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Dr Hao Tan

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (International Business)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Hao Tan is a Senior Lecturer in International Business at the Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle, Australia, where he also serves as Acting Head of the International Business Discipline and Program Convenor for the Master of International Business and Graduate Certificate of IB. Prior to joining the UoN in 2012, Dr. Tan had worked with several universities in Australia, including Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney and the University of Western Sydney, on such roles as Research Associate, Research Supervisor, and Research Lecturer.

Dr. Hao Tan’s current research interests are in the interplay of international business strategy, innovation and economic geography, with a focus on the energy, resource and renewable energy sectors. Since 2009 he has published five chapters in research books and over 20 scholarly journal articles, including 11 articles in A/A* journals as per the ERA and/or the ABDC rankings. In 2014, he published twice in the prestigious science journal ‘Nature’ (with his co-author Prof John Mathews), including a commentary article entitled ‘Manufacture Renewables to Build Energy Security’, and a correspondence.  

Dr Tan is a member of the Academy of Management (AoM), Academy of International Business (AIB) and the International Association of Chinese Management Research (IACMR). He was a Session Chair on the 2013 Academy of International Business Annual Meeting. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Technological Forecasting & Social Change (an ERA & ABDC A journal, 2014 IF 2.058), and has also acted as a Reviewer for leading international journals such as ‘Journal of World Business’, 'Omega', 'Technological Forecasting & Social Change', 'Economic Inquiry', 'Journal of Business Research', 'Scientometrics', 'Asia Pacific Journal of Management', 'Journal of Industrial Ecology', 'International Small Business Journal', 'Asian-Pacific Economic Literature', ‘International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management’, 'Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice', and 'International Journal of Technology Management'. He was a visiting professor at National Tsinghua University in Taiwan in 2014; and is currently an Associate of the Centre of Asian Business & Economics at University of Melbourne.

Dr. Hao Tan has taught courses at the undergraduate, Master and Doctor levels; and had teaching experiences in Sydney, Newcastle, Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He was recommended by the Head of School in 2014 for the University Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning. He currently co-supervises six PhD and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) candidates.

Dr. Tan is a frequent contributor to both English- and Chinese-language media, including Australia's the conversation.com, UK Financial Times' Chinese website, and China's caixin.com. His research and opinion pieces have been widely reported, cited or reposted, in such outlets as Canada’s ‘The Globe and Mail’; Germany’s Spiegel; Singapore’s Lianhe Zhaobao; Hong Kong’s Asia Pacific Daily, Hong Kong Commercial Daily and Yahoo Hong Kong News; and China’s china.com.cn, chinadaily.com.cn, people.com.cn, xinhuanet.com, ifeng.com, huanqiu.com, sina.com, ifeng.com, hexun.com, Shanghai Securities News and the official websites of the Ministry of Commerce and the Department of Climate Change (within the NDRC). He has been interviewed and quoted by media such as BBC, Voice of America, the French newspaper Le Monde, and Australia’s Panorama Radio Station.

Prior to coming to Australia, Dr. Tan had seven years of experiences working in industries in China. He had worked for a large high-tech firm as a project management officer and a corporate lecturer; and had later worked as a management consultant.

Research Expertise
Cyclical industrial dynamics; Internationalization of Chinese firms; Spatial analysis and international business; Diffusion and substitution of technologies; Industrial development of renewable energies and industrial ecology; Best management practices; Econometrics.


Keywords

  • Cross-cultural Management
  • Emerging Economies
  • Industrial Dynamics
  • Industrial Ecology
  • International Business Strategy
  • Internationalization of Firms
  • Research Methods

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
140205 Environment and Resource Economics 25
150307 Innovation and Technology Management 25
150308 International Business 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Awards

Honours

Year Award
2008 Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Excellence in Postgraduate Research
Macquarie University

Research Award

Year Award
2007 DRUID-DIME Winter Conference Best Paper Award
Danish Research Unit in Industrial Dynamics (Denmark)
2007 Chinese Society for Management of Technology Annual Conference Best Paper Award
Chinese Society for Management of Technology
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Publications

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


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Tan H, Cyclical Industrial Dynamics: Identification and Analysis of Cyclical Behaviour in Three IT Industries, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing Co., Saarbrücken, Germany, 196 (2010) [A1]

Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Tan H, Chen S, 'Services offshoring: location choice and sub-national regional advantages in China', The Handbook of Service Innovation, Springer, UK 621-640 (2015)
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4471-6590-3_28
Co-authors Stephen Chen
2015 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Entrepreneurial strategies in Asian latecomer firms: Linkage, leverage and learning', Handbook of East Asian Entrepreneurship, Routledge, London 30-44 (2015)
2012 Turpin T, Tan H, Toner P, Garrett-Jones S, 'Investigating the lateral migration of technology in a resource-based economy: Conceptual and methodological issues from a study of the Australian mining sector', Technology Transfer in a Global Economy, Springer, New York 335-349 (2012) [B1]

Journal article (26 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Accelerated internationalization and resource leverage strategizing: The case of Chinese wind turbine manufacturers', Journal of World Business, 50 417-427 (2015)

Accelerated internationalization is an important phenomenon in international business (IB), where it has been linked mainly with studies of born globals and patterns of internatio... [more]

Accelerated internationalization is an important phenomenon in international business (IB), where it has been linked mainly with studies of born globals and patterns of internationalization utilized by small and medium-sized enterprises. Building on recent research on the (redefined) concept of speed of internationalization, we seek to extend the domain of accelerated internationalization to encompass cases where large firms in certain industries from emerging markets such as China and India globalize at an accelerated pace. We utilize cases from the Chinese wind turbine manufacturing industry to illustrate the process, and apply strategic reasoning based on resource leverage as a means of explaining such phenomena - complementing the extant frameworks based on microeconomic reasoning. We argue that both approaches are needed to make sense of the important empirical phenomena revealed by examination of the patterns of internationalization exhibited by emerging market multinationals.

DOI 10.1016/j.jwb.2014.05.005
2015 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Zhu Xi's neo-Confucian school: An organizational studies reading', Asian Business & Management, 14 227-246 (2015)
DOI 10.1057/abm.2015.8
2015 Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Accelerated internationalization and resource leverage strategizing: The case of Chinese wind turbine manufacturers', JOURNAL OF WORLD BUSINESS, 50 417-427 (2015)
DOI 10.1016/j.jwb.2014.05.005
Citations Scopus - 1
2014 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Manufacture renewables to build energy security.', Nature, 513 166-168 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1038/513166a
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 8
2014 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Manufacture renewables to build energy security.', Nature, 513 166-168 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1038/513166a
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 8
2014 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'China¿s renewable energy revolution: what is driving it?', The Asia-Pacific Journal, 12 1-4 (2014) [C1]
2014 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'China¿s Continuing Renewable Energy Revolution: Global Implications', The Asia-Pacific Journal, 12 (2014) [C1]
2014 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Jousting with James Hansen: China building a renewables powerhouse', The Asia-Pacific Journal, 1-4 (2014) [C3]
2014 Agarwal R, Brown PJ, Green R, Randhawa K, Tan H, 'Management practices of Australian manufacturing firms: Why are some firms more innovative?', International Journal of Production Research, 52 6496-6517 (2014) [C1]

Whilst many studies have focused on the adoption of individual or sets of innovative management practices (e.g. lean production), fewer studies have evaluated a diverse set of man... [more]

Whilst many studies have focused on the adoption of individual or sets of innovative management practices (e.g. lean production), fewer studies have evaluated a diverse set of management practices and firm contextual factors which may limit (or enable) the accumulation of groups of innovations in organisations. The Australian manufacturing sector is a novel setting to investigate such issues due to, among other reasons, a protracted decline of the competitive position of the sector. In this paper, we use a data-set from the Australian government funded management practices benchmarking project which was part of the World Management Survey and empirically evaluate why some companies have more innovative management practices than others. The conceptual model developed draws mainly on innovation diffusion theory and prior empirical findings. We find that (1) firms which adopt clusters of better management practices have greater performance; and (2) several firm characteristics explain the adoption of better management practices, such as education level of employees and managers, firm size, ownership by a multinational firm, and diffused ownership structure. The study has practical implications for policy-makers and stakeholders who are interested in supporting the adoption of better management practices by firms to enhance productivity in the manufacturing sector.

DOI 10.1080/00207543.2014.949362
2014 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'China leads the way on renewables', NATURE, 508 319-319 (2014) [C3]
Citations Web of Science - 1
2014 Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Accelerated internationalization and resource leverage strategizing: The case of Chinese wind turbine manufacturers', Journal of World Business, (2014)

Accelerated internationalization is an important phenomenon in international business (IB), where it has been linked mainly with studies of born globals and patterns of internatio... [more]

Accelerated internationalization is an important phenomenon in international business (IB), where it has been linked mainly with studies of born globals and patterns of internationalization utilized by small and medium-sized enterprises. Building on recent research on the (redefined) concept of speed of internationalization, we seek to extend the domain of accelerated internationalization to encompass cases where large firms in certain industries from emerging markets such as China and India globalize at an accelerated pace. We utilize cases from the Chinese wind turbine manufacturing industry to illustrate the process, and apply strategic reasoning based on resource leverage as a means of explaining such phenomena - complementing the extant frameworks based on microeconomic reasoning. We argue that both approaches are needed to make sense of the important empirical phenomena revealed by examination of the patterns of internationalization exhibited by emerging market multinationals. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1016/j.jwb.2014.05.005
Citations Scopus - 1
2014 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'China's energy industrial revolution', Carbon Management, 5 1-3 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.4155/cmt.13.68
2014 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'A 10 Trillion Watt ¿Big Push¿ to Decarbonize the World¿s Electric Power', Journal of Sustainable Energy Engineering, 2 87-100 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.7569/JSEE.2014.629505
2013 Tan H, Sun A, Lau H, 'CO2 embodiment in China-Australia trade: The drivers and implications', Energy Policy, 61 1212-1220 (2013) [C1]

This study focuses on CO2 emissions 'embodied' in the characteristic China-Australia bilateral trade, which refer to the CO2 emissions due to the production of goods traded betwee... [more]

This study focuses on CO2 emissions 'embodied' in the characteristic China-Australia bilateral trade, which refer to the CO2 emissions due to the production of goods traded between the two countries. We perform an assessment of the CO2 embodiment in the trade during the period between 2002 and 2010. We find that the scale effect has been a dominant effect contributing to an increase of CO2 emissions embodied in the bilateral trade through the years; while the composition effect seems to be a major driver for reducing CO2 embodiment in the exports of Australia to China. Based on an analysis of the difference between the amounts of actual CO2 embodiment and those in a hypothetical 'no-trade' scenario, we estimate that the 'net' CO2 emissions due to the bilateral trade declined from around 10Mt of CO2 emissions in 2002 to -10Mt in 2010; that is, the bilateral trade contributed to a reduction of the global carbon emissions in the recent years. This finding suggests that the rapid growth of exports of carbon-intensive goods from Australia to China has helped in reducing carbon emissions globally because carbon intensity factors of those goods are much lower in Australia than those in China. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.06.048
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2013 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'The transformation of the electric power sector in China', Energy Policy, 52 170-180 (2013) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2013 Agarwal R, Green R, Brown PJ, Tan H, Randhawa K, 'Determinants of quality management practices: An empirical study of New Zealand manufacturing firms', International Journal of Production Economics, 142 130-145 (2013) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
2012 Chen S, Tan H, 'Region effects in the internationalization-performance relationship in Chinese firms', Journal of World Business, 47 73-80 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Stephen Chen
2012 Mathews J, Tan H, 'China's industrial energy revolution: Renewable targets just became even more demanding (Part 1)', The Asia-Pacific Journal, 10 1-10 (2012) [C1]
2012 Mathews J, Tan H, 'China's energy industrial revolution (Part 2)', The Asia-Pacific Journal, 11 1-10 (2012) [C1]
2011 Mathews JA, Tang Y, Tan H, 'China's move to a Circular Economy as a development strategy', Asian Business and Management, 10 463-484 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
2011 Mathews JA, Tan H, Moore MJB, Bell G, 'A conceptual lignocellulosic 'feed+ fuel' biorefinery and its application to the linked biofuel and cattle raising industries in Brazil', Energy Policy, 39 4932-4938 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 8
2011 Tan H, 'Cyclical industrial dynamics in the global IT sector: origins and sequencing', Industrial and Corporate Change, 20 175-200 (2011) [C1]
2011 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Progress Toward a Circular Economy in China', Journal of Industrial Ecology, 15 435-457 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 29
2010 Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Cyclical industrial dynamics: the case of the global semiconductor industry', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 77 344-353 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
2010 Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Identification and analysis of industry cycles', Journal of Business Research, 63 454-462 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 8
2009 Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Biofuels and indirect land use change effects: the debate continues', Biofuels Bioproducts and Biorefining, 3 305-317 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 53Web of Science - 40
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Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Lin N, Tan H, Chen S, 'Complexity of Global Sourcing Portfolio and Implications for Firms¿ Innovation Performance', Strategic Management Society Special Conference Sydney, Sydney (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Nidthida Lin, Stephen Chen
2012 Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Technological substitution in the electricity sector', Paper presented on the 21st International Conference on Management of Technology (IAMOT) Conference, Hsinchu, Taiwan RoC (2012) [E1]
2011 Turpin T, Tan H, Toner P, Garrett-Jone S, 'Investigating the lateral migration of technology in a resource based economy: conceptual and methodological issues from a study of the Australian mining sector', Paper presented on the Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Meeting, University of Augsburg, Germany (Bavaria) (2011) [E1]
2010 Chen S, Tan H, 'Regional effects in the internationalization-performance relationship in Chinese firms', 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, Montreal, Canada (2010) [E1]
2008 Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Strategic Dimensions of Cyclical Industrial Dynamics: A Study of the Semiconductor Industry', Paper presented at the DRUID (Danish Research Unit in Industrial Dynamics) 25th Celebration Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark (2008) [E1]
2008 Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Strategic Capital Investment in a Highly Cyclical Industry: An Empirical Study', The Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference Proceedings, Beijing. China (2008) [E1]
2007 Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Semiconductor Industry Cycle', Paper presented at the DRUID-DIME (co-hosted by DRUID and Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe) Academy Winter Conference, Denmark (2007) [E1]
2007 Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Identification of Industry Cycles', The Chinese Society for Management of Technology Annual Conference Proceedings, Taichung (2007) [E1]
2006 Tan H, Weston R, Tang Y, 'Applying the Miles and Snow's Business Strategy Typology to China's Real Estate Development Industry', Paper presented at the 12th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference (Refereed Section), New Zealand (2006) [E1]
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Other (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Tan H, 'China's 'Silent Spring' has many more political hurdles to jump', theconversation.com. Australia: theconversation.com (2015)
2015 Tan H, 'Chinese SoEs' foreign investments need to pass a commercial test', FTchinese.com. London: The Financial Times Ltd (2015)
2015 Tan H, 'Greening China: tackling bad industrial policies should be a priority', . UK: Institute of Development Studies, UK (2015)
2015 Tan H, ''Under the Dome' and China's energy policy agenda (Qiong Ding Zhi Xia Nan Yi Qu Dong Zheng Ce Zhuan Xing)', . London: The Financial Times Ltd (2015)
2015 Tan H, 'Can industrial policies drive China's energy transition? ("Huai Zhengce" Zu Ai Nengyuan Zhuanxing) (Commentary article published in UK Financial Times' Chinese website)', FTchinese.com: The Financial Times Ltd, UK (2015)
2015 Tan H, 'Six inconvenient truths of the fall in oil price to China (Youjia Baodie Dui Zhongguo Nengyuan Zhuanxing De Fengxian) (Commentary Article published in UK Financial Times' Chinese website)', FTchinese.com: The Financial Times Ltd (2015)
2014 Tan H, 'A Good Story by China Merchants Group (Zhaoshangju Jiangle Ge Hao Gushi) (Commentary article published in the Chinese financial and business news website caixin.com)', caixin.com: Caixin Media Company Ltd. (2014)
2014 Tan H, 'Do Chinese companies need to worry about the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement? (Zhongguo Qiye Buying Moshi Huashi Ranliao Chezi Xingdong) (Commentary article published in UK Financial Times' Chinese website)', FTChinese.com: The Financial Times Ltd (2014)
2014 Tan H, 'Australian Resources + Chinese Manufacturing = Perfect Combination? (Aozhou Ziyuan + Zhongguo Zhizao =Wanmei Zuhe?) (Commentary article published in the Chinese financial and business news website caixin.com)', Caixin.com: Caixin Media Company Ltd. (2014)
2014 Tan H, 'To Label the Waste Incinerator Protesters 'NIMBYers' Missing the Point (Bei Wudu De Linbi Xiaoying) (Commentary article published in UK Financial Times' Chinese website)', FTChinese.com: The Financial Times Ltd (2014)
2014 Tan H, 'Behind the 'Insulting' Remarks by an Australian Senator. (Dui Aoyiyuan Ruhua Yanlun De Lengsikao) (Commentary article published in UK Financial Times' Chinese website)', www.ftchinese.com: The Financial Times Ltd (2014)
2014 Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Manufacture Renewables to Build Energy Security. (Kezaisheng Nengyuan Qianghua Guojia Nengyuan Anquan) (Commentary article published in UK Financial Times' Chinese website)', FTchinese.com: The Financial Times Ltd (2014)
2014 Tan H, Mathews J, 'FactCheck: does the new climate deal let China do nothing for 16 years?', theconversation.com. Australia: theconversation.com (2014)
2014 Tan H, Mathews J, 'China shows there's more to renewable energy than fighting climate change', theconversation.com. Australia: theconversation.com (2014)
2013 Tan H, Mathews J, 'China roars ahead with renewables', . Australia: theconversation.com (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $5,000

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20131 grants / $5,000

International technology diffusion to and from the Australian mining sector$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Hao Tan
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300885
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current6

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.25

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Corporate Governance Practices in Saudi Business Families
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Testing the interaction in the triple bottom line: empirical evidence from Australia
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Determinants and Success Factors of Transient Multi-Disciplinary Teams in Supply Chains
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD The role of Outsourcing Service Providers' learning capabilities and customer involvement on innovation performance
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD The Influence of Institutional Distance on MNEs' CSR in the Host Country
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD How Management Practices Vary as they Diffuse: The Case of Total Quality Management in Saudi Arabia
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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News

China is Turning Green

June 12, 2015

Newcastle Business School academic talks about China's green revolution

Chinese Foreign Investment

June 12, 2015

Motivations and implications of foreign investments by Chinese SoEs

Under the Dome – China’s Severe Smog

March 25, 2015

Dr Hao Tan discusses recent documentary "Under The Dome" and its possible implications for China's environmental movement in Financial Times page

Greening China: tackling bad industrial policies should be a priority

March 25, 2015

Dr Hao Tan discusses Chinese industrial policies and their role in China's green transformation

Removal of ‘bad’ industrial policies for an effective energy transition in China

February 19, 2015

Dr Hao Tan discusses the role that industrial policies play in driving China's energy transition

Sinking Oil Prices Cut Both Ways for China

January 19, 2015

Dr Hao Tan interviewed and quoted in Voice of America news report on how the price of oil affects China

China and the Falling Price of Oil

January 13, 2015

Dr Hao Tan discusses the impacts of the recent fall in oil price on China's energy transitions

Dr Hao Tan Discusses Renewable Energy

December 4, 2014

Dr Hao Tan talks with the BBC and Panorama FM about China's role in renewable energy technologies and climate change

Implications of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement to Chinese fossil fuel companies

November 20, 2014

Dr Hao Tan discusses implications of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement to Chinese fossil fuel companies

FactCheck: does the new climate deal let China do nothing for 16 years?

November 18, 2014

Dr Hao Tan discusses the recent climate deal between China and the US

Business and Law academic achieves publication in NATURE

September 12, 2014

Dr Hao Tan of the Newcastle Business School discusses China's renewable energy strategy in Nature

Engaging the Chinese Readership through Media

September 1, 2014

Dr Hao Tan of the Newcastle Business School uses media to engage with the readership in China

China missing the point on waste protests

May 20, 2014

Dr Hao Tan of the Newcastle Business School addresses recent protests in China over waste incineration

China Leading the Way on Renewable Energy

April 23, 2014

Newcastle Business School academic, Hao Tan, has had a letter published in Nature discussing China and its use of renewable energy sources.

Dr Hao Tan

Position

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

International Business

Contact Details

Email hao.tan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6748

Office

Room SRS139
Building Social Sciences Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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