University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Nottingham University Business School China
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Xuan Feng

Director of Personal & Career Development,
Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour , Nottingham University Business School China


PhD Social and Organizational Psychology (Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany)
MA Psychology of Excellence in Business and Education (Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany)
BS Financial Management (Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, Germany)


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Xuan Feng


Expertise summary

Xuan Feng is an Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour, Nottingham University Business School China. She received her PhD in Social and Organizational Psychology from the Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany. Her academic and work expertise lands in the areas of Assessment and Development of Ethically Oriented Leadership, Employee Well-being, Corporate Diversity and Meaningfulness at work.

Prior to joining Nottingham University Business School China, Xuan has extensive experience working with companies, research institutions as well as top and middle management in Europe and China. Combining research approaches and business practices, Xuan has designed and delivered global employee surveys as well as provided consultancy service for companies and management on leadership and HR topics. She also worked in different business functions, such as Human Resource, Corporate Communication and Change Management, in DAX and medium-sized corporations.

During her PhD study, Xuan took a guest lecturer role at TUM School of Management in Munich where she led International Management and Leadership courses for EMBA students. She has also led courses, seminars and workshops in the area of leadership, intercultural management and diversity for public, business and social sectors in China and Germany. Xuan is an active member of several international social and non-profit organizations where she voluntarily supported the people and organizational development across the globe. 

Teaching Summary


Human Resource Management I & II


Research Summary

Xuan’s research focuses primarily on the human, organizational and corporate factors that influence effective leadership in business. Currently, her work investigates the antecedents and mechanisms of servant leadership in various business contexts. A strong emphasis of her work is given to value congruence and motivation as a key mechanism of linking positive leadership and employee well-being and meaningfulness at work. Additionally Xuan is interested in developing, implementing and evaluating of interventions to promote people and organizational development in compelling work contexts.   

Research Interests

Ethically-oriented leadership

Servant leadership

Leadership interventions

Positive employee experience at work

Motivation and Well-being

Meaningfulness at work

Women’s career advancement


Conference presentations

Feng, X., Pircher Verdorfer, A., & Peus., C. (2015, August). Thriving in turbulent times: Servant leadership as a pathway to employee well-being and retention. Paper accepted for presentation at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Feng, X., Pircher Verdorfer, A., Peus., C., & Frey, D. (2015, June). Thriving in Times of Uncertainty: Servant Leadership as a Pathway to Basic Need Satisfaction, Well-being and Retention. Individual presentation accepted at the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA.

Feng, X., Pircher Verdorfer, A., Peus., C., & Frey, D. (2015, May). Thriving in turbulent times – linking servant leadership with followers’ basic need satisfaction, perceived job insecurity, well-being and turnover behavior. Poster session accepted for presentation at the 17th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Oslo, Norway.

Feng, X. (2013, May). Leading successfully, how Chinese women achieve managerial progress. Poster presented at the International Symposium “Perspektiven fuer Chancegerechtigkeit und Diversitaet am Wissenschaftsstandort Deutschland”, Munich, Germany.

Feng, X., Peus, C., von Véver, A. & Frey, D. (2011, July). Women Hold up Half of the Sky: An Exploratory Study on Success Factors for Women's Career Advancement in China. Poster presented at the 2nd World Congress on Positive Psychology, Philadelphia, USA.