Welcome to my website.
I am 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 two major focuses in my research program. First, I study the role of teams and the processes they use to function. In particular, I study how individual differences in personality and motivation can influence how teams function, resolve conflict, and develop norms. Second, I study the effects of fit on workplace outcomes and relationships. A good 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"). I recently presented my work as part of a team development workshop for a large organization in Netherlands.
Recently, I have also become interested in studying entrepreneurship. In particular, I want to study the cognitive and decision processes that entrepreneurs use to make themselves and their firms more effective in the global marketplace.
Before I began my graduate school career, I worked as a teaching fellow, corporate trainer, and small-business entrepreneur in China.
I consider teaching an important part of my career. I have taught negotiations courses twice at the University of Iowa, as well as a variety of business writing and communication courses for various organizations and universities in mainland China and Macau. Most recently, I taught a short course for MBA students in Hong Kong, a course on HR policies for master's students in the northern part of the Netherlands, and a large large lecture on job design for technology management students at the University of Groningen.
I am an award-winning martial artist and taught courses on hapkido, a Korean self-defense martial art. You can learn more about that martial art here. I am a 2nd-degree black belt and have been practicing this art since 2008. I also practice judo (I am an ikkyu, or first-degree brown belt) and took first place in my division at the 2012 Iowa State Judo Championships.