Yulin FANG
Prof. Yulin FANG
Director, Institute of Digital Economy and Innovation

3917 1025

KK 1315

Academic & Professional Qualification
  • PhD (Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario)
  • MPhil (University of Bergen)
  • BSc (Fudan University)

Yulin Fang is a Professor of Innovation and Information Management and Director of the Institute of Digital Economy and Innovation (IDEI) at HKU Business School. Before joining HKU, he was the Acting Head of the Department of Information Systems and Residence Master of Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall at City University of Hong Kong.  His research interests include digital innovation, digital entrepreneurship, digital transformation, platform ecosystems, and e-commerce/social media.

Yulin has published over 70 research articles in renowned information systems and management 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), Production and Operations Management (POM), and Journal of Organizational Behavior (JOB) among others. His articles have been cited over 10000 times (Google citation) with an H-index of 44.

He has served as a Senior Editor of Information Systems Research, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Information Technology & People. He was an Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research in 2012-2016, and was awarded the Associate Editor of the Year (2015) for his editorial services to Information Systems Research. He has also regularly served as a track co-chair for International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) since 2013. He was a faculty advisor at ICIS Junior Faculty Consortium in 2020, at ICIS Mid-Career Faculty Consortium in 2018, and PACIS Junior Faculty Consortium in 2023.

Yulin has taught extensively at Undergraduate, MBA, EMBA and DBA levels. He has supervised many cross-cultural student consultant teams to deliver management/information systems/data analytics consulting projects to fast-growing firms in emerging, Internet-empowered industries.

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.

As a professional case writer, Yulin has developed many business cases on digitally-savvy corporations operating in Asia, such as Huazhu, Volkswagen, Cathay Pacific, Ctrip, Uber, Alcatel China, Google China, Tencent, HK Stock Exchange, and HK Airport. His cases “Keda’s SAP Implementation” and “Google in China (B)” were best sellers at Ivey Business School Publishing and European Case Clearing House, respectively. Over 60,000 copies of his cases have been distributed worldwide.

  • Digital Technology and Transformation
  • Knowledge Management & Innovation
  • Business Research Methods
  • Introduction to MIS
Research Interest
  • Digital innovation
  • Digital transformation
  • Platform ecosystems
  • E-commerce
  • Social media
Selected Publications
  • Zhang, XJ, Fang, Y., Zhou, JM., Lim, KH, (2024) “Collaboration Technology Use and Team Creativity in IT Project Teams: A Creative Synthesis Perspective”, MISQ Quarterly, forthcoming.
  • Zeng, J., Fang, Y., Li, H., Wang., Y and Lim, KH., (2024) “The Impact of Platform-Based Functions on E-marketplace Sellers’ Performances – A Configurational Perspective”, Information Systems Research, forthcoming.
  • Zhou, J., Xu, T., Chiao, Y., and Fang, Y. (2023) “Interorganizational Systems and Supply Chain Agility in Uncertain Environments: The Mediation Role of Supply Chain Collaboration”, Information Systems Research, 35(1), pp. 184-202.
  • Zou, M., Sun, H., and Fang, Y. (2023) “Satisfaction to Stay, Regret to Switch: Understanding Post-Adoption Regret in Choosing Competing Technologies When Herding”, Information Systems Research, forthcoming.
  • Wang, N., Yang, Y., Fang, Y., Li, H., & Lu, A. (2023) “Growing user base in the early stage of sharing economy platforms: An integration of competitive repertoire and institutional legitimacy theories”, Production and Operations Management, 32(11), pp. 3484-3503.
  • He, W., Hsieh, JJ., Schroeder, A., and Fang, Y., (2022) “Attaining Individual Creativity and Performance in Multi-Disciplinary and Geographically-Distributed IT Project Teams: The Role of Transactive Memory Systems”, MIS Quarterly, 46(2), pp. 1035-1072.
  • Hsu, C., Lee, J., Fang, Y., Straub, DW., Su, N., and Ryu, H., (2022) “The Role of Vendor Legitimacy in IT Outsourcing Performance: Theory and Evidence”, Information Systems Research, 33(1), pp. 337-361.
  • Zhou, J., Fang, Y., and Grover, V., (2022) “Managing Collective Enterprise Information Systems Compliance: A Social and Performance Management Context Perspective”, MIS Quarterly, 46(1), pp. 71-100.
  • Li, H., Fang, Y., Lim, KH., and Wang, Y., (2019) “Platform-Based Function Repertoire, Reputation, and Sales Performance of E-Marketplace Sellers”, MIS Quarterly, 43(1), pp. 207-236.
  • Fang, Y., Lim, KH., Qian, Y., and Feng, B., (2018) “System Dynamics Modeling for Information Systems Research: Theory of Development and Practical Applications”, MIS Quarterly, 42(4), pp. 1303-1329.
  • Guo, S., Guo, X., Fang, Y., and Vogel, D., (2017) “How Doctors Gain Social and Economic Returns in Online Health-Care Communities: A Professional Capital Perspective”, Journal of Management Information Systems, 34(2), pp. 487-519.
  • Dong, MC., Fang, Y., and Straub, DW., (2017) “The Impact of Institutional Distance on the Joint Performance of Collaborating Firms: The Role of Adaptive Interorganizational Systems”, Information Systems Research, 28(2), pp. 309-331.
  • Dong, MC., Ju, M., and Fang, Y., (2016) “Role Hazard between Supply Chain Partners in an Institutionally Fragmented Market”, Journal of Operations Management, 46(1), pp. 5-18.
  • Sun, H., Fang, Y., and Zou, M., (2016) “Choosing a Fit Technology: Understanding Mindfulness in Technology Adoption and Continuance”, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 17(6), pp. 377-412.
  • Wang, X., Fang, Y., Qureshi, I., and Onne, J., (2015) “Understanding Employee Innovative Behavior: Integrating the Social Network and Leader–Member Exchange Perspectives”, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36(3), pp. 403-420.
  • Fang, Y., Qureshi, I., Sun, H., McCole, P., Ramsey, E., and Lim, KH., (2014) “Trust, Satisfaction, and Online Repurchase Intention: The Moderating Role of Perceived Effectiveness of E-Commerce Institutional Mechanisms”, MIS Quarterly, 38(2), pp. 407-427.
  • Zhou, Z., Fang, Y., Vogel, DR., Jin, X., and Zhang, X., (2012) “Attracted to or Locked in? Predicting Continuance Intention in Social Virtual World Services”, Journal of Management Information Systems, 29(1), pp. 273-306.
  • Sun, Y., Fang, Y., Lim, KH., and Straub, D., (2012) “User Satisfaction with Information Technology Services: A Social Capital Perspective”, Information Systems Research, 23(4), pp. 1195-1211.
  • Qureshi, I., and Fang, Y., (2011) “Socialization in Open Source Software Projects: A Growth Mixture Modeling Approach”, Organizational Research Methods, 14(1), pp. 208-238.
  • Colazo, JA., and 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), 4.
  • Fang, Y., Jiang, GF., Makino, S., and Beamish, PW., (2010) “Multinational Firm Knowledge, Use of Expatriates, and Foreign Subsidiary Performance”, Journal of Management Studies, 47(1), pp. 27-54.
  • Fang, Y., and Neufeld, D., (2009) “Understanding Sustained Participation in Open Source Software Projects”, Journal of Management Information Systems, 25(4), pp. 9-50.  Year 2009 Senior Scholars Best IS Publication Award
  • Fang, Y., Wade, M., Delios, A., and Beamish, PW., (2007) “International Diversification, Subsidiary Performance, and the Mobility of Knowledge Resources”, Strategic Management Journal, 28(10), pp. 1053-1064.
Service to the University/ Community
  • Co-Editor in Chief, Information Technology & People (2018-present)
  • Senior Editor, Journal of the Association for Information Systems (2023-present)
  • Senior Editor, Journal of Information Technology (2021-present)
  • Senior Editor, Information Systems Research (2017-2023)
  • Senior Editor, Information Systems Journal (2012-2022)
  • Associate Editor, Information & Management (2017-2024)
  • Associate Editor, MIS Quarterly (2012-2016)
  • Associate Editor, Information Systems Research (2012-2016)
Recent Publications

当代资讯科技(IT) 项目团队要求成员提供新颖想法并加以落实,以应对不断变化的资讯科技和业务需求。另外,新冠疫情限制商务出行,更多的公司必须允许有多学科背景的、分布在多个地点的IT人才组成项目团队来开发新的IT解决方案。在这个团队,个体成员需要在创意构思(IG) 阶段利用与他人不同的专业知识提出新颖的想法,然后在创意实施(II) 阶段加以落实,这称为IGII过程。尽管已有很多研究解释个人创造力,但现存文献甚少提供理论支撑以阐释如何应对职能专长差异性和地理位置分散度所带来的双刃效应——它们是多学科、跨地域IT项目团队的两个基本特质,并与个人创造力和后续绩效息息相关。我们借鉴IGII 框架,提出以交互记忆系统(TMS) 作为合理的团队级解决方案以应对这挑战。经由对35个IT项目团队的141名成员及其主管集成的跨层次数据集进行分析,我们发现在跨学科、跨地域分布的IT 项目团队中,项目团队级的TMS 和地理位置分散度会以交互方式调节团队成员个人的IGII 过程,但在II 和IG两个阶段呈现出有趣的迥异性。

以跨学科知识促进数码创新及转型 – 方钰麟教授


Managing Collective Enterprise Information Systems Compliance: A Social and Performance Management Context Perspective

In today’s environment characterized by business dynamism and information technology (IT) advances, firms must frequently update their enterprise information systems (EIS) and their use policies to support changing business operations. In this context, users are challenged to maintain EIS compliance behavior by continuously learning new ways of using EIS. Furthermore, it is imperative to businesses that employees of a functional unit maintain EIS compliance behavior collectively, due to the interdependent nature of tasks that the unit needs to accomplish through EIS. However, it is particularly challenging to achieve such a collective level of EIS compliance, due to the difficulty that these employees may encounter in quickly learning updated EIS. It is, therefore, vital for firms to establish effective managerial principles to ensure collective EIS compliance of a functional unit in a dynamic environment. To address this challenge, this study develops a research model to explain collective EIS compliance by integrating theoretical lens on social context and performance management context with social capital theory. It proposes that social context, an organizational environment characterized by trust and support, positively affects collective EIS compliance by developing business–IT social capital that enhances mutual learning between business and IT personnel. Furthermore, the performance management context, an organizational environment characterized by discipline and “stretch,” is seen to have a direct and beneficial effect on collective EIS compliance as well as an indirect, moderating effect on the causal chain among social contexts, business–IT social capital, and collective EIS compliance. General empirical support for this research model is provided via a multiple-sourced survey of managers and employees of 159 functional units of 53 firms that use EIS, as well as their corresponding IT unit managers. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.