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Professor, Management and Organizational Development; Management and Organizational Development Group Chair

Cynthia Lee

112 Hayden Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000

617.373.5146
c.lee@northeastern.edu


Profile

Education

PhD in Organizational Behavior, University of Maryland
MA in Organizational Communication, Ohio State University
BA in Broadcasting and Journalism, Ohio State University

Research & Teaching Interests

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. 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.

Industry & Academic Experience

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Professor Lee served as a visiting professor of Management & Marketing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She also spent time as a co-director for the Center of Leadership and Innovation at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 2011-2013 and as a chair professor from 2009-2012. Her extensive academic experience includes the following positions: visiting professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in the Spring of 2005 and an associate professor position at Northeastern University from 1991-2005. Additionally, Professor Lee served at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 1995-1997. She also facilitated a pay plan change implementation at Polaroid Corporation and assisted them with numerous survey projects from 1991-1997. Professor Lee served as assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at Temple University prior to joining the College of Business Administration faculty in 1987.

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.

Awards & Recognition

2016 Nash Outstanding Doctoral Alumni Award, University of Maryland.

2016: 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."

2013: Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Fellow.

Publications

Selected Publications

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.

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.

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

Lam, W., Lee, C., Taylor, M.S., Zhao, H. (2018). Does Proactive Personality Matter in Leadership Transitions? Effects of Proactive Personality on Team's Identification with and Responses to New Leaders and Their Change Agenda. Academy of Management Journal, 61, 245-263. Paper published online Dec. 6, 2016: http://amj.aom.org/content/early/2016/12/06/amj.2014.0503.abstract

Huang, G.H., Wellman, N., Ashford, S.J., Lee, C., & Wang, L. (2017). Deviance and Exit: The Organizational Costs of Job Insecurity and Moral Disengagement. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102(1), 26-42. Paper published online Sept 12, 2016: http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2016-43603-001/

Presentations

Selected Presentations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Selected Media Appearances