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Dr. Tianyuan Yu, Assistant Professor, Management

Tianyuan Yu3aTianyuan Yu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business and Tourism at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada. She holds a PhD in Management from Sun Yat-Sen University, China and has been doing her second PhD in Management at Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University since 2015.

Tianyuan possesses extensive teaching experiences both in Canada and in China. Prior to joining the Mount, She worked as a full-time Assistant Professor (term position) as well as in various part-time teaching positions at Saint Mary’s University during 2013-2016. Before coming to Canada, she was an Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Business Administration at Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai during 2003-2013 and won many awards for her teaching excellence.

Tianyuan’s research interests include cross-cultural management, management and organization history, Chinese philosophy and religions, multi-paradigm study, international political economy, diversity and gender study. She is particularly interested in conducting interdisciplinary, multi-paradigm research in cross-cultural studies, informed by the rich cultural heritage of Chinese history and philosophies (e.g., Zen Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism). She is currently engaged in a video research on the pedagogical process of Zen/mindfulness training, particularly the wisdom-enhancing teaching practice, in modern Zen centers.

Tianyuan is dedicated to promoting intercultural communication and cross-cultural education because of her research interests and cross-cultural experiences. She is passionate for advancing mutual understandings between China and the West, and searching for an innovative, hybrid way of rethinking knowledge of management and organization studies that crosses geo-political borders.

Dr. Tianyuan Yu
Assistant Professor
Management

Office: McCain Centre 405P
Phone: 902 457 6456
Fax: 902 445 2582
Email: msvu.ca
Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30am to 12:00pm, Fridays 10:30am to 12:00pm

Qualifications:
B.Econ (Nankai University), M.Econ (Nankai University), PhD in Business Administration (Sun Yat-Sen University)

Joined the Mount: 2017

Relevant Prior Work Experience:
Assistant Professor (term position), Management, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. (2016)
Sessional Instructor, Management, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. (2015)
Workshop Coordinator & Teaching Assistant, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. (2013)
Visiting scholar, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada. (2013-2015)
Chair, Department of Business Administration, International Business Faculty, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai, China (2010- 2013)
Associate Professor, Management, International Business Faculty, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai (2009-2013)
Visiting scholar, Leicester Business School, De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K. (2005)
Assistant Professor, Management, International Business Faculty, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai (2003-2009)

Courses Taught:
Micro Organizational Behaviour, Macro Organizational Behaviour, Managing Diversity: Gender and Other Issues, Management Topics, Strategic Compensation, Communications Management

Research Interests:
Cross-cultural management, management and organization history, Chinese philosophy and religions, multi-paradigm study, international political economy, diversity and gender study

Research Grants:

  • Recipient of the 2018 Mount Saint Vincent University New Scholars Research Grant.
  • Recipient of the 2015-2017 Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship.
  • Recipient of the 2015-2017 Saint Mary’s University Ph.D. Fellowship.
  • Recipient of the 2007 ‘Research Grant to Young Teachers’, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai

Awards:

  • ‘Honorable Mention Award’ (with Loughlin, C.), GDO track, ASAC (Administrative Sciences Association of Canada) 2016 Conference, Edmonton, Alberta (2016)
  • ‘Best Paper Award’ (with Wu, N.), the fifth China’s Forum on Enterprise Management Case Study and Theory Constructing Research, Renmin University of China, Beijing (2011)
  • ‘Outstanding Teacher of Zhuhai’, the Municipal Government of Zhuhai (2012)
  • ‘Award for Teaching Excellence’, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai (2011)
  • Winner of the Second Prize, ‘Teaching Contest among Young Teachers’, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai (2004)

Academic Activities and Publications:
Books:

  • Yu, T. (2013). Government-Enterprise Relationship and Organizational Culture Change. Beijing: The Commercial Press.

Invited Book Chapter

  • Yu, T., Mills, A. & Helms Mills, J. ‘Towards a Zen-informed Approach in Management and Organizational Study’. In Kyle Bruce (Ed.), Elgar Handbook on Management and Organizational History. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Forthcoming.
Refereed Journal Articles:
  • Yu, T., Mills, A. & Peng, N. (2018) ‘A Reflexive Critique of a Critical Hermeneutics Analysis of Wu Zetian.’ Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. An international Journal. 13 (3), pp.250-260
  • Peng, N., Yu, T. & Mills, A. (2015) ‘Feminist thinking in late seventh-century China: A critical hermeneutics analysis of the case of Wu Zetian.’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. 34 (1). pp. 67-83.
  • Yu, T. (2013) ‘How Government-Enterprise Relationship Influences the Organizational Culture of Privately-Owned Enterprises.’ CEIBS Business Review. Issue 1.
  • Yu, T. & Wu, N. (2012) ‘Organizational Culture Change Paths and Government-Enterprise Relationship: A Multiple-Case Study on High-tech POEs in the Pearl River Delta.’ Management World. Issue 8:129-146.
  • Yu, T. & Wu, N. (2011) ‘Bureaucratic Hierarchy vs. Feudal Hierarchy: A Study on the Organizational Culture of China’s SOEs.’ International Journal of Business and Management. 6 (2): 139-146.
  • Yu, T. & Wu, N. (2009) ‘A Review of Study on the Competing Values Framework.’ International Journal of Business and Management. 4(7): 37-42.
  • Yu, T. & Wu, N. (2009) ‘A Review of Theories on Transnational Transfer of HR Practice within Multinationals.’ International Journal of Business and Management. 4(5): 121-127.
  • Yu, T. & Wu, N. (2009) ‘A Review of Definitions and Research Methodology of Organizational Culture.’ Economic Management Journal 31(4):178-182.
Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings:

  • Yu, T. & Mills, A. (2016) ‘A Reflexive Critique of a Critical Hermeneutics Analysis of Wu Zetian’ Proceedings of ASB 2016 conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Oct.
  • Yu, T. & Loughlin, C. (2016) ‘An Exploratory Study of Challenges to Chinese Students’ Cross-Cultural Adaptation in the Canadian Workplace: More about Sitcoms and Less about Values?’ Proceedings of ASAC 2016 Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, June.
  • Yu, T. & Wu, N. (2011) ‘Organizational Culture Change in High-tech POEs: A Multiple-case Study.’ Proceedings of the fifth China’s Forum on Enterprise Management Case Study and Theory Constructing Research, Renmin University of China, Beijing, November.

Refereed Conference Presentations:

  • Yu, T. & Mills, A. (2019) ‘Enlightenment, intuition and creativity training: Introducing Zen koan pedagogy’, paper presented at the 35th EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) Colloquium 2019, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 4-6 July.
  • Yu, T. & Mills, A. (2017) ‘An American entrepreneur’s cultural learning process in 1930s China’, paper presented at 47th Atlantic Schools of Business Conference 2017, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, 29 Sep – 1 Oct.
  • Yu, T., Helms Mills, J. & Mills, A. (2017) ‘Divergent discourses on bureaucracy in China and Canada: A Zen-informed cross-cultural multiparadigm study’, paper presented at 33rd EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) Colloquium 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark, 6-8 July.
  • Yu, T. & Mills, A. (2016) ‘A Reflexive Critique of a Critical Hermeneutics Analysis of Wu Zetian’, paper presented at Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 21-23, Oct.
  • Yu, T. & Mills, A. (2016) ‘Reconfiguring Burrell and Morgan’s framework of sociological paradigms by Zen’, paper presented at 32nd EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) Colloquium 2016, Naples, Italy, 7-9 July.
  • Yu, T. & Loughlin, C. (2016) ‘An Exploratory Study of Challenges to Chinese Students’ Cross-Cultural Adaptation in the Canadian Workplace: More about Sitcoms and Less about Values?’, paper presented at the International Doctoral Consortium on Management and Organizational Studies, Halifax, N.S. 8-10 June.
  • Yu, T. & Mills, A. (2016) ‘Reconfiguring Burrell and Morgan’s framework of sociological paradigms by Zen’, paper presented at the International Doctoral Consortium on Management and Organizational Studies, Halifax, N.S. 8-10 June.
  • Yu, T. & Loughlin C. (2016) ‘An Exploratory Study of Challenges to Chinese Students’ Cross-Cultural Adaptation in the Canadian Workplace: More about Sitcoms and Less about Values?’, paper presented at ASAC (Administrative Sciences Association of Canada) 2016 conference, Edmonton, Alberta, 4-6 June.
  • Yu, T. (2015) ‘American Businessmen’s Interactions with Chinese Political Elites in the 1930s-1940s: A Critical Hermeneutics Analysis of Pan-Am Expatriates’ Narratives’, dissertation proposal presented at AIB (Academy of International Business) US-North East Chapter 2015 Frontier Conference, Boston, U.S., 22-24 October.
  • Yu, T. (2015) ‘Business and Politics at the Intersection of West and East: Pan Am and the Republican China, 1933-1949’, dissertation proposal presented at the International Doctoral Consortium on Management and Organizational Studies, Halifax, N.S.10-12 June.
  • Yu, T. & Wu, N. (2011) ‘Organizational Culture Change in High-tech POEs: A Multiple-case Study.’ Paper presented at the fifth China’s Forum on Enterprise Management Case Study and Theory Constructing Research, Beijing, China, 12-14 November.