University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Nottingham University Business School China
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Shea Xuejiao Fan

Assistant Professor in International Business , Nottingham University Business School China


PhD, Melbourne University, Australia
MA, Boston College, USA
Msc, Maastricht University, the Netherlands


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    University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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    Ningbo 315100   
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Expertise Summary

Shea Fan’s research specializes on individual level identity-related topics. She identifies mechanisms to explain the complex role of ethnic and cultural identity in multinational organizations.

Teaching summary


  • Cross-cultural Management and Teamwork
  • Doing Business in China


  • International Business Environment
  • Organizational Behavior


Research summary

Shea Fan’s research interest focuses on the complexity of individuals’ identity implication in a culturally and ethnically diverse environment. Currently, she studies when expatriates work in their country of origin representing MNCs, and how their ethnic identity affects their interactions with local employees. A specific focus is given to the social consequences of congruence between how expatriates view their shared ethnic identity with local employees and how it is viewed by local employees (termed ethnic identity confirmation).

Present and future

Expatriate, identity, Management in MNCs, Cross-cultural Management;
Cultural cognition


Fan, S. (2013). Understanding identity is the key to succeeding in China. The Conversation. April. 1. 2013 also in Australia China Quarterly, Vol.1.,2013. Titled: Employing expatriate Chinese in China-culture is one thing, identity another.
Media coverage of research project
Feature story: Identity Challenge in China, Voice, volume 8 (5), May 14 - June 9, 2012

Conference Presentations

Fan, S. (2014). Do I need to be one of you? The role of ethnic identity confirmation between Chinese employees and overseas Chinese expatriates. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR), 18-22 June, 2014, Beijing, China. 

Fan, S., Koehler, T, Harzing, AW, and Cregan C. (2014). Does it Matter Who I Am?: The Role of Ethnic Identity Confirmation in Expatriates’ Knowledge Acquisition. P, 24-26 June 2014, Vancouver, Canada.

Fan, S.; Kӧhler,T.; Harzing, A.W. (2012) Applying Identity Theories in Expatriate Management Studies. Conference proceedings of the 2012 Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Perth, Australia

Fan, S.;Kӧhler,T.; Harzing, A.W. (2012) Ethnic Identity Confirmation in Knowledge Transfer between Expatriates and Host Country Employees. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Boston, U.S.A.

Fan, S.; Kӧhler, T.; Harzing, A.W. (2011) Do You Really Know Me? Identity Confirmation in Expatriate Assignments. Paper presented at the 2011 Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business, 24-28 June 2011, Nagoya, Japan. (panel chair and presenter)

Fan. X. (2010). Knowledge, Discourse and Power in Global Knowledge Exchange, Paper accepted by the 16th International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies Conference, China.

Fan. X. (2009). Cannot Let It Go: The Identity Maintenance of Repatriates. Paper accepted by the 15th International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies Conference, Japan.