Faculty Member

Prof. Yulin Fang

Job Title

Innovation and Information Management
Director, Institute of Digital Economy and Innovation

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 a Professor at City University of Hong Kong, where he received prestigious research and teaching excellence awards and served as Program Director of the MSc Business Information Systems (BIS) program and Residence Master of Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall. His research interests include digital innovation management, digital transformation, platform ecosystems, and e-commerce/social media.

Yulin has published over 60 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), Journal of Organizational Behavior (JOB) among others. His articles have been cited over 7400 times (Google citation) with an H-index of 38.

He is Senior Editor of Information Systems Research, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Information Technology & People. He was an Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research in 2012-2016. He 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 and at ICIS Mid-Career Faculty Consortium in 2018.

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-cultural 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 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
Social media

Selected Publications

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, Information Systems Research (2017-present)
Senior Editor, Information Systems Journal (2012-present)
Senior Editor, Journal of Information Technology (2021-present)
Associate Editor, Information & Management (2017-present)
Associate Editor, MIS Quarterly (2012-2016)
Associate Editor, Information Systems Research (2012-2016)