Jing Zhou

Houston Endowment Professor of Management and Psychology (Organizational Behavior)

Jing Zhou is Houston Endowment Professor of Management, and Director for Asian Management Research and Education at the Jones Graduate School of Business of Rice University. She is an associate editor of Journal of Applied Psychology, a top scholarly journal in the field of management. She is a Senior Vice President of International Association for Chinese Management Research, and will become President after serving as SVP.

Professor Zhou teaches and does research in organizational behavior and international management. She has taught organizational behavior, managing for creativity and innovation, leadership, global leadership, and negotiation at undergraduate, MBA, EMBA, and Ph.D. levels. Prior to joining the Jones School, she was an associate professor and Mays Faculty Fellow in the Management Department at the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University, where she received two teaching awards and one research award.

Her current research interests include organizational/contextual, and personal factors that promote or inhibit employees’ creativity and innovation; cross-cultural differences in antecedents and consequences of creativity; and the role of creativity in entrepreneurship. Professor Zhou’s research leverages motivational, affective, and cognitive theories for an understanding of individual and team creativity in organizations. Her systematic program of research has addressed central questions such as how organizational and contextual factors (e.g., leadership, supervisory behaviors, coworker behaviors, and feedback or expected evaluation from others) interact with personal factors (e.g., personality, values, goal orientation) to enhance or restrict individual and team creativity. Recent research has also investigated cross-level antecedents of employee creativity. Her research has been published in top scholarly journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Personnel Psychology. In addition, Handbook of Organizational Creativity, edited by Zhou and Shalley, is an authority source book for researchers and practicing managers who are interested in a cutting-edge and scientific evidence – based understanding of antecedents and consequences of creativity in the workplace. Professor Zhou has received a research award for her excellent in research. Striving to inform management practice of research-based and scientifically-proven knowledge, she has served as a consultant to a number of organizations on issues related to her research interests and expertise, especially on promoting employee creativity and innovation.

Professor Zhou’s service to profession and leadership in professional associations include but not limited to: Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Psychology; Editorial board member, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Management and Organization Review, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal; Chair, Micro Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management Track of Academy of International Business; Vice President and Program Chair, Senior Vice President, and President of International Association for Chinese Management Research.

Teaching Interests: 

-Organizational Behavior
-Managing for Creativity and Innovation
-Global Leadership/International Management
-Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Research Interests: 

-Creativity and innovation
-Cross-cultural differences
-Creativity and entrepreneurship

Intellectual Contributions

Working Paper

Zhou, J., Wang, X., Song, J., & Wu, J. (2016). Is it new? Personal and contextual influences on perceptions of novelty and creativity. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102(2),180-202. doi: 10.1037/apl0000166

Working Paper

Liu, D., Gong, Y., Zhou, J., & Huang, J. (2016). Human resource systems, employee creativity, and firm innovation: The moderating role of firm ownership. Academy of Management Journal. doi:10.5465/amj.2015.0230

Working Paper

Lin, B., Law, K., & Zhou, J. (2016). Why is underemployment related to creativity and OCB? A task crafting explanation of the curvilinear moderated relations. Academy of Management Journal, 60(1), 156-177. doi:10.5465/amj.2014.0470

Journal Article

Dong, Y., Liao, H., Chuang, A., Zhou, J., & Campbell-Bush, E. (2015). Fostering employee service creativity: Joint effects of customer empowering behaviors and supervisory empowering leadership. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100(5), 1364-1380. doi: 10.1037/a0038969

Journal Article

Hirst, G., Van Knippenberg, D., Zhou, J., Quintane, E., & Zhu, C. (2015). Heard it through the grapevine: Indirect networks and employee creativity. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100(2), 567-574. doi: 10.1037/a0038333

Zhou, J., Shin, S. J., Brass, D. J., Choi, J., & Zhang, Z. (2009). Social networks, personal values, and creativity: Evidence for curvilinear and interaction effects. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 1544-1552

Shin, S., & Zhou, J. (equal contribution; order of authorship alphabetical). (2003). Transformational leadership, conservation, and creativity: Evidence from Korea. Academy of Management Journal, 46, 703-714 

Zhou, J. (2003). When the presence of creative coworkers is related to creativity: Role of supervisor close monitoring, developmental feedback, and creative personality. Journal of Applied Psychology, 88, 413-422

Zhou, J., & George, J. M. (2001). When job dissatisfaction leads to creativity: Encouraging the expression of voice. Academy of Management Journal, 44, 682-696

Zhou, J. (1998). Feedback valence, feedback style, task autonomy, and achievement orientation: Interactive effects on creative performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 83, 261-276