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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2nd Annual CEIBS OB/HR Symposium

November 28, 2017. Shanghai–Studying leadership using new perspectives was the focus of the discussions at this year’s CEIBS Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management Symposium titled The Good, the Bad, and the Dynamic: Re-examining the Leader-Follower Relationship. More than 100 professors, doctoral students, and practitioners from around the world gathered on the Shanghai Campus for the event which was organized by the Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management (OB/HR) Department under the direction of its Chair, Professor of Management and Michelin Chair Professor of Leadership and Human Resources Jean Lee. Through interactive presentations and workshops, the symposium provided a platform for learning, networking, and discussing new and exciting research in the area of leadership.

The presenters were distinguished leadership scholars who helped participants gain insight into both the positive and negative ways that leaders can impact followers as well as the ways that followers and leaders jointly define this relationship over time. CEIBS Assistant Professor of Management Emily David hosted the symposium and CEIBS President Li Mingjun and Department Chair Prof. Jean Lee gave Welcome Addresses.

The first session, The Dynamic: Negotiating Relationships Over Time, was chaired by Prof. Emily David. In the first presentation, the BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership at the Neeley School of Business of TCU, Mary Uhl-Bien, presented a summary of her research in a talk titled “Reversing the Lens in Leadership Research: Viewing Leadership and Followership as a Co-Creation”. Using process models, she positioned followership in the leadership construct, and illustrated four different ways of defining leader and follower roles: position-based, role-based, behavior-based, and identity-based. Next, Crystal Farh, an Assistant Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Washington, shared her research project called “Dynamic Leadership Emergence in Creative Project Teams”. She and her coauthors found that constructive contributions were more strongly related to leadership emergence in the generation phase than in the implementation phase of creative teams.

Motivating and empowering employees was the focus of the second session, The Good, chaired by CEIBS Assistant Professor of Management Byron Lee. The OB/HR Department’s Visiting Thought Leader and Robert H. Smith Chair in Organizational Behavior at the University of Maryland Prof. Gilad Chen gave a presentation called “Multiple Team Membership and Empowerment Spillover Effects: Can Empowerment Processes Cross Team Boundaries?” Dr. Chen explained how different sources of leader empowerment from different teams affected team members’ psychological empowerment. After that, Andrew Wang from National Sun Yat-sen University, who will join the CEIBS OB/HR Department next year, discussed his research project on “Selflessness, Virtuocracy, and Leadership Development in Taobao villages in rural China”.

CEIBS Assistant Professor of Management Sebastian Schuh chaired the third session: The Bad: Follower Responses to Abusive Supervision. Prof. Huiwen Lian from the University of Kentucky, Prof. Nai-Wen Chi from National Sun Yat-Sen University and Prof. Jack Jiang from Peking University talked about negative ways that leaders can impact followers, with themes including abusive supervision, negative emotional expressions, and narcissism. At the end of each session, the discussants shared their comments and questions with everyone.

The last part of OB/HR Symposium were the workshops. The participants chose to attend one of three workshops with the experts from each of the three themes where they were able to ask questions and enjoy dynamic discussions about their shared interests.

Writer: 
Grace Chen
Editor: 
Janine M. Coughlin