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Dr. Fan is currently an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Before joining PolyU, he was an Assistant Professor at Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST, 2015-2018) and Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University (ANU, 2019-2020). He is a researcher in the areas of sustainable operations management and global supply chain. He has published in prestigious academic journals including Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, and Decision Sciences. He is serving the editorial review boards of Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences

He has received several research awards including the IACMR 2017 Presidential Award of Responsible Research, 2020 Jack Meredith Best Paper Award and 2022 Honorable Mention of Reviewer Service of Journal of Operations Management. His research findings  were featured by The Guardian, Vogue Business, South China Morning Post, Just Style, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne), Brisbane Times, Yahoo! UK, UCLA Anderson review, Macao Daily, etc. 

Dr Fan’s teaching experiences span various aspects of fashion business, including operations management, sourcing & logistics, enterprise systems, project management, decision making methods and business statistics. He had served as the program leader of Master of Supply Chain Management (MUST) and Master of Project Management (ANU).


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:

ITC3205T: Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles

ITC 512: International Trade and FDI in Textiles & Fashion

ITC 4068M: Merchandising Management:

ITC514: Sourcing and Logistics:


The Australian National University:

Tools & Techniques in Business Project Management

Enterprise Systems in Business

Business Decision Making


Macau University of Science and Technology:

Business Statistics

Project Management

Decision-making Methods

Introduction to Management Information System

Operations Management


Research interests

Selected publications:

"Deviations from aspirational target levels and environmental and safety performance: Implications for operations managers acting irresponsibly". Journal of Operations Management. 2019; 65(6), 490-516. with Wiengarten, F., Pagell, M. & Lo, C. K. Y. 

    • 2020 Jack Meredith Best Paper Award
    • Featured article of Journal of Operations Management.
    • 2018-2019 Wiley top downloaded paper.
    • Reported by 16 media outlets including The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne), Yahoo! UK & Ireland, Western Australia Today, Brisbane Times.

"Managerial Time Horizons and the Decision to Put Operational Workers at Risk: The Role of Debt." Decision Sciences. 2019; 50(3), 582-611. with Pagell, M., Wiengarten, F., Humphrey, P. & Lo. C.K.Y. 

    • Reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, National Radio News and Canberra FM

"Environmental Incidents and the Market Value of Firms: An Empirical Investigation in the Chinese Context." Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. 2018; 20(3), 422-439. with Lo, C. K. Y., Tang, C. S., Zhou, Y. & Yeung, A. C. L.

    • Inaugural IACMR Responsible research Award paper,
    • Reported by UCLA Anderson Review and INFORMS Newsroom.

"The differing impacts of operational and financial slack on occupational safety in varying market conditions." Journal of Operations Management, 2017; 52, 30-45. with Wiengarten, F., Lo, C. K. Y., & Pagell, M. 

"OHSAS 18001 certification and operating performance: The role of complexity and coupling." Journal of Operations Management, 2014; 32(5), 268-280. with Lo, C. K. Y., Pagell, M., Wiengarten, F., & Yeung, A. C. L.

"Occupational health and safety issues in operations management: A Systematic and citation network analysis review." International Journal of Production Economics, 2014; 158, 334-344. with Lo, C. K. Y., Ching, V. & Kan, C. W.


Selected research grants:

2023-2025: Carbon Neutrality Goal Setting and Environmental Performance of Firms: An Event Study: PI. HKD$ 523,591. General Research Fund. Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.

2022-2024: Locking in International Buyer-Supplier Relationships: Evidence from the US-China Trade War: PI. HKD$ 447,993. General Research Fund. Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.

2020-2021: Risk-based decision making for production resumption in the global supply chain: Evidence from the COVID-19 outbreak: Co-PI. Higher Education Bureau of Macau. MOP$ 220,300.


In the media:

“The sustainable fashion brands leading the charge in China” (2022/6/8), Just Style. https://www.just-style.com/features/the-sustainable-fashion-brands-leading-the-charge-in-china/

“Energy crisis brings textile sector to the brink” (2022/4/19), World Textile Information Network. https://www.wtin.com/article/2022/april/18-04-22/energy-crisis-brings-textile-sector-to-the-brink/

“Behind Shein: China’s fashion retailer taking the world by storm” (2022/3/24), Just Style. https://www.just-style.com/features/shein-chinas-fast-fashion-retailer-taking-the-world-by-storm/

"ESSENTIAL SOURCING GUIDE: China’s apparel sector" (2022/3/16), Just Style. https://www.just-style.com/features/essential-sourcing-guide-chinas-apparel-sector/

“Trump’s Tariffs Did, In Fact, Hurt U.S. Importers” (2021/11/15), UCLA Anderson Review. https://anderson-review.ucla.edu/trumps-tariffs-did-in-fact-hurt-u-s-importers/

“Tokyo Olympics: silence is golden at Games as Western teams keep quiet over suspected use of Xinjiang cotton by Chinese brands” (2021/8/1), South China Morning Post. https://www.scmp.com/sport/china/article/3143389/tokyo-olympics-silence-golden-games-western-teams-keep-quiet-over

“Will Uzbekistan cotton reap the benefits of Xinjiang’s alleged labour abuses?” (2021/5/17). South China Morning Post. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3133792/will-uzbekistan-cotton-reap-benefits-xinjiangs-alleged-labour

“How brands should approach sustainability in China” (2021/5/5), Vogue Business. https://www.voguebusiness.com/consumers/how-brands-should-approach-sustainability-in-china

“Chinese branch of Better Cotton Initiative challenges headquarters and says it has found no evidence of Xinjiang forced labour” (2021/3/29), South China Morning Post. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3127501/chinese-branch-better-cotton-initiative-challenges-headquarters

“Xinjiang Maelstrom Rocks Burberry, Adidas, Uniqlo—and Mega Brands Scrub XUAR Statements” (2021/3/25), Sourcing Journal. https://sourcingjournal.com/topics/labor/china-h-m-nike-xinjiang-forced-labor-weibo-boycott-cotton-sourcing-270427/

“The verdict on the world’s largest free trade deal: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership covers 50 per cent of global textile and apparel exports.” (2020/11/19), Vogue Business.https://www.voguebusiness.com/companies/what-rcep-means-for-fashion

“Fashion’s cotton supply caught in crossfire of US-China trade war” (2020/9/16), Vogue Business.https://www.voguebusiness.com/sustainability/us-ban-cotton-xinjiang

“Debt-laden firms are more likely to risk work safety: study” (2020/4/22), Australian National University.https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/debt-laden-firms-are-more-likely-to-risk-work-safety-study

“Risky business: Sharp debt increases can hit worker safety, study finds” (2020/4/16), Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times.https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/risky-business-sharp-debt-increases-can-hit-worker-safety-study-finds-20200421-p54lqc.html

“Hubris behind corporate unethical behaviour” (2020/11/19), Australian National University.https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/hubris-behind-corporate-unethical-behaviour

“Hubris in well-performing companies can lead to trouble: study” (2019/11/19), Sydney Morning Herlad, The Age, Brisbane Times, Western Australia Today.https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/hubris-in-well-performing-companies-can-lead-to-trouble-study-20191118-p53bkx.html

“Big profits can fuel bad corporate behaviour, new research shows” (2019/11/18), The Guardian, Yahoo! News.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/19/big-profits-can-fuel-bad-corporate-behaviour-new-research-shows

“Your Chinese Supplier Pollutes – It Dents Your Stock Price?” (2017/9/19), UCLA Anderson Review.https://anderson-review.ucla.edu/polluting-manufacturers/

“粵港澳大灣區與台共享商機” (2017/10/20), Macao Daily.https://www.cyberctm.com/zh_TW/news/detail/2017579#.YJKJirUzb-g

External positions

Senior Lecturer, Australian National University

Jan 2019Jul 2020

Assistant Professor, Macau University of Science and Technology

Sep 2015Dec 2018


  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • Supply chain management
  • sustainability


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