The APA is the largest organization of psychologists—scientists, educators, clinicians, consultants and students—in the United States. Chen is one of only 90 fellows elected this year from a membership of nearly 120,000.
Chen is the Philip M. Condit Endowed Chair in Business Administration and associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at Foster. She is the former chair of the school’s Department of Management and Organization, which recently was ranked the #3 most productive management faculty in North America in terms of publication in the discipline’s eight most-influential journals.
Chen recently completed a term as editor-in-chief of the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and continues to edit the Chinese/English bilingual magazine Management Insights. She is a past president of the International Association for Chinese Management Research.
Since joining the Foster faculty in 1999, Chen has received numerous accolades for teaching, research and leadership, including the Andrew Smith Faculty Development Award, the Outstanding University of Washington Woman Award, the Dean’s International Research Award, the Charles E. Summer Outstanding Teacher Award and the Outstanding PhD Mentor Award. Earlier this year, she was given the Dean’s Leadership Award.
In 2015, Chen was elected fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), a division of the American Psychological Association. She received the Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award from the International Association for Chinese Management Research in 2016.
Her research explores inter-cultural communication, entrepreneurial passion, leadership and creativity, and Chinese guanxi.
Chen is a co-creator of a Myers-Briggs-like assessment of communication style with the potential to enhance the effectiveness of any working team or individual working amid an unfamiliar culture.
Her new book, “Leadership of Chinese Enterprises,” explores what it takes to be a successful homegrown entrepreneur in the People’s Republic of China via close examination of 13 private businesses that have flourished despite government resistance. She and her co-authors identify a key set of founder attributes that could apply to any competitive or inhospitable environment.
Other recent publications include findings that:
- entrepreneurial investors reward preparation over passion,
- motivational cultural intelligence can enhance the bottom line,
- workplace autonomy fosters passion which, in turn, fosters creativity, and
- mental fatigue doesn’t always make us more likely to act unethically.
In addition to her prolific scholarship in English, Chen is the author of eight Chinese books: Managing Across Cultures; Empirical Methods in Organization and Management Research; Solving Social Dilemmas: Psychological Mechanisms of Cooperation Induction; The Art of Balancing Work and Life; In Pursuit of Happiness; Simplifying Renqin; Still Seeing Mountains; and Follow Your Heart.