Xi Chen

Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour

Nottingham University Business School China
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Contact

Office

Room 369, IEB

Campus

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Address

199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

Telephone

+86 (0)574 88180000 ext. 8556

Qualifications

PhD (New York University) 

MS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) 

BS (Zhejiang University)


Biography

Defense is the obstacle to change, innovation, and cooperation. Dr Xi Chen's research focuses on how individuals’ defense of their self-worth influences their self-management, performance, and well-being. She also investigate how to communicate organizational change to overcome individuals’ defense of their social systems. Her research has won the Best Paper Award of Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2020), Best Paper Award in Women Entrepreneurship of Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2020), and Finalist for Kauffman Best Paper Awards in Entrepreneurial Cognition (2020). Her research has been applied to my consulting services for government (Shanghai State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission),incubators (e.g., Accelerator Centre of Waterloo, Canada), multinational companies (e.g. Danone), domestic companies (e.g., Nuctech Company Limited), and start-up companies (e.g., Data Tellit Inc.).  


Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Organizational Behavior 
  • Human resource management
  • Work & Society
  • Management & Organizations (NYU)
  • Organizational Theory (Wilfrid Laurier University)
  • Managing People in Organizations (University of Guelph)

Postgraduate

  • Cross-Cultural Management

Research interests

  • Self-worth and work meaning, Psychology of Entrepreneurs,
  • Self-management, Knowledge management, Change management

Publications

  • Lei, S., Guo, Z., Tan, X., Chen, X., Li., C., Zou, J., Cao, S., Feng, G. (2021) Cognitive abilities predict safety performance: A study examining high-speed railway dispatchers. Journal of Advanced Transportation.
  • Chen, X. (2021) Why do employees in State-Owned Enterprises Like to Build Guanxi with Their Supervisors? Management Insights.5: 46-48.
  • Chen, X. (2020). The State-Owned Enterprise as an Identity: The Influence of Institutional Logics on Guanxi Behavior. Management and Organization Review, 1-26. doi:10.1017/mor.2020.14
  • Chen X, Zhang SX, Jahanshahi AA, Alvarez-Risco A, Dai H, Li J, Ibarra VG (2020) Belief in a COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory as a Predictor of Mental Health and Well-Being of Health Care Workers in Ecuador: Cross-Sectional Survey Study. JMIR Public Health Surveillance. 6(3):e20737
  • Chen, X., Beveridge, A., Fu, P.P. (2018) Put yourself in others’ age: How age simulation facilitates inter-generational cooperation. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Chen, X. (2018). Revisiting the Relationship between Justice and Extra-Role Behavior: The Role of State Ownership. Management and Organization Review, 14(3), 607-639. doi:10.1017/mor.2018.7
  • Chen, X. (2014). Too much of a good thing: The effect of contingency of self-worth on goal setting. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. 53(3): 1154-1159.
  • Chen, X., Ma, J., & Shi, K. (2007). The Effects of Performance, Competence and Position on Organizational Distributive Justice. Acta Psychologica Sinic. 39(5): 901~908.

Conference presentations

  • Chen, J., Chen, X., Zhen, M., Chen, J. (2021) What If Conformity Is Risky? The Effect of Contact Status on New Venture Acquisition. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, online
  • Chen, J., Chen, X., Chen, J. (2021) Whom Should Entrepreneurs Approach? The Effect of Contact Status on New Venture Acquisition. Strategic Management Society Conference
  • Chen, J., Chen, X., Chen, J. (2021) An Alter’s Perspective on Entrepreneurs’ Networking Strategy: Examining the Impact of Alters’ Status on Acquisition Outcome. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference
  • Chen, X. & Batjargal, B. (2020) When Do Entrepreneurs Network? The Effects of Failure Threat and Self-Efficacy on Social Networks. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver
  • Chen, X., Chen, J. S. & Batjargal, B. (2020) Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Network Embeddedness, Institutions and New Venture Growth in China. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver
  • Otitoju, M., Chen, X. & Zhou, H.B. (2020) Religion, Formal Institutions, and Female Entrepreneurship. Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Toronto
  • Chen, X., Chen, J. S. & Batjargal, B. (2020) Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Network Embeddedness, Institutions and New Venture Growth in China. Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Toronto
  • Chen, X. & Zhang, S. (2020) Too much of two good things: The curvilinear effects of self-efficacy and feedback seeking in entrepreneurship. Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Toronto
  • Chen, X. & Batjargal, B. (2020) When Do Entrepreneurs Network? The Effects of Failure Threat and Self-Efficacy on Social Networks. Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Toronto
  • Chen, X. & Batjargal, B. (2020) When Do Entrepreneurs Network? The Effects of Failure Threat and Self-Efficacy on Social Networks. Biennial conference of International Association for Chinese Management Research
  • Chen, X. & Zhang, S. (2018) Too much of two good things: The curvilinear effects of self-efficacy and market validation behavior of entrepreneurs. AOM Specialized Conference: From Start-up to Scale-up, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Chen, X., Beveridge, A., Fu, P.P. (2018) Put yourself in others’ age: How age simulation facilitates inter-generational cooperation. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago
  • Chen, X. (2018) State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) as a Prototype: The Influence of SOE Identification on Guanxi Behavior. International Association of Chinese Management Research biannual meeting, Wuhan, China
  • Chen, X. & Zhang, S. (2017) When Do entrepreneurs validate their market? The effects of self-efficacy and contingent self-worth. Annual Meeting of Academy of Management, Atlanta
  • Chen, X. & Guthrie, D. (2016) Revisiting the relationship between justice and extra-role behaviors: The moderating effect of state ownership. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim  
  • Chen, X. (2014) Too much of a good thing: The effect of contingency of self-worth on goal setting. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia
  • Chen, X. (2014) How to facilitate organizational change? Suggestions from system justification theory. Poster presented at the 15th biennial conference of the International Society of Justice Research, New York
  • Chen, X., Blader, S. L., Tyler, T. (2013) A double-edged sword: The antecedents and consequences of work contingency of self-worth. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida
  • Chen, X. (2012) Why too much ego may not help creativity? The MEDICI Summer School in Management Studies, Florence, Italy.
  • Chen, X., Blader, S. Tyler, T. (2010) Work contingency of self-worth: A double-edged sword for organizations and individuals. Cross-Atlantic Student Conference. London, Great Britain.
  • Chen, X. (2006). How to divide the cake? Experimental research on organizational distributive fairness. 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece.
  • Chen, X. (2006) An experimental study of organizational distributive justice in China. International Association for Chinese Management Research Conference, Nanjing, China.

Funded projects / Research grants

  • Early Career Researchers Scholarship. The impact of psychological factors on entrepreneurs’ social network. University of Nottingham Ningbo China. (2019)
  • Principle Investigator. Building Entrepreneurial Eco-system of Ningbo, Ningbo Bureau of Science and Technology (2017-2018)
  • Principle Investigator. The dynamics of meaning of work in China, Collaboration Grant, University of Nottingham Business School, China (2016-2017)