Leadership and Organization Management


LI Ning

Department of Leadership and Organization Management    Flextronics Chair Professor


Department Chair



Office:Lihua Building B249

Educational Background

Shanghai Jiaotong University, B.Sc., Business Administration, Management (Sep 2001-July 2005)

Texas A&M University, Ph.D., Organizational Behavior/Human Resources (Aug 2008-Aug 2012)


Work Experience

2021 – Full Professor, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

2021 – Flextronics Chair Professor, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

2020 – 2021, Full Professor, Pioneer Research Fellow, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the University of Iowa

2017 – 2020, Associate Professor with Tenure, Pioneer Research Fellow, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the University of Iowa

July 2012 – June 2017, Assistant Professor, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the University of Iowa



He has taught Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Leadership Seminar, Organizational Research Design, Organizational Network Analysis, Data Driven Management for undergraduate, MBA, PhD, and executive students. At the University Iowa, served as Chair or Co-Chair on four dissertation committees. All of them have been placed in well-known research universities including the University of Hong Kong, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Illinois Chicago, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Research Areas

Current research interests include organizational collaboration, organizational innovation and creativity, evidence-based management, high performing employees, big data in management, organizational network analysis, teamwork, and leadership.



His work appeals in many top-tier management and psychology journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Human Relations

Representative Publications

1.     Liu, S., Li, N., & Xu, M. (2022). Good Soldiers Instead of Good Change Agents: Examining the Dual Effects of Self-Sacrificial Leadership on Pro-Social Behavior and Change-Oriented Behavior in Teams. Journal of Management, 01492063221117529.

2.     Simsek, Z., Li, N., & Huang, J. L. (2022). Turbocharging practical implications in management studies. Journal of Management, 48(5), 1083-1102. (Editorial)

3.     Zhao, H. H., Li, N., Harris, T. B., Rosen, C. C., & Zhang, X. (2021). Informational advantages in social networks: The core-periphery divide in peer performance ratings. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106: 1093-1102.

4.     Zhang, X., Liao, H., Li, N., & Colbert, A. 2020. Playing It Safe for My Family: Exploring the Dual Effects of Family Motivation on Employee Productivity and Creativity. Academy of Management Journal, 63: 1923-1950.

5.     Li, Y., Li, N†*., Li, C., & Li, J. 2020. The Boon and Bane of Creative ‘Stars’: A Social Network Exploration of How and When Team Creativity Is (and Is Not) Driven by a Star Teammate. Academy of Management Journal, 6: 613-635.

6.     McCormick, B. W, Reeves, C. J, Downes, P., Li, N., & Ilies, R. 2020. Scientific Contributions of Within-Person Research in Management: Making the Juice Worth the Squeeze. Journal of Management, 46: 321-350.

7.     Zheng, X. S., Li, N*., Harris, T. B., & Hui, L. 2019. Unspoken Yet Understood: An introduction and initial Framework of subordinates’ Moqi with supervisors. Journal of Management, 45: 955-983.

8.     Li, Y., Li, N†*., Guo, J., Li, J., & Harris, T. B. 2018. A Network View of Advice-Giving and Individual Creativity in Teams: A Brokerage-Driven, Socially Perpetuated Phenomenon. Academy of Management Journal, 61: 2210-2229.

9.     Gardner, R. G., Harris, T. B., Li, N., Kirkman, B. L., & Mathieu, J. E. 2017. Understanding “It Depends” in Organization Research: A Theory-Based Taxonomy, Review, and Future Research Agenda Concerning Interactive and Quadratic Relationships. Organizational Research Methods, 20: 610-638

10.  Li, N., & Chiaburu, D. S., & Kirkman, B. L 2017. Cross-level influences of empowering leadership on citizenship and taking-charge: Organizational support as a double-edged sword. Journal of Management, 43: 1076-1102

11.  Sui, Y., Wang, H., Kirkman, B. L., & Li, N. 2016. Understanding the curvilinear relationships between LMX differentiation and team coordination and performance. Personnel Psychology, 69: 559-597.

12.  Li, N., Zheng, X.M., Harris, T. B., Liu, X., & Kirkman, B. L. 2016. Recognizing 'Me' Benefits 'We': Investigating the Positive Spillover Effects of Formal Individual Recognition in Teams. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101: 925-939

13.  Huang, J., Chiaburu, D. S., Zhang, X.A., & Li, N. 2015. Rising to the challenge: Deep acting is more impactful when tasks are appraised as challenging. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100: 1398-1408.

14.  Li, N., Zhao, H. H., Walter, S., Zhang, X. A., & Yu, J. 2015. Achieving more with less: Extra milers' behavioral influences in teams. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100: 1025-1039.

15.  Burnett, M., Chiaburu, D. S., Shapiro, D. L. & Li, N. 2015. Revisiting how and when perceived organizational support enhances taking charge: An inverted u-shaped perspective. Journal of Management, 41: 1805-1826.

16.  Zhang, X. A., Li, N*., Ullrich, J., & van Dick, R. 2015. Getting everyone on board: The effect of executive differentiated transformational leadership on top management team effectiveness and subsidiary firm performance. Journal of Management, 41: 1898-1933.

17.  Chiaburu, D. S., Stoverink, C. A., Li, N., & Zhang, X.A. 2015. Extraverts engage in more interpersonal citizenship when motivated to impression manage: Getting along to get ahead? Journal of Management, 41: 2004-2031.

18.  Li, N., Kirkman, B. L. & Porter, C. O. L. H. 2014. Toward a model of work team altruism. Academy of Management Review, 39: 39:541-565.

19.  Li, N., Barrick, M. R., Zimmerman, R. D, & Chiaburu, D. S. 2014. Retaining the productive employee: The role of personality. Academy of Management Annals, 8: 347-395.

20.  Harris, T., Li, N., Boswell, W. R, & Xie, Z. T. 2014. Getting what’s new from newcomers: Empowering leadership, creativity, and adjustment in the socialization context. Personnel Psychology, 67: 567-604.

21.  Li, N., Chiaburu, D. S., Kirkman, B. L. & Xie, Z. T. 2013. Spotlight on the followers: Neutralizing the effect of transformational leadership on subordinates’ citizenship and taking charge. Personnel Psychology, 66: 225-260.

22.  Barrick, M. R., Mount, M. K., & Li., N. 2013. The theory of purposeful work behavior: The role of personality, job characteristics, and experienced meaningfulness. Academy of Management Review, 38: 132-153.

23.  Li, N., Harris, T., Boswell, W. R, & Xie, Z. T. 2011. The role of organizational insiders’ developmental feedback and proactive personality on newcomers’ performance: An interactionist perspective. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96: 1317-1327.

24.  Chiaburu, D. S., Oh, I., Berry, C. M., Li, N., & Gardner. R. 2011. The five-factor model of personality traits and organizational citizenship: A meta-analysis.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 96: 1140-1166.

25.  Li, N., Liang, J., & Crant, J. M. 2010. The role of proactive personality in job satisfaction and organizational citizenship behavior: A relational perspective. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95: 395-404.

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Industry Experience

In addition to research, he also published several practical oriented publications. His work frequently appears in many popular media outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and BBC. He has worked with many companies on topics such as organizational network, team collaboration, leadership, high performing employees, including Alibaba, Tencent, TAL, Ant Group, and others.



Currently, he serves as an Associate Editor of Journal of Management, and a Deputy Editor of Management and Organization Review. In 2020, he has been recognized with the Distinguished Early Career Contributions-Science Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).