Prof. Yan XU

PhD in Telecommunications Policy University of Strathclyde

Associate Dean of HKUST EMBA Program, Executive Education & China Strategy

Associate Director of Center for Business Strategy and Innovation

Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management
Division of Public Policy


Technology and innovation management
Telecom industry development and policy
Open innovation
Information technology policy and standardization
Digital economy


Yan Xu received his PhD in Telecommunications Policy from the University of Strathclyde in 1997 and joined HKUST in the same year. His research areas are corporate management, competitive strategy, and regulatory policy of telecommunications. His current research projects study contributing to the development of Hong Kong into a global fintech hub.

Highlighted Publications

  • Xu, Yan ISOM; Huang, Minyi, 2020, Leveraging university research within the context of open innovation: The case of Huawei, Telecommunications Policy, 2020, article number 101956.

  • Karahanna, Elena; Xu, Sean Xin; Xu, Yan; Zhang, Nan, 2018, The Needs-affordances-features Perspective for the Use of Social Media, MIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems, v. 42, (3), September 2018, p. 737-756.

  • Xu, 2015, The Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between China and Hong Kong SAR: From Gesture to Commitment, Telecommunications Policy, 39, 10, November 2015, p. 913-920.

  • Xu, Yan, 2013, Special Theme Section: Taiwan's Telecommunications in the Era of the Internet, Chinese Journal of Communication, v. 6, (2), 2013, Jun, p. 131-132.

  • Xu, Yan ISOM; Chun Yu, Calvin, 2013, Strengths and Weaknesses of Hong Kong's Technology and Innovation Industry with Reference to the Extended Open Innovation Model, Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, v. 4, (3), October 2013, p. 180-194<.

  • Yan, Xu; Xavier, Patrick, 2010, Access to In-building Wiring as a Barrier to Local Fixed Network Competition: The Case of Hong Kong, Telecommunications Policy, v. 34, (1-2), February 2010, p. 45-53.

  • Furner, Adrian; Xu, Yan, 2018, Working with Academic Partners Effectively in the Context of Open Innovation: The Practice of Huawei, , 29th European Conference of the International Telecommunications Society, Trento, Italy, 1-4 August 2018.

  • Xu, Yan; Kim, Yongsuk; Jaisingh, Jeevan; Huang, Minyi, 2016, The Shortcut from Technology Follower to Market Leader: Huawei’s Open Innovation Approach, Proceedings of the 14th International Open and User Innovation Conference, August 2016.

  • Ranjan, Amit; Xu, Yan, 2016, Self-regulation in the telecommunication industry - A case study of Customer Complaint Settlement Scheme (CCSS) mediation centre of Hong Kong., 21st Biennial Conference of the International Telecommunications Society, Taipei, Taiwan, 26-29 June 2016.

  • Wong, Jolly Chun Kau; Xu, Yan, 2015, Public-Private Partnership (PPP): A Win-Win-Win (WWW) Approach for Effective Public Service - A Case Study of the Award-winning Indoor Communications System of Hong Kong Police Force, International Telecommunications Society 2015 Regional Conference, Los Angeles, US, 25-28 October 2015.

  • Xu, Yan ISOM, 2014, Hong Kong's Spectrum Policy, 2014 International Workshop on Digital Convergence Policy and Industry, Taipei, Taiwan, 21-22 August 2014.

  • Xu, Yan ISOM, 2013, Classification of Technology and Innovation Industry, 30th International Communication Forum, Tokyo, Japan, 22 November 2013.

  • Xu, Yan ISOM, 2013, 3G Licence Renewal and Spectrum Reallocation - Controversies in Hong Kong, International Telecommunications Society 6th Africa-Asia-Australasia Regional Conference, Perth, Australia, 4-7 August 2013.

  • Xu, Yan ISOM, 2013, ICT and Type II Technology and Innovation Industry,30th International Communication Forum of Japan Society of Information and Communication Research, Tokyo, Japan, 22 November 2013.

  • Xu, Xuan; Fang, Ji; Qiu, Xuan; Huang, George Q., 2013, Service-oriented platform for physical asset management of supply Hub in Industrial Park (SHIP), Proceedings of 43rd International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering (CIE 2013), v. 2, October 2013, p. 1473-1479.

  • Zhang, Nan; Wang, Chong Alex; Xu, Yan, 2012, Social Networking Sites Users' Affective Commitment: a Combined View, 19th Biennial Conference of the International Telecommunications Society, 18-21 November 2012, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Xu, Yan; Calvin, Yu; Tam, K.Y., 2011, The Classification of Technology and Innovation Industries and the Corresponding Technology and Innovation Policy Issues, XXIII Conference of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), 17-20 June 2011, Hamburg, Germany.

  • Zhang, Nan ISOM; Wang, Chong; Xu, Yan, 2011, Privacy in online social networks, International Conference on Information Systems, v. 2011, December 2011, p. 2252-2272.

  • Xu, Yan; Li, Mingda, 2010, The Influence of Foreign Governments and International Organizations on National Innovation System - the Case of China's Telecommunications Manufacturing Industry, 18th Biennial Conference of the International Telecommunications Society, 28-30 June 2010, Tokyo, Japan.

  • Gutierrez, Fabian Ortiz; Xu, Yan, 2009, Telecommunications in Mexico: A Comparative Policy Review, Africa-Asia-Australasia Regional Conference of the International Telecommunications Society, 16-18 August 2009, Perth, Australia.

  • Xu, Yan, 2009, Towards a Layered Regulatory Model for Local Fixed Network Competition: The Case of Hong Kong, Summit Conference on Telecommunications Regulatory Practice, The National Telecommunications Commission of Thailand, Bangkok, 2-3 April 2009.

  • Xu, Yan; Yu, Calvin, 2009, Extension of Open Innovation Model to the Studies of Regional or National Level Technology and Innovation Policy Issues, The 20th International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM)Conference, organised by ISPIM and hosted by The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna, Austria from 21-24 June 2009