Prof. FANG Yulin (方鈺麟教授)

PhD - Information Systems (Ivey, Western University (UWO))
MPhil - Information Science (University of Bergen)
BSc - Management Information Systems (Fudan University)


Prof. FANG Yulin (方鈺麟教授)

Contact Information

Address: 6-275, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building
City University of Hong Kong
Phone: +852 34427492
Fax: +852 34420370

Research Areas

  • Knowledge Management and Innovation
  • IT-Driven Collaboration
  • Internet-based Service Strategies
  • Global Business

Yulin Fang earned his PhD at Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario in Canada. His current research interests include knowledge and innovation management, information systems and open platform strategy, and e-commerce/social media. He was granted College Research Excellence Award in 2014 and College Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. He was a University Teaching Excellence Award finalist in 2009-2011 and one of the President''s Award recipients in 2016. 

Yulin has published over 50 research articles in renowned management and information systems journals, including MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Information Systems Research (ISR), Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS), Strategic Management Journal (SMJ), Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Organizational Research Methods (ORM), Journal of Operations Management (JOM), Journal of Organizational Behavior (JOB) among others. He has won many best paper awards. For example, his research on open source software communities won the 2009 Senior Scholars Best IS Publication Award by the Association for Information Systems (AIS). His research on e-commerce was recognized as one of the most highly cited and highly influential papers in 2014 by Emerald Publishing. His research on intra/inter-firm knowledge transfer in multinational enterprises was a finalist for the Samsung Best Paper Award and the Carolyn Dexter Award at the Academy of Management (AOM) in 2010. His research on virtual teams was the Best Paper Runner-Up at Organizational Communication and Information Division at AOM 2016.  

Yulin has taught courses such as Introduction to MIS and Business Research Methods at MBA, EMBA and DBA levels. He has collaborated with University of Queensland to supervise many cross-cutural student consultant teams at the master level, who successfully delivered management/information systems consulting projects to fast-growing firms in emerging, Internet-empowered industries. 

Yulin has been active in contributing to the global research community. He is a Senior Editor for Information Systems Research and Information Systems Journal. He was an Associate Editor for several leading journals, including MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Information Systems Journal, and Information Technology & People. He was awarded the Associate Editor of the Year (2015) for his editorial services to Information Systems Research. He has also served as a track co-chair for International Conference on Information Systems in 2013 and 2017, for Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems since 2013. 

Yulin practiced as a management consultant with Accenture and Arthur Anderson before pursuing a PhD. He was specialized in (e-)business strategy, marketing strategy and IT strategic planning. He also provided independent consultancy services on knowledge/Innovation management for Canadian Government and Alcatel Global. 

Yulin is a professional case writer, having developed business cases for major technology and financial corporations operating in emerging markets, such as Alcatel China, Google China, Tencent, HK Stock Exchange, and HK Airport. His cases "Keda SAP's Implementation" and "Google in China (B)" were best sellers at Ivey Business School Publishing and European Case Clearning House, respectively. 


Selected Publications

Journal Articles
  • Dong, CY., Fang, Y., Straub, D (2017), "The Impact of Institutional Distance on Joint Performance of Collaborating Firms: The Role of Adaptive Interorganizational Systems", Information Systems Research, 28, 2, 309-331.
  • Guo,S., Guo, X., Fang, Y., and Vogel, D. (2017), "How Doctors Gain Social and Economic Returns in Online Health Communities: A Professional Capital Perspective", Journal of Management Information Systems, 2, 487-519.
  • Sun, H., Fang, Y. Zou, M. (2016), "Choosing a Fit Technology: Understanding Mindfulness in Technology Adoption and Continuance", Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 17, 6, 377-412.
  • Dong, CY., Min, J., and Fang, Y. (2016), "Role Hazard between Supply Chain Partners in an Institutional Fragmented Market", Journal of Operations Management, 46, 5-18.
  • Wang, F.X, Fang, Y., Qureshi, I., Onne, J (January 2015), "Understanding Employee Innovative Job Performance - Integrating Social Network and Leader-Member Exchange Perspectives", Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36, 6, 403-420.
  • Fang, Y., Qureshi, I., Sun, H., McCole, P., Ramsey, E., and Lim, K (2014), "Trust, Satisfaction, and Online Re-purchase Intention: The Moderating Role of Perceived Effectiveness of E-commerce Institutional Mechanisms", MIS Quarterly, 38, 2, 407-427.
  • Sun, YQ., Fang, Y., Lim, KH, Straub, D. (2012), "User Satisfaction with Information Technology Service Delivery: A Social Capital Perspective ", Information Systems Research, 23, 4, 1195-1211.
  • Zhou, Z., Fang, Y., Vogel, D., Jin, X., Zhang, X, (2012), "Attracted to or locked in? Predicting continuance intention in social virtual world services", Journal of Management Information Systems, 29, 1, 273-206.
  • Qureshi, I., Fang, Y. (2011), "Socialization in Open Source Software Projects – A Growth Mixture Modeling Approach", Organizational Research Methods, 14, 1, 208-238.
  • Fang, Y., Jiang, F., Makino, S., and Beamish, P.W. (2010), "Multinational Firm Knowledge, Use of Expatriates, and Foreign Subsidiary Performance", Journal of Management Studies, 47, 1, 27-54.
  • Colazo, J., Fang, Y. (2010), "Following the sun: Temporal dispersion and performance in open source software project teams", Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 11, 11, Article 4.
  • Fang, Y., Neufeld, D.J. (2009), "Understanding Sustained Participation in Open Source Software Projects", Journal of Management Information Systems, 25, 4, 9-50.
  • Fang, Y., Wade, M., Delios, A., and Beamish, P. W. (2007), "International Diversification, Subsidiary Performance, and the Mobility of Knowledge Resources", Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 28, No. 10, 1053-1064.
Accepted Journal Articles (forthcoming)
  • Fang, Y., Lim, K., Qian, Y., Feng, B. (2018), "System Dynamics Modeling for Information Systems Research - Theory Development and Practical Application", accepted by MIS Quarterly, forthcoming.
  • Qureshi, I., Fang., Y. Compeau, D., Haggerty, N., Zhang, XJ (2018), "IT‐mediated social interactions and knowledge sharing: Role of competence‐based trust and background heterogeneity", accepted by Information Systems Journal, forthcoming.
Case Study / Teaching Case
  • Fung, T., Fang, Y., Wang, H., and Neufeld, D. (2011), "Keda’s SAP Implementation", Ivey Publishing Number 9B11E001, 14 pages; Teaching note number 8B11E001, Richard Ivey School of Business.
  • Wade, M., Fang, Y. and Kang, W. (2011), "Tencent: Copying to Success", IMD publishing number 3-2274, IMD Business School.
  • Yin, M., Fang, Y., Compeau, D. (2010), "Google in China (B)", Ivey Publishing: Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada, (Top 15 most popular cases by European Case Clearing House).
  • Meister, D., Fang, Y. (2004), "Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Shanghai) - The Internet Banking Project", Ivey Publishing Number 9B04E024, 22 pages; Teaching Note Number 8B04E24, 12 pages, Richard Ivey School of Business.
  • Meister, D., Fang, Y. (2004), "Shanghai Bell - The Collaborative Product Commerce System (CPC)", Ivey Publishing Number 9B04E023, 22 pages; Teaching Note Number 8B04E23, 12 pages, Richard Ivey School of Business.