Associate Professor Hao Tan
Newcastle Business School (International Business)
- Phone:(02) 4921 6748
Dr. Hao Tan is Associate Professor in International Business and Strategy at the Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle, where he also serves as Program Convenor for the Doctor of Business Administration and Master of Business Research Programs. Prior to joining the UoN, 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.
A/Prof Tan’s current research interests are in the energy and resource transitions in China and their global implications from a management research perspective. With his co-author Prof John Mathews from Macquarie University Sydney, he published three times in the world's most highly cited science journal ‘Nature’ in 2014 and 2016, including two major commentary articles and a correspondence. Since 2009 he has published, sole or jointly, two research books, five book chapters, and over 30 scholarly journal articles, including 18 articles in A/A* journals as per Australia’s ERA or ABDC rankings. Those include leading journals in international business, strategy or innovation economics such as Journal of World Business, Industrial & Corporate Change, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change; leading journals in the field of energy/ environment policy and economics such as Energy Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Industrial Ecology; and in the area of International Relations, such as Foreign Affairs.
A/Prof Tan was a visiting professor/visiting fellow at the National Tsinghua University in Taiwan, Tsinghua University in Beijing, the Institute of Development Studies in the UK, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of UC Berkeley in the US. He is an Associate at the Centre of Asian Business & Economics at University of Melbourne, and an Associate at the China Studies Centre of University of Sydney. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Technological Forecasting & Social Change, and has acted as a Reviewer for over 30 international journals during past several years. A/Prof Tan is a member of the Academy of Management (AoM), Academy of International Business (AIB) and the International Association of Chinese Management Research (IACMR).
A/Prof Hao Tan has taught courses at the undergraduate, Master and Doctor levels; and had teaching experiences in Sydney, Newcastle, Mainland China and Hong Kong. He received a Faculty Teaching & Learning Excellence Award in 2016.
A/Prof Tan is a frequent contributor to both English- and Chinese-language media, including the UK Financial Times' Chinese website (which has over 2 million registered readers) and Australia's the conversation.com. He has also contributed articles to other outlets such as China's Caixin, The Guardian (Web), and ChinaDialogue etc. His research and opinion pieces have been widely reported, cited or reposted in international media. He has been interviewed and quoted by media such as BBC, Voice of America, the French newspaper Le Monde, China Radio International and Australia’s Panorama and 2SER Radio Station.
Prior to coming to Australia, A/Prof Tan had extensive work experience in industries in China. He had worked with a large high-tech firm as a project management officer and a corporate lecturer; and had later worked as a management consultant.
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Hao Tan in recent news
- In November 2018, Associate Professor Hao Tan won an Australia Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project as a Chief Investigator on "East Asia's clean energy shift: enablers, obstacles, outcomes and lessons" (with A/Professor Elizabeth Thurbon, Dr. Sung-Young Kim and Prof. Emeritus John A. Mathews) 2019-2021.
- In August 2017, the Federal Government approved Dr Hao Tan’s application for the New Colombo Plan 2018 Mobility Grant, awarding a total of $138, 600 in funding. The funding is intended to support a project of ‘industry-focused study tours’ in China for the next three years, which will provide students with invaluable opportunities for international learning experiences.
- Dr. Hao Tan published an article in Foreign Affairs in May 2017, entitled “The Art of the Steel Deal: Why the U.S. and China Need a Production Rebalance”, in which he argues that the US and China should and can make a trade deal on steel, as a step toward rebalancing energy-intensive production globally. Foreign Affairs is one of the most influential outlets in international relations, where a number of seminal articles, such as Samuel P. Huntington's "The Clash of Civilizations", were first published.
- Partly based on his Foreign Affairs article, Dr. Hao Tan has subsequently published an article in The UK Financial Times’ Chinese website. The article has since been reposted by the official websites of China Metallurgical Newspaper, China Building Materials Federation, China.com, Development Research Center of the State Council’s China Policy Review etc.
- Dr. Hao Tan published an article in Dec 2016, entitled ‘There’s another way to solve China’s industrial overcapacity’, in ChinaDialogue, a website that is focused China’s environmental issues. Part of a translation of the article has been compiled in ‘Macroeconomic Trend Monitor‘ by the Institute of Economics of The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
- A recent article by Dr. Hao Tan published in The UK Financial Times’ Chinese website in Dec 2016, which is focused on excess capacity in China’s energy intensive industries, has been picked up by a number of media outlets, think-tanks and industrial associations in China, such as China Cement Association’s official site, Entrepreneurs’ Daily, the official website of China Building Materials & Construction, Guoshi Think-Tank, news.cn etc.
- One of Dr. Hao Tan’s articles published in Financial Times Chinese, entitled ‘A Post-Steel Era of China’, has been recommended by the Chairman of Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Co. to his company. WISC is one of the largest steelmaking companies in China, and was listed as one of world’s Fortune 500 Companies in 2015.
- With his co-author Dr Hao Tan published a commentary article entitled ‘The Circular Economy: Lessons from China’ in a special issue of 'Nature' on 24 Mar 2016. This was the third time that Dr Hao Tan and his co-author Prof John Mathews published in this world’s most highly cited interdisciplinary science journal during the past two years, including two major commentary articles and a correspondence. The piece has attracted considerable attentions from media and governments. It was discussed in ABC’s Weekend Breakfast program, and has also been reported in the official website of the Chinese central government (the State Council).
- The book that Dr. Hao Tan published in 2015 with his co-author Prof John Mathews from Macquarie University Sydney, ‘China’s Renewable Energy Revolution’, was selected by ChinaDialogue as one of the year’s best books on China and the environment. Launched in 2006 and based in London and Beijing, ChinaDialogue.net is the first fully bilingual website in English and Chinese in the world focusing on the environment.
- An article of Dr Hao Tan on the documentary ‘Under the Dome’ and its impacts on China’s environment policies published by the UK’s Financial Times in its Chinese website in the early 2015 has been selected by editors as one of the 10 Best Articles published in the website in 2015 in the category of ‘Politics and Policies’. The other contributors of the 10 Best Articles include the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Muhammad Yunus, and several influential politics scholars and commentators on China including Prof Zheng Yongnian, Prof Xueliang Ding, Prof Zhang Qianfan etc.
- Dr. Hao Tan was invited by the UK’s Financial Times to contribute an article as part of its ‘2015 FT China Annual Reports series’ in its Chinese website. Dr Tan’s article focuses on the foreign investments from China in 2015 in the energy and resource area, especially those in relation to the ‘One Belt One Road’ strategy of China. Dr. Tan’s article has been picked up or reposted by a number of think-tanks both in China and elsewhere, including the Carter Center, the Phoenix Int’l Think Tank, the Liaowang Institution, the Development Research Center of the State Council Info Centre, the First Thinktank, the One Belt One Road Research Institute, the China Economic Info Network, the China Humanities Diplomatic Promotion Association, the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, among others.
- The China Radio International aired an interview with Dr. Hao Tan in its ‘People in the Know’ Program on 10 Nov. 2015, which was on Apple’s investment in renewable energy in China. The program Dr. Hao Tan was involved is regarded as “China’s only high-end English radio interview program”.
- The Financial Times published an article of Dr. Hao Tan in its Chinese website on 17 Sep 2015 entitled ‘A post-steel era of China’. Dr. Hao Tan argues that the current crisis facing the Chinese steelmaking industry reflects a structural change beyond the cyclical factors. The article also discusses some strategies for Chinese steel cities based on the experience of Newcastle since the closure of BHP plant in the late 1990s. The article has been reposted or quoted by numerous websites related to the industry such as csteelnews.com (the China Metallurgical News), shmet.com (the Shanghai Metal Exchange Market), cbminfo.com (the China Building Material Council), cnmeti.com (the China Metallurgical Industry Network), cccmc.org.cn (the China Chamber of Commerce of Metal, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporter); as well as some major news websites and websites of financial institutions in China, such as sohu.com, sina.com, stockstar.com, toutiao.com, jrj.com.cn, asiafinance.cn, chinastock.com.cn etc.
- Dr. Hao Tan had a short piece published by the Guardian in its website on 15 Sep 2015, as part of a longer article that compares the development of renewable energy in five developing countries. Dr. Hao Tan’s piece focuses on China.
- Dr. Hao Tan published an opinion piece in Financial Times Chinese on FDIs of Chinese SoEs on 20 May 2015. The article was then reported by ‘The Enterprise Observer’, a newspaper sponsored by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission PRC; and was also quoted in an article published in Guancha.cn, an online news and comments aggregator in China. Those articles were further reposted in other outlets in China such as the official website of Ministry of Commerce PRC (mofcom.gov.cn) and the Business Review (ebusinessreview.cn).
- In May 2015, with his co-author Prof John Mathews, Dr. Hao Tan contributed an article on China's use of green energy in Project Syndicate, a leading publisher with more than 500 newspapers and other publications being its members. The commentary piece has been published in at least 5 languages in over 20 countries, including Australia's ABC.
- Dr Hao Tan was interviewed and quoted in Voice of America news report on how the price of oil affects China. The VoA report has been subsequently re-published by Reference News (Can Kao Xiao Xi), which is a newspaper with the highest circulation in China.
Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Excellence in Postgraduate Research
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)-China Joint Action Program Grant
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
DRUID-DIME Winter Conference Best Paper Award
Danish Research Unit in Industrial Dynamics (Denmark)
Chinese Society for Management of Technology Annual Conference Best Paper Award
Chinese Society for Management of Technology
Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
|Year||Title / Rationale|
|2018||Keynote presentation at China Business Forum, Newcastle China Week in 2018|
Research Seminar at the Center for Energy and Environment Policy Research, Beijing Institute of Technology, Dec 2017
Research seminar at the Center for Energy and Environment Policy Research, Beijing Institute of Technology, Dec 2017
Research Seminar at the Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Sep 2017
Research seminar at the Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Sep 2017
Keynote presentation at Newcastle China Week in 2017
Keynote presentation at Newcastle China Week in 2017
|2016||Research Seminar at Tsinghua University, Beijing, April 2016|
|2016||Research Seminar at University of Texas Dallas, May 2016|
|2016||Research Seminar at The Institute of Resource, Environment and Sustainable Development Research, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, June 2016|
|2015||"Structural Changes of China's Energy- and Pollution- Intensive Industries and The Australian Experience", at the event 'Understanding Ecosystem Protection and Sustainable Development in China and Australia', the Australia China Business Council, Sydney|
|2015||Research seminar the University of Nottingham, Ningbo China, Oct 2015|
|2015||Research seminar at Zhejiang University China|
|2014||"Asian investments, knowledge flows and value chain dynamics in the Australian resource sector", at the Inaugural Asian Business & Economics Seminar,University of Melbourne|
|2016||PHD||Business||PhD Thesis, Deakin University, Australia|
|2015||PHD||Law||PhD Thesis, The University of Melbourne|
|2015||Honours||Economics||Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Dissertation, University of Newcastle|
|2014||Honours||Business||Bachelor of Business (Honours) Dissertation, University of Newcastle|
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Book (2 outputs)
Mathews JA, Tan H, China's Renewable Energy Revolution, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 167 (2015) [A1]
|2010||Tan H, Cyclical Industrial Dynamics: Identification and Analysis of Cyclical Behaviour in Three IT Industries, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing Co., Saarbrucken, Germany, 196 (2010) [A1]|
Chapter (5 outputs)
|2017||Mathews JA, Hu M, Tan H, 'Toward low carbon cities: The Chinese experience', Creating Low Carbon Cities, Springer, Switzerland 89-98 (2017) [B1]|
|2015||Tan H, 'Cyclical Industrial Dynamics', International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier, Boston 651-654 (2015)|
|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) [B1]|
Tan H, Chen S, 'Services offshoring: location choice and subnational regional advantages in China', The Handbook of Service Innovation, Springer, London, UK 621-640 (2015) [B1]
|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]|
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Journal article (28 outputs)
Mathews JA, Tan H, Hu M-C, 'Moving to a Circular Economy in China: Transforming industrial parks to eco-industrial parks', California Management Review, 60 157-181 (2018) [C1]
|2018||Tan H, 'A Global Industrial Rebalance: China, the U.S. and Energy-intensive Manufacturing', Asia-Pacific Journal : Japan Focus, 16 1-11 (2018) [C1]|
Lin N, Tan H, Chen S, 'Global Offshoring Portfolio Diversity and Performance Implications', International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 47 1-38 (2017) [C1]
Tan H, 'The Art of the Steel Deal', FOREIGN AFFAIRS, (2017) [C1]
Tan H, 'Making impact through industry-focused research: An Asia Pacific perspective', Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 34 487-503 (2017) [C1]
Trappey AJC, Trappey CV, Tan H, Liu PHY, Li SJ, Lin LC, 'The determinants of photovoltaic system costs: An evaluation using a hierarchical learning curve model', Journal of Cleaner Production, 112 1709-1716 (2016) [C1]
The uptake of solar power globally as an important alternative energy source to fossil fuels, together with a rapid fall in the cost of photovoltaic (PV) systems, has been phenome... [more]
The uptake of solar power globally as an important alternative energy source to fossil fuels, together with a rapid fall in the cost of photovoltaic (PV) systems, has been phenomenal during the past decade. This trend is widely anticipated to continue for the years to come. The decline in PV installation costs, like many other new technologies through history, has been largely driven by the learning curve effect. However, it is suggested that other factors, such as costs of key production inputs and prices of competing technologies, also impact the costs of PV systems. In this study, we construct a hierarchical learning curve model to quantify the effects that various factors have on installation costs of PV systems based on empirical data from Taiwan. The results show that, in addition to the learning curve effect as underpinned by an increase of cumulative PV capacity, reductions to silicon price have significantly contributed to the decline of the final installation costs of PV systems in Taiwan. By quantifying the effects of critical cost factors, the learning curve effects on PV installation costs in Taiwan are defined which enable a more accurate projection of PV installation costs for governments, PV producers, operators and users.
Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Circular Economy: Lessons from China', NATURE, 531 440-442 (2016) [C1]
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) [C1]
© 2014 Elsevier Inc. Accelerated internationalization is an important phenomenon in international business (IB), where it has been linked mainly with studies of born globals and p... [more]
© 2014 Elsevier Inc. 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.
|2015||Mathews JA, Tan H, 'The Greening of China's Black Electric Power System? Insights from 2014 Data', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL-JAPAN FOCUS, 13 (2015)|
|2015||Mathews JA, Tan H, 'The Revision of China's Energy and Coal Consumption Data: A preliminary analysis', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL-JAPAN FOCUS, 13 (2015)|
Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Zhu Xi's neo-Confucian school: An organizational studies reading', Asian Business & Management, 14 227-246 (2015) [C1]
|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]|
Mathews JA, Tan H, 'Manufacture renewables to build energy security.', Nature, 513 166-168 (2014) [C1]
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]
© 2014 Taylor and Francis. Whilst many studies have focused on the adoption of individual or sets of innovative management practices (e.g. lean production), fewer studies have eva... [more]
© 2014 Taylor and Francis. 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.
Mathews JA, Tan H, 'China leads the way on renewables', NATURE, 508 319-319 (2014) [C3]
Mathews JA, Tan H, 'China's energy industrial revolution', Carbon Management, 5 1-3 (2014) [C3]
Tan H, Sun A, Lau H, 'CO
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 tra... [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.
Mathews JA, Tan H, 'The transformation of the electric power sector in China', Energy Policy, 52 170-180 (2013) [C1]
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]
Chen S, Tan H, 'Region effects in the internationalization-performance relationship in Chinese firms', Journal of World Business, 47 73-80 (2012) [C1]
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Conference (10 outputs)
|2017||Tan H, 'Declining industries in emerging economies and firm strategies', Adelaide (2017)|
Lin N, Tan H, Chen S, 'Complexity of Global Sourcing Portfolio and Implications for Firms' Innovative Performance', Strategic Management Society Special Conference Sydney, Sydney (2014) [E3]
|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]|
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Other (20 outputs)
|2017||Tan H, 'Why Chinese steel companies should invest in the US. UK Financial Times' Chinese website, 4 Dec http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001072662?full=y', (2017) [O1]|
|2016||Tan H, 'There's another way to solve China's industrial overcapacity, www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/9510-There-s-another-way-to-solve-China-s-industrial-overcapacity', (2016) [O1]|
|2016||Tan H, 'Why the Chinese cement industry has a better chance to cut excess capacity than steel and coal www.ftchinese.com/story/001070366', (2016) [O1]|
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Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||3|
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20191 grants / $301,000
Funding body: Australia Research Council
|Funding body||Australia Research Council|
Associate Professor Elizabeth Thurbon; Dr Sung-Young Kim; Associate Professor Hao Tan; Dr John Mathews
|Type Of Funding||Aust Competitive - Commonwealth|
20171 grants / $7,000
Funding body: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
|Funding body||Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia|
|Project Team||Associate Professor Hao Tan|
|Scheme||Australia/China Joint Action Program|
|Type Of Funding||C2120 - Aust Commonwealth - Other|
20131 grants / $5,000
Funding body: University of Newcastle
|Funding body||University of Newcastle|
|Project Team||Associate Professor Hao Tan|
|Scheme||New Staff Grant|
|Type Of Funding||Internal|
Number of supervisions
|Commenced||Level of Study||Research Title||Program||Supervisor Type|
|2018||PhD||Carbon Lock-Out: Advancing Community Renewable Energy in Australia||PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle||Principal Supervisor|
|2016||PhD||Technology transfer to and within developing countries in renewable energy industries: A dynamic capability perspective||PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle||Principal Supervisor|
|Year||Level of Study||Research Title||Program||Supervisor Type|
|2018||PhD||Management Innovations, Organisational Culture, and National Culture: The Case of Adaptation of Total Quality Management (TQM) in Saudi Arabia||PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle||Co-Supervisor|
|2018||PhD||Determinants and Success Factors of Transient Multi-Disciplinary Teams in Supply Chains||PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle||Co-Supervisor|
|2018||PhD||Business Group Affiliates’ Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance Performance in Emerging Economies - A Multilevel Cross-national Analysis||PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle||Co-Supervisor|
July 18, 2018
June 12, 2015
June 12, 2015
March 25, 2015
February 19, 2015
January 19, 2015
January 13, 2015
December 4, 2014
November 20, 2014
November 18, 2014
September 12, 2014
September 1, 2014
May 20, 2014
April 23, 2014