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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 Journal of Operations Management, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management and Decision Sciences. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Operations Management and Editorial board member of Decision Sciences

He has received several research related awards including the IACMR 2017 Presidential Award of Responsible Research, 2020 Jack Meredith Best Paper Award, 2022 Honorable Mention of Reviewer Service, and 2023 Best Reviewer Award of Journal of Operations Management. His research findings and commentaries were featured by over 100 reports from international media including The Guardian, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Nikkei Asia, Vogue Business, Just Style, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne) and Hong Kong local media including South China Morning Post, Ming Pao, HKET, HKEJ and Headline Daily.

Dr Fan’s teaching experiences span various aspects of business, including sustainability, 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). He is currently the discipline leader of fashion business, and the deputy program leader of Master of Sustainable Fashion and Innovation (PolyU).



The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:

ITC512: International Trade and FDI in Textiles & Fashion

ITC6000Q: Research Methodology for Research Postgraduate Students

SFT6000R: Organizational Management and Decision Theories in Business Research



The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:

Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles

Merchandising Management

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:

“Rigidity in Crisis: The Impact of OHSAS 18001 Certification on Production Repurposing during COVID-19”. Production and Operations Management. 2023. with Ye, Y., Jiang, S., Huo, B. & Liu, J.

    • Media coverage including Bloomberg, Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Yahoo.

“Impact of the U.S.–China Trade War on the Operating Performance of U.S. Firms: The Role of Outsourcing and Supply Base Complexity”. Journal of Operations Management. 2022; 68(8), 928-962. with Zhou, Y., Yeung, A.C.L., Lo, C.K.Y. & Tang, C.S.

    • Reported by 10 media outlets including Hong Kong Economic Journal, Yahoo Hong Kong, HK01 and Oriental Daily News.

"Global Operations and Supply-Chain Management Under the Political Economy". Journal of Operations Management. 2022; 68(8), 618-623. with Yeung, A.C.L., Tang, C.S., Lo, C.K.Y. & Zhou, Y.

"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 & 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.


Selected awards:

Winner of JOM Reviewer Service Award (2023), Journal of Operations Management.

Honorable Mention of JOM Reviewer Service (2022), Journal of Operations Management.

Jack Meredith Best Paper Award (2020), Journal of Operations Management.

Wiley top downloaded paper (2018-2019), Journal of Operations Management.

Responsible research in management inaugural IACMR presidential award (2017), International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR).

Outstanding Reviewer (2017): International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier.


Selected research grants:

2024-2026: Building Resilience amidst the Global Regulatory Landscape: An Event Study of the Impacts of Government Trade Sanctions on Performance of Targeted Firms: PI. HKD$493,427. General Research Fund. Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.

2023-2026: Corporate Carbon Neutrality Goal Settings in Chinese Industrial Sectors: Antecedents and Consequences: PI. CNY¥ 300,000. Young Scientists Fund. National Natural Science Foundation of China.

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. MOP$ 220,300. Higher Education Bureau of Macau.


In the media:

“Survey on Consumer Perceptions of Sustainable Fashion in Hong Kong and Macau 2023” (2023/7/28), featured by 12 media including Hong Kong Economic Times, Hong Kong Commercial Daily, Oriental Daily News, Yahoo Finance.

“New Study from PolyU Reveals Organizational Learning’s Critical Role in ESG Resilience” (2023/7/26), press release covered in Bloomberg, Associated Press News, Agence France-Presse, Yahoo, Market Watch.

“China’s sportswear market: Trends and pitfalls” (2023/7/10), World Textile Information Network (WTiN),

“China’s grand plan for Central Asia apparel industry” (2023/6/22), Just Style,

"Pros and cons of blockchain in the textile industry" (2023/5/15), World Textile Information Network (WTiN),

"Why China’s part of the global apparel supply chain is limping into 2023" (2023/2/3), Just Style,

"Can 'gripper' robots shift garment making from Asia to the West?" (2022/11/15), Nikkei Asia,

"Shein copycats chase its explosive growth" (2022/11/2), Financial Times,

"U.S. tariff hurts profitability of U.S. firms" (2022/10/7), featured by 10 media including Oriental News, Hong Kong Economic Journal, HK01.

“Survey on Consumer Perceptions of Sustainable Fashion in Hong Kong and Macau” (2022/7/11), featured by 20 media including Hong Kong Business Times, Hong Kong Economic Times, Yahoo News, Ming Pao, Headline Daily, Marketing-Interative.

“The sustainable fashion brands leading the charge in China” (2022/6/8), Just Style.

“Energy crisis brings textile sector to the brink” (2022/4/19), World Textile Information Network.

“Behind Shein: China’s fashion retailer taking the world by storm” (2022/3/24), Just Style.

"ESSENTIAL SOURCING GUIDE: China’s apparel sector" (2022/3/16), Just Style.

“Trump’s Tariffs Did, In Fact, Hurt U.S. Importers” (2021/11/15), UCLA Anderson Review.

“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.

“Will Uzbekistan cotton reap the benefits of Xinjiang’s alleged labour abuses?” (2021/5/17). South China Morning Post.

“How brands should approach sustainability in China” (2021/5/5), Vogue Business.

“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.

“Xinjiang Maelstrom Rocks Burberry, Adidas, Uniqlo—and Mega Brands Scrub XUAR Statements” (2021/3/25), Sourcing Journal.

“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.

“Fashion’s cotton supply caught in crossfire of US-China trade war” (2020/9/16), Vogue Business.

“Debt-laden firms are more likely to risk work safety: study” (2020/4/22), Australian National University.

“Risky business: Sharp debt increases can hit worker safety, study finds” (2020/4/16), Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times.

“Hubris behind corporate unethical behaviour” (2020/11/19), Australian National University.

“Hubris in well-performing companies can lead to trouble: study” (2019/11/19), Sydney Morning Herlad, The Age, Brisbane Times, Western Australia Today.

“Big profits can fuel bad corporate behaviour, new research shows” (2019/11/18), The Guardian, Yahoo! News.

“Your Chinese Supplier Pollutes – It Dents Your Stock Price?” (2017/9/19), UCLA Anderson Review.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

External positions

Senior Lecturer, Australian National University

Jan 2019Jul 2020

Assistant Professor, Macau University of Science and Technology

Sept 2015Dec 2018


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


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