Leadership and Organization Management


LI Ning

Department of Leadership and Organization Management    Professor

Flextronics Chair Professor

Department Chair



Office:Shunde 327F

Office Hours:By Appointment

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, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Human Relations




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).