Jing Zhou

Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management and Psychology – Organizational Behavior

Jing Zhou is Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management, Organizational Behavior Area Coordinator, Director for Asian Management Research and Education, and Director of Ph.D. Program at the Jones Graduate School of Business of Rice University. She has been elected to Fellow of American Psychological Association, Fellow of Association for Psychological Sciences, and Fellow of Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Jing has taught leading innovation, negotiation, leadership, global leadership, micro foundations of managing the global firm, and organizational behavior at undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, 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. She has received awards for her excellence in teaching.

Her research interests are leading innovation; contextual and personal factors that facilitate or inhibit creativity and innovation; creativity receiving; consequences of creativity; cross-cultural differences in antecedents and consequences of creativity; and creativity in entrepreneurship. Using the interactional perspective as an overarching lens, her research uses 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, feedback, and human resource management practices) interact with personal factors (e.g., personality, values, goal orientation) to enhance or restrict individual and team creativity.

Her collaboration with Jennifer George has indicated that job dissatisfaction and negative mood serve to trigger creative endeavor and sustain creative effort (George & Zhou, 2002; Zhou & George, 2001). This research stream resulted in their formulating the dual-tuning theory, which posits that negative and positive mood facilitate different aspects of the creative idea generation process (George & Zhou, 2007).

Professor Zhou has theorized about managers’ recognition of employees’ creative ideas (Zhou & Woodman, 2003). Working with coauthors, she has empirically investigated new idea perception and recognition in a programmatic manner (e.g., Zhou, Wang, Song, & Wu, 2017). Her work also revealed conditions under which employee creativity positively or negatively affected organizational performance (Gong, Zhou, & Chang, 2013), and effects of employee creativity on firm innovation (Liu, Gong, Zhou, & Huang, 2017).

Her research has been published in top journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology. Books she co-edited are Handbook of Organizational Creativity (with Chris Shalley), The Oxford handbook of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship (with Chris Shalley and Mike Hitt). Professor Zhou has received research awards for her excellence in research. Her work has received a large number of citations (e.g., over 22,000 per Google Scholar), and has received Journal of Management’s Best Paper Award twice (2009, 2019), indicating that her systematic research program is impactful.

Striving to inform management practice of research-based and scientifically-proven knowledge, she has served as a consultant to organizations on issues related to her research interests and expertise, especially on leading innovation and negotiation.

Professor Zhou’s service to profession and leadership in professional associations include:

  • Associate editor of Journal of Applied Psychology, a top scholarly journal in the field of management;
  • Deputy Editor, Management and Organization Review;
  • Editorial board member, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, 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
  • Leadership
  • Managing for Creativity and Innovation
  • Negotiation
  • Global Leadership/International Management
  • Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Research Interests: 
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Cross-cultural differences
  • Creativity and entrepreneurship

Intellectual Contributions

Journal Article

Zhou, J., Wang, X., Song, J., & Wu, J. (2017). Is it new? Personal and contextual influences on perceptions of novelty and creativity. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102(2),180-202.

Journal Article

Liu, D., Gong, Y., Zhou, J., & Huang, J. (2017). Human resource systems, employee creativity, and firm innovation: The moderating role of firm ownership. Academy of Management Journal. 60, 1164-1188.

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Lin, B., Law, K., & Zhou, J. (2017). 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.

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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

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