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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 is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Technological Forecasting & Social Chance (ERA A) 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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
140205Environment and Resource Economics25
150307Innovation and Technology Management25
150308International Business50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/06/2014 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Awards

Honours

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

Research Award

YearAward
2007DRUID-DIME Winter Conference Best Paper Award
Danish Research Unit in Industrial Dynamics (Denmark)
2007Chinese 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Tan 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Tan H, Chen S, 'Services offshoring: location choice and sub-national regional advantages in China', The Handbook of Service Innovation, Springer, UK 1-28 (2015)
Co-authorsStephen Chen
2015Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Entrepreneurial strategies in Asian latecomer firms: Linkage, leverage and learning', Handbook of East Asian Entrepreneurship, Routledge, London 30-44 (2015)
2012Turpin 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 (24 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Tan 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 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.

DOI10.1016/j.jwb.2014.05.005
2014Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Manufacture renewables to build energy security.', Nature, 513 166-168 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1038/513166a
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 6
2014Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Manufacture renewables to build energy security.', Nature, 513 166-168 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1038/513166a
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 6
2014Mathews JA, Tan H, 'China¿s renewable energy revolution: what is driving it?', The Asia-Pacific Journal, 12 1-4 (2014) [C1]
2014Mathews JA, Tan H, 'China¿s Continuing Renewable Energy Revolution: Global Implications', The Asia-Pacific Journal, 12 (2014) [C1]
2014Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Jousting with James Hansen: China building a renewables powerhouse', The Asia-Pacific Journal, 1-4 (2014) [C3]
2014Agarwal 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 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.

DOI10.1080/00207543.2014.949362
2014Mathews JA, Tan H, 'China leads the way on renewables', NATURE, 508 319-319 (2014) [C3]
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CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2014Tan 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 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.

DOI10.1016/j.jwb.2014.05.005
CitationsScopus - 1
2014Mathews JA, Tan H, 'China's energy industrial revolution', Carbon Management, 5 1-3 (2014) [C3]
DOI10.4155/cmt.13.68
2014Mathews 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]
DOI10.7569/JSEE.2014.629505
2013Tan 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 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.

DOI10.1016/j.enpol.2013.06.048
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2013Mathews JA, Tan H, 'The transformation of the electric power sector in China', Energy Policy, 52 170-180 (2013) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2013Agarwal 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]
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 5
2012Chen S, Tan H, 'Region effects in the internationalization-performance relationship in Chinese firms', Journal of World Business, 47 73-80 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authorsStephen Chen
2012Mathews 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]
2012Mathews J, Tan H, 'China's energy industrial revolution (Part 2)', The Asia-Pacific Journal, 11 1-10 (2012) [C1]
2011Mathews 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]
CitationsScopus - 2
2011Mathews 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]
CitationsScopus - 8
2011Tan H, 'Cyclical industrial dynamics in the global IT sector: origins and sequencing', Industrial and Corporate Change, 20 175-200 (2011) [C1]
2011Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Progress Toward a Circular Economy in China', Journal of Industrial Ecology, 15 435-457 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 27
2010Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Cyclical industrial dynamics: the case of the global semiconductor industry', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 77 344-353 (2010) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 6
2010Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Identification and analysis of industry cycles', Journal of Business Research, 63 454-462 (2010) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 8
2009Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Biofuels and indirect land use change effects: the debate continues', Biofuels Bioproducts and Biorefining, 3 305-317 (2009) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 53Web of Science - 39
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Conference (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lin 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-authorsNidthida Lin, Stephen Chen
2012Tan 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]
2011Turpin 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]
2010Chen S, Tan H, 'Regional effects in the internationalization-performance relationship in Chinese firms', 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, Montreal, Canada (2010) [E1]
2008Tan 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]
2008Tan 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]
2007Tan 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]
2007Tan H, Mathews JA, 'Identification of Industry Cycles', The Chinese Society for Management of Technology Annual Conference Proceedings, Taichung (2007) [E1]
2006Tan 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Tan H, 'China's 'Silent Spring' has many more political hurdles to jump', theconversation.com. Australia: theconversation.com (2015)
2015Tan H, 'Chinese SoEs' foreign investments need to pass a commercial test', FTchinese.com. London: The Financial Times Ltd (2015)
2015Tan H, 'Greening China: tackling bad industrial policies should be a priority', . UK: Institute of Development Studies, UK (2015)
2015Tan 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)
2015Tan 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)
2015Tan 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)
2014Tan 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)
2014Tan 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)
2014Tan 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)
2014Tan 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)
2014Tan 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)
2014Tan 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)
2014Tan H, Mathews J, 'FactCheck: does the new climate deal let China do nothing for 16 years?', theconversation.com. Australia: theconversation.com (2014)
2014Tan H, Mathews J, 'China shows there's more to renewable energy than fighting climate change', theconversation.com. Australia: theconversation.com (2014)
2013Tan H, Mathews J, 'China roars ahead with renewables', . Australia: theconversation.com (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants1
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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Hao Tan
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300885
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Corporate Governance Practices in Saudi Business Families
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2014Testing the interaction in the triple bottom line: empirical evidence from Australia
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2014Determinants and Success Factors of Transient Multi-Disciplinary Teams in Supply Chains
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2014IT Strategy Alignment Among Supply Chain Key Participants: Co-Create Value Within Service Systems.
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2014The Corresponding Relationship Between Corporate Social Responsibility and Organizational Performance: A Research on Australian Listed Companies
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2013How Management Practices Vary as they Diffuse: The Case of Total Quality Management in Saudi Arabia
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Hao Tan

Position

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

International Business

Contact Details

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

Office

RoomSRS139
BuildingSocial Sciences Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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