Seven faculty members from Warrington's management department pose in front of the conference sign in China
From left: Mo Wang, Amir Erez, Joyce Bono, Klodiana Lanaj, Aaron Hill, Alex Settles and Brian Swider.

UF Warrington management department highlights new research at co-hosted conference with Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Brian Swider presents in front of a group of people.

Brian Swider presents at the Advancements in Organization and Management Research Conference at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In early summer 2019, the University of Florida Warrington College of Business’ Department of Management worked with faculty from one of China’s most prestigious universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, to co-organize a workshop highlighting recent research advancements in the management field.

The workshop, titled Advancements in Organization and Management Research, was hosted at Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Antai College of Economics and Management over two days this May. More than fifty scholars from across China joined Warrington faculty in presenting recent advancements in the management field. The workshop also provided the cross-continent scholars an opportunity to discuss future directions of organization science, open up academic dialogues and enhance the communication among exceptional scholars.

Dr. Mo Wang, Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar Chair, Human Resource Research Center Director and Management Department Chair, said that co-organizing the conference with Shanghai Jiao Tong University was important for a couple of reasons.

First, while already well-known for its extraordinary research productivity and impact domestically, the Warrington management department had the opportunity to build its international recognition.

“The management research community in China has grown exponentially in recent years,” said Wang. “It is thus important to present our accomplishments and elevate our research to that community.”

Second, China’s business and management innovations make for an enormous opportunity for breaking new research grounds.

“This conference provides our faculty good exposure to those research opportunities,” said Wang. “It also serves as a platform to develop new and mutually benefitting research collaboration.”

Klodiana Lanaj speaks with a faculty member from Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Klodiana Lanaj speaks with a faculty member from Shanghai Jiao Tong University at the Advancement in Organization and Management Research Conference.

Seven faculty members from Warrington presented on their recent research, including:

  • Joyce Bono, W.A. McGriff, III Professor – “The role of necessary evils in leadership development”
  • Amir Erez, W.A. McGriff, III Professor – “When small offenses have major negative consequences: Effects of rudeness on individuals and teams functioning”
  • Aaron Hill, Assistant Professor – “Bargaining their way to success: Machiavellian CEOs, organizational goals and firm performance”
  • Klodiana Lanaj, Walter J. Matherly Professor – “Improving the lives of leaders at work and at home: Benefits of positive leader self-reflection”
  • Alex Settles, Clinical Associate Professor – “Getting by with little help from my friends: Does political affinity lead to lower M&A premiums?”
  • Brian Swider, Assistant Professor – “Starting in pole position: Applicant initial preferences and ultimate job choices”
  • Mo Wang – Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar Chair – “From employee-experienced high-involvement work system to innovation: An emergence-based human resource management framework”

In addition to the research presentations, the conference included a working paper seminar, in which Ph.D. students from Shanghai Jiao Tong University presented their ongoing research projects and papers and received feedback from Warrington’s management faculty.

The Warrington College of Business and Shanghai Jiao Tong University plan to host the conference again in May 2020.