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Gracy (J.Y.) Yang

Gracy (J.Y.)  Yang

BA MA Nanjing PhD HKUST
Senior Lecturer

Rm 4104
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 7814
Fax +61 2 9036 5378
jingyu.yang@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Gracy (J.Y.) Yang is a senior lecturer of the Discipline of International Business at the University of Sydney Business School. She received her Ph.D. from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Her current research interests include global strategy, organizational learning, organizational and inter-organizational networks, and non-market strategy in transition and emerging economies. Her research has appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceeding, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Global Strategy Journal, Long Range Planning, Organization Science, and others.

Gracy is currently serving on the Editorial Review Board of Strategic Management, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of World Business. She served as track chairs at Australia New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) in 2016, Asia Academy of Management (AAOM) in 2017, and is serving as the chair for the track of internationalization process and international entrepreneurship at Academy of International Business (AIB) in 2018. She has also frequently chaired sessions at various prestigious international and local conferences in the field of business and management, including the annual conferences of Academy of Management (AOM), AAOM, AIB, ANZIBA, and Strategic Management Society (SMS).

Research Interests

My main research focus is adopting the lens of organisational theories, such as organizational learning theory and institutional theory, to examine the strategies of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in Asian contexts, such as their market entry strategies, entry mode choices, location strategies and subsidiary-level strategies. I endeavour to extend the theories by leveraging the complex nature of both MNEs and host country environments.

Another area that I started working in is the strategy and management of Asian managers, entrepreneurs and firms. This research stream is more phenomena driven, with an aim to apply new and appropriate theoretical lenses to explain complex phenomena in the Asian context. I first became interested in this area by conducting comprehensive paper reviews on the private firms, entrepreneurship development, and foreign direct investment in China. The effort was rewarded with several publications.

Recently I have endeavoured to identify interesting and emerging phenomena in Asian economies, and developed several research projects. One project is about the influence of government corruption on entrepreneurship development. Government corruption is a prevalent phenomenon in emerging Asian economies. What has been largely overlooked is that corruption entails different characteristics in different Asian countries. Another project focuses on the non-market strategy of Chinese firms. Non-market strategy, including strategic corporate social responsibility and corporate political activity (CPA), presents unique characteristics in Asian contexts. Conventional wisdom suggests that CPAs provide a buffer for firms in an emerging economy to reduce environmental dependence and uncertainty and shield them from environmental threats. In this project, we aim to address the question: Do CPAs lose strategic value as institutional environments improve in an emerging economy? The third project investigates the driving factors to Chinese firms’ outward foreign direct investments in developed economies (Australia included), including the firms’ inward internationalisation experience, corporate governance and executives’ characteristics.

Selected publications

2018

Journal Articles

Liu H, Yang G, and Augustine D (2018) Political ties and firm performance: The effects of proself and prosocial engagement and institutional development Global Strategy Journal, In Press. [More Information]

Tian L, Yang G, and Wei L (2018) Speed to Legal Registration and Nascent Venture Performance: A Temporal Dilemma for Nascent Entrepreneurs in an Emerging Economy Journal of Small Business Management. [More Information]

Wei W, Tang R, and Yang G (2018) Independent Directors in Asian Firms: An Integrative Review and Future Directions Asia Pacific Journal of Management.

2017

Journal Article

Yang G, Lu J, and Jiang R (2017) Too Slow or Too Fast? Speed of FDI Expansions, Industry Globalization, and Firm Performance Long Range Planning, 50 (1), 74-92. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Ketencioglu E, Lee E, and Yang G (2017) Strategic flexibility of multi-segment firms: A contingency-behavioural perspective Academy of International Business (AIB) US Northeast Conference; Academy of International Business, Philadelphia, USA.

Lee E, and Yang G (2017) Learning from subsidiaries: Age composition of foreign subsidiaries and parent�s R&D intensity 31st Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference; Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Melbourne, Australia.

2016

Journal Article

Song L, Augustine D, and Yang G (2016) Environmental uncertainty, prospector strategy, and new venture performance: the moderating role of network capabilities International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 12 (4), 1103-1126. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Yang G (2016) Asian Management Research: What Have We Achieved and Where Can We Go? Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) Conference 2016; Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy, Sydney.

2015

Journal Article

Yang G, Li J, and Delios A (2015) Will a Second Mouse Get the Cheese? Learning from Early Entrants' Failures in a Foreign Market Organization Science, 26 (3), 908-922. [More Information]

2014

Book Chapter

Yang G, Chang S, and Yao F (2014) Why Managers Do What They Do? A Study on Chinese Managers' Time Allocation Research on the Impact of Global Economic Integration and Information Networking on Sustainable Corporate Development; Nanjing University Press, Nanjing, China, 3-15.

2013

Conference Proceeding

Ketencioglu E, and Yang G (2013) The Impact of Market Dynamism on Exploitative and Competitive Capital Allocation: A Dynamic Capability Perspective 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference ANZAM 2013 - Managing on the Edge; Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Southport, Australia.

2011

Journal Article

Yang G, Tipton F, and Li J (2011) A review of foreign business management in China Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 28 (3), 627-659. [More Information]

2010

Conference Proceeding

Yang G, and Tipton F (2010) Development of Foreign Business in China: A Literature Review and Future Research Direction International Association for Chinese Management Research Conference (IACMR 2010); International Association for Chinese Management Research, China.

2009

Conference Proceedings

Yang G, and Tipton F (2009) Foreign-Invested Firms in China: A Literature Review & Direction for Future Research 2009 Academy of Management Annual Meeting; Academy of Management, United States.

Yang G, and Tipton F (2009) A Literature Review for Management of Foreign Firms in China: Where Are We and Where to Go? 2009 Academy of Management Annual Meeting; Academy of Management, United States.

Yang G, Li J, and Delios A (2009) Environmental imprinting, pre-entry learning, and the survival of new entrants 23rd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference ANZAM 2009; Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Australia.

Book Chapter

Li J, and Yang G (2009) Competition, Learning, and Foreign Entry Strategy: A Macro Organization Perspective Advances in International Management (Volume 22) - Managing Subsidiary Dynamics: Headquarters Role, Capability Development, and China Strategy; Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, United Kingdom, 219-240. [More Information]

2008

Journal Article

Yang G, and Li J (2008) The development of entrepreneurship in China Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 25 (2), 335-359. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Jiang R, Lu J, and Yang G (2008) When is Fast Good? - Speed of Foreign Expansion and Firm Performance 22nd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference ANZAM 2008; Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Auckland, New Zealand.

2007

Journal Article

Li J, Yang G, and Yue D (2007) Identity, community and audience: How wholly owned foreign subsidiaries gain legitimacy in China Academy of Management Journal, 50 (1), 175-190.

Conference Proceedings

Yang G, and Li J (2007) The development of entrepreneurship in China: A review and organizing framework for future research Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting; Academy of Management, Philadelphia, USA.

Yang G, Chang S, and Zhou X (2007) Toward an attention-based view of managerial behavior Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting; Academy of Management, Philadelphia, USA.

Book Chapter

Tsui A, Song L, and Yang G (2007) Organizational Culture and Employee Responses in Hong Kong Schools: Comparing Dimensional and Configuration Approaches Research in management: International perspectives; Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, 25-55.

2006

Conference Proceedings

Yang G (2006) Globalization pressures and cross-national diffusion of FDI entry decisions across countries Strategy and Governance in a World of Institutional Change - 26th SMS Annual International Conference; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Yang G, Li J, and Delios A (2006) FDI failures, causal ambiguity and foreign market entry - full paper Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy Conference ANZIBA 2006; Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington New Zealand.

Yang G, Li J, and Delios A (2006) Failure-induced learning, causal ambiguity and foreign market entry 2006 Academy of Management Annual Meeting; Academy of Management, NYC, USA.

Book Chapters

Li J, and Yang G (2006) Foreign Direct Investment Communities and the Legitimation of Wholly-Owned Foreign Subsidiaries in China Emerging Multiplicity: Integration and Responsiveness in Asian Business Development; Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 215-233.

Li J, and Yang G (2006) China's Domestic Private Firms: A Literature Review and Directions for Future Research China's Domestic Private Firms: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Management and Performance; M E Sharpe Inc, NY, USA, 206-229.

Li J, and Yang G (2006) FDI communities and the legitimacy of foreign entry modes: The emergence of wholly owned foreign subsidiaries in China Emerging Multiplicity: Integration and Responsiveness in Asian Business Development; Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

2005

Conference Proceeding

Li J, Yang G, and Yue D (2005) Investing in China: A network perspective on the diffusion of FDI entry decision across countries Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2005; Academy of Management, Glassboro, NJ, USA.

2004

Conference Proceedings

Li J, and Yang G (2004) A review of the management literature on China's domestic private firms: 1986 – 2003 Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2004; Academy of Management, Glassboro, NJ, USA.

Li J, and Yang G (2004) The effect of institutional transitions on strategies and performance of private firms in China, a three-stage model Asia Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

2003

Conference Proceedings

Li J, and Yang G (2003) The emergence of a new organizational form: The case of wholly owned foreign subsidiaries in China Euro-Asia Management Studies Association Meeting; Euro-Asia Manage­ment Studies Association.

Tsui A, Song L, and Yang G (2003) Organizational culture in Hong Kong schools: A multi-level and multi-perspective analysis 3rd Asia Academy of Management Conference.