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Bilian (Belaine) Ni SULLIVAN

Associate Professor
Academic Director, Master of Science in International Management

Email: mnbilian@ust.hk

 

Ph.D.

Stanford University, Graduate School of Business

M.A.

Stanford University, Graduate School of Business

M.A.

University of Illinois at Chicago, Sociology

M.A.

Peking University, China, Sociology

B.A.

Peking University, China, Sociology

 

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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.

 

SELECTED RECENT 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, Montréal.

  • 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 - present)

  • Member of Editorial Board:

    • Organization Science (2009 - present)

    • 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