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Jing Zhou, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management and Psychology at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, has been appointed deputy dean of academic affairs for the business school effective July 1. She succeeds Jeff Fleming, the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Professor of Finance, who will complete a seven-year term as deputy dean this month.
Zhou is a highly accomplished scholar whose research has been cited more than 40,000 times, ranking among the top 1% of influential researchers in business and management. Her research interests include innovation, contextual and personal factors that facilitate or inhibit creativity and innovation, and creativity in entrepreneurship.
Zhou’s systematic program of research has addressed central management questions, such as how organizational and contextual factors interact with personal values to enhance or restrict individual and team creativity. She has taught courses on leadership, innovation, negotiation and organizational behavior at the undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA and Ph.D. levels. She has also served as a consultant to organizations on issues related to leading innovation and negotiation.
Zhou is the area coordinator for organizational behavior, director of Ph.D. program and director for Asian management research and education at Rice Business. She is a fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Outside Rice, Zhou has served as president of the International Association for Chinese Management Research, as associate editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology and on the editorial boards for many other journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Management and Organization Review, Organizational Psychology Review and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.
“Beyond these prestigious recognitions, we all know Jing as a generous colleague and as an honest and trusted friend and supporter of the Jones School and Rice University,” wrote Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, in an announcement. “We are fortunate to have in Jing, an eminent scholar and a colleague of the utmost integrity, to serve as our next deputy dean.”