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Dr Fang Lee Cooke is Distinguished Professor at the Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is a Fellow of Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. 

Prior to joining Monash University, Dr Cooke was a full professor at Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester (since 2005) in the United Kingdom. She has also held positions at RMIT (Deputy Head of School of Management), Melbourne and Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

Fang is the author of HRM, Work and Employment in China (Routledge, 2005), Competition, Strategy and Management in China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and Human Resource Management in China: New Trends and Practices (Routledge, 2012). She is a co-author (with Nankervis, Chatterjee and Warner) of New Horizons of Human Resource Management: Models from China and India (Routledge, 2013), and is also the author/co-author of more than 110 academic journal articles and over 60 book chapters. Her work has been published in Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of World BusinessWork, Employment and SocietyBritish Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Industrial Relations, International Journal of Management Review, Human Resource Management ReviewThe International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business ResearchManagement and Organizational Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, New Technology, Work and Employment, and so forth.  

Fang was one of the two Inaugural Australian National Business School Fellows (2008), and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study (2008) at La Trobe University. She received the 2018 Dean's Award for PRME Research Excellence and the 2011 Dean's Award for Research Excellence, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University. She was also a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Scheme) Visiting Professor, Georg-August-Universität Goettingen, Germany (2016). 

Fang's research interests are in the area of employment relations, gender studies, diversity management, strategic HRM, knowledge management and innovation, outsourcing, Chinese outward FDI and employment of Chinese migrants, HRM in the banking sector, care sector, and construction sector, and the impact of AI, digitalisation and data analytics on skill, employment and the nature of work. 

Fang has been involved in more than 30 externally funded projects, leading many of them. Funding bodies include, for example, International Labour Organization; Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, UK; Department for International Development, UK; Department of Health, UK; European Social Fund, European Union; National Natural Science Foundation of China; Australian Research Council; and Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Australia. Fang is currently involved in the project: ‘Digital Futures at Work Research Centre’ (£7.9 million full costing), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, UK: https://digit-research.org/.

Fang is the Leader of the Energy Leadership Theme of Woodside Monash Energy Partnership: https://www.monash.edu/woodside/energy-partnership; Project leader of CRC Building 4.0, Project #7: https://building4pointzero.org/; Coordinator of the Monash Business Digitalisation Research Network: https://www.monash.edu/business/research/our-research/monash-business-digitalisation-research-network.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research area keywords

  • Asia studies
  • HR outsourcing
  • diversity management
  • Chinese HRM
  • International HRM
  • human resource management
  • industrial relations
  • innovation
  • employee Wellbeing
  • HR shared services
  • digitalisation and AI
  • decent work
  • employee resilience
  • climate change policy
  • low carbon economy
  • future of work
  • gender equality
  • strategic HRM
  • employee assistance program
  • talent management


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