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

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

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 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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