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Dr Karen Tian

Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (International Business)

Career Summary

Biography

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.

Collaborations
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.


Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Absorptive Capacity
  • Innovation
  • International Alliances
  • International Business
  • Knowledge management
  • Leadership
  • entrepreneurship

Languages

  • Mandarin (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
350706 International business 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/8/2008 -  Lecturer in International Business University of Newcastle
Business and Law
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Zhang D, Sun X, Tian F, Zhou S, 'The impact of integrative leadership on employees innovation performance in the context of internet-based transition: evidence from China', Chinese Management Studies, (2021) [C1]

Purpose: The internet-based transition is the major trend for Chinese organizations with increasing demands imposed on their organization and management. As the organizational str... [more]

Purpose: The internet-based transition is the major trend for Chinese organizations with increasing demands imposed on their organization and management. As the organizational structures gradually improve flexibility, employees desire respect and development to a greater degree, which has given rise to a new leadership model-integrative leadership. This paper aims to investigate the impact of integrative leadership on employee¿s innovation performance through a multilevel analysis. Design/methodology/approach: This paper proposes the two situational factors employee psychological empowerment and human resource flexibility as the mediating factors impact the relationship between integrative leadership and employee innovation performance. Valid questionnaires were collected from 619 employees from 135 leader groups of High-tech companies in China. Findings: The results show that integrative leadership has positive impact on employees¿ innovation performance through its multilevel impacts on two mediation factors include psychological empowerment of employees and human resource flexibility. Research limitations/implications: This research used cross-sectional studies due to constraints of research conditions. The measurements of all variables are done simultaneously, whereas the effects of integrative leadership on the development of corporations should be presented in a dynamic process. Therefore, in the future research, vertical research design should be adopted to deeply explore the effectiveness mechanism of integrative leadership in the context of corporate internet-based transition. Practical implications: In the internet era, leaders cannot blindly pursue organizational performance. They must establish a flexible organizational structure and institutions to provide a platform for employee development, and integrative leaders need to pay attention to inspire the potential of employees and stimulate the enthusiasm of employees. Originality/value: This study investigates a new leadership-integrative leadership and the relationship between integrative leadership and innovation performance in the context of Internet-based transitional Chinese organizations, thereby making important theoretical contributions as well as offering practical suggestions for improving leadership efficiency and innovation performance.

DOI 10.1108/CMS-05-2020-0214
2021 Zhou L, Chen Z, Li J, Zhang X, Tian F, 'The influence of electronic human resource management on employee's proactive behavior: based on the job crafting perspective', Journal of Management & Organization, 1-18 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1017/jmo.2021.33
2021 Zhao D, Tian F, Sun X, Zhang D, 'The effects of entrepreneurship on the enterprises sustainable innovation capability in the digital era: The role of organizational commitment, person organization value fit, and perceived organizational support', Sustainability (Switzerland), 13 (2021) [C1]

The concept of entrepreneurship in the digital era has been developed rapidly in recent years, and it has a more significant impact on a company¿s sustainable innovation capabilit... [more]

The concept of entrepreneurship in the digital era has been developed rapidly in recent years, and it has a more significant impact on a company¿s sustainable innovation capabilities. In the digital era, entrepreneurship has gradually become a spiritual trait of organization members and appears on all levels of an organization. This research examines the impact of entrepreneurship on a company¿s sustainable innovation capability in the digital era from the perspective of organizational commitment. Through a questionnaire survey, 378 valid questionnaires were collected. The results show that: entrepreneurship has a positive impact on sustainable innovation capability of enterprises; affective commitment plays a positive mediating role between entrepreneurship and enterprises¿ sustainable innovation capability, while continuance commitment plays a negative mediating role between entrepreneurship and enterprises¿ sustainable innovation capability; and perceived organizational support and person¿organization value fit play a moderating role between entrepreneurship and organizational commitment. This article emphasizes the key role of entrepreneurship on en-terprises¿ sustainable innovation capability and discusses the realization path of the enterprises¿ sustainable innovation capability from the perspective of organizational commitment.

DOI 10.3390/su13116156
2021 Sun X, Zhao D, Zhang D, Tian F, 'Entrepreneurship and sustainable innovation capabilities in platform enterprises: the mediating role of knowledge integration', CHINESE MANAGEMENT STUDIES, (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/CMS-04-2021-0175
2021 Yang J, Chang M, Li J, Zhou L, Tian F, Zhang JJ, 'Exploring the moderated mediation relationship between leader narcissism and employees innovative behavior', Chinese Management Studies, 15 137-154 (2021) [C1]

Purpose: Based on the social information processing theory, the purpose of this study is to propose a conceptualized moderated mediation model for testing the linkage between lead... [more]

Purpose: Based on the social information processing theory, the purpose of this study is to propose a conceptualized moderated mediation model for testing the linkage between leader narcissism and employees¿ innovative behavior through the mediating effect of employees¿ cognitive dependency and the moderating effect of environmental uncertainty between employees¿ cognitive dependency and their innovative behavior. Design/methodology/approach: In this study, multisource data from 266 employees and their supervisors in 11 large high-tech Chinese companies were collected through a field study and an online survey. The hypotheses were tested using structural equation modeling and bootstrapping. Findings: The results of this study show that leader narcissism has a negative impact on employees¿ innovative behavior and that employees¿ cognitive dependency plays a mediating role between leader narcissism and employees¿ innovative behavior. Cognitive dependency and environmental uncertainty play moderated mediation roles between leader narcissism and employees¿ innovative behavior. Research limitations/implications: In the future, longitudinal research and experimental methods can be used to avoid common method bias. Further studies could allow leaders to evaluate environmental uncertainty and explore the emotional path by which leader narcissism has negative effects on followers¿ innovation from social information processing theory. In addition, future studies can explore cognitive dependency more deeply from the perspectives of forced obedience and active worship. Practical implications: Organizations should warn leaders to control the dark side of narcissism and minimize environmental uncertainty to reduce barriers to innovation. Originality/value: This study constructs the path of the effect of leader narcissism on employees¿ innovation through employees¿ cognitive dependency in a specific context, which enriches theoretical research on the link between leaders¿ traits and employees¿ innovative behavior. Along with the finding of leader narcissism¿s negative effect on employees¿ innovative behavior, this study explores the dark side of leader narcissism in the context of China¿s high-tech firms and environmental uncertainty.

DOI 10.1108/CMS-10-2019-0363
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2021 Lo MF, Tian F, Ng PML, 'Top management support and knowledge sharing: the strategic role of affiliation and trust in academic environment', Journal of Knowledge Management, (2021) [C1]

Purpose: Knowledge sharing, the most important process in knowledge management, enables knowledge-intensive organizations to foster innovations and to gain competitiveness. Univer... [more]

Purpose: Knowledge sharing, the most important process in knowledge management, enables knowledge-intensive organizations to foster innovations and to gain competitiveness. Universities, the best contemporary embodiments of knowledge-intensive organizations, nowadays face fiercer competition in the changing world. Knowledge sharing is the key for academic departments to gain competitive advantages through innovation. However, limited studies examined the relationships between top management support, knowledge sharing and affiliation and trust. Based on the literature review, this study developed a research model which aims to examine the relationship between top management support and knowledge sharing, and the mediating role played by affiliation and trust. Design/methodology/approach: A questionnaire survey was conducted in eight universities in Hong Kong. Data gathered from 109 professoriate staff (including chairs, professors and [research] associate/assistant professors) were used to test the four hypotheses in the research model with partial least squares structural equation modeling. Findings: The results showed that top management support has a positive impact on affiliation and trust, and that affiliation and trust also have a positive impact on knowledge sharing. However, this study showed an insignificant linkage between top management support and knowledge sharing. Therefore, this study confirmed the mediating role played by affiliation and trust. Practical implications: Based on the results, this study provided recommendations on how academic management and knowledge management consultants increase the faculty members¿ affiliation and trust, for instance, mentoring, performance appraisal system, social interactions and communication pathways. Originality/value: The findings of this study contribute to the literature in two ways. First, affiliation and trust are two interplayed elements of team climate that should be considered together. Second, this study validates affiliation and trust as a full mediator between top management support and knowledge sharing.

DOI 10.1108/JKM-10-2020-0800
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2020 Lo MF, Tian F, 'How academic leaders facilitate knowledge sharing: A case of universities in Hong Kong', Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 41 777-798 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/LODJ-11-2019-0481
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2020 Miao S, Liu D, Ma J, Tian F, 'System dynamics modelling of mixed recycling mode based on contract: a case study of online and offline recycling of E-waste in China', MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTER MODELLING OF DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS, 26 234-252 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13873954.2020.1762096
Citations Web of Science - 1
2020 Lo MF, Tian F, 'Enhancing competitive advantage in Hong Kong higher education: Linking knowledge sharing, absorptive capacity and innovation capability', Higher Education Quarterly, 74 426-441 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/hequ.12244
Citations Web of Science - 3
2019 Zhou L, Li J, Liu Y, Tian F, Zhang X, Qin W, 'Exploring the relationship between leader narcissism and team creativity: Evidence from R&D teams in Chinese high-technology enterprises', Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 40 916-931 (2019) [C1]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the mediating effect of information search effort on the relationship between leader narcissism and team creativity in China b... [more]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the mediating effect of information search effort on the relationship between leader narcissism and team creativity in China based on attention theory. The paper also explores participative decision making as a moderator in the relationship between team leader narcissism and information search effort. Design/methodology/approach: Through a survey of 667 team members and their team leaders from 96 research and development teams at 23 high-tech enterprises in China with paired samples, cross-time data were collected. Confirmatory factor analysis, hierarchical regression and path analysis were adopted to analyze the data. Findings: This paper found that leader narcissism had a positive impact on team information search effort, thereby promoting team creativity, and the effect of leader narcissism on team information search effort is more positive in the context of high participation in decision making. Practical implications: Narcissism should be a noteworthy trait in manager selection and promotion especially for the departments and teams which focus on innovation and creation. And companies should pay attention to the team work processes to ensure that team members have the opportunity to participate in decision making for promoting the team leader¿s narcissistic ¿bright¿ side in the institutional environment and avoiding the ¿dark¿ side. Originality/value: This paper discusses how and when leader narcissism influences team creativity in Chinese high-technology enterprises based on attention theory. This research expands the application of attention theory at the team level.

DOI 10.1108/LODJ-03-2019-0099
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2018 Xue R, Zhang F, Tian F, 'A system dynamics model to evaluate effects of retailer-led recycling based on dual chains competition: A case of e-waste in China', Sustainability (Switzerland), 10 1-18 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/su10103391
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 1
2018 Chen SY, Tian F, Zhou L, Zhao S, Zhang X, 'Visionary leadership and employee creativity in China', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANPOWER, 39 93-105 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/IJM-04-2016-0092
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 11
2018 Xue R, Zhang F, Tian F, Oloruntoba RO, Oloruntoba RO, Miao S, 'Dual Chains Competition under Two Recycling Modes Based on System Dynamics Method', Sustainability, 10 1-14 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/su10072382
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3
2018 Tian F, Liu Y, Zhao S, Li Y, Zhou L, 'The relationship between organizational identification and internal whistle-blowing: the joint moderating effects of perceived ethical climate and proactive personality', Review of Managerial Science, 12 113-134 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11846-016-0214-z
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14
2018 Li J, Zhou L, Zhang X, Chen Z, Tian F, 'Technological configuration capability, strategic flexibility, and organizational performance in Chinese high-tech organizations', Sustainability (Switzerland), 10 1-17 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/su10051665
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5
2017 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, 42 42-52 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000088
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Ashish Malik, Brendan Boyle, Rebecca Mitchell
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]
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', London, UK (2015)
2009 Tian F, 'Determinants of knowledge transfer in Chinese companies', CIOS: Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies Inaugural Conference Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (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, Washington, D.C. (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, Beijing, China (2008) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $114,360

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20212 grants / $4,260

CHSF Working Parents Research Relief Scheme$3,000

Funding body: College of Human and Social Futures | University of Newcastle

Funding body College of Human and Social Futures | University of Newcastle
Scheme CHSF - Working Parents Research Relief Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

CHSF Early Advice Scheme 2021$1,260

Funding body: College of Human and Social Futures | University of Newcastle

Funding body College of Human and Social Futures | University of Newcastle
Scheme CHSF - Early Advice Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20132 grants / $108,400

Ethical issues and sustainability in Chinese organizations$92,900

Funding body: Chinese National Social Science Grant

Funding body Chinese National Social Science Grant
Project Team

Karen Tian

Scheme Discovery Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

FDI Technology Transfer and Spill Over and Domestic Chinese Firm’s Innovation$15,500

Funding body: Chinese Education Department

Funding body Chinese Education Department
Project Team

Karen Tian

Scheme Discovery Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20081 grants / $1,700

Camot International Conference, beijing China, 21/10/2008 - 23/10/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Karen Tian
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189554
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 PhD Antecedents and Outcome of Voluntary Pro-Environmental Behaviour within the Context of Textile Industry of Pakistan PhD (Management), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 PhD Effects of Live Stream Influencer Marketing on Offline Consumer Purchase Intention: A Quantitative Study PhD (Management), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 PhD A Cross-National Comparison: The Influence of Customer Three-Stage Experience on Adoption of Derivative Product in Service-Intensive Industry PhD (Management), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Exploring the Adjustment Challenges of Global Health Care Expatriates: Chinese Nurses in Australia PhD (Management), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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Dr Karen Tian

Positions

Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Focus area

International Business

Contact Details

Email feng.tian@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5981
Fax (02) 4921 7398

Office

Room X-742
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus

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