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Psychological Contradictions, Creative Thinking, Power and Status, Trust and Cooperation, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Trust, Negotiations, Organisational Behaviour
Li Huang is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. She holds a PhD in Management and Organisations from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Professor Huang's research examines the individual and organizational effects of psychological contradictions. Psychological contradictions are misalignments between individuals’ “true” feelings or desires and what they are socially or psychologically compelled to experience. These contradictions often manifest in different types of incongruence between individuals’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Professor Huang’s research suggests that psychological contradictions, though aversive, possess epistemic and motivational values and that their presence and resolution can be adaptive to organisations and societies. Her interest in this topic has led her to two fundamental questions facing modern organizations: (1) how do psychological contradictions affect workplace performance and relationship? (2) how can we resolve these contradictions in a way that fulfills organizations’ and their members’ needs for interdependence or independence?
Professor Huang has published in leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Her research has been recognised by the scientific community through awards, fellowships, and grants from the American Psychological Association, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Dispute Resolution Research Center. Her research and insights have also received numerous media mentions including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), The Economist, Financial Times, ABC News, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, MIT Sloan Management Review, Scientific American, Smithsonian.com, The Globe and Mail (Canada), The Independent (UK), The Times (UK).
Professor Huang teaches the Negotiations course in the MBA and the Executive Education programmes, The Value of Trust course in the MBA programme, as well as the Organisational Behaviour course in the PhD programme. Her teaching has received Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching at INSEAD.
Prior to joining the INSEAD faculty, she taught in the MBA program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. A native of China, she has lived and worked for several years in the United States.
Watch Li's interview on music and power with INSEAD Knowledge
Watch a snippet of Li’s talk on sarcasm and creativity at QSP Summit 2017