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ZHANG Xiaomeng

Phone: + 86-10-85188858 ext. 8116




Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Co-Director of Leadership and Motivation Research Centre

Associate Dean for EE

PhD, the R.H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park


Research Areas: 

Professor Zhang Xiaomeng’s research interests are in the areas of creativity and innovation, leadership, and motivation. At the core of her current work is the desire to understand interactional relationships among these three areas. Specifically, her research primarily focuses on factors and mechanisms (e.g., different types of leader behaviors, empowerment, leader support, etc.) that motivate individuals, teams, and organizations to engage in creative and innovative behaviors. A related aspect of her leadership research is an interest in top management (e.g., CEO, TMT) motivation and corporate governance.





Professor Xiaomeng Zhang is the Associate Dean for Executive Education, Co-Director of Leadership and Motivation Research Centre, an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.. Prior to joining CKGSB, she was a tenured Associate Professor at the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington DC. Her research interests are in the areas of creativity, leadership and motivation, with a desire to understand the relationships between all those areas.


Professor Zhang has published articles in multiple top academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Human Resource Management Review.


Professor Zhang has taught Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, Management of Organization and Human Capital, Business Policies, International Business Practices in China, and HR Management. She earned a BA with emphasis in Economics and Business Administration from Zhongshan University, China and a PhD in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management from the R.H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park with a Paine Award for outstanding academic achievement and several teaching awards.



  • Best Proceeding Paper Award, Academy of Management (2015)
  • Kogod Business School Faculty Award for Outstanding Research (2014, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008)
  • Kogod Research Grant Award (2012, 2011, 2010)
  • Best International Paper Award from the OB Division of the Academy of Management, Nominated for the Dexter Award, Academy of Management award for the best international paper (2010)
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, OB Division of the Academy of Management (2010)
  • IACMR Best Micro Paper Award (2010)
  • Frank T. Paine Award-Outstanding Academic Achievement, R. H. Smith of Business (2007)
  • Krowe Teaching Award Finalist (Rank #1) (2007)
  • Top 15% Teaching Award, R. H. Smith School of Business (2005-2007)
  • National Science Foundation Grant (NSF) (2005-2007)
  • Dean’s Research Fellowship, R. H. Smith of Business (2005-2006)
  • Dean’s Fellowship, R. H. Smith of Business (2002-2004)


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Selected Publications

  • Liu, X.-Y., Kwan, H. K., & Zhang, X. M. Introverts maintain creativity: A resource depletion model of gossip. Asia Pacific Journal of Management (forthcoming).
  • Kwan, H., Zhang, X. M., Liu, J., & Lee, C. Workplace ostracism and employee creativity: An integrative approach incorporating pragmatic and engagement roles. Journal of Applied Psychology (forthcoming).
  • Zhang, X. M., & Kwan, H. (2018). Team learning goal orientation and innovation: Roles of transactive memory system and task interdependence. Journal of Business Management and Administration Affair, 1 (109): 2-10.
  • Zhang, X. M., & Zhou, J. (2017). Configuring challenge and hindrance contexts for introversion and creativity: Joint effects of task complexity and guanxi management. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 143: 54-68 (equal contribution).
  • Zhang, X. M. & Bartol, K. M. (2015). Empowerment and employee creativity: A comprehensive review. In C. Shalley, M. Hitt, & J. Zhou (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. New York: Oxford University Press, 31-45.
  • Zhang, X. M., & Zhou, J. (2014) Empowering leadership, uncertainty avoidance, trust, and employee creativity: Interaction effects and a mediating mechanism. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 124: 150-164 (equal contribution).
  • Zhang, H. Kwan, H. K., Zhang, X. M., & Wu, L-Z. (2014). High core self-evaluations maintain creativity: A motivational model of abusive supervision. Journal of Management, 40 (4): 1151-1174.
  • Seo, M., Taylor, S., Hill, S., Zhang, X. M., Tesluk, P., & Lorinkova, N. (2012) The role of affect and leadership during organizational change.  Personnel Psychology, 65: 121-165.
  • Wu, L., Yim, F., Kwan, H. K., & Zhang, X. M. (2012) Coping with workplace ostracism: The roles of ingratiation and political skill in employee psychological distress. Journal of Management Studies, 49 (1): 178-199.
  • Wang, S., Zhang, X. M., & Martocchio, J. (2011) Thinking outside of the box when the box is missing: role ambiguity and its linkage to creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 23 (3): 211-221.
  • Zhang, X. M., & Bartol, K. M. (2010). The influence of creative process engagement on employee creative performance and overall job performance: A curvilinear assessment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95 (5):  862-873.
  • Zhang X. M., & Chen, Y., & Kwan, M. (2010). Empowering leadership and creativity in R & D teams: The roles of team learning behavior, team creative efficacy, and team task complexity. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Zhang, X. M., & Bartol, K. M. (2010). Linking empowering leadership and employee creativity:  The influence of psychological empowerment, intrinsic motivation, and creative process engagement. Academy of Management Journal, 53(1): 107-128.
  • Zhang, X. M., Bartol, K. M., Smith, K. G., Pferrer, M., & Khanin, D. (2008). CEO on the edge: Earnings manipulation and stock-based incentive misalignment. Academy of Management Journal, 51 (2): 241-258.
  • Pferrer, M., Smith, K. G., Bartol, K. M., Khanin, D, & Zhang, X. M. (2008). Coming forward: The effects of social and regulatory forces on the voluntary restatement of earnings. Organization Science, 19: 386-403.
  • Somaya, D., Williamson, I. O., & Zhang, X. M. (2007). Combining patent law expertise with R & D for patenting performance. Organization Science, 18 (6): 922-937.
  • Bartol, K. M., & Zhang, X. M. (2007) Networks and leadership development: Building linkages for capacity acquisition and capital accrual.  Human Resource Management Review, 17: 388-401.
  • Zhang, X. M., & Sims, H. P, Jr. (2005). Leadership, collaborative capital, and innovation. In M. Beyerlein, S. Beyerlein, & F. Kennedy (Eds.), Advances in Interdisciplinary Studies of Work Teams.  Elsevier/JAI annual series, Volume 11. JAI Press.