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

Languages

  • Mandarin (Fluent)

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
Casual Academic 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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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 (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)

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
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 Yang J, Chang M, Li J, Zhou L, Tian F, Zhang J, 'Exploring the moderated mediation relationship between leader narcissism and employees' innovative behavior', CHINESE MANAGEMENT STUDIES, 15 137-154 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/CMS-10-2019-0363
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 - 2
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 - 2Web 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 - 14Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Stephen Chen
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 - 12Web of Science - 10
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 - 14
Co-authors Brendan Boyle, Rebecca Mitchell, Ashish Malik
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 3
Total funding $110,100

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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
Current3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
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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