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"). 

My research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine (the largest US periodical for entrepreneurs), and the South China Morning Post (the largest paper in Hong Kong).

I frequently travel to present my research findings to other scholars and organizations. In summer 2017, I will travel to Scotland, Italy, Rwanda, and the United States to present my work to organizations. Follow my academic journeys on Twitter: @david_degeest.

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 since 2008. I also practice judo and tested for my black belt in March 2017. I took first place in my division at the 2012 Iowa State Judo Championships. 


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