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Faculty & Research


Wilson Cyrus Lai

Visiting Researcher


Additional Information
Research Areas
  • Negotiations & Conflict
  • Ethics & Morality
  • Power & Status
  • Culture
  • Meta-Science


Wilson Cyrus Lai researches within the organizational behavior area at INSEAD in the aspects of social psychology and management.

His current research activities focus on four aspects: 1- [Interlacing] Interpersonal relationship, emotions and cultural values, on how these behaviors and its associations can affect an organization. 2- [Integration] Power and status; studying hierarchy and disputes in the negotiation medium. 3- [Inequality] Ethics and morality; investigating gender stereotype and racial discrimination in conflicts through simulations and meta-analysis. 4- [Integrity] Upholding research integrity; utilizing experiments and varied statistical methodology to study science itself, towards producing increase efficiency and quality in the scientific method (the science of science).

Wilson’s research has been published in general science/ psychology journals, such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Human Behavior, Behavior and Brain Sciences, and Affective Science. Additionally, in management journals such as Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Management.

He holds an MBA from the London School of Economics & Political Sciences, where he researched and studied culture in entrepreneurial adoption. Additionally, he obtained a Master in Innovation from Singapore Management University, and a Bachelors of Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Adelaide, where he was valedictorian and graduated top in his cohort for both degrees.

Wilson is a Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholar and aims to use his research to bridge the domains between academia and industry. Before joining INSEAD, he was working within his family business and consulted for various multinational corporations.