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. 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 the role of teams and the processes they use to function. 
  • Second, I study high-performance work practices like semi-autonomous teams, flexible working arrangements, and employee compensation and incentive 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"). 

I recently presented my work as part of a team development workshop for a large organization in Netherlands, have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine, and recently won an award from the Academy of Management for my research. 

Before I began my graduate school career, I worked as a teaching fellow, corporate trainer, and small-business entrepreneur in China. 

I also consider teaching an essential 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 will be teaching negotiations at Hong Kong Poly in the spring semester.

I am an award-winning martial artist and have 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. 


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