Thomas Taiyi Yan

PhD Candidate in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management

B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Thomas Taiyi Yan (闫太一) began the program in 2015. His research studies 1) competition within organizations, where he integrates social network analysis to advance existing understanding of how competition, on both individual and team levels, affects perception, behavior, and performance; 2) gender disparities in the workplace, with an emphasis on not only describing gender gaps, but also finding solutions on how to address them. In his work, he employs a variety of methods including social network analysis, survey field work, controlled experiment, and archival studies.

His work has been published in top-tier management and psychology journals such as Personnel Psychology and Psychological Bulletin. His work has been featured in media outlets such as the Washington Post, Time Magazine, Scientific American, and Market Watch.

In addition to his research, influenced by his family of teachers, Tom has a strong passion and deep commitment to his students. He has consecutively received excellent teaching evaluations and has been awarded with the Distinguished Teaching Award (top 10% in undergraduate core at the Robert H. Smith School of Business).

Finally, Tom has always been keenly interested in connecting between the East and the West, particularly the China-U.S. management communities. In addition to conducting his research with a diverse group of scholars, he also serves to translate academic and practitioner publications between Mandarin and English and has been invited to give seminar talks at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Normal University.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Tom graduated from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Psychology. Tom has work experiences in world’s leading organizations such as Morgan Stanley and Mercer. Tom is fluent in both Mandarin and English.