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SustainabilityOther Titles: specializing in Sustainability, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship
Office: EME 4119
Graduate student supervisor
Indigenous-led sustainability; Indigenous value systems; Indigenous communities; Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK); Environmental Sustainability; Entrepreneurship; New venture creation; Technology entrepreneurship; Social entrepreneurship; Emotions and institutions; Moral virtues, Values, Cultural symbols, and Rituals; Institutional change; Institutional logics/Institutional complexity; Meanings and practices; Ethnography; Process Research; Qualitative Method
Courses & Teaching
MGMT 450 Entrepreneurship
MGMT 481 Strategy and Change Leadership
Dr. Fan is an award-winning scholar with a passion for sustainability, organizations, and entrepreneurship. 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, moral virtues, collective and social emotions, and other cultural symbols and institutional objects to achieve sustainability, social progress, and solve wicked problems in society.
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. Dr. Fan is interested in incorporating concepts outside the traditional domain of management research to the context of indigenous communities and organizations to develop new theory, 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 Division, and Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy. She is an ad hoc reviewer for Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, 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, meditation, yoga, Qigong, and growing vegetables.
PhD, Imperial College London
MBA, London Business School
Research Interests & Projects
Currently, Dr. Fan is working on two projects directly involving indigenous-led sustainability efforts, and one project on strategy and entrepreneurship.
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: 7.571. 5-year Impact Factor: 11.853. 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.
Fan, G.H. 2012. Multiple Institutional Logics and Organizational Identity. Organization and Management Theory Division, Academy of Management Annual Conference, Boston.
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, 2020-2021. (PI)
Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant (F19-03854), 2019-2020. (PI)
SSHRC Insight Development Grant #430-2014-00826 ($73,800), 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%.
Individual Research Grant awarded by University of British Columbia, 2013 – 2014
All the grants listed above are competitive.
Responsible Research in Business and Management Winners Award Webinar, October 6, 2020
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