PhD Candidate 2013
Organizational Behavior (major), Human Resource Management (minor)
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Yuntao Dong is a doctoral candidate of organizational behavior and human resource management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Her research seeks to understand how leadership, HR practices, and individual differences combine to shape individual outcomes (e.g., performance, creativity, and turnover) in various contexts, such as work teams, challenging environments, and virtual organizations. Her work has been under review at top-tier peer-review journals and received the Academy of Management OB Division
Most Innovative Student Paper Award and MOC Division “Cognition in the Rough” PDW
Best Proposal Award.
Dissertation titleA Job Demands-Resources View of Leader Empowering Behaviors: A Multilevel Investigation
Empowering leader behaviors have been generally suggested to motivate employees and facilitate their goal achievement, but they can also be challenging and demanding. My dissertation thus incorporates the job demands-resources framework to understand both motivational and demanding impacts of empowering leader behaviors on individual performance in a multilevel context. Specifically, at the individual level, I found that empowering leadership induced higher levels of job demands. The perceived job demands in turn influenced followers’ burnout and ultimately related to individual performance. At the team level, empowerment climate facilitated team relational and cognitive exchanges, which served as team resources to help individual members cope with the job demands by showing a top-down moderating effects on the individual-level relationships.
Dissertation Chair: Kathryn M. Bartol
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