Biography

Assistant Professor


BPhil (China); MA (Michigan); PhD (Toronto)


Dr. Xiao Chen is an assistant professor of management. Dr. Chen received his PhD in Management from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Asian Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. Dr. Chen’s primary research interests include the subconscious processes and priming effects in organizational behavior and human resource management (OB/HRM) and cross-cultural management research.


Dr. Chen embraces an evidence-based approach to management education, and he won the 2013 Innovative Teaching Award of the Academy of Management’s Human Resources Division. Outside of academia, Dr. Chen has conducted research projects and OB/HRM workshops in leading organizations such as IBM (China), Volkswagen (China), SinoPec, China Construction Bank, China Southern Airlines, and others.


Prior to joining UPEI, Dr. Chen taught at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, as well as at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Recent Publications

Emotional regulation and job characteristics as predictors of emotional exhaustion, holistic well-being, and physiological health: A study of Chinese flight attendants

6th biennial conference of the International Association of Chinese Management Research (IACMR), Hangzhou, China, June 15-19, 2016, 2016

The effect of gender composition in recruitment advertisements on organizational attractiveness

2nd Human Resources Division International Conference, Academy of Management, Sydney, Australia, February 20-22, 2016, 2016

The curvilinear relationship between newcomer goal clarity and creative performance in China: The mediator role of advice network density

15th European Academy of Management (EURAM) Annual Conference. Warsaw, Poland, June 17-20, 2015, 2015

The effect of priming learning vs. performance goals on a complex task

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2014

Culturally too tight to climb high? Social chronology and Chinese civil servant career

30th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, July 3-5, 2014, 2014

Research Classification

  • No classification given

Research Interests

  • Psychological microfoundations of strategy
  • Priming effects and subconscious mechanisms in organizational behavior and human resource management
  • Management in the Chinese and cross-cultural contexts
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