David de Geest: Research, Teaching, and Resources

Welcome to my website. 

I am an assistant professor in the Faculty of Business at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon, Hong Kong and a research fellow at the Center for Leadership and Innovation. Previously, I worked for two years as an assistant professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I finished my PhD in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Iowa in May 2014. In 2010, I earned an MBA from the University of Iowa in Strategic Management. I also have an undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Mathematics and English. 

I have three major focuses in my research program: 
  • First, I study teams and how they function in difficult or complex environments. 
  • Second, I study high-performance work practices like autonomy, flexible working arrangements, and incentive/reward programs. 
  • Finally, I study the effects of fit on workplace outcomes and relationships. An example of this is my research on how teams develop a shared sense of collective fit ("We are a good fit as a team") that differs from their own personal perception of fit ("I am a good fit to my team"). 

Before I began my academic career, I worked as a corporate trainer and small-business entrepreneur in Macau and mainland China. 

I also consider teaching an essential part of my career. I have taught negotiations courses at the University of Iowa and Hong Kong for both undergraduate and master's students. I have also taught courses on general management for industrial engineering students and a course on teams and team design for master's students in the Netherlands. 

In my other life, I am an award-winning martial artist and was an assistant coach for hapkido, a Korean self-defense martial art. You can learn more about that martial art here. I am a 2nd-degree black belt and practiced this art from 2008 to 2014. I am also a black belt in judo since July 2017 and continue to practice today. I took first place in my division at the 2012 Iowa State Judo Championships. 


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