisciplinary, community-based, and has positive impact on the ground. The findings of Dr. Fan’s research inform policy makers, practitioners, and communities about best practices in achieving sustainability, reducing inequity, and fostering social innovation.

Dr. Fan adheres to the foundation of “two-eyed seeing”, honouring the best of indigenous knowledge and the latest management concepts, with a view to develop new theory to deepen existing understandings and challenge taken-for-granted assumptions.

Dr. Fan is a member of the Academy of Management, the European Group of Organization Studies, and the International Association of Chinese Management Research. She regularly reviews for the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management. She is an ad hoc reviewer for Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Ethics, Human Relations, and Journal of Management Inquiry. She sits on the Editorial Review Board of Management & Organization Review.

Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Fan worked in the field of private equity, and served as Executive Board Members of companies under investment. She is an invited panellist for “Women in Boardroom” Forum in United Kingdom. She has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and North America. These experiences have greatly enriched her life, and gifted her the humanity to embrace different cultures and diverse views. Outside of work, Dr. Fan loves travel, music, hiking, dancing, swimming, Qigong, and growing vegetables and flowers.

Degrees

PhD, Imperial College London
MBA, London Business School

Research Interests & Projects

Currently, Dr. Fan is working on three projects directly involving indigenous-led sustainability efforts and inequity, one project on the role of indigenous women in new market creation, and two projects on reducing inequity. All projects have significant implications for policy and practice.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Selected Referred Publications:

Fan, G.H. & Zietsma, C. 2017. Constructing a shared governance logic: The role of emotions in enabling dually embedded agency. Academy of Management Journal, 60:2321-2351. First author (65% contribution) Impact Factor: 10.195; five-year Impact Factor: 15.873. Ranked #1 in Financial Times top 50 academic journals.

Fan, G.H. 2018. Winning hearts to achieve sustainability: Theorizing change from an emotional perspective. The Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. The effective acceptance rate for best paper proceedings is below 5%.

Fan, G.H., & Voronov, M. 2020. From capitalist’ tail to socialism builders: The role of Confucian Moral Virtues in Transforming the Stigma-inducing Moral System, Academy of Management Annual Conference, virtual.

Fan, G.H. & Zietsma, C. 2015. Emotionalizing Logics: Interactions between Cognitive Processes and Emotional Mechanisms in Building a Shared Governance Logic under Institutional Complexity, Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver.

Fan, G. H. 2015. Values Old and New: Building an Entrepreneurial Logic to Navigate Institutional Complexity. New Institutional Theory Annual Conference, Vienna, March 2015; European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference, Athens.

Fan, G.H. & Zietsma, C. 2014. Affective Commitments, Moral Emotions and Emotional Energy: Building a Shared Governance Logic in the Okanagan. Institutions and Emotions Workshop, Toronto.

Fan, G.H. 2014. Multiple Logics in Action: Water Sustainability in the Okanagan. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

Fan, G.H. 2014. Community, Family, Political and Entrepreneurial Logics in Action: Combining and Balancing Multiple Logics to Navigate Institutional Complexity. Academy of Management Journal and Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management Joint Writing Workshop, United Kingdom.

Fan, G.H. 2013. Combining Multiple Institutional Logics to Construct Collective Identity. Administrative Science Quarterly, and Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management Joint Conference, Singapore.

Other Invited Activities:

Invited Expert panellist on “Your Next Step: Starting Your Business in Kelowna” event, organized by UBC and sponsored by CBC Radio, Kelowna, BC, February 2016.

Invited Chair and discussant: “Accommodating Stakeholders and Audiences: Ambivalence, Ambiguity, Misalignment & Prioritization”, Scholarly Paper Session, Organization and Management Theory Division, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, August 2015

Invited Reviewer for Carolyn Dexter Award, an All-Academy award given to the paper that best meets the objective of internationalizing the Academy of Management, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Invited Chair and Discussant: “Plural Institutionalism”, Scholarly Paper Session, Organization and Management Theory Division, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, St. Antonia, August 2011

Selected Grants & Awards

Finalist Winner, the 2020 Responsible Research in Management Award
Fan, G.H. & Zietsma, C. 2017. Constructing a shared governance logic: The role of emotions in enabling dually embedded agency. Academy of Management Journal, 60:2321-2351. Awarded by the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) and the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM). This Award was granted based on academic rigor and policy impact on the ground (e.g. at the organization, community, and societal levels). Papers were reviewed by both academic stream and executive stream. In this particular case, the publication of this paper led to tangible positive impact on water sustainability in North America.

SSHRC Explore and Exchange Small Grant, 2020. (PI)

Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, 2019-2020. (PI)

SSHRC Insight Development Grant #430-2014-00826, 2014 – 2019. (PI)

Winner, Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices Award, 2018
Fan, G.H. 2018. Winning hearts to achieve sustainability: Theorizing change from an emotional perspective. Awarded by the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division, the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago. The effective acceptance rate for best paper proceedings is below 5%.

Best Reviewer Award, Management and Organization Review, 2015

Finalist, Best Symposium. Fan, G.H. & Jennings, D. 2014. “Bridging institutional analysis with micro cultural dynamics in explaining environment sustainability”, Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia. The effective acceptance rate for best paper proceedings is below 10%.

All the grants listed above are competitive.

Media

Responsible Research in Business and Management Winners Award Webinar, October 6, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCC0BrmR5QI&feature=youtu.be

Invited Panelist regarding Entrepreneurship, co-hosted by UBC and CBC radio, March 2016

Interviewed on CBC radio regarding the proposed Water Sustainability Act of British Columbia, August 2014

Kelowna Capital News and The Daily Courier reported my research on water sustainability in British Columbia, August 2014
http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-121363-24-.htm
http://www.obwb.ca/ubco-research-into-b-c-s-most-treasured-resource-h2o/
http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/ubco-research-into-b-c-s-most-treasured-resource-h2o/

 

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