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Dr Karen Tian


Newcastle Business School (International Business)

Career Summary


Dr. Karen Tian is Lecturer of International Business at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Karen comes from Shenyang, a Manchu historical city of north-eastern China, with a population of 8 million. Karen's research focus on knowledge transfer, international business and Chinese economics and Management.

Research Expertise
- Knowledge management - Absorptive transfer - Cultural differences - Chinese firms and international business - Knowledge transfer - Knowledge stickiness - MNC and Alliances

Teaching Expertise
Dr. Tian's teaching areas are focus on International Business discipline, particularly cross cultural management.

Administrative Expertise

Dr. Tian has been actively collaborate with numbers of Chinese Universities and successfully attracted RMB 540,000 Chinese National Social Science Grant with Dr. Yan Liu from ShuZhou University China in 2012.


  • PhD, University of Ballarat
  • Graduate Diploma in Business and Management, Prime College - Malaysia
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Ballarat


  • Absorptive Capacity
  • International Alliances
  • International Business
  • Internationalisation
  • Knowledge management
  • Knowledge transfer


  • Mandarin (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150308 International Business 60
159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/08/2008 -  Lecturer in International Business University of Newcastle
Business and Law


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, O'Brien R, Malik A, Tian K, Parker V, et al., 'Balancing cognitive diversity and mutual understanding in multidisciplinary teams', Health Care Management Review, (2016)
DOI 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000088
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Brendan Boyle, Ashish Malik
2016 Liu Y, Zhao S, Li R, Zhou L, Tian F, 'The relationship between organizational identification and internal whistle-blowing: the joint moderating effects of perceived ethical climate and proactive personality', Review of Managerial Science, 1-22 (2016)

© 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin HeidelbergBased on the theory of planned behavior, this paper explores the relationship between an employee¿s identification with the employing org... [more]

© 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin HeidelbergBased on the theory of planned behavior, this paper explores the relationship between an employee¿s identification with the employing organization (organizational identification) and the employee¿s intention to whistle-blow via organizational internal channels (internal whistle-blowing intention), incorporating a joint moderator that combines perceived ethical climate and proactive personality. After analyzing data from 726 employees in China, the results show that organizational identification is positively associated with internal whistle-blowing intention and that the relationship is jointly moderated by perceived ethical climate and proactive personality, i.e. organizational identification more positively predicts internal whistle-blowing intention in individuals who have a high proactive personality and perceive a strong ethical climate. The results are discussed in terms of the implications for theory and practice.

DOI 10.1007/s11846-016-0214-z
2014 Tian F, Mahmood A, 'Exploring antecedents of successful international knowledge transfer through strategic alliance: Evidence from China', Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, 10 34-40 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Amir Mahmood
2012 Tian F, Lynch D, Mardaneh K, 'Absorptive capacity in strategic alliances with Chinese firms: Implications for strategic management education', Journal of Strategic Management Education, 8 1-16 (2012) [C1]
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Tian F, Zhou L, Zhao SM, Zhang XF, 'Visionary leadership and employee creativity: evidence from knowledge intensive organizations in China' (2015)
2009 Tian F, 'Determinants of knowledge transfer in Chinese companies', CIOS: Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies Inaugural Conference Abstracts (2009) [E3]
2009 Tian F, Lowe J, Lynch D, 'Managing knowledge transfer in new environments: A study of Chinese firms', SMS 29th Annual International Conference: Session Details (2009) [E3]
2008 Tian F, Lowe J, Lynch D, 'Knowledge transfer and absorptive capacity in Chinese companies', Proceedings: 2008 International Conference on Technology Management and Innovation in China: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century (2008) [E1]
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Prestigious Chinese Partnership

June 24, 2014

Dr Karen Tian of the Newcastle Business School has received a collaborative Chinese National Science Grant

Dr Karen Tian


Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

International Business

Contact Details

Phone (02) 4921 5981
Fax (02) 4921 7398


Room UNH319B
Building University House
Location City Campus