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HKUST Business School
Associate Professor

Academic qualifications

  • Ph.D. Stanford, Graduate School of Business
  • M.A. Stanford, Graduate School of Business
  • M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago, Sociololgy
  • M.A. Peking University, China, Sociology
  • B.A. Peking Univeristy, China, Sociology

 

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

-The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, School of Business and Management, Academic Director, Master of Science in International Management, since August 2012.

-The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Department of Management, Associate Professor, since July 2010; Assistant Professor, July 2003 - June 2010.

-University of Illinois at Chicago, Teaching Assistant, August 1991-May 1994.

-Information Resources Inc. (IRI),Chicago, IL, Research and Development Department, Project Manager, 1996-1997.

-NCI Research Evanston, IL (an affiliation of Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University), Research Associate and Research Project Manager, 1994 - 1996.

-University of Illinois at Chicago, Nursing School, Statistical Consultant, 1995.


PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Publications (Chronological, alphabetical)

-Sullivan, B.N. and Stewart, D. 2015 (In press). Do connections always help? Network brokerage''s negative impact on the emergence of status. Research in Sociology of Organizations. (Download here)

-Sullivan, B.N., Tang, Y and Marquis, C. 2014. Persistently learning: How small-world network imprints affect subsequent firm learning. Strategic Organization, 12: 180-199. (Download here)

-Sullivan, B.N. and Tang, Y. 2013. Which signal to rely on? The impact of the quality of board interlocks and inventive capabilities on R&D alliance formation under uncertainty. Strategic Organization, 11: 364-388. (Download here)

-Sullivan, B.N. and Tang, t. 2012. Small-world networks, absorptive capacity, and firm performance: Evidence from the U.S. venture capital industry. International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 4: 149-175. (Download here)

-Sullivan, B.N. 2010. Competition and beyond: Problems and attention allocation in the organizational rulemaking process. _ Organization Science _, 21: 432-450. (Download here)

-Morris, M., Podolny, J. & Sullivan, B.N. 2008. Culture and coworker relations: interpersonal patterns in American, Chinese, German, and Spanish divisions of a global retail bank.   Organization Science , 19: 517-532. (Download here)

-Sullivan, B.N., Haunschild, P. & Page, K. 2007. Organizations non-gratae?: The impact of unethical corporate behavior on interorganizational networks.  Organization Science,  18: 55-70. (Download here)

-Augier, M., March, J.G. & Sullivan, B.N. 2005. Notes on the evolution of a research community: Organization studies in anglophone North America,1945-2000. _ Organization Science, _ 16: 85-95. (Download here)

Book Chapters

-Sullivan, B.N. & Stewart, D.G. 2010. Divergence in status evaluation: Theoretical implications for a social construction view of status building. In Pearce, J. (Ed), Status in Management and Organizations: 25-54. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

-Augier, M., March, J.G. & Sullivan, B.N. 2008. Notes on the evolution of a research community: Organization studies in anglophone North America,1945-2000. In March, J. (Ed), Explorations in Organizations: 345-366. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

-Sullivan, B.N. & Tang, Y.  2008. Conformity for legitimacy: A perspective from the learning model of firm risk-taking.  The Academy of Management Meeting Best Paper Proceedings, Anaheim.

-Sullivan, B.N. & Tang, Y.  2007. The contingent role of small world networks on firm performance: Evidence from venture capital firms. The Academy of Management Meeting Best Paper Proceedings, Philadelphia.


SELECTED RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

-Sullivan, B.N., & Gong, T. 2016. Organizational search as the conduit and CEOs as the catalyst: The impact of government policies on firm innovation. Presented at annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim.

-Sullivan, B.N. & Yang, X. 2016.Can mindful firms be innovative? The differentiated role of mindfulness on firm innovation. Presented at annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim.

-Gong, T. & Sullivan, B. N. 2015. Can government help organizations innovate? The effect of government policy on innovation. Presented at annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver.

-Huai, M., Sullivan, B. N. & Chua, R. 2014. Factors leading employees to help social network contacts and the benefits for helpers. Presented at annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia.

-Sullivan, B. N. & Gong, T. 2014. Government policies and novelty of innovations: The mediating role of organizational search. Presented at the Sixth International Association of Chinese Management Research Conference, Beijing.

-Sullivan, B. N. & Wu, Y. 2012. The role of the state and firm innovation performance: Evidence from China''s emerging economy. Presented at the Fifth International Association of Chinese Management Research Conference, Hong Kong.

-Sullivan, B. N., Tang, Y. & George, E. 2012. Jumping on the bandwagon? A behavioral perspective of organizational conformity under institutional pressures. Presented at 2012 New-Institutionalism Workshop, Barcelona

-Sullivan, B. N., Wang, H. & Wu, K. 2011. Generation of firm-specific knowledge: The role of organizational imprinting and exploratory learning. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio.

-Sullivan, B. N. & Tang, Y. 2010. Small-world network imprinting, subsequent firm adaptation and firm performance. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal.

-Chua, R., Sullivan, B. N. & Morris, M. 2009. Compelled to help: Effects of direct and indirect exchange on perceived obligation in professional networks. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago.

-Tang, Y., Sullivan, B. N. & Kuilman, J. 2009. Help or hindrance? The impact of identity focus on network dynamics in the Hong Kong film industry, 1981-1997. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago.

-Page, K. & Sullivan, B.N. 2008.  Learning from partner experiences or own experiences? An empirical analysis of organizational learning from successes and failures in repeated closed-bid auctions.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim.

-Sullivan, B.N. & Tang, Y.  2008. Conformity for legitimacy: A perspective from the learning model of firm risk-taking. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim.

-Sullivan, B.N. & Stewart, D. 2007.  _Divergence in status evaluation: Theoretical implications for a social construction view of status building._Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia.

-Sullivan, B.N. & Tang, Y.  2007. R&D collaborations under environmental uncertainty: The influences of interfirm network structures. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia.

-Sullivan, B.N. & Tang, Y. 2007. The contingent role of small world networks on firm performance: Evidence from venture capital firms. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia.


REVIEW ACTIVITIES

-Senior Editor:

-Management and Organization Review (2013 - 2017)

-Member of Editorial Board:

-Organization Science (2009 - 2015)

-International Journal of Strategic Change Management (2008 - present)

-Ad Hoc reviewers (partial listed):

-Academy of Management Journal

-Academy of Management Review

-Administrative Science Quarterly

-Organization Science

-Strategic Management Journal


RESEARCH INTERESTS

-Behavioral Theory of the Firm

-Organizational learning and change

-Organizational and Inter-organizational networks

-International management  

-Decision-making


FUNDED PROJECTS

-Hong Kong Competitive Earmarked RGC Grant, CI, 2013-2014. “Search for New Ideas under the Influence of Government Innovation Policies in Emerging Market: Evidence from Chinese Firms”. HK$350,000

-Hong Kong Competitive Earmarked RGC Grant, CI, 2011-2012. “The Impact of Identity Strength on R&D Alliance Network Dynamics and Firm Innovation Performance”. HK$500,000.00

-Hong Kong Competitive Earmarked RGC Grant, PI, 2009-12. “The Role of Institutional Factors in Firm Innovation: Innovation Policies (or Regulations) and Firm Innovation in China”. HK$941,000.00

-Hong Kong Competitive Earmarked RGC Grant, PI, 2005-08. “New to the Party: The Role of Technology Innovation in Formation of Strategic Alliances for Start-up Companies”. HK$569,797.00

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