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YAN Aimin

Phone: +86-10-85188858 ext. 3317



Professor of Management

Associate Dean for Governmental Relations, Campus Development and Administration

PhD, Penn State University


Research Areas: International Joint Ventures, Global Strategic Alliances, Organizational Design, Organizational Change and Development, Expatriation and Repatriation, and Career Management





Dr. Yan Aimin is Professor of Management at CKGSB and is also Associate Dean for Governmental Relations, Campus Development and Administration. He served as Professor of Organizational Behavior at Boston University School of Management (with tenure), where he also held positions of Faculty Director of International MBA, Faculty Liaison of Organizational Behavior PhD Program, and Research Director of Human Resources Policy Institute. As one of the founding faculty, Prof. Yan participated in the founding of CKGSB in 2002 and has been a visiting professor till May 2014. He has taught Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior for EMBA, MBA and FMBA, from the first class to now.


Prof. Yan sits on the editorial board of several academic journals, including Journal of International Management, Journal of Management and Organization, Harvard Business Review (Chinese edition), and Journal of Asia Business Studies.



Prof. Yan has published widely in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Management, and Human Relations. He was ranked by Journal of International Management one of the Top 9 scholars in the Global Strategic Management area based on “productivity” and “scholarly impact”.



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Selected Publications


  1. Yan, A. & Luo, Y.  2001, International joint ventures: Theory and practice.  New York: M.E. Sharpe.

Journal Articles

  1. Faraj, S. & Yan, A. 2009.  Boundary work in knowledge teams.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 94(3): 604-617.
  2. Manev, I.M., Yan, A. & Manolova, T.S.  2005.  Toward a model of governance and legality of firms in transforming economies: Empirical evidence from China.  Thunderbird International Business Review, May-June: 313-334.
  3. Yan, A. & Duan, X. 2003.  Interpartner fit and its performance implications: A four-case study of U.S.-China joint ventures.  Asia Pacific Journal of Management, December, 20(4): 541-564.
  4. Johnson-Cramer, M., Cross, R., & Yan, A.  2003.  Sources of fidelity in purposive organizational change: Lessons from a reengineering case.  Journal of Management Studies, 40(7): 1837-1870.
  5. Yan, A., Zhu, G., & Hall, D.T. 2002.  International assignments for career building: Agency relationships and psychological contracts.  Academy of Management Review.  27(3): 373-391.
  6. Shenkar, O. & Yan, A. 2002.  Failure as a consequence of partner politics: Learning from the life and death of an international cooperative venture.  Human Relations.  55(5): 565-602.
  7. Manolova, T.S. & Yan, A. 2002.  Institutional constraints and strategic responses of new and small firms in a transforming economy: The case of Bulgaria.  International Small Business Journal.  20(2): 163-184.
  8. Hall, D.T., Zhu, G., & Yan A.  2001.  Developing global leaders: To hold on to them, let them go!  Advances in Global Leadership, 2: 327-349.
  9. Manev, I.M., Yan, A., & Manolova, T.S. 2001. The evolution of the organizational landscape in transforming economies: A four-country comparison.  Global Focus, 13(1): 65-78.
  10. Yan, A. & Gray, B. 2001. Antecedents and effects of parent control in international joint ventures. Journal of Management Studies, 38(3): 393-416.
  11. Yan, A. & Gray, B.  2001. Negotiating control and achieving performance in international joint ventures: A conceptual model. Journal of International Management, 7: 295-315.
  12. Cross, R., Yan, A. & Louis, M.  2000.  Boundary activity in boundaryless organizations: A case study of a transformation to a team-based structure.  Human Relations, 53(6): 841-868.
  13. Yan, A. & Zeng, M.  1999.  International joint venture instability: A critique of previous research, a reconceptualization, and directions for future research.  Journal of International Business Studies, 30(2): 397-414.
    Reprinted, 2002, in Gordon Redding and Bruce Stening (Eds.), Cross-Cultural Management.  Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
  14. Yan, A. & Louis, M.R.  1999.  The migration of organizational functions to the work unit level: Buffering, spanning and bringing up boundaries.  Human Relations, 52(1): 25-47.
  15. Yan, A.  1998.  Structural stability and reconfiguration of international joint ventures.  Journal of International Business Studies, 29(4): 773-796.
  16. Yan, A. & Manolova, T.S. 1998.  New and small players on shaky ground: A multicase study of emerging entrepreneurial firms in a transforming economy.  Journal of Applied Management Studies, 7(1): 139-143.
  17. Yan, A. 1995.  The formation dynamics of U.S.-China manufacturing joint ventures.  China Business Review, December: 31-49.
  18. Yan, A. & Gray, B. 1995.  Reconceptualizing the determinants and measurement of joint venture performance.  Advances in Global High Technology Management. 5B: 87-113.
  19. Yan, A. & Gray, B. 1994.  Bargaining power, management control, and performance in U.S.-China joint ventures: A comparative case study.  Academy of Management Journal, 37(6): 1478-1517.
    Reprinted, 1997, in P.W. Beamish, (Ed.), Strategic Alliances, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.  Cheltenham, U.K.Gray, B. & Yan, A. 1992.  A negotiations model of joint venture formation, structure and performance: Implications for global management.  Advances in International Comparative Management, 7: 41-75.
    Reprinted, 1996, in K. Chatterjee & B. Gray, (Eds.), Interorganizational joint ventures: Economic and organizational perspectives.  Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  20. Gray, B. & Yan, A. 1992.  A negotiations model of joint venture formation, structure and performance: Implications for global management.  Advances in International Comparative Management, 7: 41-75.
  21. Sharfman, M., Gray, B., & Yan, A. 1991.  The context of interorganizational collaboration in the garment industry: An institutional perspective.  Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 27(2): 181-208.
  22. Dai, M. & Yan, A. 1985.  A study of management education programs in China's technology and engineering schools.  Journal of High Education Research in Machine-Building Industries, 3-4: 70-86.