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PhD in Management


Yanbo Song

PhD Student in Organisational Behaviour


Additional Information
Research Areas
  • Creativity
  • Proactivity
  • Career
  • Entrepreneurship
Teaching Areas
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • New Business Venture


Year of entry: 2019

Research Interests

Ideation is an adventure. Across sections and cultures, creators get on the train pursuing originality over conformity and fuel innovation with design thinking and aesthetic flare. However, tensions surface in ideators' and evaluators' diverse perceptions of idea potential. Aware of their audience and ecosystem, creators may find it costly to ignore the expectations imposed by judges and stakeholders. While on the other hand, one potential consequence is that they lose sight of novelty and change that may go beyond the norm. My research explores how people achieve and sustain creativity in a complex and dynamic environment. In dealing with the emerging tensions in creative dynamics, my research interests focus on two lines: 1) how creative ideas are generated and evaluated under tensions in the co-creation process, and 2) how tensions management in idea co-creation and presentation affect creativity outcomes and creators' careers. To answer these questions, I conducted empirical studies employing a mixed-method approach, taking the most advantage of archival data, interviews and surveys, as well as lab and field experiments.


M.H.R.I.R. Human Resources and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL USA

Publications and Presentations

Jiang, W., Song, Y., Berg, J. M., Clinton, M., Retkowsky, J., Slemp, G., Zheng, X., Akkermans. J., Bindl, U. K., Chia, A., Frasca, K. J., Jansen, P. G. W., Kim, T. Y., Martinescu, E., Nijs, S., Vallerand, R. J.m and Xiang, Y. (2022). Toward a broader understanding of job crafting and proactive career behaviors. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2022, No. 1, p. 11178). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.

Harrison, S. H., Song, Y., Berg, J. M., Cromwell, J., Miron-Spektor, Mueller, J., Agarwal, R., Chen, G., Erez, M., Goldfarb, B., Lazar, M., and Yin Y. (2020). Underlying tensions in creativity: Social and temporal factors. In Academy of Management Proceedingss (Vol. 2020, No. 1, p. 14171). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.