PhD in Organizational Behavior, University of Maryland
MA in Organizational Communication, Ohio State University
BA in Broadcasting and Journalism, Ohio State University
Group Chair, Management and Organizational Development, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, 2014-2020.
Visiting Professor, School of Business, Renmin University of China, 2016-2019.
Professor of Management and Organizational Development, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, 2005-present.
Visiting Professor of Department of Management, Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China 2014-2016.
Visiting Chair Professor of Management & Marketing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Management and Marketing, Summer, 2012-2016
Co-Director, Center of Leadership and Innovation, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Management and Marketing, 2011-2013.
Chair Professor, Department of Management and Marketing, Polytechnic University 2009-2012.
Visiting Professor (Spring 2005) at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Taught a Ph.D. seminar MGTO650R (http://teaching.ust.hk/~mgto650r/clee/index.html).
Associate Professor of Human Resources Group, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University, 1991-2005.
Visiting (Fall, 1995 to Summer, 1997) Associate Professor of Management of Organizations, School of Business and Management, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Assistant Professor of Human Resources Group, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University, 1987-1991.
Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management, Temple University, 1984-1987.
Instructor of Human Resource Management, University of Maryland, Fall, 1983.
Professor Lee's research interests include leading change and innovation, performance management, understanding the changing nature of employment relationships including psychological contracts and of job insecurity.
Professor Lee teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Organizational Behavior, International Management, Organizational behavior in co-op settings, and Leadership in diverse and multicultural environments. She has taught Ph.D. seminars on employment relationships at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Professor Lee initiated the consulting project at the graduate level, and her initiative has been adopted and integrated in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business' graduate program. She has also started a fundraising class project, which teaches students various leadership and team-work related skills, at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Selected Academic Articles:
1. Lam, C.F., Lee, C., & Yang, S. (in press). Say It as It Is: Consequences of Voice Directness, Voice Politeness, and Perceived Credibility on Voice Endorsement. Journal of Applied Psychology.
2. Lin, X. S., Chen, Z. X., Ashford, S.J., Lee, C., & Qian, J. (2018). A self-consistency motivation analysis of employee reactions to job insecurity: The roles of organization-based self-esteem and proactive personality. Journal of Business Research, 92, 168-178.
3. Kwan, H.K., Zhang, X., Liu, J., & Lee, C. (in press). Workplace ostracism and employee performance outcomes: An integrative approach incorporating the pragmatic and engagement roles. Journal of Applied Psychology. Online http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/apl0000320
4. Lee, C., Huang, G.H., & Ashford, S.J. (2018). Job Insecurity and the Changing Workplace: Recent Developments and the Future Trends in Job Insecurity Research. In F.P. Morgeson, H. Aguinis, & S.J. Ashford (Eds.), Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior. Vol. 5, p. 335-359. Online not available.
5. Wu, C.H., Parker, S.K., Wu, L.Z., & Lee, C. (2018). When and why people engage in different forms of proactive behavior: interactive effects of self-construals and work characteristics. Academy of Management Journal, 61, 293-323. Paper published online March 30, 2017: http://amj.aom.org/content/early/2017/03/30/amj.2013.1064.abstract
Selected Research Grants:
1. 2017-2019: Recipient (co-investigator) of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council for the study of “Job Insecurity Climate, Knowledge Sharing/Hiding, and Team Outcomes” in collaboration with Emily Huang. Total funded amount is HK$ 453,000 or US$ 60,400 (HKBU Project Number: 12502917).
2. 2017-2019: Recipient (co-investigator) of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council for the study of “Triple Pathways Linking Proactive Personality Diversity to Team Effectiveness” in collaboration with Wing Lam, Sharon Parker, and Lynda Song. Total funded amount is HK$400,716 or US$51,370 (HKPU Project number:15504217).
3. 2016-2018: Recipient (co-investigator) of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council for the study of “Enjoy Your Night, Stay Proactive Tomorrow: Exploring the Motivational Mechanisms of Off-Job Experiences‒Proactive Behavior Relationships” in collaboration with Wing Lam, Bonnie Cheng, Ziguang Chen and Kan Ouyang. Total funded amount is HK$ 592,000 or US$ 76,300 (HKPU Project Number: 15513016).
4. 2014-2017: Recipient (co-investigator) of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council for the study of “Being proactive when feeling insecure? The role of proactive personality on the relationships between job insecurity and employee voice, feedback seeking, political behavior, and leadership skill development” in collaboration with Emily Huang and Edward Wellman. Total funded amount is HK$ 394,632 or US$ 52,618 (HKBU Project Number: 12501014).
Selected Presentations at Academic Meetings:
1. Liu, W., Tangirala, S., & Lee, C. Co-Chair at the 2018 symposium, "Voice being heard and voicers being killed? New directions for exploring the consequences of voice behavior." Academy of Management Meetings, Aug. 12-14, Chicago, IL.
2. Ellen, P., Lam, C.F., McAllister, C., Wu, W., Zhang, L., & Lee, C. Challenge accepted: When and why managers endorse employees' challenging voice. Paper presented at the 2018 symposium, "Voice being heard and voicers being killed? New directions for exploring the consequences of voice behavior." Academy of Management Meetings, Aug. 12-14, Chicago, IL.
3. Morgensztern, D., Zhong, W.G., Erez, M., Lee, C. The bureaucracy-innovation relations in Chinese firms. Paper presented at the 2018 symposium, "Motivating creativity over context and time." Israel Organizational Behavior Conference, Jan. 2-4, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
4. Lam, C.F., Lee, C., & Sui, Y. Say It as It Is: Key Determinants of Voice Endorsement. Paper presented at the 2017 symposium, "Toward a social interaction view of organizational citizenship behavior." Academy of Management Meetings, Aug. 4-8, Atlantic, GA.
5. Huang, G.H., Zhang, Y., X.M. Zhang, Zhou, J., Lee, C., & Long, L. Job Insecurity, Commitment, and Proactivity toward the Organization and Career: the Young versus Old. Paper presented at the 2017 symposium, Job Insecurity: A Comprehensive Integration of Research Findings. Academy of Management Meetings, Aug. 4-8, Atlantic, GA.
6. Ouyang, K., Lam, W., Cheng, B.H., Chan, Ziguang, Lee, C., & Liu, W. How perceived values mediate the relationships of psychological collectivism and power distance cultural orientation on proactive behaviors? Paper presented at the EAWOP meeting on "A cross-cultural perspective on proactive work behaviors." ESSEC Business School, Cergy, France, May 15-16, 2017.
1. Begley, T., Lee, C., & Law, K. 2009. WUHAN ERIE POLYMERS JOINT VENTURE,
case # 9B03C002 published in Ricky Griffin and Michael Pustay (6th ed.), Internatiuional Business. Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ
2. Begley, T., Lee, C., & Law, K. 2003. WUHAN ERIE POLYMERS JOINT VENTURE,
case # 9B03C002: http://www1.ivey.ca/cases/cps.asp?pvar=Main and type in "Wuhan," it will take you to the listing.venture. In fulfillment of a teaching development research award funded by Northeastern University, Winter, 1999.
3. Lee, C. Fairness versus favoritism in performance appraisal? In fulfillment of a teaching development grant funded by the School of Business, the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, October, 1997.
1. Kwan, H.K., Lee, C., Hui, C., & Wright, P. (2012). Re-examining the goal setting questionnaire. In E.A. Locke and G.P. Latham (Eds.), New developments in goal setting and task performance, Ch. 35. New York: NY: Routledge.
2. Huang, G.H., Zhao, H.H., & Lee, C. (2012). Job insecurity in the Chinese context: A Critical Review. In M. Bond & X. Huang (Eds.), Handbook of Chinese Psychology, Ch. 19, p.343-358.
3. Lee, C., Hui, C., & Tinsley, C.H. (2008). Group diversity and performance: the effects of diversity type, context and group cooperation. In K.H. Kiefer (Ed.), Applied Psychology Research Trends, Ch. 3, p. 59-80. Nova Science Publishers Inc.
4. Hui, C., Lee, C., Tinsley, C.H., & Yang, D. (2007). Group member expectations, group processes, expectation fulfillment and group performance. In C. Chriesheim & L.L. Neider (Eds.), Research in Management: International Perspectives, Vol. 6, p. 169-196.
5. Hui, C., Kwong, J.Y.Y., & Lee, C. (2004). Work motivation in Asia: Review and future directions. In K. Leung & S. White (Eds.), Handbook of Asian Management. Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 349-372.
6. Lee, C., Tinsley, C.H., & Chen, Z.X. (2000). Psychological and normative contracts of work group members in the U.S. and Hong Kong. In D.M. Rousseau and M.J.D. Schalk (Eds.), Psychological Contracts in Employment: Cross-Cultural Perspective, 87-103. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
7. Lee, C. (1987). Increase performance appraisal effectiveness: Matching task types, appraisal process and rater training. In D. Ryan (Ed.), International Handbook on Management By Objectives. Middlesex, England: IFORD International Institute, 1987.
Honors and Awards
2018 Society for Organizational Behavior member
2016 Nash Outstanding Doctoral Alumni Award, University of Maryland.
2013 Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Fellow.
My research was ranked 99 among 25,000 most cited management scholars during 1981-2004 by Podsakoff et al. (2008).
My paper in the Journal of Management (1999) was a finalist for the best 2000 published paper in OB awarded by the Human Resource Management division of the Academy of Management.
In 2000, I was recognized by the Academy of Management for publishing repeatedly in the Academy’s three journals—the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Executive. I received an Honorable Mention for publishing five articles in these journals, and was one of only 25 scholars around the world to be recognized.
Temple University 1985 Summer Research Fellowship for research on "the effects of goal setting and monetary incentives on self-efficacy and performance.
Winter, 1984. Recipient of dissertation award offered by the University of Maryland.
Other Appointments（in last five years）
Services to the Profession
Professor Lee serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Organizational Behavior, where she also works as a special issue co-editor. She also spends time as an ad hoc reviewer for Human Resources Management and as an external mentor for Ting Cheng at the University of Jyväskylä. She is also a member of the Academy of Management and Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Media Coverage、Speech at Business Forum（in last five years）
When employees are ostracised, the whole organisation suffers
October 11, 2016
Cynthia Lee and her co-authors recently had their research on workplace social exclusion featured in the London School of Economics Business Review.